The Risen Empire
by Scott Westerfeld
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1841493724
Date: 19 January, 2006 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
A big, one volume space adventure by US writer Scott Westerfeld. Satisfyingly huge, Westefield's novel predates the "Castle" stories of Steph Swainston, and though both share the central plot premise of a group of elite immortals who serve a powerful Emperor, the idea is explored very differently in each.
"The undead Emperor has ruled the Eighty Worlds for sixteen hundred years. His is the power to grant immortality to those he deems worthy, creating an elite class known as the Risen..."