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SIX STORIES FROM THE UNIVERSE OF THE SUN EATER WRITTEN BY INTERNATIONALLY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER RUOCCHIO AND COLLECTED HERE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. On a distant world, an assassin must kill a half-machine king. On another, a team of soldiers must save a princess from behind alien lines. Elsewhere in the galaxy, a young girl defies inhuman invaders to save her li SIX STORIES FROM THE UNIVERSE OF THE SUN EATER WRITTEN BY INTERNATIONALLY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER RUOCCHIO AND COLLECTED HERE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. On a distant world, an assassin must kill a half-machine king. On another, a team of soldiers must save a princess from behind alien lines. Elsewhere in the galaxy, a young girl defies inhuman invaders to save her little brother... Here are more tales of our far future, of an age when man's empire is crumbling across the stars: a time of war, of great good, and greater evils. Here are further tales of the Sollan Empire and of the barbarians who dwell between its stars. Here are tales of strange, far worlds. Tales of battle, of desperation, and holy law. And here, too, are tales of a man who will change the fate and future of the galaxy as a whole. Tales of the Sun Eater, of Hadrian Marlowe himself. PRAISE FOR CHRISTOPHER RUOCCHIO: "Empire of Silence is epic science fiction at its most genuinely epic. Ruocchio has made something fascinating here, and I can't wait to see what he does next." —James S.A. Corey, New York Times-bestselling author of The Expanse


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SIX STORIES FROM THE UNIVERSE OF THE SUN EATER WRITTEN BY INTERNATIONALLY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER RUOCCHIO AND COLLECTED HERE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. On a distant world, an assassin must kill a half-machine king. On another, a team of soldiers must save a princess from behind alien lines. Elsewhere in the galaxy, a young girl defies inhuman invaders to save her li SIX STORIES FROM THE UNIVERSE OF THE SUN EATER WRITTEN BY INTERNATIONALLY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER RUOCCHIO AND COLLECTED HERE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. On a distant world, an assassin must kill a half-machine king. On another, a team of soldiers must save a princess from behind alien lines. Elsewhere in the galaxy, a young girl defies inhuman invaders to save her little brother... Here are more tales of our far future, of an age when man's empire is crumbling across the stars: a time of war, of great good, and greater evils. Here are further tales of the Sollan Empire and of the barbarians who dwell between its stars. Here are tales of strange, far worlds. Tales of battle, of desperation, and holy law. And here, too, are tales of a man who will change the fate and future of the galaxy as a whole. Tales of the Sun Eater, of Hadrian Marlowe himself. PRAISE FOR CHRISTOPHER RUOCCHIO: "Empire of Silence is epic science fiction at its most genuinely epic. Ruocchio has made something fascinating here, and I can't wait to see what he does next." —James S.A. Corey, New York Times-bestselling author of The Expanse

30 review for Tales of the Sun Eater, Volume 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    Short story collections, for me, are often hard to rate because they are often kind of a mixed bag. Usually there is one really good story that shines clearly above the rest then the other stories are kind of filler. Even though Sun Eater is my favorite science fiction series of all time I'd be lying if I said every story in this collection was an absolute gem. However, what impressed me with this collection is that the first 3 stories are absolutely fantastic and just themselves are more than w Short story collections, for me, are often hard to rate because they are often kind of a mixed bag. Usually there is one really good story that shines clearly above the rest then the other stories are kind of filler. Even though Sun Eater is my favorite science fiction series of all time I'd be lying if I said every story in this collection was an absolute gem. However, what impressed me with this collection is that the first 3 stories are absolutely fantastic and just themselves are more than worth the cost of the ebook. And any one of those 3 stories could be a standout in a different short story collection. They are that good. The Dragonslayers in particular is wonderful. I liked how each of these stories had compelling narratives and characters that engrossed me even without the series heavies (Hadrian and Valka) being in them. So even though the stories that followed never hit those highs in my opinion they are solid enough to make this overall a very very good collection and a welcome addition to the Sun Eater universe.

