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Empire of Silence (Sun Eater 1) - Christopher Ruocchio

Empire of Silence (Sun Eater 1) - Christopher Ruocchio

Title: Empire of Silence

Author:  Christopher Ruocchio

ISBN:  9781473224278

Weight:  990g

Lined, prepublication dated and signed first edition, first printing




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Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

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.

It was not his war.

On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire.  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.

Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world.  Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fighting a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.

Peer & Press Reviews

One of the most enjoyable SF debuts I’ve read in a long while.  Think Dune mixed with Gene Wolfe’s Shadow of the Torturer series, but for a contemporary readership… celebrates all of the joy and the sheer enthusiasm of old-fashioned Space Opera.

SFF World

I really enjoyed Empire Of Silence… it’s great fun, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from Hadrian Marlowe’s adventures.

SF and F Reviews

An intricate and well-thought-out plot, a propulsive narrative, and a smooth-as-silk prose… an excellent SF story and a book to look out for.


Bibliographic Info

TitleEmpire of Silence
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
SeriesSun Eater – book 1
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a signature page, tipped-in directly before the title page.  (Printed on this page is the book’s title, the series title, the author’s name and the name of the publisher.)
Dated29 May 2018 [prepublication]
Book Stats
PublisherOrion Publishing Group
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139781473224278
ISBN 101473224276
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 163 x 44mm
Weight1.183kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Design & illustr.Patrick Knowles Designs
Orig. figure imageCollaboration JS / Arcangel Images

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