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(Saga of the Skolian Empire #9)

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The Birth of an Empire
Skyfall goes back to the very roots of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forges a vast interstellar empire. Eldrinson, a provincial ruler on a primitive planet, is plagued by inner demons. But when he meets Roca, a beautiful and mysterious woman from the stars, he whisks her away to his mountain retreat, inadvertently starting
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 2003)
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Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: vaginal-sf, sci-fi
This was kind if an old fashioned book, the lead characters were a bit too "Mary Sue" for my tastes personality-wise, but the reason I read it was that i heard the rest of this series by the author was a really great sic-fi epic, and from how she set up the world in this book so I'm definitely gonna give her series a try. It was also nice to see a romance in a sci-fi setting not make me cringe, so that was enjoyable.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book all over again. These books are totally my thing and I'm not even sure why, but I love them, even the creepy and awful villains (even if they don't really appear in this one). I shall definitely carry on rereading.
This is as silly as I remember. I plan to re-read this series, since hoopla has it available as an audiobook, and the 2 Major Bhaajan books which are written in this universe. I truly love this series but not this book or the immediately following Triad duology.
Roca and Eldri are the parents of Soz and her dynastically important Valdoria Skolia siblings who make up the bulk of the main characters of the novels in this series. Their love story is told in mere paragraphs in various of the series
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had never read Catherine Asaro before, but I am at a loss for why - she is everything I like: enough sword & planet balanced against fantasy, some psychic bits, strong female lead and well crafted male characters to boot. Having read this, which comes late in a series but is a 'flashback' book recalling origins, I may have found a new favorite author.
Asaro writes beautifully - a mix between science fiction in its most devourable form with just enough "" romance "" that brightens up a fanta
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I give up. I'm never going to finish this book, it's too twee. I let the spaceships trick me into thinking this was science fiction, but nooo. There may be a spaceship and evil alien empire somewhere in the background, but mostly it's telepathic ballerina senator princess mary sue and purple unicorns and vaguely elfin magic bard-king doing pointless things on top of a mountain in a Disneyland castle on a planet where everyone eats colored bubbles. Probably no spoiler to mention the magic pregnan ...more
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roca & Eldrinson's story! A prequel to all the to-date Skolian novels

re-read 6/14/2014
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intricate yet disturbing underling theme.
You know that segment on SNL: Really?! Well, reading this book was kind of like that. I read the primary inversion and like it, even if I had some issues about it. So, I thought it might be good to read by chronological order. I know this book was published later than Primary Inversion, but time wise it’s first in the series. I wonder if it was written before, because it seemed undeveloped and very childlike and not in a good way. I don’t mean it was written with a childlike wonder which would h ...more
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Roca is one of five people in the Skolia family, the Ruby scions whose talents support the communications system, without which the Skolian Empire cannot stand. These powerful empaths carry so many dangerous recessive genes that breeding new Ruby scions is the primary concern of the ruling Assembly.

A third marriage has been carefully arranged for Roca -- all business, no love, and everyone hopes for healthy children. But Roca becomes trapped on a primitive planet. Amazingly, the local leader Eld
John Loyd
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Skyfall (2003) 307 pages by Catherine Asaro.

Kurj is the commander of the J-Forces with ambitions to be the imperator of Skolia. Right now Skolia is debating whether to launch and invasion to reclaim the platinum sector from Eube or to try negotiations. Kurj is for this invasion and Roca, his mother, is strongly against it. Kurj has been "protecting" his mother and this is making it hard for her to attend assembly meetings. We pick up the story with Roca having escaped her bodyguards before the b
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It hadn't dawned on me, where else Asaro could jump/skip/leap in her universe to another non-linear storyline. Of course, go back in time just a tiny bit, rewind, and give a further backstory on some characters we'd met already.

I think of all the hop/skip/jump changes in the Skolian universe, this one pleased me the most. Lyshriol has some idyllic, legendary qualities, and it was nice to get lost on that world for a while. Also, it's finally getting easier to keep track of who's who, especially
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mehs
Overall Review: Meh

While midly entertaining, it suffers severely from "Oops, I can see the author manipulating the strings". Prime examples include Roca's decision to visit the castle and the deus ex machina appearance of the Skolians at exactly the right moment (facing defeat, Roca ready to go into labor).

