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Behind the Throne: The Indranan War, Book 1 Kindle Edition
|Length: 432 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Meet Hail: Captain. Gunrunner. Fugitive.
Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir.
But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can't do the one thing she did twenty years ago -- run away. She'll have to figure out who murdered her sisters if she wants to survive.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 1420 KB
- Publisher : Orbit (2 August 2016)
- Print Length : 432 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B01D90138A
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: 214,526 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Let's start with the character of Hail. Who leaves home at 18 to pursue one of her father's assassins and then spends twenty years living in space, becoming that gunrunner. Except this chick never grows up, she might as well have been in stasis for all the maturity and wealth of experience she displays. Forever moaning you don't want the gunrunner as your heir. First as a lament. Then eventually as a threat. Okay, fine, I know she never planned to return home to be the heir/empress, but once it is clear it is her only option, she embraces her destiny, but not really and then kind of... sort of. Talk about inconsistent. Sarcastic, and threatening one minute and then her knees are buckling and she's all but weeping as some random 20 plus year memory all but side swipes her... again, and again and again. To the point where the reader is all but pleading with this chick to ovary up.
This book is also billed as SF, but since only about two small chapters are spent there it is really more of a futuristic YA (Despite the h's 38 years of age) coming of age novel, set in a palace, with a matriarchal society to add vague interest, but never goes anywhere. And with an even more boring religious element thrown in just so Hail has a mandatory reason to leave her rooms occasionally.
The blurb was great, but the author failed to deliver on so many levels what should have been a rollicking good adventure as the title character cuts a swathe through her enemies and discovers that being Empress is only one small step away from being a gunrunner. Now that was the story I wanted to read.
Yay! Finally, a novel I just unabashedly loved. It’s like The Goblin Emperor , but with a lot less of the kinder, gentler aspect of that book, and with the adventure factor ramped up several notches. The main character is flawed but really likeable. This is almost certainly going to be one of my Hugo nominees. I can't wait to pick up the next entry in this series, After the Crown .
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Hail rapidly recalls all the royal protocols, much to her dismay, but she needs to work out which faction is trying to destabilise the Empire before she ends up as dead as her sisters. Her gunrunning skills may allow her to beat assassins hand-to-hand, but they won’t save her from bombs, or shield her from politics. It seems that the current troubles may be related to why she left the Empire in the first place.
This is a great page turner with a full cast of lost heirs, sarcastic bodyguards, misunderstood Empresses, evil cousins, scheming prime ministers, gentlemanly ambassadors, and rival empires. The Indranan Empire is descended from Hindu India, with a matriarchal overlay, which results in some interesting cultural features. I’m looking forward to the next book, seeing how Hail copes with her changed circumstances in very perilous times indeed.
This book kicks off a trilogy that is steeped in political intrigue. The main character is a harsh ray of light burning through the encroaching shadows of her past.
Every character feels real and alive when you read this gripping story of runaway princess turned gunrunner comes home - even the minor characters!
I read this over 2 days - and I'll be honest, I probably would have stayed up and finished it through the night if i hadn't an early morning shift at work to get SOME sleep for.
Anyway, enough of this - I'm diving straight into book 2!