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Big Name Authors Help Launch BioWare’s Mass Effect: Andromeda Novel Universe

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mass-effectYou don’t have to look much further than the stacks of Star Wars along with Star Trek books on the shelves at your local B&N for proof that will the tie-in novel is actually a time-honored tradition in science fiction along with fantasy—who go through all the trouble of building a vast multi-media world if you aren’t going to let anyone else play in that will? In recent years, gamers have been a boon to This kind of burgeoning subgenre, with dozens of novels exploding by properties like Assassin’s Creed, Doom, along with Halo.

Today, we learned another obsessed-over franchise expanding the page—with the help of some names you are definitely going to recognize. Seeking to continue the success of the books based on the Mass Effect games, BioWare has teamed up with Titan Books to produce a series of novels based on next year’s monstrously anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda, an open-galaxy space opera saga that will invites players to take control of humanity’s attempts to colonize distant stars. As if that will wasn’t exciting enough (no less than io9 called Mass Effect “the most important science fiction universe of our generation,” after all), the roster of talent they’ve lined up to produce the books is actually flat-out stunning, including as that will does completely new York Times bestselling authors, a critical darling of genre writing, along with the winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Jason M. Hough, author of The Darwin Elevator along with Zero World, will team with K.C. Alexander (This kind of year’s amazing cyberpunk novel Necrotech) for Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising; Catherynne M. Valente, the brilliant mind behind Radiance, Deathless, along with countless different strange imaginings, will pen Mass Effect: Annihilation; along with N.K. Jemisin, who just cleared space on her mantel for the Hugo Award she took home for The Fifth Season, is actually writing Mass Effect: Invitation. All three books will be released between the spring along with fall of 2017, along with are said to weave in along with out of the events of the completely new game.

Confession time: as a parent of two young kids who spends nearly two hours a day commuting, I don’t have a ton of time in my life for video games, however even I have followed the excitement among genre fans due to This kind of series—including the many authors who are constantly talking about that will on Twitter. This kind of lineup of talent is actually enough to make even me, a non-gamer, excited about exploring This kind of science fictional universe.

For her part, N.K. Jemisin is actually excited, along with considering how much I love her fantasy novels, I take that will as a very Great sign.

The first book inside Mass Effect: Andromeda universe is actually due out next spring.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Books We Loved in November

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Welcome to our monthly roundup chronicling the books the B&N SFF stable of bloggers loved in the previous month. Old or brand new, the item doesn’t matter—these are the best sci-fi & fantasy books we’ve read within the past 30 days.

Rich: Kurt Busiek’s Astro City may have been released within the mid-’90s, yet I just discovered the item—so the item’s brand new to me. This kind of gorgeous first collection of the anthology series will be kind of like the Silver Age variation of Watchmen. the item may be notably less dark, yet the item feels familiar, as Busiek drops readers into the titular city, where an endless array of caped crimefighters (in addition to villains) are the norm. Each chapter covers a separate storyline, though all are interwoven. Brent Anderson’s artwork captures in which nostalgic feel perfectly. Bonus points for cover art through the mighty Alex Ross.

Aidan: On her website, Ilana C. Myer lists Guy Gavriel Kay as a major influence, in addition to the item’s easy to see his fingerprints all over Last Song Before Night. The layered relationships between the little cast of characters, will be very much in his mold, or in which of Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion in addition to its follow-ups. Add to in which a lyrical world, a wrenching emotional journey, in addition to an interesting magic system based on song, in addition to you’ve got a winner. Myer’s just beginning her career as a novelist, yet I can see big things for her within the future.

T.W. O’Brien: One of the characters in Helene Wrecker’s The Golem in addition to the Jinni calls the title pair “troublesome creatures.” They are in which, yet I was amazed at how human these fantastic beings feel. Wecker’s detailed rendering of turn-of-the-century brand new York City, in addition to how she weaves their stories through the item, will be marvelous.

