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The Bronze Skies [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Bronze Skies By Catherine Asaro – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Major Bhaajan achieved the impossible Born Undercity the slums below the City of Cries on the planet Raylicon she broke free to become a military officer with Imperial Space Command Now retired from m Major Bhaajan achieved the impossible Born Undercity the slums below the City of Cries on the planet Raylicon she broke free to become a military officer with Imperial Space Command Now retired from military duty she works as a private investigator on retainer to the Majda FamilyHired by The Ruby Pharaoh herself Major Bhaajan is tasked with finding a killer But this is no ordinary murderer The Ruby Pharaoh witnessed a Jagernaut cut down Assembly Councilor Tap Benton which shouldn t have been possible The Jagernauts are the elite of the elite soldiers in the Imperial Space Command The Bronze MOBI :Ê What s the spinal node implanted in all Jagernauts should have prevented the murder But the Ruby Pharaoh is sure of what she saw and she has reason to believe that the Jagernaut will kill again Now Major Bhaajan must hunt down a killer before it is too late To do so she must return to the one place on Raylicon she knows best Undercity.


10 thoughts on “The Bronze Skies

  1. Linda Linda says:

    I ve read only one book from Asaro s main Skolian Empire series It was good, but I was simultaneously intimidated and lost by the complex timeline and familial relationships A listing of some of those at the end of this book was enough to have me shaking my head in confusion There s no such problem with the Major Bhaajan books They re set in the same universe, but the cast is a bit smaller and relationships less convoluted There s plenty of context and explanation about the world so these b I ve read only one book from Asaro s main Skolian Empire series It was good, but I was simultaneously intimidated and lost by the complex timeline and familial relationships A listing of some of those at the end of this book was enough to have me shaking my head in confusion There s no such problem with the Major Bhaajan books They re set in the same universe, but the cast is a bit smaller and relationships less convoluted There s plenty of context and explanation about the world so these books definitely can be read without having read the original series books, though familiarity with them no doubt lends evendepth to the story.So, feel free to start with Bhaajan book one, Undercity You ll want to move on to this book.In The Bronze Skies, the Ruby Pharoah witnesses a seemingly impossible murder and engages Bhaaj to catch the killer The Jagernaut has escaped to Raylicon, Bhaaj s home planet, and only Bhaaj s unique position as part of both the impoverished Undercity and the wealthy City of Cries above gives her a chance of succeeding Bhaaj s investigation takes her to parts of her planet she didn t know existed Her loyalty to both her Undercity family as well as the Imperialate creates some conflicts and challenges Through her usual stubborn persistence, she uncovers some startling secrets about her world and about herself.I m totally hooked on this series My admiration for the Major Bhaajan stories may even make me pull on my big girl pants and give theconvoluted Skolian series books another try


