In this second volume of Rise of the Jain, Neal Asher takes us on a thrilling ride into interstellar politics and impending war.
Their nemesis lies in wait . . .
Orlandine has destroyed the alien Jain super-soldier by deploying an actual black hole. And now that same weapon hoovers up clouds of lethal Jain technology, swarming within the deadly accretion disc’s event horizon. All seems just as she planned. Yet behind her back, forces incite rebellion on her home world, planning her assassination.
Earth Central, humanity’s ruling intelligence, knows Orlandine was tricked into releasing her weapon, and fears the Jain are behind it. The prador king knows this too – and both foes gather fleets of warships to surround the disc.
The alien Client is returning to the accretion disc to save the last of her kind, buried on a ship deep within it. She upgrades her vast weapons platform in preparation, and she’ll need it. Her nemesis also waits within the disc’s swirling dusts – and the Jain have committed genocide before.
The Warship is set in Neal Asher's popular Polity universe.
'Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain' – John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of Old Man's War, The Collapsing Empire and many others
Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain -- John Scalzi
Action! on a grand scale . . . marvels and monsters in a single story -- Locus
In this riveting sequel to The Soldier, Asher ramps up the pyrotechnics in the thunderous first salvoes of war . . . This is Asher at the top of his game -- Publishers Weekly starred review
Asher's intergalactic chess match combines vivid descriptions of human, alien, and AI psyches with explosive and violent confrontations -- Booklist
The Soldier provides everything we demand from Asher: a beautifully complex universe where AIs, aliens and post-humans scheme and struggle – magnificently awesome. Then Asher turns it up to eleven -- Peter F. Hamilton on The Soldier
A richly imagined, exotic world, nonstop action, and unimaginable stakes - I couldn't put The Soldier down -- Yoon Ha Lee on The Soldier
Neal Asher's coruscating mix of epic space opera, weaponised Darwinism and high-stakes intrigue channels the primal flame of deep-core science fiction -- Paul McAuley on The Soldier
With mind-blowing complexity, characters, and combat, Asher’s work continues to combine the best of advanced cybertech and military SF -- Publishers Weekly on The Soldier
Space operatics and Jacobean revenge-melodramatics -- Locus Magazine on The Soldier
Just when you thought the Polity couldn't get more interesting Neal Asher manages to weave the most awe-inspiring elements of his universe together into an amazing narrative brimming with awesome technology, vast space battles, gigantic explosions and intricate machinations that are terrifying in their scope . . . Like a true master Asher hits this one out of the galactic plane . . . a truly mind-blowing start to a new trilogy -- WorldsInInk on The Soldier