Skolian Empire (chronological order)

16 books in series
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Skyfall Summary

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. Caught in a political struggle with her warlord son, she ends up stranded on Skyfall and missing a meeting of the Assembly to vote on humanity's first interstellar war. Though trapped, she finds herself drawn to Eldrinson, whose thoughts are as clear as the words he cannot write. As their attraction deepens into a love that the laws of both their peoples forbid, the flames of war ignite among the stars.

©2012 Catherine Asaro (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Skyfall

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 9
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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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.

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  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Schism

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
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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.

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  • Book 4

    • 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
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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.

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  • Book 5

    • The Last Hawk

    • Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 3
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
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    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!

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  • Book 6

    • Ascendant Sun

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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    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.

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  • Book 7

    • Primary Inversion

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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    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

  • Book 8

    • The Radiant Seas

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
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    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.

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    • Not as good as Primary Inversion

    • By Graham on 23-03-07

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  • Book 9

    • Spherical Harmonic

    • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 7
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Liza Kaplan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
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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.

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  • Book 10

    • The Quantum Rose

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
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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.

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  • Book 11

    • 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
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    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.

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  • Book 12

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  • Book 15

    • Catch the Lightning

    • A Novel of the Skolian Empire
    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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    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.

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

    • By: Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated by: Sylvia Roldan Dohi
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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    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.

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