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    • The Quantum Rose

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    The Saga of the Skolian Empire is Catherine Asaro's trademark series. It chronicles the lives of the members of the ruling family of the Empire in the distant interstellar future, weaving a fine blend of action, romance, and hard science fiction.

    Regular price: £22.39

    • The Charmed Sphere

    • Lost Continent, Book 1
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Once Chime had been the most promising mage in the land, feted and celebrated for her potential and future role in the kingdom. Then Iris, her young competitor, made a stunning leap in skill and turned Chime's world upside down. Now no longer the most powerful, no longer promised to a prince - and still unable to harness her magic properly - Chime was set adrift. As was the new king's cousin - and former heir - Lord Muller.

    Regular price: £24.79

    • Primary Inversion

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • New to science fiction...

    • By Anonymous User on 05-02-11

    Regular price: £17.39

    • The Moon’s Shadow

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 8
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    At the age of 17, the young nobleman named Jaibriol Qox becomes ruler of a vast galactic empire - and loses everything he has ever valued. Born of a clandestine liaison between a renegade daughter of the Skolian Imperialate and a scion of the genetically engineered Eubian Traders, Jai Qox grew up in exile, unaware of the powers that coursed through his noble blood.

    Regular price: £27.09

    • Schism

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Schism is how it all began, harkening back to the early years of the Skolian Empire, back to the beginning of the war between Skolia and the Euban Traders. Twenty-three years have passed since the fateful vote in the Skolian Assembly that Roca missed in Skyfall. It created the first open hostility between Eube and Skolia, which has only deepened in the ensuing years. Now Eube senses an opportunity, for strife has riven the first family of the Skolian Empire.

    Regular price: £25.69

    • Skyfall

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 9
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Eldrinson Valdoria is a bard and leader on the planet Skyfall, a world with a culture considered primitive by the starflung civilization of the Imperialate. As adept with a sword as he is with a ballad, he is also an undiscovered telepath of great power. Roca Skolia, a former dancer, is now the councilor for Foreign Affairs in the Imperialate's governing Assembly and heir to the Ruby Pharaoh of the Skolian Imperialate.

    Regular price: £23.69

    • Aurora in Four Voices (Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago Press)

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Sylvia Roldan Dohi
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    This collection of Catherine Asaro's show fiction contains five stories, including the Nebula Award-winning novella, Spacetime Pool, the Hugo and Nebula nominated novella Aurora in Four Voices, and an essay on Asaro's use of mathematics in her fiction.

    Regular price: £22.89

    • The Fire Opal

    • Lost Continent, Book 4
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Deep in the sun-drenched desert, priestess Ginger-Sun carries the power of shape mages. And whispers abound: Is she descended from the beloved Sunset Goddess? Or are her nighttime rituals filled with wickedness? Ginger herself is uncertain, until a stranger is left for dead at her feet. Thence her magic begins to burn. Fate makes Ginger the stranger's wife and therefore a target for those who would murder this man to crown another - and force her magic into twisted ferocity. For unless Ginger masters her dark powers, violence will rein in Taka Mal - and in her soul.

    Regular price: £20.59

    • The Last Hawk

    • Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 3
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    When Kelric, a scion of the imperial family of Skolia, crash-lands his fighter on the off-limits planet of Coba, he figures it will be only a short time before he makes his way home. But he fails to account for the powerful matriarchy of Coba, the mistresses of the great estates who do not want the Empire to know about their recent cultural advances. First they take him prisoner. Then, one by one, the most powerful women on the planet fall in love with him!

    Regular price: £25.69

    • Catch the Lightning

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In the distant future, the Skolian Empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light, across interstellar space. But their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.

    Regular price: £21.19

    • Sunrise Alley

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    When a shipwrecked stranger washed up on the beach near research scientist Samantha Bryton's home, she was unaware that he was something more than human. He said his name was Turner Pascal: but Pascal was dead, killed in a car wreck. This man only held the remainder of Pascal�s consciousness in a technologically-enhanced humanoid body.