  2. Sable Sable says:

    Read for the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge, the Read the Sequel Challenge, and the Space Opera Challenge.I have a great story to tell about this book before I can offer the review.I was putting together a panel on Speculative Romance for a show I m doing for the SFWA YouTube channel, called SpecWomenChat, and SFWA President Cat Rambo suggested Catherine Asaro as our headliner I had heard of her, but to my knowledge had never read anything of hers, though I recall being intrigued b Read for the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge, the Read the Sequel Challenge, and the Space Opera Challenge.I have a great story to tell about this book before I can offer the review.I was putting together a panel on Speculative Romance for a show I m doing for the SFWA YouTube channel, called SpecWomenChat, and SFWA President Cat Rambo suggested Catherine Asaro as our headliner I had heard of her, but to my knowledge had never read anything of hers, though I recall being intrigued by many covers We had never met prior to the panel, but we all had a great time and afterwards, especially since I had a lot of indie authors, I said, If you ladies ever need a review, let me know I was not expecting Catherine to take me up on it, but she did, and I received a lovely new trade paperback copy of The Bronze Skies in my mailbox, because for some reasoninsists on making it impossible to send ebooks to people in other countries Really, I don t understand their business practices.So I caught this horrific cold One silver lining about being sick and there are so few is that when my sinuses are that plugged I can t write, so I have an excuse to get caught up on my reading I powered through this book in a few hours.First, let me tell you that despite being both a sequel, and the second book in series, this one stands completely on its own and you don t need to read anything else in the series to grasp what s going on As a newb to Asaro s world, I am the perfect test case, and it passed with flying colours There was a vague reference to the Trappers, who are the enemies of the Skolian Empire and, I assume, probably the aliens that originally kidnapped the humans who form the Empire , and I don t really understand what they are, but it s not really relevant to the current plot of this book.Second, I love this world and I want to readThe Skolian Empire is a parallel evolution of humanity Egyptian, Indian, and Mesoamerican peoples were kidnapped by aliens in about 4000 BC and brought to an alien world with imperfect terraforming Then the aliens died or were defeated and these ancient people reverse engineered their technology, or created their own based on the tech available, and promptly formed dynasties and an interstellar empire, which later collapsed and had to be rediscovered, and the technology relearned.During this time they encounter an Earth based polity, who have now made it to the stars as well I assume a lot of the early books are about that story But this one is about an ex military PI named Major Bhaajan, who has done the impossible and elevated herself out of segregated poverty that has plagued her people, the inhabitants of Undercity, for thousands of years.Both the aristocratic and impoverished groups have involved cultures that carry elements of those original influences Yet there s also a certain cyberpunk element to this space opera, since there is a parallel universe that s a bit like a cyberpunk cyberspace, which has real world effects but requires tech and psionic ability to tap into.Into this complex, layered world, at heart this is a simple, action oriented sci fi detective story A soldier who is supposed to be conditioned not to kill anyone without military sanction does so, and Bhaajan has to figure out where they are and why they did it And the answer is a lovely twist that I sort of saw coming, but not in the form that it took This was a fast paced novel that felt like a well written urban fantasy including romantic overtones, and relationships and people being a primary focus that took place in a cyberpunk space opera It s a sci fi noir detective novel I absolutely love it, and Catherine has wisely won herself a brand new fan Like Fry said, Shut up and take my money I would like to add a personal additional kudo Catherine Asaro says a lot about gender and sexism that I think is really worth reading This world s ancient cultures have been militant matriarchies They ve grown beyond that now, except among the aristocracy and a few backwards weirdos somewhat like our own Western culture with the genders reversed So it s amazing how she handles the casual, low grade sexism, which some might refer to as microaggressions, that are leveled constantly towards men If a man and a woman are standing together, the woman is always assumed to be in charge All the brilliant techs and scientists are assumed to be women all the especially clever politicians and military strategists are assumed to be women Women think nothing of checking out an attractive man and thinking somewhat lasciviously, Yeah, I can see what she sees in him EVEN BHAAJAN, our protagonist, who is otherwise very liberal and constantly cautioning her peers and superiors not to assume things due to gender Men, if you fancy yourself a feminist ally, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read this book, and possibly the whole series, to get a real feel for what women experience in our culture every single day I ve never seen it captured better in a way that could make you think about it.Thank you, Catherine, for seeing I got a copy of this It was great I ll be back for


  3. J.L. J.L. says:

    After I finished this novel, staying up until past midnight on a work night, I posted a complaint on Facebook Not about this novel, but about how I had over 100books on my to be read shelf, but all I really wanted to do is go back and re read everything else in Catherine Asaro s Skolian Empire series.Despite the fact that I write in a different genre, it s safe to say that the space opera universe created in this book series is my favorite of all time That this is my favorite author T After I finished this novel, staying up until past midnight on a work night, I posted a complaint on Facebook Not about this novel, but about how I had over 100books on my to be read shelf, but all I really wanted to do is go back and re read everything else in Catherine Asaro s Skolian Empire series.Despite the fact that I write in a different genre, it s safe to say that the space opera universe created in this book series is my favorite of all time That this is my favorite author That reading new stories set in this world is like wrapping myself in a cozy blanket and feeling very much at home As a new addition, The Bronze Skies did not disappoint see again staying up late to finish While I loved that the first Major Bhaajan novel explored life outside of the complicated and dramatic Ruby Dynasty while sacrificing none of the intrigue and complexity that I adore about Asaro s books, it was awesome to see worlds collide in this follow up novel There s not a lot I can say about the plot and story line without giving away moments that I d rather readers discover for themselves Instead, I can safely say that Major Bhaajan continues to be a well developed character that is just different enough from Sauscony Valdoria of previous Skolian Empires series to show Asaro s depth of character creation while also remaining a fantastic example of what a strong female character can be without falling into tired tropes A major strength of the Skolian Empire series is how Asaro s scientific expertise helps breath realism into the fantastical world s she has created However, this newest addition is also a major credit to Asaro s ability to use anthropology to the same effect World building on a massive space opera scale is almost easy, because a light brush can say so much when letting the readers fill in the blanks themselves world building a tiny portion of a specific culture and having it be an inextricable element of the narrative is a major feat.As always, I can t wait for my next visit to this world Even if it means revisiting old friends and re reading the series because I can t wait until another new book is written.Editing note Obviously this has no effect on my rating, but I was incredibly disappointed with how many random proofing errors the text of my hardcopy contained Baen should do better by one of their best authors


