The conclusion to 'a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity, and well, all-round weirdness'
'Marvellous . . . a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity, and well, all-round weirdness' Locus
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 . . .
'Among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years. Granted, you've got to give it your all, but give it that and you'll get all that and more besides back' 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 [The Promise of the Child]
a beautifully crafted read that's evocative and hugely inventive - SFX [The Promise of the Child]
an incredibly impressive debut novel novel, with an engrossing plot and delightful oddness that should satisfy any space opera aficionado - Sci-Fi Now [The Promise of the Child]
Toner's richly layered sequel to 2015's The Promise of the Child is a sprawling space opera likely to remind readers of complex works such as Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun. It's the 147th century, and numerous varieties of mutant humans, evolved dinosaurs, and alien species vie for control of dozens of planets, moons, and Vaulted Lands (hollowed-out planets with artificial interior suns) spread out over the 23 Solar Satrapies of the Amaranthine Firmament . . . Readers who enjoy a challenge will appreciate both the book's complexities and its beautiful language - Publishers Weekly [The Weight of the World]