  2. 4 out of 5

    EricLozada

    Loved Tales 2! Enjoyed each of these stories. Altho I do hope the author continues a few of these in future installments. The Four Devils is tied with The Night Captain (in Tales vol 1) as my favorite Sun Eater short story. By the end, I was NOT crying. I just......had sweaty eyes! Yes, that's the ticket. Really hoping for more Marlowe Clan stories post Howling Dark. This was the perfect ending of the collection! *chef's kiss* Loved Tales 2! Enjoyed each of these stories. Altho I do hope the author continues a few of these in future installments. The Four Devils is tied with The Night Captain (in Tales vol 1) as my favorite Sun Eater short story. By the end, I was NOT crying. I just......had sweaty eyes! Yes, that's the ticket. Really hoping for more Marlowe Clan stories post Howling Dark. This was the perfect ending of the collection! *chef's kiss*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Another pretty good collection of short stories for the Sun Eater universe. I ended up liking this one a bit more than the first but they are about equal in my eyes. It should probably be read after Kingdoms of Death but only for a couple of vague spoilers, nothing explicit. I'm not going to bother with star ratings like I did for Volume 1 because they are pretty meaningless, especially for how short some of the stories are, but here's a list of what's in here and some brief thoughts. The Dragonsl Another pretty good collection of short stories for the Sun Eater universe. I ended up liking this one a bit more than the first but they are about equal in my eyes. It should probably be read after Kingdoms of Death but only for a couple of vague spoilers, nothing explicit. I'm not going to bother with star ratings like I did for Volume 1 because they are pretty meaningless, especially for how short some of the stories are, but here's a list of what's in here and some brief thoughts. The Dragonslayers - Probably one of Ruocchio's better pure-action stories even though they aren't my favorite. The writing feels improved from the previous ones which were bogged down with exposition. But at this point I feel like I've read the same Cielcin/Machine hybrid fight a million times and wish Ruocchio would try something different. Fire in the Sky - I don't have much to say about this one because it's a little too short. It was good but I felt like it could have been extended. As it stands the emotional punch the story was going for falls a bit flat because we had so little time with the character. Kill the King - This one is definitely a highlight of the collection and is the more unique action that I wanted from Dragonslayers. I was constantly trying to guess the ending throughout and Ruocchio upends some of the stuff he usually does. Knowledge - Five pages of Hadrian Marlowe. Not much to say here but it's a nice snippet of worldbuilding. Good Intentions - For a first time reading a Valka POV this was fairly disappointing. While the character did feel much the same as in the novels (albeit quite a bit younger) as with Fire in the Sky I don't think it hit the emotional beat it was going for. The Four Devils - This one is the other highlight of the collection. It's a follow up to the Lesser Devil. It's not really a complete story like the other tales here, just a small snippet of time on Delos, and I think it's better for that. It was just trying to be another look at Crispin, the other Marlowes and their internal conflicts and it worked incredibly well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shai-Hulud

    Fun little short story collection in the Sun Eater universe. Like the first one it gives a little bit more nuance to the world and is at it's most interesting when the short story is tied closely to the main series. The Four Devils was by far my favourite of the bunch. Fun little short story collection in the Sun Eater universe. Like the first one it gives a little bit more nuance to the world and is at it's most interesting when the short story is tied closely to the main series. The Four Devils was by far my favourite of the bunch.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert Brennan

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Lockett

  7. 4 out of 5

    Clint Treadway

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gipanu

  9. 5 out of 5

    Foobag

  10. 4 out of 5

    Conor

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael Warne

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aspiring Gold Soul

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brad Krick

  14. 5 out of 5

    Javier

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

  16. 5 out of 5

    km

  17. 5 out of 5

    MauiTex

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vagabond of Letters, DLitt

  19. 4 out of 5

    Manan

  20. 4 out of 5

    John

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark Harrop

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gary Dobkin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  27. 4 out of 5

    chris cottini

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucas L.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nils

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex

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