Dread Empire's Fall

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 170 ratings

The Praxis Publisher's Summary

An infinite, sweeping saga of interstellar war - the first SF classic for the 21st century. The empire of the Shaa lasted 10,000 years. Years of terror, infinite violence and oppressive, brutal order. Now the Shaa are no more, but the terror and violence are only beginning... The Shaa, rulers of the universe, began to commit ritual suicide when it became clear that their minds - profoundly intelligent but limited - would accept no further information. Near immortality was their one, great mistake. And so began the war between the Naxids, oldest client race of the Shaa, who believed themselves inheritors of the empire, and a frail alliance of other races, including humanity. And so, the story of a dread empire's fall begins...

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  • Book 1

    • The Praxis

    • Dread Empire's Fall, Book 1
    • By: Walter Jon Williams
    • Narrated by: David Drummond
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    An infinite, sweeping saga of interstellar war - the first SF classic for the 21st century. The empire of the Shaa lasted 10,000 years. Years of terror, infinite violence and oppressive, brutal order. Now the Shaa are no more, but the terror and violence are only beginning... The Shaa, rulers of the universe, began to commit ritual suicide when it became clear that their minds - profoundly intelligent but limited - would accept no further information. Near immortality was their one, great mistake.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic adaptation of a hard sci-fi space opera!

    • By Peter Stanton on 01-24-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Sundering

    • Dread Empire's Fall, Book 2
    • By: Walter Jon Williams
    • Narrated by: David Drummond
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    The Dread Empire of the Shaa is no more, following the death of the last oppressor. But freedom remains elusive for the myriad sentient races enslaved for 10 centuries, as an even greater terror arises. The Naxids - a powerful insectoid species themselves subjugated until the recent Shaa demise - plan to fill the vacuum with their own bloody domination, and have already won a shattering victory with superior force and unimaginable cruelty. But two heroes survived the carnage at Magaria.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By Kaz on 02-14-18

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 3

    • Conventions of War

    • Dread Empire's Fall, Book 3
    • By: Walter Jon Williams
    • Narrated by: David Drummond
    • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    The universe has fallen into bloody chaos now that the dread empire of the tyrannical Shaa is no more - at the mercy of the merciless insectoid Naxid, who now hunger for domination. But the far-flung human descendants of Terra have finally tasted liberty, and their warrior heroes will not submit. Separated by light-years, Lord Gareth Martinez and the mysterious guerrilla fighter Caroline Sula each pursue a different road to victory in tomorrow's ultimate battle - for the new order will be far more terrible than the old...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, but

    • By Memo V. on 11-21-17

    Regular price: $34.94