The conclusion to 'a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity, and well, all-round weirdness'
Perfect for fans of Iain M. Banks and Peter F. Hamilton.
It is the 147th century. The mighty era of Homo Sapiens is at an end.
In the Westerly Provinces of the Old World, the hunt is on for the young queen Arabis, and the beast that holds her captive. In the brutal hominid Investiture, revolution has come. The warlord Cunctus, having seized the Vulgar worlds, invites every Prism to pick a side. In the Firmament, once the kingdom of the Immortal Amaranthine, all ships converge on the foundry of Gliese. The grandest battle in the history of mammalian kind has begun.
Perception, ancient machine spirit, must take back its mortal remains in a contest for the Firmament itself. Ghaldezuel, now the Grand Marshal of Cunctus' new empire, must travel to the deepest lagoon in the Investiture, a place where monsters dwell. Captain Maril, lost amongst the Hedron Stars, finds himself caught between colossal powers the likes of which he'd never dreamt. And for Aaron the Long-Life, he who has waited so very, very long for his revenge, things are only getting started . . .
'(An) unceasing display of wonders...This third novel honours the accomplishments of and promises of the first two, and serves as a fitting capstone to a unique creation...' Paul Di Filippo, Locus Magazine
'The final book in Toner's ridiculously ambitious trilogy will force you to redefine what space opera can do... ' Barnes & Noble
'Among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years' TOR.COM [The Promise of the Child]
to call The Promise of the Child one of the most accomplished debuts of 2015 so far is to understate its weight-instead, let me moot that is among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years - Tor.com
(An) unceasing display of wonders... Toner has a knack for maximum suspense and variation. His dialogue is precise, witty and revelatory. His neologisms and general nomenclature rivals that of Jack Vance. And his staging of action scenes, both small and large, is laudable. This third novel honours the accomplishments of and promises of the first two, and serves as a fitting capstone to a unique creation... tempering the challenging abstruseness of Ada Palmer's novels with the anything-goes action swerves of A.E. Van Vogt and with the poetry of Le Guin, Tom Toner's Amaranthine Spectrum delivers a new flavour of space opera that is bound to dazzle and delight - Paul Di Filippo (Locus)
The final book in Toner's ridiculously ambitious trilogy will force you to redefine what space opera can do... To put it simply, this is bold, challenging science fiction... those who have challenged themselves to absorb the breadth of Toner's vision of the future will find themselves satisfied by its striking conclusion - Barnes & Noble
a beautifully crafted read that's evocative and hugely inventive - SFX [The Promise of the Child]
Ambitious and well-executed - Kirkus Reviews [Tropic of Eternity]