Betrayer of Worlds
by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765326089
Date: 12 October 2010 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Niven and Edwards continue the prequellian expansion of N-space with a fourth volume nominally about the flight from the galaxy to escape the galaxy's exploding core by the alien race of Puppeteers. In Betrayer of Worlds they flesh out the backstory of one of SF's best known protagonists, Luis Wu, whom most readers met on his 200th birthday, just before taking off to explore Ringworld, Niven's magnum opus about a star circling structure. Here we meet him seventy years earlier, when the Puppeteer Nessus drafts him to be his human agent on a dangerous mission to protect the Puppeteer world fleet. Warning: if you haven't read Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers, or the first three books in this series, this isn't the place to jump in. You could, but you wont get as much out of it as you might. From official release/information:
Product Description: Since fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have--just barely--survived one crisis after another. The rebellion of their human slaves. The relentless questing of the species of Known Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw'oth. The onslaught of the genocidal Pak.
Now fresh disaster looms, as though past crises have returned and converged. Who can possibly save the Fleet this time?
(Source: Tor Books)