Queen of Candesce by Karl Shroeder
Published July 6th 2010
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Bought it
Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in Queen of Candesce, Venera finds herself plunging through the air among the artificial worlds of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least convenient allies). She must quickly learn who she can trust, and who she can manipulate in order to survive.
Survival isn’t her only goal; with the powerful Key of Candesce in her hands, she can control the fate of the entire world of Virga, yet something even more pressing is driving her–the all consuming need for revenge.
This book started off with so much action that it kept me awake for hours on the day I started reading it.
This book focused on Venera’s story after falling from the Sun of Suns.
There were introduced a lot of new characters but Garth Diamandis, with his unique personality and corky ways. It started off being just a new character but as his backstory unravels my love for him grew.
The plot was beautifully designed and the writing was outstanding, it kept me reading for hours, always curious to discover what happened next.
The ending was perfect and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
I feel like I can’t compare Queen of Candesce with Sun of Suns (the prequel) because they are so different. Sun of Suns was mainly about their journey to find the key and overpower Falcon Formation whereas Queen of Candesce focuses on Venera and how she survived in Spyre after falling there. In my opinion, this second book is more political and strategical than the first one. There’s a lot of political intrigue whereas the first was more focused on the mission they had and the fights.
So, if you didn’t like Sun of Suns I think you should try to read the second book of the series, Queen of Candesce. It’s quite different from the first one and you might actually like it.
Rating: 4,5 stars