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Head of Zeus
Perhaps the Stars
07 Sep 2021 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781786699596

In the final instalment of the Terra Ignota series, the long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end...

Fiction / FL (Science Fiction)
Extent: 448 pages
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Too Like the Lightning
Seven Surrenders
The Will to Battle
Also in Terra Ignota series
Perhaps the StarsTerra Ignota, 4Ada Palmer

The final instalment in Ada Palmer's award-winning, critically acclaimed Terra Ignota series.

The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.

The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives' facade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that facade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone? Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints scramble to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.

Ada Palmer is an author, historian and composer. She did her PhD at Harvard, teaches History at the University of Chicago, blogs at, composes close harmony folk music and performs with the a capella group Sassafrass.

Too Like the Lightning was shortlisted for a 2017 Hugo Best SF novel, and Ada Palmer won the John W. Campbell Award in 2017.

Described as The Iliad meets I, Claudius mixed with Gene Wolfe style world-building and gender politics.

MARKET: Ann Leckie; Jo Walton; Cixin Liu.

'More intricate, more plausible, more significant than any debut I can recall' Cory Doctorow.
'Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent' Ken Liu.
'The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do' Jo Walton.
'Incredibly ambitious and groundbreaking ... Palmer writes gloriously lush prose stuffed with asides, allusions and nods to the reader' Guardian.
'Part novel, part series of nested essays, part project, The Will to Battle is much greater than the whole; an exercise in both narrative flexibility and philosophy ... It's a powerful expression of what the genre can do'

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