Ascendant Sun : Skolian Empire (chronological order)

  • by Catherine Asaro
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • Series: Skolian Empire (chronological order)
  • 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ascendant Sun is the direct sequel to the Nebula Award finalist The Last Hawk. Kelric returns to Skolian space, only to find the Empire in control of the Allied forces of Earth, thanks to the upheaval of the Radiance War. With little more than the clothes on his back and with his family imprisoned by the Allieds, Kelric is forced to take work on a merchant vessel. But when that vessel enters Euban space, Kelric finds his worst nightmare realized: he is auctioned as a slave "provider" to the cruel Aristos, who subject slaves to torture and sex to provide their ultimate telepathic emotional drug.

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What the Critics Say

"Yet another fast-paced and pleasing entry in the Saga of the Skolian Empire." (Publishers Weekly)
"The best of her Skolian Empire series. Asaro continues to oblige seekers of fast-paced entertainment with literate page-turners." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Another Good Asaro Book

Enjoyed this one also. Decided to get the rest of the series in paperback. Now that I'm hooked on the Skolian story I just can't wait for Audible to trickle the books out.

Anna Fields' male voices weren't as bad as usual, but I wish she would not use the nasal teenage-boy voice for the main characters. Makes it difficult to take what they say seriously.
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- Don

Kelric sleeps his way across the universe!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

at 1.5 speed on my iPod, yes. Although sometimes I only half listened as it moved slowly in parts. Or he jumps in bed again.


Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine Asaro? Why or why not?

I've read a bunch of her Skolian Empire series. They are entertaining, but Catherine Asaro is no Lois McMaster Bujold, which is a constant disappointment. (Seriously, if you like sci fi and haven't read LMB, you MUST!)


Which scene was your favorite?

No spoilers, but there's a real tear jerker scene near the end of the book that made the rest of the book worthwhile. I actually did shed a few tears, and don't do that often! It says something about Anna Fields' performance as well.


Any additional comments?

Kelric seems to be a sex addict compared to his siblings and relatives followed in the other books of the Skolian Empire series. In both The Last Hawk and this book, Kelric sleeps with most of the women he comes into contact with. It gets a bit tiresome after a while. Is she writing a romance/sex novel or sci fi? Kelric seems like a bit of a dullard compared to his dynamic sister Sauscany. But ah well, still entertaining and worth the read. Somewhat necessary for understanding the context of books further along in the series.

I found it awfully convenient that when Kelric is sold into slavery as a Providor, that his situation doesn't turn out too badly for reasons I won't spoil here. But... awfully convenient. A lot of awfully convenient things happen in this book.

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- Kat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.