The fifth novel in the continuing saga of the Merchant Princes — SF adventure at its finest!
Things are going badly for the Clan in this new SF novel of the Merchant
Princes, the immensely popular series by Charles Stross. Locked in a
vicious civil war for control over the kingdom of Niejwein, their army
is bottled up inside a fortress under siege in two parallel universes
at once. Duke Angbard, the Clan’s leader, has been laid low by a
stroke: plotters are already conspiring in readiness for the deadly
dance to come.
Miriam, rescued from a tight spot in New Britain, finds the hopes of the young, progressive faction focused on her. But do they want her as a leader or a figurehead? She soon finds herself thrown into a desperate struggle for power. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the Clan, researchers working for the US government have achieved a technological breakthrough. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional.
Charles David George "Charlie" Stross (born 1964) is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy. Stross was born in Leeds.
Stross is sometimes regarded as being part of a new generation of British science fiction writers who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams, Neal Asher and Richard Morgan.
Photo: Photograph by Simon Bradshaw, 1 May 2009, Book signing at Forbidden Planet, London. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.