The Consuming Fire

{4.5/5} “The other houses are nervous about these changes in the Flow and what Grayland might use them as an excuse for, in terms of their business and monopolies. The parliament is convinced Grayland is about to institute martial law… Changes are coming. That much is obvious. And I think that everyone agrees that when that change comes, we need stability right at the top. In the imperial seat.”

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, published in 2018

The Flow is collapsing, and when it does it will take hundreds of years to travel from one world to another. Emperox Grayland II, formerly known as Cardenia, knows this and is trying to do her best to prepare people for it. The Interdependency was founded on prophecy, so she comes up with an audacious scheme — she claims to have had visions that prove that the Flow is collapsing.

This is the sequel to The Collapsing Empire.

It’s about the schemes of people who are trying to gain power, and the schemes of people who are trying to do the right thing. There’s an extremely satisfying scene at the end.

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