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Sweep of Stars

Astra Black (Volume 1)

Author: Maurice Broaddus

Sweep of Stars

Sweep of Stars

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Maurice Broaddus's Sweep of Stars is the first in a trilogy that explores the struggles of an empire. Epic in scope and intimate in voice, it follows members of the Muungano empire...

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Maurice Broaddus's Sweep of Stars is the first in a trilogy that explores the struggles of an empire. Epic in scope and intimate in voice, it follows members of the Muungano empire – a far-reaching coalition of city-states that stretches from O.E. (original earth) to Titan – as it faces an escalating series of threats.

"The beauty in blackness is its ability to transform. Like energy we are neither created nor destroyed, though many try." - West African Proverb

The Muungano empire strived and struggled to form a utopia when they split away from old earth. Freeing themselves from the endless wars and oppression of their home planet in order to shape their own futures and create a far-reaching coalition of city-states that stretched from Earth and Mars to Titan.

With the wisdom of their ancestors, the leadership of their elders, the power and vision of their scientists and warriors they charted a course to a better future. But the old powers could not allow them to thrive and have now set in motion new plots to destroy all that they've built.

In the fire to come they will face down their greatest struggle yet.

Amachi Adisa and other young leaders will contend with each other for the power to galvanize their people and chart the next course for the empire.

Fela Buhari and her elite unit will take the fight to regions not seen by human eyes, but no training will be enough to bring them all home.

Stacia Chikeke, captain of the starship Cypher, will face down enemies across the stars, and within her own vessel, as she searches for the answers that could save them all.

The only way is forward.

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Tor Books



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Praise for Sweep of Stars

“Maurice Broaddus’s Sweep of Stars marks the opening gambit in a great saga, told with a unique voice and a talent that challenges and rewards in equal measures. It’s epic in scope, yet intimate. It breaks the mold of what’s expected, yet is as welcoming as a warm campfire on the darkest night. Let this debut of a new series sweep you away.” —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestseller of The Starless Crown

“An intelligent political space opera tackling big themes through intimate points of view. This sprawling tale of kinship, community, and identity is sure to leave you eager for the next installment.” —J. S. Dewes, author of The Last Watch

“A fascinating utopia-building saga that balances exuberant optimism with a sharp eye to harsher reality.” —Everina Maxwell, author of Winter's Orbit

Praise for Maurice Broaddus

“The lush, descriptive prose tantalizes all the senses, drawing the reader into a rich world spanning both miles and centuries... An exciting exploration of genre as well as culture.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Broaddus sounds a deep beat in this true myth of survival: what our heads forget, our bones remember.” —Karen Lord, Crawford Award winning author of Redemption in Indigo

“His fantasies, fables, and far out tales come from an imagination as frightening as it is admirable... You are certain to find a story that speaks to you.” —Sheree Renée Thomas, author and editor of the acclaimed Dark Matter anthology series

“The brilliance we’ve all been waiting for, and Broaddus delivers in a voice that both whispers and roars and cannot be ignored.” —Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winner Gary A. Braunbeck on Devil's Marionette

“Maurice Broaddus is one of the most exciting writers of today's genre fiction. His vision spans space and time while staying grounded in the stories--in the very voices--which make us fully and tragically and hopefully human.” —Nebula Award-nominated author, Jason Sanford, on The Voices of Martyrs

“Reminiscent of a young Charles Saunders… a fresh blend of science fiction, fantasy, and the folkloric history of the African diaspora.” —Chesya Burke, Author of Let's Play White and The Strange Crime of Little Africa, on The Voices of Martyrs

“There's a percussive intensity….These are not simplistic heroic tales but poignant examinations of the triumphs and losses, the joys and pains, and the deep, rich complexities of a culture.” —Ayize Jama-Everett, author of The Liminal People, on The Voices of Martyrs

“A fascinating novel… With assured prose and strong characters, should be on every SF fan’s shelf.” —Adam Christopher, author of The Burning Dark, on King Maker

“Simultaneously dismantles the genre and slaps it back together into something newer, fresher, and — dammit — more interesting than the original.” —Matt Forbeck, award-winning author of Amortals and Carpathia, on Pimp My Airpship

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