Review and competition: Empress of the Sun audiobook

Empress of the Sun

Thanks to the lovely people over at I’ll be bringing you a monthly competition to win a sci-fi audiobook. To win just enter the competition at the end of this post.

This month is  Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald and narrated by Tom Lawrence, worth £18.99!

So what’s it about? A world-hopping, high-action adventure starring a smart boy with computer skills and a tough girl who pilots a blimp. The airship Everness makes a Heisenberg Jump to an alternate Earth unlike any her crew has ever seen. Everett, Sen, and the crew find themselves above a plain that goes on forever in every direction without any horizon. There they find an Alderson Disc, an astronomical megastructure of incredibly strong material reaching from the orbit of Mercury to the orbit of Jupiter.

Then they meet the Jiju, the dominant species on a plane where the dinosaurs didn’t die out. They evolved, diversified, and have a twenty-five million year technology head-start on humanity. War between their kingdoms is inevitable, total and terrible.

Everness has jumped right into the midst of a faction fight between rival nations, the Fabreen and Dityu empires. The airship is attacked, but then defended by the forces of the Fabreen, who offers the Everness crew protection. But what is the true motive behind Empress Aswiu’s aid? What is her price?

The crew of the Everness is divided in a very alien world, a world fast approaching the point of apocalypse.

Tom’s narration is perfect for this book, not overwhelming so you can really listen to the story, but he also brings the page to life. If you like audio books then I highly recommend this one.

Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald is only available at and is priced at £18.99.

The competition is now closed, but stay tuned for  future Audible competitions coming soon.

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