Skolian Empire (published order)
Books in series14
UNABRIDGED
(3.9 based on 1973 ratings)
  • 1

    Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    Good Narrator and a Good Story

    I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels. In addition I enjoy novels with strong character development (i.e. George R.R. Martin, Robert Heinl..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 20 2005 by Victoria (Taylor Mill, KY, USA)
  • 2

    Catch the Lightning: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    In the distant future, the Skolian Empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light, across interstellar space. But their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.

    Lonna says: "Lots of technology, lots of romance"
    Lots of technology, lots of romance

    Somehow, this book combines heavy theoretical physics and a love story in a way that actually works. For those with more restrained natures, the sexua..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 24 2004 by Lonna (Darwell, AB, Canada)
  • 3

    The Last Hawk: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    When Kelric, a scion of the imperial family of Skolia, crash-lands his fighter on the off-limits planet of Coba, he figures it will be only a short time before he makes his way home. But he fails to account for the powerful matriarchy of Coba, the mistresses of the great estates who do not want the Empire to know about their recent cultural advances. First they take him prisoner. Then, one by one, the most powerful women on the planet fall in love with him!

    Stuart says: "Reader in a bit of a hurry"
    Reader in a bit of a hurry

    I would have enjoyed this book if I had read it in print form, but I just couldn't get past the reader. Her enunciation was clear and her natural voi..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 11 2010 by Stuart (Mill Valley, CA, USA)
  • 4

    The Radiant Seas: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    This sequel to the acclaimed Primary Inversion continues the story of Sauscony and Jaibriol, each the heir to an interstellar empire, as they become entangled again in the machinations of the Skolian Empire.

    Melinda says: "A Nobel Effort"
    A Nobel Effort

    Read the Radiant Seas because the universe where it is set and the players behind Soz and Jabriel interest you and you'll not be disappointed. If you ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2011 by Melinda (Putnam Valley, NY, United States)
  • 5

    Ascendant Sun: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    Kelric returns to Skolian space, only to find the Empire in control of the Allied forces of Earth, thanks to the upheaval of the Radiance War. With little more than the clothes on his back and with his family imprisoned by the Allieds, Kelric is forced to take work on a merchant vessel. But when that vessel enters Euban space, Kelric finds his worst nightmare realized.

    Don says: "Another Good Asaro Book"
    Another Good Asaro Book

    Enjoyed this one also. Decided to get the rest of the series in paperback. Now that I'm hooked on the Skolian story I just can't wait for Audible to t..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 27 2004 by Don (Austin, TX, USA)
  • 6

    The Quantum Rose: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (60)

    The Saga of the Skolian Empire is Catherine Asaro's trademark series. It chronicles the lives of the members of the ruling family of the Empire in the distant interstellar future, weaving a fine blend of action, romance, and hard science fiction.

    Lisa says: "ok, but barely!"
    ok, but barely!

    I was hoping this would be better than "Catch the Lightening" and more like "Primary Inversion", her first 2 books of the series...but it sort of fell..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 21 2006 by Lisa (Santee, CA, USA)
  • 7

    Spherical Harmonic: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Liza Kaplan, Catherine Asaro
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of Skolia, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost, yet Dyhianna, the Ruby Pharaoh, must move quickly if they are reassume their rightful place as rulers of the Skolian Empire.

    Mary says: "I give up"
    I give up

    Well, I can't say I wasn't warned. But I was anxious to find out what happens next in the series. I thought, how bad can the narrator be? In the first..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 19 2011 by Mary (Fallbrook, CA, United States)
  • 8

    The Moon's Shadow: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland, Catherine Asaro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    At the age of 17 the young nobleman named Jaibriol Qox became ruler of a vast galactic empire-- and lost everything he had ever valued. Born of a clandestine liaison between a renegade daughter of the Skolian Imperialate and a scion of the genetically engineered Eubian Traders, Jai Qox grew up in exile, unaware of the powers that coursed through his noble blood.

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  • 9

    Skyfall: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Suzanne Weintraub, Catherine Asaro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Skyfall goes back to the very roots of Skolia, showing how a chance meeting on a backwater planet forges a vast interstellar empire. Eldrinson, a provincial ruler on a primitive planet, is plagued by inner demons. But when he meets Roca, a beautiful and mysterious woman from the stars, he whisks her away to his mountain retreat, inadvertently starting a great interstellar war, and birthing the next generation of rulers for the Skolian Empire.

    Karen says: "Historical Background for Skolian Empire"
    Historical Background for Skolian Empire

    I enjoyed this story very much. I thought the plot and characters were well developed and provides a great launching board to the next books in the Sk..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 13 2010 by Karen (Oregon City, OR, United States)
  • 10

    Schism: Triad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Suzanne Weintraub, Catherine Asaro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    In 2002, Catherine Asaro won the Nebula Award for The Quantum Rose, the sixth novel in her Saga of the Skolian Empire. This very same novel was also named Best SF Novel by the Romantic Times. Schism: Part One of Triad is the 10th novel in this multiple award-winning series

    Rebecca says: "Poor Narrator Distracts from Good Book"
    Poor Narrator Distracts from Good Book

    I enjoy Catherine Asaro's Skolian Empire series, but the plethora of narrators distracts from the series. And this narrator is particularly dreadful...Show More »

    Reviewed on May 04 2011 by Rebecca (Soulsbyville, CA (USA))
  • 11

    The Final Key: Triad, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Suzanne Weintraub, Catherine Asaro
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Schism ended with the Skolian Empire torn asunder by personal conflict within the royal family. With The Final Key, the Skolian Empire comes under all-out assault from its nemesis, the Euban Concord, who have undermined the Empire via subterfuge and assassination, leaving it ripe for conquest.

    Daniel Beck says: "Good story poor reader"
    Good story poor reader

    I loved Final Inversion and many of the other stories in this series but this and Schism are not the best and in many ways, because of the reader, are..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 05 2011 by Daniel Beck (United States)
  • 12

    The Ruby Dice: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Nebula Award winner Catherine Asaro's tales of the Skolian Empire have earned tremendous acclaim and a devoted following. War between the Eubian Concord and the Skolians has devastated the galaxy before. Now another epic clash is brewing, and the leaders of both empires might be powerless to stop it. Further complicating matters, both men hide shocking secrets that could spell their doom.

    Duward says: "Great Story Bad reader"
    Great Story Bad reader

    I loved the book just like I loved all of the other ones in this series.
    The only thing that drove me crazy is that the reader did not listen to..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 07 2009 by Duward (Barstow, US, Canada)
  • 13

    Diamond Star: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Two-time Nebula Award winner Catherine Asaro takes her immensely popular Skolian Empire saga to new heights. The renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, Del prefers rock music to interstellar politics. His singing career has recently gained momentum on Earth, which has an uneasy relationship with his family's empire. But with intergalactic tensions running high, Del finds it harder and harder to avoid family expectations.

    E. Krentz-Wee says: "For Skolian fans"
    For Skolian fans

    While it's true that this gives a view of what a rock star's life might be like, for those who've enjoyed the Skolian saga, there are many small piece..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 11 2010 by E. Krentz-Wee (Cornwall, CT)
  • 14

    Carnelians

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Revered SF novelist Catherine Asaro has twice won the coveted Nebula Award. In Carnelians, the Eubian empire and Skolian Imperialate have forged a peace treaty. But when an explosive pop anthem sweeps across the civilizations, unrest breaks out, and renewed warfare threatens to shatter the fragile peace.

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