Queen of Candesce (Virga #2)
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
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
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
The ideas here are pretty solid. A world of varying physical constraints, with scores of nations no bigger than a few acres and armies of only a dozen men or so. But it's just not told in a way I found engaging.
It was slow. The political hoodoo was to much. And maybe worst of all, the plot is to dependent on bizarre random luck, people happening to pick up the right widget to unlock the doodad they'll fin...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
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
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
Whereas the first book was mostly a trav...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
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
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
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
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
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
That said, the world Schroeder has created is incredible. With visual after visual getting a "man, i'd love to see that in a movie". Unfortunately the visuals were writing a check the story couldn't c...more
Taking place largely on one landmass made me miss the bikes and warships, but there was still a ton of action and I look forward to read...more
As in the first book, we're only given hints of a broader scope. Since the broader scope is actually the most interesting part of the series for me, the overall length of the series will probably determine whether I make it all the way to the end.
Sun of Suns was a swashbuckler, this is much more an an intrigue book, and a hell of a setting inside a hell of a setting.
I really can't describe this book closely without ruining something, but I highly recommend it, but read Sun of Suns first.
I'm looking forward to the next installment.