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Dark Empress (Tales of the Empire Book 3) by [Turney, S.J.A.]
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When stranded on the fringe of a crumbling Empire, how do you defend what really matters?

The nomads of the southern deserts have a saying: “When something is broken it should never be discarded. So long as the pieces remains, the whole can be remade.”

A time of trials, war and terror is coming to the desert city of M’Dahz, the Empire’s southernmost outpost. As Imperial power falters, then withdraws, the population lives in constant fear of invasion by vicious Pelasian satraps. Meanwhile, brothers Samir and Ghassan, and their childhood friend Asima, are about to discover that while people can change the world, the world can also change people.

They must follow separate paths – as courtesan, naval officer, and pirate – yet their destinies are forever intertwined. Nothing is ever as it seems in this distant corner of the Empire, and a world of unexpected alliances, dangerous jealousies and deepest betrayals awaits them…

The third book in S.J.A. Turney’s Tales of the Empire series, Dark Empress is a heart-stopping journey by land and sea through a world of deception, scheming, and surprising valour. Reminiscent of C. S. Forester, Simon Scarrow, and Conn Iggulden, this is historical fantasy at its most readable, its enlightening and exciting best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2281 KB
  • Print Length: 520 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149747082X
  • Publisher: Canelo (4 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HWNW0U0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Davey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 July 2014
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The Empire is in crisis and across the sea the outpost of M'Dahz is left to fend for itself as the Imperial troops and ships withdraw. M'Dahz quickly falls to a Pelasian satrap cruel beyond belief. Three young citizens from M'Dahz take very different paths toward the future. S.J.A. Turney writes the story in his usual great style.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Action, No Logic 23 May 2014
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Two brothers, Samir and Ghassan are childhood friends with a young girl, Asima. Their world is torn apart when their town is invaded by an evil Pelasian satrap. The three become separated and take very diverse paths in life.

S.J.A. Turney is one of my favorite authors. I have read all the books in the Marius' Mules series and a few others. I was sadly disappointed in this book. While the people and locations are all fictitious, there still should be some logic to events. As children, the three friends act and think more like grown adults. That seemed very false to me. At one point Asima is a member of a Sultan's harem. Women in harems are closely guarded so they will not have contact with men. Yet, we are told after the fact that Asima had managed to bribe a guard to kiss the Sultan's wife as the Sultan comes along, Asima had put a slow acting poison in the guard's drink and she had placed the bottle of poison in the guard's room so it would look like suicide. For a member of a harem to be wandering around, buying poison (how did she learn what poison to get and where?) being with a guard to put the poison in his drink, and then going into the guards' barracks to leave the poison in a guard's room (how did she find out which room was his?) just seemed too unbelievable to me. Most of the plot devices also had that unbelievable quality to them.

Asima seems to spend most of her time glaring at people and thinking about how she would like to torture them. Samir spends most of his time grinning as he comes up with convoluted plans that depend on how other people will act but he won't tell anyone what those plans are, he just grins when asked. Ghassan spends most of his time brushing his curly black hair off of his forehead. Oh, how I wished he would get a haircut.

There is a lot of action in this novel but I was really disappointed as the book just became a chore to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A solidly crafted and satisfying narrative. 23 February 2012
By Bob - Published on
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In my opinion this is probably the strongest of the Tales of the Empire installments. The characters are very well developed with the author doing an exceptional job of showing them evolve from children into adults. Especially well done is the description of how circumstances shape them. Secondary characters frame the story giving thorough insight to environment that the main characters negotiate.

The story itself covers the beginning of interregnum to the re-establishment of the empire illustrating the circumstances that befall the main characters as the empire is torn by strife and stability crumbles. The narrative centers on how three children initially adjust to the new circumstances and ultimately strive to influence the environment to suit their own goals. The author is very effective in describing their efforts and showing that while some of their actions might not be consider "good" they all are logical and directed towards survival and greater goals some of which are laudable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 8 March 2012
By Trusten - Published on
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Short and sweet, this is a good book. The author knows how to keep your interest, and weave a pretty darn good story. I took a chance on his series previous series of Ancient Rome, and found it to be awesome. As a fan on Roman history, military history, etc., I found it to be every bit as good as the Gordanus series, and the Falco series (by other authors), only focused on the military of Rome. This series is an alternate history of Rome, but, every bit as good. Buy it, read it, enjoy it. Go ahead and buy the entire series, you'll only be saving yourself time because you'll be logging back on to Amazon to buy them anyway.
2.0 out of 5 stars Good start 15 May 2014
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I enjoyed the start. Good character interaction. Strained credibility when Asima turned from a sweet girl into a psychopathic killer without suffering any extreme trauma. The brothers bemoaning Asima's treachery over and over got tedious. Having all the plans work was hard to believe as was the deal to allow pirate captains into the Imperial navy, that would never happen in that time and place or even now.

Too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super writer--Great read 13 October 2012
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One thing a great writer has to do, in my opinion,is take me away from this world and transport me to a different time and keep me there. The best way to relax is reading about history in real time, pretend that you can see and feel the wind in your face and become one with the story. This writer does that and I follow his writing with great expectations of the stories to come. A super read. Oh oh gotta go. Time to relax and read on--lost in time.

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