For Pyke and his crew it should have been just another heist. Travel to a backwater desert planet, break into a museum, steal a tracking device then use it to find a ship buried in the planet’s vast and trackless sandy wastes.
Except that the museum vault is a bioengineered chamber, and the tracking device is sought after by another gang of treasure hunters led by an old adversary of Pyke’s, the devious Raven Kaligara. Also, the ship is a quarter of a million years old and about two kilometres long, and somewhere aboard it is the Essavyr Key, a relic to unlock all the treasures and technologies of a lost civilisation…
The novel is published in print in the UK and US by Orbit Books, who have also published the previous novels in the series: the trilogy featuring SEEDS OF EARTH, THE ORPHANED WORLDS, and THE ASCENDANT STARS; and the stand-alone ANCESTRAL MACHINES. (The latest novel is also a stand-alone adventure.) You can read an excerpt from SPLINTERED SUNS over on Hachette’s website.
‘Michael Cobley writes vast, sprawling space opera in the wide-screen tradition of Iain M Banks, replete with mega-starships, exotic alien worlds, artfully rendered extraterrestrial species and much swashbuckling derring-do, all carried off with an up-to-the minute political sensibility… a thrilling action adventure… SPLINTERED SUNS is a page-turner with a high-octane sense of wonder, full of gloriously described technology and fabulous settings.’ — Guardian
‘[H]uge fun’ — SFX on SPLINTERED SUNS