Queen of Candesce (Virga #2)
There is no question that Schroeder's Virga is a fabulous example of world-building. But it was so obvious in the first book, so overt, that at times it overwhelmed the story. That isn't the case here. Virga still plays an important role, b ...more
Sun of Suns was a great book. It focuses on the world of Virga, which is a giant hollow sphere, 5,000 miles in diameter, filled with air and rocks, people and cities, fish and birds. At the center is a giant artificial sun, called Candesce.
Queen of Candesce loses some of the vitality of Sun of Suns. It's set in the claustrophobic, insular world of Spyre, one of the oldest habitats in Virga. Venera Fann ...more
Schroeder continues the story of the Sun of Suns as one of the characters, Venera Fanning, last seen was falling into the vast skies of Virga. Adrift she is pulled from the sky by an exile Garth Diamandis living on Spyre, a group of small nations, that exist in a closed society of the truly dysfunctional and, anitsocial.
The problem, part of Spyre is falling apart, and one of the nations is blocking the repairs. So Venera sets out to impersonate an heir of a nation in order to ge ...more
For the most part, I enjoyed this book because Schroeder's obvious skill with worldbuilding is on display again here, though it seems a bit less concrete than in his previ ...more
Secondo episodio della Saga di Virga del canadese Karl Schroeder dopo il successo de Il Sole dei Soli. Nell'introduzione scritta per questa edizione, Schroeder spiega che ha disegnato il mondo di Virga, un'enorme bolla gassosa in mezzo al nulla riscaldata dall'interno da "soli" a fusione, di cui Candesce è il principale, ma senza un campo gravitazionale centrale e dominato sostanzialmente dalle correnti convettive, per attrarre altri possibili autori ad ...more
Rispetto alla prima parte della trilogia, “La Regina del sole” si svolge in uno spazio molto più circoscritto ...more
Whereas the first book was mostly a trav ...more
Virga is, for lack of a better metaphor, a giant balloon in space. A huge sphere filled with air. It's internal structure is filled with small artificial suns ...more
Queen of Candesce is a sequel to Sun Of Suns, so be sure and read that one first. It follows the story of Venera Fanning, who was floating through the nearly weightless world of Virga at the end of the last book.
She's landed on Spyre, one of the oldest settlements in Virga. It's made up of numerous nations, all full of paranoia, skullduggery, and political machinations. But they're so inwardly focused that they can't see their ancient, crumbling home can't last much longer.
While Sun Of Suns wa ...more
One could split hairs and discuss the pluses and minuses compared to Sun of Suns. Queen of Candesce mostly (but not quite fully) abandons the multi-character storytelling that helped make Sun of Suns a page-turner. Instead of leapfrogging all over the exotic setting, the author tucks in for a detailed examination of a specific sl ...more
Venera Fanning, an exciting loose cannon in the first book, is back. She has crash-landed on Spyre, an ancient cylindrical place about 12 miles long an ...more
I found the first in the series (sun of suns) to be very imaginative, and this one shows every sign of being just as good. (Concluding review, ...more
Anyway, this is the second one in a series, obviously, and the deal with this Virga thing is that it's kind of an inside-out planet, with a big man-made sun in the middle, and a bunch of littler suns farther out, and then a sort of skin around the whole thing, so it's like a ballo ...more
Book 1 ended with Venera Fanning cutting herself adrift into the wide open spaces of Virga, the giant zero-g gasbag lit from within by artificial suns that is the setting for this series. As Book 2 opens, she " ...more
In the previous book Venera Fanning fell to her presumed death. Except she's living inside an artificial world. So instead of going splat, she's burned by a man made sun and lands on the crumbling remains ...more
It follows the indomitable Verena Fanning as she attempts to gain control over her own life and reunite with her husband.
Karl Schroedr is a very good storyteller. Occasionally he slips into the cliche, but ...more
This is a great and complex world that seems clunky in the sex. Also, it turns out that my son may be in a class with the ...more
The ingenuity and inventiveness of Karl Schroeder's miniuniverse has ushered the acclaimed author into the ranks of leading world-builders. In this second chapter of the Virga saga, Schroeder takes a different approach, with mixed reactions from the critics. He largely abandons the worlds and characters introduced in Sun of Suns and focuses on one character, the Machiavellian Venera Fanning, and one place, the world of Spyre. Most critics agreed that Venera was one of the most interesting protag...more
The story itself was full of lots of twists and turns, but it had an overall cohesiveness that I felt helped bring all the crazy/random bits together. There was a point, near the end, where I started to feel like too much was happening ...more
I absolutely love the narrator, Joyce Irvine. She has an unusually harsh voice, but it really works for this book (the POV is mainly the protagonist's).
The overall plot is space-opera based (various governments and government agents trying to defeat each other), which isn't a genr ...more
As a story about political manipulation it had some weak spots but came through well enough.
I had two major gripes:
The first involved a scene where the main character had the ability to act but didn't not. It was especially frustrating because it was something that the character was more than comfortable with doing. The reality was the author didn't have her act in order to set the final scene of the book. ...more