The exciting sequel to The Worker Prince, which made Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases of 2011!
The Vertullians are free and have full citizenship but that doesn’t mean they’re accepted. Someone is sending assassins to kill and terrorize them, riling up the old enmity all over again, while Xalivar is back seeking revenge on Davi and all those who defied him. Davi, Farien and Yao reunite to investigate the murders, finding their lives and friendships threatened by what they discover.
Meanwhile, the new High Lord Councilor, Tarkanius, Lord Aron, and Davi find themselves fighting all over again to preserve the unity of the Borali Alliance, while even many of their allies and friends work against them to tear it apart. Davi and Tela find their future together threatened by difficulties with their relationship, and Miri’s adjusting to her new status as a non-royal. The action packed, emotional, exciting Davi Rhii story continues.
Originally Released: June 2012
Original Publisher: Diminished Media Group
Original ISBN: 978‐0‐9840209‐4‐2
“The Returning has romance, assassins, tension, both modern and classic science fiction notions, and very smooth writing. What more could you want? Bryan Thomas Schmidt keeps improving. As good as The Worker Prince WAS, The Returning is better.” —Mike Resnick, author of Starship and Ivory
“The Returning blends themes of faith with classic space opera tropes and the result is a page-turning story that takes off like a rocket.” —Paul S. Kemp, author of Star Wars: Riptide and Star Wars: Deceived
“A fun space opera romp, complete with intrigues, treachery, dastardly villains, and flawed but moral heroes.” —Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls and Pathfinder Tales: Plague of Spells
Reviewed on June 11, 2012 by Catherine Russell
“It has a strong and dynamic plot, engaging characters, intrigue, and non-stop action. I heartily recommend it to science fiction fans with a taste for epic stories. You won’t be disappointed.”
Reviewed on June 4, 2012 by Peter
“I don’t think you can go wrong with this novel…If you are looking for optimistic science fiction with good action and adventure, The Returning is the book for you.”
Van Til Tool
Reviewed on May 02, 2012 by Forrest W. Schultz
“[The story contains] very serious stuff…but there is also humor interlaced with it, some of it subtle…This story is very good, very well told.”