Exordium

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 99 ratings

The Phoenix in Flight Publisher's Summary

Smith and Trowbridge describe the flavor of their five-book space opera Exordium as a cross between Star Wars and Dangerous Liaisons with a touch of the Three Stooges. With its fast-moving blend of humor and horror, of high-tech skiffy and the deep places of the human heart, The Phoenix in Flight launches the reader into a complex, multi-layered universe as Brandon nyr-Arkad, dissolute youngest son of the ruler of the Thousand Suns, abandons the life of service planned for him and flees into the lawless Rift.

Only slowly does he discover that the world he rejected now lies in smoking ruins as the ritual vengeance of Jerrode Eusabian against Brandon’s father, twenty years in preparation, culminates in an explosion of interstellar violence. With both his brothers dead and his father the Panarch imprisoned, Brandon becomes the Panarchy's last hope.

©2011 Sherwood Smith andDave Trowbridge (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Phoenix in Flight

    • Exordium, Book 1
    • By: Sherwood Smith, Dave Trowbridge
    • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
    • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Smith and Trowbridge describe the flavor of their five-book space opera Exordium as a cross between Star Wars and Dangerous Liaisons with a touch of the Three Stooges. With its fast-moving blend of humor and horror, of high-tech skiffy and the deep places of the human heart, The Phoenix in Flight launches the reader into a complex, multi-layered universe of Brandon nyr-Arkad, dissolute youngest son of the ruler of the Thousand Suns.

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 2

    • Ruler of Naught

    • Exordium
    • By: Sherwood Smith, Dave Trowbridge
    • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    In the sequel to The Phoenix in Flight, Brandon vlith-Arkad, who fled the Mandalic Palace and his old life only hours ahead of assassination, is now heir to the Panarchy. He wants only to rescue his father, the Panarch. But everyone wants a piece of him. The Dol'jharians, who smashed the Panarchy and took his father prisoner. A Rifter pirate and her crew, who helped him escape a doomed planet - twice - and now wonder what to do about a royal prisoner with the price of ten planets on his head.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Better than the first

    • By Juan on 12-24-13

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 3

    • A Prison Unsought

    • By: Sherwood Smith, Dave Trowbridge
    • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In the third volume of Exordium, this swashbuckling space opera continues with Brandon and the Rifter crew of the Telvarna arriving at the Panarchic Navy's headquarters. The Rifters are imprisoned, and Brandon finds himself, as sole heir to the Phoenix Throne, fighting a battle of symbols, his only weapon his wits as he strives against the powerful and sophisticated aristocrats who hide lethal intent behind urbanity and style.

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  • Book 4

    • The Rifter's Covenant

    • By: Sherwood Smith, Dave Trowbridge
    • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
    • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In this rewritten fourth volume, the Panarchy is in shambles, coalescing at the military base Ares. Not only has Brandon inherited this political tinderbox, but he also must face the escalating threat from the invading Dol'jharians and their Rifter allies before they can power up the ancient artifact they call the Suneater. But moving with secret, deadly precision against Brandon is a traitor who will do anything for power. Meanwhile Brandon has fallen in love, but everyone thinks it's with the wrong person.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Deeper and deeper we go into this space opera

    • By Cynthia Williams on 11-13-17

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 5

    • The Thrones of Kronos

    • Exordium, Book 5
    • By: Sherwood Smith, Dave Trowbridge
    • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
    • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    In this last volume, the desperate fight to recover the Panarchy of the Thousand Suns is about to commence. Brandon hai-Arkad has been crowned emperor, but his throne remains in the hands of his enemy, Jerrod Eusabian of Dol'jhar. The fleet has been gathered, the order of battle drawn. Brandon will reclaim his father's empire or face annihilation. This is the exciting conclusion to the Exordium series.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The ability to express multiple messages

    • By K.E.W. on 04-15-16

    Regular price: $34.94