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Blood and Iron (Penrose 2) by Tony Ballantyne
Tor Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780230738614
Date: 18 June 2010 List Price £16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

The second novel in Tony Ballantyne's Penrose series from an author whose reputation continues to grow as a creator of exciting hard SF. (I reviewed his début novel Recursion here back in July 04). Blood and Iron, is Ballantyne's fifth novel and is now published by Tor UK in hardcover.

" Appointed Commander of the Emperor's Army of Sangrel, Wa-Ka-Mo-Do of Ko tries to establish relations between the existing robot population and the humans who have recently arrived on Yukawa. On the continent of Shull, Kavan forms the Uncertain Army and is marching to Artemis City. Upon discovery that the city's generals have made an alliance with the humans, he retreats to Stark where he plans the eventual overthrow of Artemis and the humans.

Meanwhile, Karel is heading South, hoping to be reunited with Susan, his wife. As he walks, he hears more of the stories of the robots, and begins to understand something about his place on the world of Penrose. But with limited resources and tensions growing between robot and human it's only a matter of time before problems arise. And it's becoming more and more apparent that the humans are a lot more powerful than the robots first expected..."

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