Sunday, July 01, 2018

What is Christopher Ruocchio reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Christopher Ruocchio, author of Empire of Silence.

His entry begins:
Well, I just finished catching up reading Kentaro Miura’s manga series Berserk, which is older than I am. It started back in I think about 1989 and sort of pioneered what we would call “grimdark fantasy” for the Japanese market, and boy is it bleak. I almost feel uncomfortable recommending it to people—it’s that rough a ride—but I can enthusiastically recommend it to those with strong stomachs and thick skins. It also has some of the most ...[read on]
About Empire of Silence, from the publisher:
Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy.

It was not his war.

The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives—even the Emperor himself—against Imperial orders.

But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier.

On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe starts down a path that can only end in fire. He flees his father and a future as a torturer only to be left stranded on a strange, backwater world.

Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, Hadrian must fight a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.
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