  4. Susan Susan says:

    WOW The inclusion of Dehya makes me want to go read Catch the Lightning


  5. Margaret Margaret says:

    I have loved Catherine Asaro s books since I found out about the first Saga of the Skolian Empire book Primary Inversion, published in 1995 Primary Inversion had the worst book cover EVER It was solid white The library had catalogued shelved it as general fiction What drew my attention is that I had a customer come in and FORTUNATELY, I was the one to help her because she was interested in the Skolian book 2 but naturally wanted to begin with book 1 Also, FORTUNATELY, the book was on th I have loved Catherine Asaro s books since I found out about the first Saga of the Skolian Empire book Primary Inversion, published in 1995 Primary Inversion had the worst book cover EVER It was solid white The library had catalogued shelved it as general fiction What drew my attention is that I had a customer come in and FORTUNATELY, I was the one to help her because she was interested in the Skolian book 2 but naturally wanted to begin with book 1 Also, FORTUNATELY, the book was on the shelf that day because its intended readers had no idea what it was It was not only science fiction but it was space opera with telepaths Two of my favorite genres hard sf space opera plus paranormal FORTUNATELY, someone got to the publisher before the paperback came out and the paperback at least had starships on the cover At least the paperback book cover looked like hard sf space opera so fans could actually find this book Anyway, the stories were about members of the Ruby Dynasty the telepaths that made the Kyle mesh possible They flew starfighters and were able to use their telepathy to speak to other members of the family no matter the distance Instant interstellar communication The only advantage they had against their Trader enemies who sought to enslave them.Then Ms Asaro wrote Undercity, a novel about Raylicon the Skolian home planet The main protagonist was Major Bhaajan, a slum kid who grew up in the Undercity, enlisted at age 16, and spent 20 years in the Skolian military because she wanted to get out and see the larger universe After she retired from the military, she returned to Raylicon and put out her shingle as a private investigator Having grown up in the Undercity, she s the perfect liaison between the ruling Skolian Empire and the Undercity denizens So, the first Major Bhaajan book didn t seem so much space opera nor were the main characters telepaths But I went with it I also enjoyed the prequel novella City of Cries the name of the major Raylicon city atop the Underdity.So, I was totally delighted when the next case for the Major involved a Jaggernaut murdering a high Skolian Empire official Yes, now Major Bhaajan has to deal with the telepaths The Jaggernauts are the cybernetically enhanced starfighter pilots who can use the Kyle mesh And the main witness to the murder is the Ruby Pharoah herself a character well known throughout the Skolian series My patience was amply rewarded I strongly recommend the Major Bhaajan books to all fans of Ms Asaro s space opera the Saga of the Skolian Empire Bronze Skies is the book that truly ties the two series together I also found out today that Ms Asaro has just finished a prequel novella about Major Bhaajan s childhood in the Undercity called Children of the Dust Here s hoping that Ms Asaro plans to continue the Major Bhaajan series


  6. Kathy Martin Kathy Martin says:

    Major Bhaajan has a new case and the stakes couldn t be higher A Jagernaut killed a man with the Ruby Pharoah as a witness This is almost an impossible crime because the Jagernauts have EI Evolving Intelligence nodes in their spine which should prevent that Now the Jagernaut has run to the Undercity and no one knows the Undercity better than Bhaaj.The fact that many of the citizens of the Undercity are psions has brought them to the attention of the City of Cries above but when they go look Major Bhaajan has a new case and the stakes couldn t be higher A Jagernaut killed a man with the Ruby Pharoah as a witness This is almost an impossible crime because the Jagernauts have EI Evolving Intelligence nodes in their spine which should prevent that Now the Jagernaut has run to the Undercity and no one knows the Undercity better than Bhaaj.The fact that many of the citizens of the Undercity are psions has brought them to the attention of the City of Cries above but when they go looking for them, they are not able to find any Bhaaj knows that the people in the Undercity have their own language and culture and, though they live in crushing poverty, they aren t interested in the charity of those above She needs to find a bridge between the two cultures that could at least relieve the poverty and provide adequate health care since many of those Undercity have birth defects because of in breeding This is a complex story with lots happening Searching for the missing Jagernaut leads Bhaaj to many secrets about her world, her culture, and herself Fans of the rest of Asaro s work will be eager to read this episode which takes place earlier in time than most of the rest of the books This is also hard science fiction with lots of physics but with a very human focus in the main character Bhaaj


