Queen of Candesce - Virga, Bk 2 Author:Karl Schroeder 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 between the artificial continents 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 en... more »emies 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.« less
What a mind Karl Schroeder has to create the artificial world of Virga. This is a trilogy that starts with the "Sun of Suns" and ends with "Pirate Sun". If I had a criticism it's that he doesn't flesh out the characters as much as I would like. He is no Jordan or Martin. But, he does create a world that blows your mind. I would love to live there.
Fantastic followup for the SUN OF SUNS which focuses on Venera Fanning, the admiral's wife. In Book Two of the Virga series, reader expectations are challenged immediately when the main character of the book turns out to be the nasty spymaster who killed the love interest of the main character in Book One. The fantasy world is still man-made bodies within the sphere of Virga but this time it takes place on one of the oldest of the man-made bodies where generations of people have learned to live in tiny spaces and many things are hidden.