The New York Times bestselling Culture novel...
The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End
Days for the Gzilt civilization.
An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost
perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten
thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding
societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now
they''ve made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden
path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime,
elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and
Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed.
Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been
involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an
ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar,
Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High
Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over
nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really
happened all that time ago.
It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely
to prove its most perilous.