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By Iain M. Banks

The ebook follows the reviews of 3 individuals of the royal loved ones of the Sarl, a humanoid race dwelling at the eighth point of the Shellworld of Sursamen. The Shellworld is an historic man made planet inclusive of fourteen nested concentric spheres internally lit by way of tiny thermonuclear "stars", whose layers are inhabited by way of numerous diversified species. they're guarded and mentored via an increasing number of complicated species, as much as the extent of what the Sarl name "Optimae". The tradition is taken into account one of many Optimae, although Sursamen isn't really of their direct sphere of impact. Ferbin, the heir of the Sarl throne, has to escape his domestic point at the Shellworld after witnessing the homicide of his father, King Hausk, by means of tyl Loesp, the King's second-in-command. Oramen, Ferbin's studious more youthful brother, is ignorant of the treachery and trusts tyl Loesp absolutely. After Ferbin's disappearance, tyl Loesp takes at the position of regent, supposedly till Prince Oramen comes of age and will be topped King.

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Your father, though; our dear king, our every—" Tove's voice broke. He shook his head and looked away, biting his lip and sniffing hard. Oramen felt he had to comfort his old friend. "Well, he died happy, I imagine," he said. "In battle, and victorious, as he'd have wished. As we'd all have wished. " He took a quick look round the melee in the yard. The contesting nobles seemed to be gathering themselves into some sort of order but there was still no sign of his charger. He'd have been quicker in the steam car after all.

He wasn't ready to be king. He enjoyed being a prince. Being a prince was fun; being a king looked like hard work. Besides, his father had always entirely given everybody who'd ever met him the strong impression that he would most assuredly live for ever. Ferbin must have nodded off. There was noise down below; clamour, voices. In his jangled, still half-drowsy state, he thought he recognised some of them. He was instantly terrified that he would be discovered, captured by the enemy or shamed in front of his father's own troops.

Meanwhile a couple of the palace servants piled into the room behind the nobleman, also breathing hard and looking flushed. Oramen sat back in his seat. He noticed it was dark outside. A servant must have lit the room's lamps. " he said. "Both of them? " "If all reports are to be believed, sir. From the army command and from tyl Loesp himself. The King is—the King's body is returning on a gun carriage, sir," Droffo told him. "Sir, I'm sorry. It's said poor Ferbin was cut in half by a shell. I am so sorry, sir, sorry beyond words.

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