Queen of Candesce: Book two of Virga
by Karl Schroeder
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765315441
Date: 21 August 2007 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Queen of Candesce takes up soon after the first book, Sun of Suns: Virga, Book 1, leaves off, but while book 1 focused on Hayden's journey to adulthood and past revenge, this story strikes off with Venera Fanning, the wife of Admiral Chaison Fanning, who had gone with him to the artificial star at the heart of Virga, Candesce, to shut down the field that suppresses electronics throughout the gas ball. Virga, you see, is the only refuge from the virtual/real intermix of reality that exists through (post)human space. While Venera wants to shut down the field so that Chaison's fleet can use crude radar sets to repel a force out to destroy their home country of Spindrift, they discover that the outsider that is helping them has a deeper agenda of her own. Though she succeeds in her quest, Venera winds up killing the woman, and as a result chooses not to trust her fortune to Hayden, who had fallen in love with the alien technologist. So she kicks off into the winds of Virga, trusting that they will carry her somewhere she can get home to Spindrift from. From official release/information:
From back of book: Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in The Queen of Candesce, Venerea finds herself plunging through the air among the artificial worlds of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least some convenient allies). She must quickly learn whom she can trust, and whom she can manipulate.
Survival isn't her only goal; with the powerful Key of Candesce in her hands, she can control the fate of the entire world of Virga, yet something even more pressing is driving her--the all-consuming need for revenge.