The Orphaned Worlds (Humanitys Fire 2)
by Michael Cobley
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841496344
Date: 03 March 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Scottish author Michael Cobley, perhaps best known thus far for his Shadowkings fantasy trilogy, returned to his science fiction roots last year with Seeds of Earth, the first novel in a major new space opera series (subtitled Humanity's Fire) and a book that was enthusiastically received by readers and critics alike.
The second in the series, The Orphaned Worlds is now published in mass market paperback by Orbit.
"Darien is no longer a lost outpost of humanity, but the prize in an intergalactic power struggle. Hegemony forces have a stranglehold over the planet and crack troops patrol its hotspots while Earth watches, passive, rendered impotent by galactic politics. But its Darien ambassador will soon become a player in a greater conflict. There is more at stake than a turf war on a newly discovered world. An ancient Uvovo temple hides access to a hyperspace prison, housing the greatest threat sentient life has ever known. Millennia ago, malignant intelligences were caged there following an apocalyptic war. And their servants work on their release. However, Darien's guardians have not been idle, gathering resistance on the planet's forest moon. Knowledge has been lost since great races battled in eons past, and now time is short. The galaxy will depend on the Uvovo reclaiming their past - and humanity must look to its future. For a new war is coming. "