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Lord Ajax! First and greatest Ascendant; conqueror of the Martian machine-minds; mighty Steward of Leviathan’s Dominion! For a thousand years, Ajax has ruled the solar system’s worlds and moons with an iron fist. But history catches up with everyone—even an immortal tyrant. On the frozen dwarf planet Ceres, a scribe composes a record of his millennium-long rule. Unbeknowns Lord Ajax! First and greatest Ascendant; conqueror of the Martian machine-minds; mighty Steward of Leviathan’s Dominion! For a thousand years, Ajax has ruled the solar system’s worlds and moons with an iron fist. But history catches up with everyone—even an immortal tyrant. On the frozen dwarf planet Ceres, a scribe composes a record of his millennium-long rule. Unbeknownst to Ajax, her account contains a coded message that will spark a revolution. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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Lord Ajax! First and greatest Ascendant; conqueror of the Martian machine-minds; mighty Steward of Leviathan’s Dominion! For a thousand years, Ajax has ruled the solar system’s worlds and moons with an iron fist. But history catches up with everyone—even an immortal tyrant. On the frozen dwarf planet Ceres, a scribe composes a record of his millennium-long rule. Unbeknowns Lord Ajax! First and greatest Ascendant; conqueror of the Martian machine-minds; mighty Steward of Leviathan’s Dominion! For a thousand years, Ajax has ruled the solar system’s worlds and moons with an iron fist. But history catches up with everyone—even an immortal tyrant. On the frozen dwarf planet Ceres, a scribe composes a record of his millennium-long rule. Unbeknownst to Ajax, her account contains a coded message that will spark a revolution. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for The Dominion of Leviathan

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    review to come! read it for yourself here: https://www.tor.com/2022/04/13/the-do... review to come! read it for yourself here: https://www.tor.com/2022/04/13/the-do...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    To be Librarian of Ceres is to be unimportant—it is to be more committed to recounting the great deeds of others than in undertaking such deeds oneself. A self-imposed humiliation. So says haughty, hubristic Ajax and all his sycophants. But I have had enough of slavish hagiographies and obsequious poetic forms; enough of bullies and bootlickers to last ten thousand lifetimes. I am still young, for an Ascendant, but I have already lived far, far longer than can be expected for a child of Earth’s vi To be Librarian of Ceres is to be unimportant—it is to be more committed to recounting the great deeds of others than in undertaking such deeds oneself. A self-imposed humiliation. So says haughty, hubristic Ajax and all his sycophants. But I have had enough of slavish hagiographies and obsequious poetic forms; enough of bullies and bootlickers to last ten thousand lifetimes. I am still young, for an Ascendant, but I have already lived far, far longer than can be expected for a child of Earth’s vicious cities. And I have never forgotten where I came from, even though so much has been sanitized from these archives. There are patterns that cannot be erased, absences that hold their own truths, gaps in the lives historians so often overlook that I can fill with my own memories. I loved this, so much - it's sci-fi couched in poetic language and a touch of hidden rebellion in flowery words. There's a really intriguing universe that's built for a short story - the author's bio mentions working on a space opera, so hopefully we're able to see more of it. There's been a couple of books recently that pair empire-style dystopias with epic space opera, and I'm totally here for it. One of their longer ones, but still free online from Tor: https://www.tor.com/2022/04/13/the-do...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    A solar system transfigured by mighty technologies and centuries of strange wars, yet still more wracked than ever by cruelty and injustice; an ancient tyrant, victor of wars against humanity’s enemies, but scarcely a lesser evil himself. The order of superhumans who, after succeeding against lethal challenges, have been remade in body and spirit to stand alongside him, yet some of whom betrayed him; even the forges of Mars. There’s a massive 40K influence here, is what I’m saying, either direct A solar system transfigured by mighty technologies and centuries of strange wars, yet still more wracked than ever by cruelty and injustice; an ancient tyrant, victor of wars against humanity’s enemies, but scarcely a lesser evil himself. The order of superhumans who, after succeeding against lethal challenges, have been remade in body and spirit to stand alongside him, yet some of whom betrayed him; even the forges of Mars. There’s a massive 40K influence here, is what I’m saying, either directly or via its queerer, more respectable descendant The Locked Tomb. But fuck it, the ludicrously OTT future gothic of that setting has always been amazing, even when the game itself hasn’t, and if people are going to do knock-offs of settings that aren’t in the public domain, much better this one than yet another sub-sub-Tolkien fantasy or tired parade of Big Two superhero analogues. And Melwani's twists on the template have the appropriate savagery, audacity and scale, not least when it comes to the mighty storm-mind of Leviathan itself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kam Yung Soh

