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The Berserker Throne (Berserker #7)

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The Empress of the Eight Worlds has been assassinated. Prince Harivarman, exiled on the Templar Radiant, suspects that he will be the next victim. Help is scarce: Anne Blenheim, the fortress' clear-eyed, fair Commander, is favorably disposed toward the Prince, but her first responsibility is to the Templar High Command. And Chen Shizuoka, a Templar recruit sympathetic to H

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Paperback, 319 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Tor Books (first published May 1985)
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Pat
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Been a while since I'd read any Berserker books, and they weren't my favorite Saberhagen, but this was a freebie. The plot was a bit muddled but the setting was interesting and so was the basic concept of man vs machine.
Aljaž Podgornik
I think the book is difficult to read, because of its writing style and one of the main characters is mostly pointless, as he doesn't do anything interesting, and i couldn't connect with any character, but I liked the plot twist.
Miran
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Old school sci fi novel. I liked it's storyline. Characterizations isn't something extraordinary, but it serves it's purpose of telling a story.
It was nice picking the book from the library shelf, without knowing anything about it and letting go its storyline and characters to evolve.
Johnny
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Berserker Throne was one of the free eBooks available on the Baen website. I didn’t recognize the title from a couple of decades ago when I was reading Fred Saberhagen regularly, so I nabbed a copy of this one and read it on the train. It took longer than usual because I kept breaking off and reading something else. Is that because it’s a bad book? It is not. However, I have admitted my prejudice in the past. I like to be invested in at least one or more characters throughout a novel and, even i ...more
Jeff
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Berserker Throne
by Fred Saberhagen

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SKU: 0671558366
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The time is the distant future, and humanity's war with the Berserker machines still rages. When an assassination touches off a power struggle in the Empire of the Eight Worlds, Prince Harivarman, who has been unwillingly exiled to a space fortress known as the Templar Radiant, senses that his political enemies are moving against him and that his life is in imminent danger. He needs to escape h
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Karlen
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Even though the characterization was a little thin I liked this book until the end. Then the protagonist came riding in as a hero and we were treated to a quick summary of what had happened behind the scenes to get to that point. Until then his sanity, trustworthiness and likability were all questionable so it felt a bit deus ex machina.
Jan
Jan 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read this as a free download from Baen Books. It had a bit of a slow start, but got really good in the middle and end. T
Thom Dunn
Herbert and Zelazny gave rave cover blurbs. No apparatus--can't find its place in Berserker series. (12/2009).
Robin Juhl
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Twists of fate that twist about -- while trying to survive berserkers? Complex and thoughtful. And a frighteningly accurate assessment of mankind.
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Berserker Throne by Fred Saberhagen (2000)
J
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Sci-Fi Rel. 1985, house copy, like Terminators,
Ronald
May 27, 2016 added it
read some time in 1987
Eugene
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it
re-read this book
classic Sci-fi
a good read but a little thin on plot and character development
Yougo
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A quick easy read, a good addition to the berserker series. More of a political intrigue in the end than a warring between species, but a enjoyable hard to put down read.
Void lon iXaarii
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Gripping story, superb plot twists and very original ideas. Great storytelling style with multiple angles and first person perspectives.
Bard Bloom
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it
An interesting book -- rather better than I had expected, with a nicely twisty plot.
Kevin Connery
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Solid story with some nice twists. Decent (but not spectacular) characterization.
Raven
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Berserker books can be hit-or-miss, but this one was definitely a hit. Fully-fleshed characters, political intrigue, and an exotic locale.
Phil Kozel
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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Another good installment in the Berserker series. This is a relatively short novel that moves along at a good pace. Interesting political intrigue and a fun ending. 3.5 stars.
Heather
Apr 17, 2008 rated it liked it
A solid expansion of the berserker world.
Monk
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cut
My SCI-fi teeth on Berzerker when I was 12. Been a long time since I've gone back to this world. And I loved it.
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Fred Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his ''Beserker'' and Dracula stories.

Saberhagen also wrote a series of a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular ''Empire of the East'' and continuing through a long series of ''Swords'' and ''Lost Swords'' novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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