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Summary

The UFS Phoenix embarks on a dangerous quest for the AI Ceephay Queen who rules at the heart of the Reeh Empire. For cover, Phoenix will use the enormous war being launched by the new rulers of the croma, Croma'Dokran, into reeh space. This war is intended in part to evacuate the corbi homeworld of Rando, thus righting a great wrong of croma history by rescuing 200 million corbi from reeh tyranny. 

While Lisbeth defies her parren seniors to use drysine and parren firepower in assisting the evacuation, Erik captains Phoenix, accompanied by Styx's four drysine warships, to the world of Eshir, where Styx insists the Ceephay Queen was once located. There, in the ancient, ruined city of Qalea, Trace and Styx must lead an away mission through buried layers of Reeh Empire history to uncover its long-forgotten secrets. Discovering the Ceephay Queen's present location could set them on the road to saving humanity. But Qalea's secrets have been hidden by the reeh for millennia, secrets that could rock their Empire, and they will stop at nothing to keep hidden.

©2020 Joel Shepherd (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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A strong new book.

No spoilers.

Negatives:
A bit of a slow start as it uses a fair bit of time to establish what this book is about.

Always a bit heavy to get your bearings in the start, with placing all the names, races, factions and their associations with these books.

Some might find the jumping between so many characters, and their stories a bit annoying. Can seem a bit "overcrowded" as such.

There is something that happens in the book that is such a typical cliché, and I really was hoping for something different in this series...

There are ...issues between humans and Drysines that never really gets addressed.

Positives:
It's a direct continuation of the previous book.

New exiting environments

Get to know Major Thakur a bit more in-depth.

Top notch voice acting.


Glad I read it, looking forward to the next.

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You have to listen to it

A great book loved the story great narration 5 stars I highly recommend listening to this book 👍👍👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Galaxy Spanning Mega Series!

This series is a must for any true Sci-Fi fan. It has everything you could wish for and more. John Lee provides an epic narration as usual and brings the characters to vibrant life!

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This is one of my favourite SF series

This is one of my favourite SF series - I can't wait for the next one. The universe of the series is elaborate and fascinating with many alien species and AIs. Whenever there is a conflict between humans and friendly AIs I usually find myself rooting for the AIs - this is how well developed the AI characters are. All the characters are very well developed. The narration by John Lee Is excellent as usual.

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The excellence continues

Smart writing and great narration. What more could you ask for? Bring on the next volume in the series!

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Not impressed

Great example of an author who uses fancy talk to sound smart, but it comes across as simple.

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Great series continues on track

Not much to say. Another installment that does not disappoint, in a series that has become one of the best sci-fi worlds I've experienced. Charachters continue to develop in interesting directions and the canon of the universe keeps on expanding, and the plot of the overrall story thickens. Impatient for the next one.

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One of the best ongoing sci fi series!

Renegade was my first audible book. A Year later and I eent through Qilea Drop in a weekend. It is ace.

Shepherd's world building is massive, rich and detailed but it never gets daunting or feels bloated. Plus his characters have amazing arcs.

In this book alone he deals with morality of AI, refugees, PTSD, immigration, far right extremism and religious fanaticism all wrapped up in an engaging mystery adventure that is not only a great sci fi story but is funny. A rare gem, please hurry with the next one!

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Amazing when is the next one?

Loved this installment. Possibly my favorite all time space opera. Great narration. As ever. Love the characters and story development.
Well done Joel.

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Great return to form

I was disappointed with the last book, but this one returned to the right level of intrigue and action brilliantly. Fast moving intertwined stories, full of doubts and having second guessing who is the good guy and who isn’t. The story closed off very well leaving just a couple of open lines to take into the next book. Not too many to leave you frustrated, just enough to get your appetite whetted. Can’t wait 😜

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  • 23-12-20

excellent

an excellent addition to an excellent series deep world building with heavy emphasis on characters and philosophies. Plots mostly revolve around strategy and political intrigues with hidden histories and agendas

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  • David Warren Howard
  • 08-01-21

spiral wars are spiraling

I've loved this series but this was by far the worst entry! There are 3 separate storry threads and only one felt it had any real consequence the other two (a planitary evacuation and running around an alien world) needed to move on but it just dragged out the entire book. I just couldn't pay attention to the point when i only had 4 hours left i skipped over 2 of them. ill probably keep listening to the series, but if the next book has this same pacing ill be done.

