Author: Melissa Scott
Genre: Science fiction
Setting: A galactic empire far in the future.
Reason for Reading: Uh, hello? It was a Melissa Scott book. One I had never even heard of, in fact.
Pages: 350, including an interesting nonfiction essay by CJ Cherryh on the future of conflict.
Copyright Date: 1984
Cover: A guy in romanesque robes and wearing a golden laurel wreath sits on a golden throne. He's looking at his console. There are spaceships all around.
First line: "The ambassador's shuttle swung high over the Palace compound, waiting for permission to land."
Best part: I enjoyed the societal conventions about warfare. It reminded me of the Compact in MZB's Darkover books.
Worst part: Scott, I know you love the VR. But fighting for the throne... with videogames? Come now.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay
Recommended for: Fans of "game of throne" type epics written on a galactic stage. Those interested in the idea of martial codes of honor.
Related Reads: The Dark Tower by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Burning Bright by Melissa Scott. The Prince Roger series by David Weber and John Ringo.