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The Trade of Queens

The Trade of Queens

Book Six of the Merchant Princes

Merchant Princes (Volume 6)

Charles Stross

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A dissident faction of the Clan, the alternate universe group of families that has traded covertly with our world for a century or more, have carried nuclear devices between the worlds and exploded them in Washington, DC, killing the President of the United States. Now they will exterminate the rest of the Clan and keep Miriam alive only long enough to bear her child, the heir to the throne of their land in the Gruinmarkt world.

The worst and deepest secret is now revealed: behind the horrifying plot is a faction of the US government itself, preparing for a political takeover in the aftermath of disaster. There is no safe place for Miriam and her Clan except, perhaps, in the third alternate world, New Britain--which has just had a revolution and a nuclear incident of its own.

Charles Stross's Merchant Princes series reaches a spectacular climax in this sixth volume. Praised by Nobel laureate Paul Krugman as "great fun," this is state of the art, cutting edge SF grown out of a fantastic premise.



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NORTHWOODS

Morning, July sixteenth.

In a locked store room on the eighth—top—floor of a department store off Pennsylvania Avenue, a timer counted down towards zero.

Another timer matched its progress—in a janitor's store...

Praise for The Trade of Queens

“[These books] are, first and foremost, great fun.” —Paul Krugman, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Unraveling on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“If imagination is the key to success for a writer, Charles Stross has it in spades.” —The Times (London) on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“Twenty-first-century politics and high-fantasy intrigue make remarkably good bedfellows in Stross' Merchant Princes series. . . . The world-building in this series is simply superb, in other words—it is engaging, crystal-clear and disturbingly real….. The Merchants' War is fast-paced and engrossing and will leave readers ravenous for the next installment.” —SciFi.com on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“Raises the tension several more notches.... The action continues to be compelling, with the author throwing in new surprises every time the reader thinks the story's about to settle down for an easy lope through a world that many writers would consider sufficiently interesting to explore without searching for still more wrinkles.” —Asimov’s Science Fiction on The Merchants’ War

“The Clan Corporate is sure to please Charles Stross's growing body of devoted readers.” —Mike Resnick on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“Charles Stross, whose books burst with pop-science ideas, intrigue, strong characters and even romance, continues his Merchant Princes series . . . . Stross is an energetic writer . . . who creates page-turning reads.” —Bookpage on … More…

“[These books] are, first and foremost, great fun.” —Paul Krugman, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Unraveling on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“If imagination is the key to success for a writer, Charles Stross has it in spades.” —The Times (London) on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“Twenty-first-century politics and high-fantasy intrigue make remarkably good bedfellows in Stross' Merchant Princes series. . . . The world-building in this series is simply superb, in other words—it is engaging, crystal-clear and disturbingly real….. The Merchants' War is fast-paced and engrossing and will leave readers ravenous for the next installment.” —SciFi.com on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“Raises the tension several more notches.... The action continues to be compelling, with the author throwing in new surprises every time the reader thinks the story's about to settle down for an easy lope through a world that many writers would consider sufficiently interesting to explore without searching for still more wrinkles.” —Asimov’s Science Fiction on The Merchants’ War

“The Clan Corporate is sure to please Charles Stross's growing body of devoted readers.” —Mike Resnick on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“Charles Stross, whose books burst with pop-science ideas, intrigue, strong characters and even romance, continues his Merchant Princes series . . . . Stross is an energetic writer . . . who creates page-turning reads.” —Bookpage on the novels of the Merchant Princes

“These books are immense fun, a sort of 21st-century version of the solid, thought-out costume sword-and-spaceship fiction that provided the enduring spine of science fiction entertainment .” —Locus on The Hidden Family

“Very successful—perhaps even successful enough to give Roger Zelazny’s Amber and Philip Jose Farmer’s World of Tiers a run for their money. Yes, Stross is that good.” —Analog on The Hidden Family

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Charles Stross

Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn's Children. Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.

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