posted on Feb, 23 2007 @ 07:30 AM
ANOTHER amazing series finished.
DOn't you just hate when you finish a good series and have to start something else, always wondering if it will be as good?
Anywho, they were originally one book entitled Succession but split into two, The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds, authored by Scott
They deal with humanity far into the future after we have found a way to conquer death. By attaching a symbiant to a dead body, it can be reanimated
and continue living. The person who discovered this did so in order to help his little sister, stricken with a wasting disease. He eventually found a
way and for his achievement he was made Emperor of the Eighty Worlds, and his sister became known as The Reason. Over time, the 'Honoured Dead'
become an elitist group. They control the majority of the wealth, the businesses, the arm and with the Risen Emperor ruling the worlds, they pretty
much control everything, leaving the living as second class citizens.
The first book opens with The Reason being held hostage by a cybernetic species known as the Rix, and high overhead in space an Imperial ship tries to
rescue her. However, during the rescue attempt the Emperor's cronies, the Apparatus, move to assist the recapture of The Reason, in order to protect
something they refer to as "The Secret". Above, the ship's monitors go dark as the marines reach the Emperor's sister and erect a forcefield to
protect her. Within the forcefield is The Reason, her marine saviours, an Adept of the Emperor, and a Rix corpse. Suddenly the ship regains contact
and realises that the field was destroyed, and that the The Reason, along with her saviours, has been killed.
What follows afterward is an AMAZING conspiracy theory story (perfect for ATS ) in which the circumstances around the Reason's death are
investigated, exploited and challenged. I suggest you read both books NOW!!!