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The Thrones of Kronos by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
Published by Tor Books
Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel
The saga of Exordium comes to a thunderous conclusion in this, the fifth volume. In spite of all Eusabian's brutalities, resistance to his rule continues even on Arthelion, occupied capital of the Panarchy.
However, Eusabian's attention is elsewhere, focused upon the ancient alien weapon known as the Suneater. He is coming close to controlling it, which makes continued failure all the more frustrating.
Meanwhile, Anaris continues to plot against his father in a traditional, almost ritualized struggle for power. This is made all the more intense by the bizarre setting in which it occurs -- the quasi-living interior of the Suneater.
Brandon must find a way to prevent the Suneater from being re-activated and used against the worlds of the Thousand Suns. Furthermore, he must liberate Arthelion, his beautiful capital, from its Dol'jharrian occupiers. Only then can he truly call himself Panarch.
This novel is a full and satisfying conclusion to the promise that was built up over the previous four books. A number of recent series have built up reader expectations with excellent early volumes, only to wimp out with cheap and trivial endings which frustrate their disappointed readers. This one delivers.
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Review posted December 15, 2000
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