A fundamental aspect of any story is to get the reader to suspend disbelief - to purposely ignore the puppeteer. In Skyfall Catherine Asaro clearly fails in this regard.
Amanda Meggs
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok, we'll although this is book 9, it's actually about Roca who is mother to quite a few characters whose stories are already told. This one was really providing back story to the other tales already told. It was good but not as fulfilling a read as some of the others. It's a couple of years since I read any but this one didn't have quite the same feel to me - more 'romancy' although all of them have a romance in them. Anyway, an enjoyable read, fast paced and entertaining.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Summary: An interesting prequel - so no real surprises, and some silliness, but overall not a bad book that knits together quite a few odds and ends from the first 8 books

Plotline: The basic plot was pretty good and worked well with the premise.

Premise: Interesting. Not fully convinced it would really work, but different too most SF.

Writing: Good bits were good, well described, strong characters

Ending: Sadness and happiness

Pace: Never a dull moment!
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked up one this series as a freebie from the Tor free library. That is a bad concept for a book addict. They get you hooked on series. There are no stand alone books in the free library. But back to Skyfall. Good solid love story set in a far off land. Still hauntingly familiar, this story rewrites a tale as old as time itself, Romeo and Juliet. With fresh innovations such as telepathy and tribal wars, this is a great all around scifi book. Five stars out of five!
Karin Granström
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fascinating to finally see how it all started! I did wonder how Roca had ended up on Lyshriol.
Kurj is his usual captivatingly disturbing self and provides much needed tension and drama to the otherwise somewhat bland plot (though my perception may be coloured by the fact that I think Roca had no business voting on military matters when she clearly does not understand the treat Eube is to Skolia).
Sep 03, 2007 rated it liked it
Dr. Catherine Asaro, theoretical physicist and former ballerina writes space opera like nobody's business. In this one, Roca, psion queen and ballerina(!) with the body of a porn star is swept away by hunky barbarian on horseback. Her family politics dictate interstellar politics and everybody's motives are spelled out in neon. Beyond over the top, the absurdity is delectable because the story is well paced and fun. (March 14, 2005)
Kelley Ceccato
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I won this book at a conference. Normally I'm a little leery of coming into a series at book 9, but this book is retrofitted onto the front of the series, so it was all to the good.

Asaro kept the science light enough that I didn't get bogged down in techno speak, and the romance thread appealed to me a great deal. I thought Eldri and Roca were well-matched and the story was good enough that I read it all in one sitting.

I will definitely look up others in this series from Asaro.
Kae Cheatham
Good writing, characters well described. I didn't like the sort of '60s feel to the story line. Perhaps others in the series are different, but in this, the woman protagonist, although from a matriarchal imperialist clan, exhibited no power and seemed fairly self-serving to the powerful males in the story.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story is written in an intelligent and exciting manner. It begins in the middle of action. Backstory is interspersed smoothly in the opening pages via Roca’s thoughts. The opening scenes are interesting science fiction material. There are some romances.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Nice prequel story to the insight how royal Skolian family member Roca finds her soulmate. Additional details about ruling family heritage are revealed. Catherine Asaro at its best - new exciting planet, romantic story and tragedies.
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was more romance than science fiction although the society is based around a very strange occurance: a psionic web rather like the internet but maintained by powerful psions in addition to computers.
Janet Richards
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Romance space. Basically.

Well - I guess I forgot I had read this - and listened to it again, basically to have something to fall asleep to at night. Yep - exactly.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
very disappointing. reads like a bad romance novel with a few space opera flourishes as window dressing. Asaro can do so much better, and generally does.
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Roca falls for Eldri. Kurj learns a family secret that changes history
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it
It was good! I didn't think it was as much a romance as some people say it is. To me, it seemed more about political intrigue and strategy. There WAS romance but it didn't seem the focal point.
Jul 13, 2008 marked it as to-read
Skolian Empire bk 9
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
70% romance, 10% sci-fi (in the last 1/4 of the book), and 20% other stuff. It does set up some background of the series, which is what I was hoping to get out of it.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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

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