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Book 2 of this new series takes place some weeks after Jonas and his fleet reach Lyonesse. Set partly on Lyonesse, and partly in the Coalsack sector, the Empire is now in free fall. Contending fleets roam the spaceways and planets are bombarded back to barbarism. An excellent follow up to the first novel. I really reccomend it.