The Radiant Seas by Catherine Asaro
(Saga of the Skolian Empire)

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Living in exile on a deserted planet, Sauscony and Jaibriol, each the heir to an interstellar empire, become entangled in the machinations of the Skolian Empire. Interstellar war erupts and Jaibriol is snatched away to be the unwilling ruler of the Highton Aristos. Sauscony must lead an invading space fleet to rescue him from his own Empire-without revealing that they are married. With much of interstellar civilization poised on the brink of destruction, it is the devotion of these two lovers, their sacrifices, and their heroism, that might just forge a new order.


About Catherine Asaro

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Editor Catherine Asaro is a two-time Nebula Award winner and bestselling novelist of more than twenty-five books, as well as a dancer, teacher, and musician. She is a multiple winner of the Readers' Choice Award from Analog magazine and a three-time recipient of the RT BOOKClub Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Her soundtrack Diamond Star, for her novel of the same name, is performed with the rock band Point Valid. She is a theoretical physicist with a PhD from Harvard and teaches part-time at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Visit her at

Author Residence: Columbia, MD

Author Hometown: Oakland and El Cerrito, CA
Published November 15, 1999 by Tor Books. 512 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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More romancing and high-tech saber-rattling in the far future: a sequel to Primary Inversion (1995), as the Skolian Empire again squares off against the feudal Traders and their sadistic Aristo leaders.

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At the same time, the heirs to the two empires, Sauscony Valdoria of Skolia and Jaibriol Qox II of Eube, having fallen in love in the saga's launch novel (Primary Inversion), now fake their deaths and raise a family on an unknown planet--until the deadly intrigues of the Eubians lead to Jaibriol'...

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(Her other novels are Catch the Lightning, set later than The Radiant Seas, and The Last Hawk, set at exactly the same time as Primary Inversion and The Radiant Seas, but on an isolated planet, away from the main action.) In Primary Inversion we were introduced to Sauscony Valdoria, a member of ...

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