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Ascendant Sun (Saga of the Skolian Empire #5)

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Ascendant Sun is the direct sequel to The Last Hawk, in which Kelric, heir to the Skolian Empire, crash-landed his fighter on the Restricted planet of Coba. He was imprisoned by the powerful mistresses of the great estates--women who, over time, fell in love with him. After 18 years of living in their gilded cage, Kelric finally made his escape.

In Ascendant Sun, Kelric ret
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 15th 2001 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 2000)
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John Loyd
Ascendant Sun (2000) 365 pages by Catherine Asaro.

Kelric crash landed on Coba 18 years ago (story told in The Last Hawk) with no contact with outside civilization and presumed dead for all that time. He escapes Coba and arrives on the planet of Edgewhirl to find that the Allieds have a major presence and that Skolians and Traders are coexisting in the same city. He learns of the Radiance war his mother and father being "protected" on Earth, the rest of the Ruby dynasty either dead or on Lyshriol
Hearing that Kelric was going to end up as a provider I kept thinking, hasn't the man suffered enough? I liked how everything ended up working but I so wanted him to realize that Jaibriol III is Saus's son.
In this sequel to The Lask Hawk, Kelric cybernetically enhanced Jagernaut warrior and heir to the Skolian Empire is on his way home. But much has changed in the galaxy during his 18 years of exile on the planet Coba. The psyberweb that united the known planets and was run by his family has collapsed after a devastating war and the other members of the ruling family are either hostages or dead. Kelric, now the only heir to the throne, is in great danger, not only from those who would use him but ...more
The premise: ganked from Ascendant Sun is the direct sequel to The Last Hawk, in which Kelric, heir to the Skolian Empire, crash-landed his fighter on the Restricted planet of Coba. He was imprisoned by the powerful mistresses of the great estates -- women who, over time, fell in love with him. After 18 years of living in their gilded cage, Kelric finally made his escape.

In Ascendant Sun, Kelric returns to Skolian space, only to find the Empire in control of the Allied forces of Earth. W
Interestingly, now the book descriptions start to mention which books are sequels to which titles. I suppose Asaro finally had to start describing which books covered which plotlines or family ties.

Althor never wanted to be captive, but when he does gain his freedom from one crash landing, of course his next moves send him adift in new dangers. If there were no struggles, there would be no plot points to resolve, right? But at least Asaro sends him adrift into a universe of tangled storylines t
Kelric has been missing believed dead for eighteen years. On the isolated planet of Coba, his strategic skill has made him a prime possession to be fought over by the queens who each rule a section of Coba. The alien environment has been killing him over time, but when Kelric steals quietly back into the Skolian empire, its broken economy cannot provide him with either safety or healing. Captured by Aristos, Kelric finds himself in a position of great opportunity, if he can live long enough to t ...more
One of the better entries in the Skolian Saga series by Catherine Asaro.

Kelric has been missing for eighteen years, but his journey home would not be properly thrilling without a capture by Eubian traders and a mission to ensure peace between two galactic powers. And, as always, where the beautiful, golden Skolian prince goes, women fall into bed with him.

As one of the central characters in the saga, this chapter of Kelric's life is essential reading for proper appreciation all the nuances of
David Mason
I thought this installment was a perfectly enjoyable light read. Other than a few orthographical idiosyncrasies, there is no doubt Asaro writes very well. From the core building blocks of sentence and paragraph she is quite good. Sometimes middle-of-the-series books are lacking, but I didn[t find it true in this case. Nice work on character development and a good story line. I wouldn't recommend the series just because of this book, but it is a fine addition to the series.
This is a direct sequel to The Last Hawk by Asaro. It continues the story of the heirs to the Ruby Dynasty. I love how she writes these worlds and that the characters are multi-dimensional. Yes, it's perhaps a touch of space opera but Asaro handles it so deftly that you still find yourself completely enmeshed in the characters and thier lives.
Don't get me wrong, there are books in the Saga of the Skolian Empire that are worth reading abut this is not one of them. Finding the same themes running through most of the books with this one the worst. For more on my general rethink of this series visit my blog, Thank the Maker at
Karin Granström
I came to really care about Kelric in this book. He handles the horrible hurdles life throws at him with intelligence, dignity and calm bravery. Also impressive is his lack of woe-is-me. And the gender role reversal is funny.
Also, it was fascinating to get a glimpse of the Aristos from their own perspective.
Now I dont know what to think....
This was the best book of the series BY FAR...
I had collected the first 6 of this series, and was largely unimpressed with most of the first 4, and now the 5th one was actually pretty good.
I guess the 6th one will get its turn and maybe I will even hunt down 7 and above...
Starts out okay, then rapidly devolves into a romance/soft porn novel. Improbable primary character/hero and waaaayy too much emotion. If this is the way all her novels are written, it is difficult to imagine how she could possibly have won a Nebula Award.
re-read 5/27/2014

"Super-Sexy Space-Stud" snort!

Kelric is a cool character, but I like Tarquine most of the Eubians so far (I think you're supposed to, actually)
Matt Borkowski
a cheesy classic-scifi continuation of the Skolia series. Asaro's tone mixes square engineer-mathmatician scifi with would-be pulp romance to mixed effect
Next novel that follows Kelric's escape and reunion with his family. Not quite as good as Last Hawk but definitely has some good points.
Mills & Boon in Space with a smattering of hard physics. Should have stopped after the first novel, which was great.
Yay! More Skolian-Trader interaction. I definitely like this series more when they continue the main conflict.
Kelric is free! for about a month. What is it with this guy?
fun and good character development, as usual for the author
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The author of more than twenty-five books, Catherine Asaro is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella “The Spacetime Pool.” Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine a
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Saga of the Skolian Empire (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Catch the Lightning (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #2)
  • The Last Hawk (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #3)
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  • Schism (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #10; The Triad, #1)
  • The Final Key (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #11; The Triad, #2)
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