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Author(s): David Mack
Artist(s): Cliff Nielson
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Mirror Universe
Published: 29 December 2009
Pages: 454
Stardate: Unknown (2267-2295)
Reference(s): ISBN 143915516X (paperback)
ISBN 1439166757 (eBook)

The Sorrows of Empire is a Star Trek: Mirror Universe novel by David Mack. Released in December 2009, the novel is an expansion of Mack's story "The Sorrows of Empire", published in the first Mirror Universe anthology, Glass Empires.


Solicitation blurb
One man can shape the future... but at what cost?
"In every revolution, there is one man with a vision."
Captain James T. Kirk of the United Federation of Planets spoke those prophetic words to Commander Spock of the Terran Empire, hoping to inspire change. He could not have imagined the impact his counsel would have.
Armed with a secret weapon of terrifying power and a vision of the alternate universe's noble Federation, Spock seizes control of the Terran Empire and commits it to the greatest gamble in its history: democratic reform.
Rivals within the empire try to stop him; enemies outside unite to destroy it.
Only a few people suspect the shocking truth: Spock is knowingly arranging his empire's downfall. But why? Have the burdens of imperial rule driven him mad? Or is this the coldly logical scheme of a man who realizes that freedom must always be paid for in blood?
Spock alone knows that the fall of the empire will be the catalyst for a political chain reaction – one that will alter the fate of his universe forever.
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All characters are their mirror universe counterparts.

Vulcan first officer and subsequently captain of the ISS Enterprise, later becomes Emperor. Co-main protagonist.
Marlena Moreau
Human Starfleet officer and captain's woman, wife of Spock. Co-main protagonist.
Spock's father and chief political counsel.
Hoshi Sato III
Empress of the Terran Empire, clone of original Empress Hoshi Sato. Overthrown by Spock.
Half-Vulcan, half-Romulan student, mentored by Spock.
Regent of the Klingon Empire, one of the first leaders of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance.

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