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  • Skyfall

  • The Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 9
  • By: Catherine Asaro
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Weintraub
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

Eldrinson Valdoria is a bard and leader on the planet Skyfall, a world with a culture considered primitive by the starflung civilization of the Imperialate. As adept with a sword as he is with a ballad, he is also an undiscovered telepath of great power.

Roca Skolia, a former dancer, is now the councilor for Foreign Affairs in the Imperialate's governing Assembly and heir to the Ruby Pharaoh of the Skolian Imperialate. Caught in a political struggle with her warlord son, she ends up stranded on Skyfall and missing a meeting of the Assembly to vote on humanity's first interstellar war. Though trapped, she finds herself drawn to Eldrinson, whose thoughts are as clear as the words he cannot write. As their attraction deepens into a love that the laws of both their peoples forbid, the flames of war ignite among the stars.

©2012 Catherine Asaro (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great story.....

The story was good, but spoilt by the narration, it sounded like it was being read by a robot.

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  • Whitney Sands
  • 19-08-22

Best one yet, finally, the back story.

Full circle, 360, and I am ready to restart the cycle again with Quantum Rose.

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  • NightRunner
  • 27-01-22

Ok

2.75 Stars for me!

My rating range of this story... 1.5 - 3.5
If significant, why? The h kinda drove me nuts

Main Character Ratings...
H = 6/10
h = 4/10

Narrator Rating(s)
M = n/a
F = 7/10
If below 5/10,why?

Was cheating involved? No
Any major triggers to be aware of? No

If Comedy... Type? n/a
Genuinely Funny
Cringe Inducing
Just No!

Angst Level? Moderate to Heavy
Light, Moderate, Heavy or Please Stop
3 Stars for me!

Internal Monolog? Moderate
Light, Moderate, Heavy or Please Stop

Scenes with heat... Yes
What point does it start? 60%
How much of the story? 2%
Anything beyond M/F? No
If yes, explained

Heat Rating... 3/10
Clean or Fade to Black - 1 or 2
Normal to Descriptive 3-5
Detailed Descriptive Sex - 6-7
Um, Wow, Beyond Descriptive Sex - 8 or above

Was there so much sex or unrealistic sex that you rolled your eyes and/or skipped forward? No

The back story... The blurb says it all

The Romance... I sort of saw it but it takes two and the h was worried about appearances.

The drama explosion... There were a couple
Did it feel Real, OK or contrived? Ok
Was it OTT? Yes
Separation involved? Yes
Was it resolved properly or rushed? Differently

Final Notes... The h is anti-war which is fine with me, however, she let it color every situation. Her son is pro-war and a hot head which puts them at odds. It just didn't mesh well with me. I will read the next book in the series as some first books get mired in the world building.

HEA or HFN? HEA

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  • Laura Roderick
  • 26-12-18

Good narration at last!

This one is well written and has a good mix of action and characters. The main characters are the parents of Saucony and Verg. The last two books in this series ( Moonshadow and Skyfall) are the only ones with adequate narration. In the others the narration interupped the story.

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  • Nikki
  • 14-11-18

More to the story

This is how Roca and Eldri got together. I’ve enjoyed this entire series. SF and romance.

#SF #Mindbending #Clever #Pain # SF Series #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • HMP
  • 09-11-17

Never disappointed with Catherine Asaro's work!

There is so much rich history and so many back stories to the Skolian Empire saga, each installment makes it more real.