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The Fractured Dark

Megan E O'Keefe



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Orbit Books
05 December 2023
Series: Devoured Worlds
Dying planets, dangerous conspiracies, and secret romance abound in the second book of the Devoured Worlds trilogy by rising space opera star Megan E. O'Keefe.

Naira and Tarquin have escaped vicious counter-revolutionaries, misprinted monsters and the pull of a dying planet. Now, bound together to find the truth behind the blight that has been killing habitable planets, they need to hunt out the Mercator family secrets.

But, when the head of Mercator disappears, taking the universe's remaining supply of starship fuel with him, chaos breaks loose between the ruling families. Naira's revolution must be put aside for the sake of humanity's immediate survival.

Praise for the series:

'Character-driven science fiction at its best - a taut novel with human questions at its heart'

E. J. Beaton, author of The Councillor

'Smart, incisive and utterly gripping. Megan E. O'Keefe's masterful storytelling will draw you into a complex, brutal, yet hope-charged world, break your heart, and leave you begging for more'

Rowenna Miller, author of Torn

'A delightfully twisty space opera filled with unique worldbuilding and deft explorations of humanity, family and power. Add in a dash of rebellion and a hint of romance, and I'm hooked - I can't wait for the next book!'

Jessie Mihalik, author of Hunt the Stars

'This is space opera for the ages, wrapped in complicated and delicious layers of family and loyalty and science and love and duty. I couldn't put it down!

Karen Osborne, author of Architects of Memory
Imprint:   Orbit Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   356g
ISBN:   9780356517384
ISBN 10:   0356517381
Series:   Devoured Worlds
Pages:   528
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Megan E. O'Keefe was raised amongst journalists, and as soon as she was able joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and has won Writers of the Future and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. Velocity Weapon, the first novel in her Protectorate series, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for Best Novel. Megan lives in the Bay Area of California.

Reviews for The Fractured Dark

Brimming with unconventional gender dynamics and shifting identities, The Blighted Stars is character-driven science fiction at its best - a taut novel with human questions at its heart -- E. J. Beaton on THE BLIGHTED STARS Addictive space opera full of intrigue, visceral danger and deeply personal stakes -- J. S. Dewes on THE BLIGHTED STARD Riveting adventure at a rocketing pace, with engaging characters thrown in for good measure! -- Connie Willis on THE BLIGHTED STARS Emotional arcs and action sequences, vivid worldbuilding, and interesting explorations of body printing and corporate servitude provide an immersive story . . . O'Keefe's latest has the intrigue, surprises, and high stakes of her previous novels -- LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

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