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The will to battle / by Ada Palmer.

By: Palmer, Ada [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Palmer, Ada, Terra Ignota: book 3.Publisher: New York : Tor, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Edition: First edition.Description: 352 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780765378040; 9781786699589; 0765378043.Subject(s): Utopias -- FictionGenre/Form: Science fiction.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: "The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives' façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone--Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints--scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war"--
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<p> The Will to Battle -- the third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota series -- a political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity </p> <p> "A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent." --Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings <br> <br> The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.</p> <p>Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.</p> <p>The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.</p> <p>The Hives' façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away.</p> <p>Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone--Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints--scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.</p> <p> " Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time." --Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead <br> <br> Terra Ignota Series <br> 1. Too Like the Lightning <br> 2. Seven Surrenders <br> 3. The Will to Battle </p>

"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."

"The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives' façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone--Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints--scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war"--

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Once utopian inspirations for the world, the nations known as the Hives are beginning to crumble as their dark secret is revealed: rulers kept the peace for centuries through secret murders, mathematically planned, to make sure the powerful factions remained in check and the universe in balance. But when there has not been a war in more than 300 years, how will such a conflict even start? Mycroft Canner, having already recorded the historical events that led to this moment, must find a way to document the looming crisis as nations choose sides, shore up their defenses, and deal with leaders who will try to shape the war to come. Perceptive insights into the minds of the novel's many characters propel the story from start to finish. -VERDICT Palmer's penultimate series title (after Seven Surrenders) raises provocative questions about the nature of peace and corrupting influences that will appeal to readers who appreciate political sf.-KC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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