Dread Empire's Fall

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 232 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 84
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    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 Kindle Customer 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 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    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

  • Book 4

    • The Accidental War

    • A Novel of the Praxis
    • By: Walter Jon Williams
    • Narrated by: David Drummond
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    It’s been seven years since the end of the Naxid War. Sidelined for their unorthodox tactics by a rigid, tradition-bound military establishment, Captain Gareth Martinez and Captain Lady Sula are stewing in exile, frustrated and impatient to exercise the effective and lethal skills they were born to use in fighting the enemy. Yet after the ramshackle empire left by the Shaa conquerors is shaken by a series of hammer blows that threaten the foundations of the commonwealth, the result is a war no one planned, no one expected, and no one knows how to end.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of setup, not much punch

    • By Paul Houser on 09-14-18

    Regular price: $34.22