For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact - and grandest prize - in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. Without warning the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone knows that the Puppeteers are cowards. But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas. Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power.... One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days.
The massive artifact known as the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind rival fleets of humans and the alien races known as the Puppeteers and the Gw'oth. The Puppeteers' Fleet of Worlds faces a crisis that may force the race of two-headed, technologically advanced herbivores to reveal their knowledge in return for their survival. As all three races jockey for position in the vacuum left by Ringworld's "departure," another threat arises in the form of the aggressive and warlike Kzinti. Tying together many story threads, the final title in the "Fleet of Worlds" series (a prequel to Niven's "Ringworld" series) brings to a stunning close a multivolume saga that has captured the imaginations of a multitude of readers. VERDICT Co-authors Niven and Lerner (Fleet of Worlds; Juggler of Worlds; Destroyer of Worlds; Betrayer of Worlds) use their expertise in depicting memorable human and alien characters to enhance a story that will attract attention from series fans as well as readers of hard sf. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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August 21, 2012
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