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The UFS Phoenix embarks on a dangerous quest for the AI Ceephay Queen who rules at the heart of the Reeh Empire. For cover, Phoenix will use the enormous war being launched by the new rulers of the croma, Croma'Dokran, into reeh space. This war is intended in part to evacuate the corbi homeworld of Rando, thus righting a great wrong of croma history by rescuing 200 million corbi from reeh tyranny. 

While Lisbeth defies her parren seniors to use drysine and parren firepower in assisting the evacuation, Erik captains Phoenix, accompanied by Styx's four drysine warships, to the world of Eshir, where Styx insists the Ceephay Queen was once located. There, in the ancient, ruined city of Qalea, Trace and Styx must lead an away mission through buried layers of Reeh Empire history to uncover its long-forgotten secrets. Discovering the Ceephay Queen's present location could set them on the road to saving humanity. But Qalea's secrets have been hidden by the reeh for millennia, secrets that could rock their Empire, and they will stop at nothing to keep hidden.

©2020 Joel Shepherd (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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excellent

an excellent addition to an excellent series deep world building with heavy emphasis on characters and philosophies. Plots mostly revolve around strategy and political intrigues with hidden histories and agendas

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Fun, but didn't progress the story much.

The narration is amazing, as has been the case with the rest of the series with John Lee.

But after finishing this book, I don't feel satisfied like I did with most of the other books in the series. I feel that it's only really the ending itself, the last one hour or so, that really gave the readers/listeners what we came for.

Our main crew goes to a Reeh-occupied planet with humans on it and three quarters of the way through of the book they are there really doing basically nothing. Fighting with random aliens on the planet and dealing with the divided human population and learning about the history on how they got there. Interesting, but almost completely irrelevant to the main story.

And then the book is split with us getting to see the Corbi evacuation. It was cool, seeing some of how they go about doing that. But I couldn't help but feel that the whole storyline was unnecessary. It very much seemed to serve the purpose of showing Liala and how she is handling things. I would have much rather that this corbi storyline have been cut down to a few chapters, leaving out the chapters with individual corbi, and instead having added to the storyline on Qalea.

Honestly, I really did enjoy the book and the action, dialogue, politics, space battles, etc. and seeing all that stuff and how it works in this universe is always a blast to listen to. I just ended up wishing that more would have happened to progress the main story. I expect pretty much all spiral wars fans to enjoy the book either way and important things really do get revealed near the end, so it's going to be a recommendation for that if anything, but for me, this felt almost like a side story to me, even though I understand it's absolutely not.

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spiral wars are spiraling

I've loved this series but this was by far the worst entry! There are 3 separate storry threads and only one felt it had any real consequence the other two (a planitary evacuation and running around an alien world) needed to move on but it just dragged out the entire book. I just couldn't pay attention to the point when i only had 4 hours left i skipped over 2 of them. ill probably keep listening to the series, but if the next book has this same pacing ill be done.

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Continual Great World Building

I've loved this series! Shepherd does a great job with building the universe - and by the time we hit book 7, the world-building is deep and widely varied with a fascinating array of alien species & history. Yet he does it again in book 7 - building the mythos of Qalea and how it relates not only to humanity's history, but to the rest of the galaxy. Shepherd doesn't just build a fascinating universe - he advances character development as well. The Major, for example, was due for some internal reckoning (and wrestling). Eric is no longer the talented-but-uncertain LC, he's a captain with experience, and he's not afraid of that authority....and he's willing to use it for the right reasons. Anyway - I highly recommend this series, it's by far one of the best sci-fi series around (and I've read many of them)!

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series continues in high end form

This is one of the best series in this genre. Story, chemistry, action, and dialog make it worth multiple listens.

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One of my favorites in this series

I liked the whole origin behind the planet and the mysteries that unfolded during the story. It also gave a little more insight into Styx and what she is all about. Especially with the introduction of a new AI in the story.

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Slow start but Home Run ending

Enjoyed the Book, I have really enjoyed the Series just tough to wait a year plus between books.

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Still fresh and exploring

Loving this series, it still feels fresh, and is developing the characters well. Passages with AI are consistently interesting

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Great performance, "meh" adventure.

Mr. Lee does a great job with the narration as always, but the adventure of the Phoenix crew felt more like the "B" story here. Not nearly as enthralling as previous entries.

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Love John lee

Very cool book, didn't know I'd like the story split up so much but was fantastic

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  • 01-27-21

You have to listen to it

A great book loved the story great narration 5 stars I highly recommend listening to this book 👍👍👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Bjarte
  • 02-18-21

Not impressed

Great example of an author who uses fancy talk to sound smart, but it comes across as simple.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-21

Great series continues on track

Not much to say. Another installment that does not disappoint, in a series that has become one of the best sci-fi worlds I've experienced. Charachters continue to develop in interesting directions and the canon of the universe keeps on expanding, and the plot of the overrall story thickens. Impatient for the next one.

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  • Luke Hawkins
  • 01-24-21

One of the best ongoing sci fi series!

Renegade was my first audible book. A Year later and I eent through Qilea Drop in a weekend. It is ace.

Shepherd's world building is massive, rich and detailed but it never gets daunting or feels bloated. Plus his characters have amazing arcs.

In this book alone he deals with morality of AI, refugees, PTSD, immigration, far right extremism and religious fanaticism all wrapped up in an engaging mystery adventure that is not only a great sci fi story but is funny. A rare gem, please hurry with the next one!

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  • M. Crovetto
  • 01-22-21

Amazing when is the next one?

Loved this installment. Possibly my favorite all time space opera. Great narration. As ever. Love the characters and story development.
Well done Joel.

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  • Paul J.
  • 01-20-21

Great return to form

I was disappointed with the last book, but this one returned to the right level of intrigue and action brilliantly. Fast moving intertwined stories, full of doubts and having second guessing who is the good guy and who isn’t. The story closed off very well leaving just a couple of open lines to take into the next book. Not too many to leave you frustrated, just enough to get your appetite whetted. Can’t wait 😜

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  • david
  • 01-20-21

same same

great narration and the background story is good but I felt it spent too long building up to an ok story

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-11-21

Joel does it again!

John Lee is excellent as always. good development throughout, i felt, and the story has moved on a lot. can't wait for no. 8!

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  • Darren Tyrell-Knights
  • 01-04-21

another great installment

Loved every second of it, the multiple stories was a welcome surprise. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Peter
  • 01-01-21

As good as earlier volumes

With this latest instalment, I feel Joel Shepherd has again managed to find new forms of adventure and humour to add to his fantastic sci-fi saga. It’s not perfect but it’s head and shoulders above most of the contemporary alternatives I’ve read. And puts him alongside Ann Lecke for me as a standout author of new-universe storytelling. Can’t wait for the next one!! But I do live in terror of him killing off one of the central characters he has built up...please don’t!

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  • Dale Bates
  • 04-15-21

Thoughtful and Satisfying

I’ve been following this series since book 1. Somehow, and it’s a credit to the author, that as the scope has expanded and the stakes have been raised, I get as much satisfaction from the interplay and growth that the main characters show over the series. There’s a moment between Trace and Eric that, when you get to it, is like a punch in the gut but in a good way, and there’s a soul to this series that is incredibly rare in SciFi. A must read.