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Empress of the Sun (Everness Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Ian McDonald
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When Everett Singh's dad was randomly sent to one of the many parallel worlds in the multiverse, Everett discovered a way to find him on the quarantined planet E1, home of the terrifying Nahn.

Now he, along with the crew of the airship Everness, has followed a trail to the next world and his father.

But this is a world where dinosaurs have had sixty-five million years to evolve, where death is the key to the throne and where the Empress of the Sun has a plan to wipe out every other creature on her planet... and then take her conquest to Earth.

All she needs is Everett's infundibulum...


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'Breakneck action ... This is vintage McDonald, with beautifully drawn settings, complex characters and deft plotting' Guardian.

'The Everness series has to be one of the best examples of quality, riveting YA Science Fiction I have ever read' speconspecfic.com.

'It's action-packed, fun, well-composed and very well-written ... filled with great observations, characters, and above all a great story' Civilian Reader.

'Imaginative fiction at its finest ... for anybody who likes science fiction of the highest caliber' Robin's Books.

'I hope that Ian continues to cater for teenagers as he has a real talent for tapping in to their world, and I know at least one kid that will be very disappointed if there is no more' Concatenation.

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When Everett Singh's father was exiled to one of the many parallel worlds in the multiverse, Everett discovered the Infundibulum - and a way to find his missing dad. With his friend Sen, pilot of the airship Evereness, Captain Anastasia Sixmyth and her crew, he tracked him first to the quarantined planet E1, home of the terrifying Nahn, and now to an alternate world unlike any they've ever seen. This is a world where dinosaurs didn't die out but evolved and diversified - and they have a sixty-five-million-year technological head start on humanity. Everness has jumped right into the middle of a civil war between rival empires - and the Empress of the Sun is delighted. She has a plan to win the war, though it will bring total destruction to not only her own race, but to every world of the Plenitude - including our Earth. All she needs is Everett's infundibulum...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1395 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (24 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EIFS5XW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ian McDonald was born in Manchester in 1960. His family moved to Northern Ireland in 1965. He now lives in Belfast and works in TV production. The author of many previous novels, including the groundbreaking Chaga books set in Africa, Ian McDonald has long been at the cutting edge of SF. RIVER OF GODS won the BSFA award in 2005.

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Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald

A review by Jeanette Greaves

The series that started with 'Planesrunner' and continued with 'Be My Enemy' continues at a rollicking pace with the third novel 'Empress of the Sun'. It would not be wise to treat it as a stand alone novel; it hangs upon, and draws on, the events in the previous two books, so leaping in mid series is not advised. That said, going back to read the first two books is hardly a task to be avoided, but an initiation to enjoy.
A young adult novel that brings together alternate universes, steam-punk, lizard queens and a massive feat of space engineering needs a sure hand at the wheel, and thankfully, in Ian McDonald, it gets one. Ian is not afraid to give his characters and ideas time to gel together, making 'Empress of the Sun' a satisfyingly chunky read.
The book picks up the twin tales of two teenage boys, Everett Singh and his alter Everett M Singh, an almost identical boy from an alternate Earth. Everett Singh is the son of a physicist who, having discovered how to travel between different universes, has been exiled by those who are threatened by his invention, and want it for themselves. That invention, the Infundibulum, has been downloaded onto Everett's iPad and launched him (and the crew of the airship 'Everness') into the many adventures that are documented in the series. The alter, Everett M, has been engineered and blackmailed to fight against Everett. The boys are physically identical enough that Everett M fits convincingly into Everett's world, where he spends the duration of the book. He shows himself to be, like his alter, a strong and inventive teenager who survives challenges from several quarters, growing and maturing in the process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth 25 Jun. 2014
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Empress of the Sun is the third novel in Ian McDonald's impressive Everness series. It dawned on me as I neared the end of book 2, that my assumption that this was a trilogy was incorrect. Since the author had gone to the trouble to create a billion universes, he can write as many stories as he wants in them. And so it is. By the end of this book, there is nothing resolved, no closure. Just more great storytelling and first class speculation.

I must confess this is probably my least favourite of the three, but it's hard to put my finger on why. As I thought the first two almost peerless in their brilliance, this is not necessarily much of a criticism. Empress of the Sun is just very very good, rather than exceptional (please don't ask me how this scale works). The central premise of the new world discovered by Everett is tremendous. What if the dinosaurs never died out?

This is hardly a new premise. It's the idea behind countless B-Movies and pulp fiction paperbacks, but I've never seen anybody do what McDonald has done with it. If T-Rex never died out, his descendants have had 65 million years to evolve. What we have here is solar system occupied by uber-advanced dinosaurs. Extremely hostile uber advanced dinosaurs.

This new system is fascinating, and the story that plays out in it strong. The overall story arc continues, but not that strongly and I think that might be why I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the others.

The Everness series is a fascinating panoply of what-might-bes. It's imaginative fiction at its finest. Nominally a YA series, really it's a set books for anybody who likes science fiction of the highest calibre. There are no more Everness books obvious on the horizon, but I certainly hope it's a series that runs and runs.
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Enjoying the series ... but I thought it was a trilogy, so now I've got to wait for the fourth book :-(
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