  7. John Loyd John Loyd says:

    Sequel to Undercity, set in the Skolian universe concurrent with the events in Skyfall Bhaaj mentions Roca has just gotten married to a farmer A jagernaut secondary killed an Assembly Councilor how can this be There is no way her EI would let her kill an innocent and has come to Raylicon Major Bhaajan who had rescued a Majda prince the previous year and is the one person who can investigate in the Undercity is hired to find Calaj To her great surprise the witness to this murder was the Sequel to Undercity, set in the Skolian universe concurrent with the events in Skyfall Bhaaj mentions Roca has just gotten married to a farmer A jagernaut secondary killed an Assembly Councilor how can this be There is no way her EI would let her kill an innocent and has come to Raylicon Major Bhaajan who had rescued a Majda prince the previous year and is the one person who can investigate in the Undercity is hired to find Calaj To her great surprise the witness to this murder was the Ruby Pharaoh.While Bhaajan is primarily trying to track down Calaj, she is also helping the people of the Undercity Getting through the red tape to get Weaver a stall on the Concourse so he can sell his wares and trying to convince him it s a good idea A competition between the Dust Knights and the Cries Tykado Academy would improve the relations of the two cultures If there is a way she can facilitate that it would be great The search for Calaj requires visits to Izu Yaxlan, which introduce us to Uzan, the leader of the Abaj, and secret tunnels and stairways Jak is around as well as other people she new while growing up in the Undercity.We get the answer to this impossible crime and with it a threat larger than anyone could imagine Making Dehya, who we love from other books, e.g Spherical Harmonic, an important character is a treat Another thoroughly enjoyable Skolian universe story


  8. Kat Hooper Kat Hooper says:

    Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com


  9. Beth Beth says:

    I have a special fondness for the blunt protagonists of Asaro s Skolian empire, especially when the women give hints of the vestiges of sexism inherent in their culture orthan hints, in the aristocratic families Bhaaj especially is a lot of fun, and I hope there arebooks for her.


  10. E. Ardell E. Ardell says:

    I had to give this book a 5, mainly because I love the Skolian Saga Every time I finish one of these books I feel like I m leaving my friends and family behind I especially felt this way with this book, because Dehya was in it And I love that this is before she overthrew her own government, and Bhaaj is analyzing Dehya and practically predicts what Dehya will do in the future I hope this series continues and includesinteractions with characters we know and love from the Ruby Dynasty I I had to give this book a 5, mainly because I love the Skolian Saga Every time I finish one of these books I feel like I m leaving my friends and family behind I especially felt this way with this book, because Dehya was in it And I love that this is before she overthrew her own government, and Bhaaj is analyzing Dehya and practically predicts what Dehya will do in the future I hope this series continues and includesinteractions with characters we know and love from the Ruby Dynasty I m waiting for Rocca to show up with Eldrinson and a kid or three It would truly make my day if a teenage Eldrin or Del or even Soz pop in in need of Bhaaj s services Oh wait, I should probably review the plot of this book as well The plot is a slow burn, because it is actually buildingof the world Each time I read a Skolian novel, I come away with a better understanding of each thing I learned in previous novels Asaro is a teacher who introduces concepts and then builds upon them to deepen her student s understanding of the lesson in these novels The anatomy of psions and Ruby psions and their history, the royal lines, the Undercity way of life, the EI sit s all amazing to me It makes me want to reread, again, which is the sign of a great series I never get tired of it.As I learnabout Bhaaj and her relationships, theI care about what s important to her She is a person from a severely unprivileged community who has figured out a major way to give back Asaro makes sure to include the small things that other authors might skip or skim, when it comes to rounding out a literary community Simple things, such as, martial arts tournaments and the kids involved actually interacting and trading names and interests with the kids from across the tracks Excellent work If you ve never fallen into the Skolian saga, I recommend it It can be a little slow in places and some books are catchier than others, but it is worth it to stick with them I m glad I did


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