Star of Gypsies
Yakoub was once the legendary King of the Rom, the Gypsy race that has evolved from the days of caravans into lords of the spaceways - the only pilots capable of steering ships safely between the many worlds of the Galaxy. Weary and proud, Yakoub has relinquished his power and lives in exile on a distant, icy world. In his absence, chaos fills the vacuum of power. The fate of the entire Galactic Empire hangs in the balance. Yakoub must journey across the cosmos and fight to regain his throne. Only then can he fulfill his dream - to return his people to their ancestral home of Romany Star.
The Rom need the Yakoub of legend once more. Can the once-mighty King overcome time and tyranny and inspire his people in their darkest hour?
“Robert Silverberg is a past master at this Science Fiction lark and his invention does not fail him here....Star Of Gypsies was first published in 1986 but it is not dated in any way. Silverberg is a master of his craft and doesn't put a foot wrong. Yakoub is a great character, full of vigour, humanity and passion.
This is a wonderful space opera and I highly recommend it.”
"Silverberg is one of science fiction's finest authors..." - San Francisco Examiner
"Unexpected and wonderful... the universe of Star of Gypsies is a vast and marvelous one: Yakoub is one of the most finely drawn and sheerly enjoyable characters in modern science fiction... like Scheherazade, he will captivate you, entertain you, tell you of wonders and long-ago lands and a thousand things of which you never dreamed... Silverberg is a master wordsmith and alchemist of the imagination." -