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The second novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire.

Hadrian Marlowe is lost. 

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly 400 years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails...the galaxy will burn.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Christopher Ruocchio (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Pip
  • 11-22-20

What happened to John Lee?!?

I was really looking forward to the 2nd book as the storyline in the first book was so promising. However, I didn't get past the first few sentences - the narrator for book 2 is just awful. I will be returning this book until you bring back the most excellent John Lee!

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  • Bluebell
  • 11-12-20

narrator

audible please re-record with a better i really enjoyed the first book but a narrator can make or kill a book.
book 1 john lee excellent.
book2 cant get passed for chapter because of saul whoever i shall avoid like the plague or covid .
ruined just ruined

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  • Erin
  • 05-28-20

Good sequel

Great book. Preferred the narrator in the first book but a good performance non the less. Would be interested for him to expand on the events directly after the events of the first book as the snippets given make it sound compelling. Readers may be slightly lost at first as you are dumped into the middle of a story but it is nice not to be spoon fed by an author.

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  • Tina
  • 03-14-22

Please don’t change narrator between 1st & subsequent books

Really annoying that the narrator was changed. I enjoyed the first book, but just don’t like the narration of this one.

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  • Warren
  • 10-25-21

Narrator might as well be Reading holy Bible

I love the first book some people can read a story make you feel like your sat watching it. And then there book two a new narrator I felt like I was sat in church against my will listening to a priest read the holy Bible. I stopped after the first five chapters couldn’t keep my eyes open.

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  • Rogeraee
  • 12-29-20

A bit difficult to get into, I was never gripped.

Maybe it is me being an old man, but I really felt that at times it was disjointed, having said that the words, descriptions and phrases used made up for the slow times. A long book and I have already purchased the other two, but will give them a miss for the time being. need something more realistic for a while.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-20

Excellent second book

This is the second book in the sun eater series, and carries on the adventures of Hadrian Marlow.
This book is a little bit slower than the first, but it makes up for that with the overall plot and the introduction of new characters. The narrator has also been changed and as much as I love listening to Jon Lee, the new narrator is an even better fit for how the story is told.

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  • 02-23-20

ruined by terrible narration

I absolutely loved the first book. it was my book of the year, and I was so incredibly excited for the sequel.

it's here, and I can't stand it. I have no idea why they replaced John Lee, but there are so many other English narrators with similar voices to his that could have attempted a similar style. Saul reichlin does a terrible job, with strange pauses in the wrong spots in sentences and no gaps when there should be gaps.

don't buy the audio book, even if you're a fan of the first book.

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  • Adam
  • 03-02-20

I love this series

The change of narrator from the first book is a bit annoying but otherwise a great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-20

Great story, dreadful detail

Overall I love the scale and breadth of the story but the writer has the most annoying pattern that when, with dialogue, a question will be asked and the answer is interspersed with three paragraphs of reflection before it is delivered.