    Regular price: £19.09

    • The Radiant Seas

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    This sequel to the acclaimed Primary Inversion continues the story of Sauscony and Jaibriol, each the heir to an interstellar empire, as they become entangled again in the machinations of the Skolian Empire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good as Primary Inversion

    • By Graham on 23-03-07

    Regular price: £27.09

    • The Final Key: Part Two of Triad

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 11
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Final Key is the completion of the duology Triad, which began with the novel Schism, and which reveals the epic story of how a war of galactic proportions first exploded between two great empires and how the Ruby Dynasty reached maturity. Schism ended with the Skolian Empire torn asunder by personal conflict within the royal family.

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Spherical Harmonic

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 7
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Liza Kaplan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of the Skolian Empire, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost. Yet they must move quickly if they are to resume their rightful place as rulers of Skolia.

    Regular price: £27.19

    • The Veiled Web

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ballerina Lucia del Mar has two great passions: dance, which consumes most of her waking hours, and the Internet, which brings the outside world into her tightly regimented life. These two passions collide when a White House performance and reception leads to an encounter with handsome Moroccan businessman Rashid al-Jazari, creator of a brilliant technology that has set the Internet rumor mill ablaze.

    Regular price: £19.29

    • The Night Bird

    • Lost Continent, Book 5
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    For centuries the women of Aronsdale have lived freely among the green and misted valleys. Creatures of exotic beauty and sensuality, they possess powerful skills of enchantment…and young Allegro is no different. But her life - and Aronsdale's independence - is threatened when Jazid nomads invade, carrying Allegro into the desert as a prized trophy…or worse. Until an unexpected ally falls under her spell. From the moment feared Jazid warrior Markus Onyx sees the alluring beauty, he knows he has found his queen. But even the promise of love cannot quell Allegro's determination to save her homeland.

    Regular price: £26.09

    • The Dawn Star

    • Lost Continent, Book 3
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    With no teacher to guide her, no mentor to discourage her from the impossible, Mel Dawnfield pushed her magic to its limits - and surpassed them. Only to find that her powers aren't enough to halt burgeoning rebellion within her husband's fledgling realm - or a plot devised to strike at the very heart of Mel's family. The lines have been drawn. Mel's mage strength has become greater than any power ever known, but dare she forge her spells into weapons to protect her people, her husband? For her magic might transform the brutality of war into the birth pangs of a peaceful empire - unless it proves the death blow to her world.

    Regular price: £20.59

    • The Misted Cliffs

    • Lost Continent, Book 2
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Award-winning author Catherine Asaro, creator of The Skolian Empire, returns to the world of Aronsdale, a place rich with magic and power. One generation after war had nearly destroyed three nations, evil was returning. And only Mel Dawnfield's daring sacrifice could stop it… The promise of peace rested on this young woman's noble vow: to marry Cobalt the Dark - heir to a family of legendary cruelty.

    Regular price: £20.59

    • Ascendant Sun

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Kelric returns to Skolian space, only to find the Empire in control of the Allied forces of Earth, thanks to the upheaval of the Radiance War. With little more than the clothes on his back and with his family imprisoned by the Allieds, Kelric is forced to take work on a merchant vessel. But when that vessel enters Euban space, Kelric finds his worst nightmare realized.

    Regular price: £22.39

    • Alpha

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Charon, a ruthless criminal and practitioner of illegal robotics, has died, and General Thomas Wharington believes his team has deleted all the electronic copies the inventor created of himself. But one major problem remains: Alpha, the sole survivor of Charon's cybernetic empire. Outwardly indistinguishable from a human woman, Alpha has superhuman capabilities, some of which are still unknown. Wharington's superiors want her dismantled and studied, but to Wharington, it feels like murder.

    Regular price: £16.19