Furious Heaven

Tor. (The Sun Chronicles, Bk. 2). Apr. 2023. 736p. ISBN 9781250867001. $29.99. SF
Princess Sun knows she has the intelligence and strength to command the fleets of the Republic of Chaonia, along with her mother, Queen-Marshal Eirene. And all talents are needed because even with the defeat of the Phene Empire’s invasion force, the Empire continues to be a formidable foe. When the Queen-Marshal surprises her leaders with an attack on the Karnos System, tragedy thrusts Sun into the role she has been preparing for all of her life. But with doubtful military leaders, undermining politics, and the alien Empire’s power, Sun will have to decide if she’ll follow her mother’s plans or create her own path for the future. The multiple points of view between Sun, Companion Persephone, and Phrene Lieutenant Apama At Sabao highlight the gray areas of empiric expansion and those conquered. While again a lengthy book, the exposition is balanced with action and keeps readers engaged throughout.
VERDICT The second “Sun Chronicles” book (after Unconquerable Sun) continues the complex action and intrigue from the first volume. Expansive space opera at its finest.
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