    An okay story that, while 'Space Opera' in scope, is let down by a narrative that informs the reader of events that have (or will occur) off-stage, rather than letting the reader discover it. In a written missive, the narrator tells the story of Lord Ajax, who rules over the Solar System and will not tolerate weakness and presumed treachery. She also tells the story of how she is discovered by Lord Ajax, transformed in an 'Ascendant' (basically a uber-human), undergoes trials, only to be arrested An okay story that, while 'Space Opera' in scope, is let down by a narrative that informs the reader of events that have (or will occur) off-stage, rather than letting the reader discover it. In a written missive, the narrator tells the story of Lord Ajax, who rules over the Solar System and will not tolerate weakness and presumed treachery. She also tells the story of how she is discovered by Lord Ajax, transformed in an 'Ascendant' (basically a uber-human), undergoes trials, only to be arrested and punished.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Stalled at ~1/3 in. Deeply unlikeable MC and action-scenes that make no sense, to me anyway. I may come back & try again. Or not? Light reading, it's not. Stalled at ~1/3 in. Deeply unlikeable MC and action-scenes that make no sense, to me anyway. I may come back & try again. Or not? Light reading, it's not.

  6. 5 out of 5

    dathomira

    a frustrating read. true genius in the backstory of promethea and the world of the leviathan, squandered for a heavy handed and unspecific story of rebellion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allison Henle

    I really hope this gets turned into a novel. Utterly gripping. Had to reread it twice to fully appreciate what the author (and the author in the story) were trying to do...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    The stand-outs in this story are without a doubt the prose and the world-building. For just a short story the setting and history of the worlds feel vibrant and lush. The prose is poetic but not too flowery. The downside is the lack of plot and character-development. You should read this as an introduction as to what this author is capable of. I am very curious what the author will do if presented with the chance to write a full novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Terry

    Great short story about space empire. Evocative sci-fi imagery mixed with epic tragedy and resistance. Free to read on tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2022/04/13/the-do... Great short story about space empire. Evocative sci-fi imagery mixed with epic tragedy and resistance. Free to read on tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2022/04/13/the-do...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annie’s Mom

    Very good. Helps to fill the wait time for the next book in the Red Rising series. Reminded me of that series: super humans, bio engineering, armor, Greek names, colonies on other planets in our solar system, revolution. I would definitely love to read more stories or novels set in this world.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Per

    https://www.tor.com/2022/04/13/the-do... https://www.tor.com/2022/04/13/the-do...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Very strange and operatic, almost like Conan the Barbarian in a science fiction setting. I mostly dug it, once I started getting it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    sha

    A really interesting and fun read! I especially love the vivid descriptions of the different planets and moons as well as the short poem that comes before each description. I also found out the author is in the middle of writing a full-length story and I'm looking forward to it! A really interesting and fun read! I especially love the vivid descriptions of the different planets and moons as well as the short poem that comes before each description. I also found out the author is in the middle of writing a full-length story and I'm looking forward to it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Kwiatek

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anny Barros

  16. 4 out of 5

    Saints Fan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jude

  18. 4 out of 5

    Misti

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tashny

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eronysis

  22. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joel Allan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dhruv Sahgal

  25. 5 out of 5

    Scissor Stockings

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cora

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jason Frisvold

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eliezer Valtierra

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