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Seven Surrenders

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 Terra Ignota*
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A science-fiction series by Ada Palmer.

1) Too Like the Lightning
2) Seven Surrenders
3) The Will to Battle
4) Perhaps the Stars
Nihil Obstat - 'nothing prevents it' - was the old license-by-fiat which kings and inquisitors pronounced in stifled ages when no printing press could give its inky kiss to paper until Tyrant Church and Tyrant State had loosed censorship's universal gag.
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If Providence sent Achilles to guide us in our day of greatest need, if we survive this war, rebuild, and if in future days some blessed generation is judged worthy to receive a second chance at what God tried to give us when He first sent Bridger, it may be that He grants humanity all this because you, child of a nobler future, asked Him to.
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Added: 04-May-2023
Last Updated: 05-May-2023


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Cir 07-Mar-2017
17 hrs 30 min (366 pages)
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T Ryder Smith  - Narration

The second book of Terra Ignota, a political SF epic of extraordinary audacity

In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war, a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.

For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed location, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way.

Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy the than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counselor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they burden Carlyle beyond description. And both Mycroft and Carlyle are privy to the greatest secret of all: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life.

Shot through with astonishing invention, Seven Surrenders is the next movement in one of the great SF epics of our time.
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©2017 Ada Palmer ℗2017 Recorded Books




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