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  • CReaper210
  • 14-01-21

Fun, but didn't progress the story much.

The narration is amazing, as has been the case with the rest of the series with John Lee.

But after finishing this book, I don't feel satisfied like I did with most of the other books in the series. I feel that it's only really the ending itself, the last one hour or so, that really gave the readers/listeners what we came for.

Our main crew goes to a Reeh-occupied planet with humans on it and three quarters of the way through of the book they are there really doing basically nothing. Fighting with random aliens on the planet and dealing with the divided human population and learning about the history on how they got there. Interesting, but almost completely irrelevant to the main story.

And then the book is split with us getting to see the Corbi evacuation. It was cool, seeing some of how they go about doing that. But I couldn't help but feel that the whole storyline was unnecessary. It very much seemed to serve the purpose of showing Liala and how she is handling things. I would have much rather that this corbi storyline have been cut down to a few chapters, leaving out the chapters with individual corbi, and instead having added to the storyline on Qalea.

Honestly, I really did enjoy the book and the action, dialogue, politics, space battles, etc. and seeing all that stuff and how it works in this universe is always a blast to listen to. I just ended up wishing that more would have happened to progress the main story. I expect pretty much all spiral wars fans to enjoy the book either way and important things really do get revealed near the end, so it's going to be a recommendation for that if anything, but for me, this felt almost like a side story to me, even though I understand it's absolutely not.

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  • Ashbychick
  • 31-12-20

Continual Great World Building

I've loved this series! Shepherd does a great job with building the universe - and by the time we hit book 7, the world-building is deep and widely varied with a fascinating array of alien species & history. Yet he does it again in book 7 - building the mythos of Qalea and how it relates not only to humanity's history, but to the rest of the galaxy. Shepherd doesn't just build a fascinating universe - he advances character development as well. The Major, for example, was due for some internal reckoning (and wrestling). Eric is no longer the talented-but-uncertain LC, he's a captain with experience, and he's not afraid of that authority....and he's willing to use it for the right reasons. Anyway - I highly recommend this series, it's by far one of the best sci-fi series around (and I've read many of them)!

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  • chasmania
  • 28-12-20

series continues in high end form

This is one of the best series in this genre. Story, chemistry, action, and dialog make it worth multiple listens.

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  • bdunaway
  • 11-10-21

one of my favorites.

This series has proven itself over the past 7 books. iimmigration, Insightful, and deep. it is truly what science fiction is supposed to be. in a world full of recycled Stat wars garbage, so glad there are still sages like this. Come on book 8.b

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  • Legend Blackthorne
  • 25-09-21

Slow with good bits

Joel Shepherd falls for the old mistake of later books in a series. Spanning too many point of views and sub plots. Most are completely boring and advance the plot in ways that could be done in a overview of a few lines. The main plot of Phoenix might be 1/8th of this book. Most is the evacuation and plot of a throw away character from the current planet. This slowed what should been the whole plot of going after the a.i from one book into probably 3.

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  • MacKenzie Healy
  • 18-08-21

so good. can't wait for next one

Every now and then I am lucky enough to discover a sci fi series I LOVE. This is one of them.

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  • scarlet_aurora
  • 21-07-21

great book

I've read all of the books in this series and I felt like this was one of the best ones... A must read

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  • Anne Vaughan
  • 04-07-21

A Wonderful Addition

The Spiral Wars is my favorite Sci-fi series and this book is just as fantastic as the rest of the books in this series. I love the lore and deep history present in all these books, not to mention the intense political scheming on all sides. I eagerly the next installment and hope there are many more to come.