The Stars Undying

Orbit. (Empire Without End, Bk. 1). Nov. 2022. 528p. ISBN 9780316391399. $28. SF
DEBUT In Robin’s debut space opera, Princess Altagracia knows that she is the true ruler of her planet Szayet, but her twin sister has usurped both her throne and the Pearl, a computer that’s prophesied to contain the immortal soul of Szayet’s god. To escape the wrath of her sister the queen, Gracia flees the planet and meets up with Matheus Ceirran, the Commander of the Empire of Ceiao. Gracia knows that with Ceirran and his lieutenant Anita on her side, she can claim her rightful crown. But as their political alliance grows personal, Gracia must also deal with the intelligence, immortal or mechanical, in her ear and mind that looks for the path to power. Gracia has been able to talk her way to where she is now, but it will take actions, not words, to make her mark. Inspired by the histories of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, the intricate political and personal machinations of Gracia and Ceirran are dynamic and sympathetic.
VERDICT In Robin’s debut, fans of immersive space opera will find all the wide interstellar and on-planet action they desire, along with intimate emotional journeys for the characters.
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