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Dark Empress (Tales of the Empire Book 3) by [Turney, S.J.A.]
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Length: 520 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,728 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories but SJ needs a new proof reader! 7 March 2016
By Methos - Published on
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I enjoy stories based in the history of this period. I've read all of Marius Mules and while I like them more these stories were very fun.
There is the little problem of letting the spell, grammar checker and auto correct do your proof reading. I was very surprised at the number of mistakes that would have been caught by anyone who reads much proof reading this series. I hope it is not a sign of our digital future. Enjoy!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 30 August 2016
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This book is not my favorite of the authors he often over describes or explains things. When I started the book I was bored and did not care for it compared to his other books.

However, after getting some ways into the book and seeing how he brings everything together was brilliant and a lot of fun to read. Without giving anything away the plot twists and the machinations of the characters are delightful and cunning and I loved how it all unfolds all the way to the final moments.

At some point while reading I felt that this book would make a great movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Line II 6 June 2017
By Michael B - Published on
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A little long at times but overall very, very good. Completely enjoyable. Great story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 8 March 2012
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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.

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