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Crucible of Time

Out of Time Book 2
(The sixth book in the Chaos Chronicles series)
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A galaxy in peril...

The story begun in The Reefs of Time continues. The time-tides caused by Karellia's defenses have brought the malicious Mindaru AI out of the deep past into the present, threatening Bandicut and Li-Jared, who have arrived at the backwater planet--Li-Jared's homeworld--to find it on the brink of interplanetary war. Somehow they must forge a peace between Karellia and its neighboring world if the Mindaru threat is to be broken.

Back on Shipworld, Ik and Julie Stone risk their lives a second time to stop the Mindaru at their source: a planet near the galactic core, a billion years in the past. Can Antares, the beautiful humanoid who also loves Bandicut, help them? What of Bria the gokat? And Amaduse, the most influential librarian in Shipworld?

And in the deep time of the galaxy's early history, by the light of a million suns, the Mindaru do hideous things to an innocent species. The Mindaru plan for the altered creatures bears momentous possibilities even the deadly AI cannot predict. Time is critical. Time is elastic. And time is running out.

Conclusion of the unmissable two-part "Out of Time" sequence begun in The Reefs of Time, from Jeffrey A. Carver, Nebula-nominated author of Eternity's End.


"Classicscience fiction with engaging characters and richly imagined worlds!" --GregBear; author of The Unfinished Land and The War Dogs Trilogy

"JeffreyA. Carver's remarkable long-awaited duology The Reefs of Time / Crucible ofTime is a welcome addition to The Chaos Chronicles, certifying hiscontinuing mastery of action and adventure at the boundaries of space opera andhard SF." --Steve Miller, co-author of The Liaden Universe

"Rich,dignified prose wedded to excellent and imaginative storytelling on thegrandest scale. If you've grown weary of the hasty, hyperkinetic stories andstyles that typify so many other independently-published novels, come home toJeffrey Carver's timeless and triumphant The Reefs of Time." --Dr. Charles E.Gannon, author of the award-winning Caine Riordan series

"Mind-blowingin its complexity... I settled in to enjoy a wild ride." --Ann Tonsor Zeddies,author of Riders of Leviathan and Steel Helix


"Carver does his usual outstanding job of juggling multiple viewpoints and plot threads while casting his protagonists' adventures against a sweeping, intergalactic backdrop. Yet Bandicut's story is ultimately a very human one about determination, seat-of-the-pants ingenuity, and courage in the face of overwhelming danger." --Booklist

"Another splendid adventure, with intriguing puzzles, first-rate problem-solving, and an impressive array of alien characters, motives, and methods." -- Kirkus (starred review)

"Reveals an alien encounter brushing hard against a soul, and takes us from there to the far reaches of the cosmos, all with the sure touch of a writer who knows his science. Jeff Carver has done it again!" --David Brin

"Remarkably expansive vision." --Analog

Genre: Science Fiction

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