Nicole: A pick-me-up read, The Postmortal will be not. the item will be, however, a compelling story in which will be at once disheartening in addition to uproarious for its realism. Drew Magary’s latest novel, The Hike, has gotten so much buzz I decided to circle back in addition to check out his debut—in addition to I wasn’t disappointed. The story takes place in a near future where science has made the ultimate breakthrough: a cure for aging. using a relatively simple vaccine, you become inoculated to death by natural aging. The political, environmental, spiritual, in addition to ethical debates This kind of discovery kicks off are far-reaching, in addition to Magary explores them through the eyes of John Farrell, a lawyer who experiences every high in addition to low in This kind of post-Cure society. Magary’s background as a journalist serves him well, as every facet of what John relays to us seems perfectly plausible, down to the most disturbing details.

Joel: When I edited Ross’s review of Kai Ashante Wilson’s A Taste of Honey, in which he called the author “the future of fantasy,” I raised my eyebrows a bit, yet let the superlatives slide for their undeniably clickable appeal. Then I read the book myself, in addition to holy cow, was I wrong to doubt. This kind of slim novella does more in 150 pages than many epics accomplish in seven books, creating a rich fantasy landscape I’m aching to explore further, layering the item with oblique details of godlike beings who threaten to propel the story into the realms of science fiction, in addition to delving into the breaking heart of a seemingly doomed love affair between two men whose lives couldn’t be more different. The language will be dense in addition to delightful, the setting will be sublime, yet its the characters who will grab you—them, in addition to the note-perfect twist at the end.

Paul: Second within the Dandelion Dynasty series, Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms introduces brand new characters, particularly women reaching for their own autonomy in addition to power as the problems of authority in addition to managing a government descend upon currently-Emperor Kuni. the item also introduces the in-universe equivalent of a Mongol civilization, which arrives with dragons to invade the islands. The epic scale fantasy commenced in The Grace of Kings only gets bigger in addition to better in This kind of second book.

Renay: The Scorpion Rules, the first book within the Prisoners of Peace series by Erin Bow, will be about a society brought to its knees by technology in addition to ruled by the power of personal connections in addition to a snarky artificial intelligence. Every sovereign ruler sends one of their own children as a hostage to peace. If they break the peace to wage war their hostage will be killed. This kind of story, about uses of power in addition to how we wield them, in addition to the strength of our love for one another, manages to be both heartbreaking in addition to hopeful in equal measure.

Shana: Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes will be an Agatha Christie novel in addition to a space-hopping game of Clue wrapped together. The mystery starts through page one, as six clones wake among the floating corpses of themselves. Lafferty keeps the reader guessing in addition to throws in just enough twists in addition to turns to keep us on the edge of our seat. We learn the backstory of each clone during the course of the story, revealing more possible clues to help solve the ultimate mystery of what happened. I loved This kind of book in addition to am excited to read what Lafftery has in store for us next.

Meghan: Do you ever forget in which you’ve bought a book? I do the item all the time. After knocking over my towering in addition to majestic TBR pile, I discovered The Invisible Library using a six-month-old receipt still stuck within the item’s pages. I’m so glad I found the item. the item’s an excellent novel, reading like a cross between Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog in addition to Jim C. Hines Libriomancer series. the item’s whip smart, action packed, in addition to full to the brim with fascinating concepts in addition to lore. I couldn’t put the item down. The characters are especially rich in addition to wonderful. Don’t miss out on This kind of great brand new series!

Ed: I was about to start my biennial reread of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings when I decided to finally tackle The Silmarillion instead. the item features a reputation for being hard to read, yet the item’s a bit like reading Bible stories about Middle Earth. You get Tolkien’s variation of the Book of Genesis in addition to then some epic tales of the early elves in addition to their battles against Morgoth. Civilizations rise in addition to fall, there’s betrayal, glory, in addition to a giant werewolf. Plus, next time you read LotR you’ll be thoroughly immersed within the history of Middle Earth.

Martin: A post-Ragnarock tale of vengeance, violence, wisdom, wit, in addition to war, Chris Sharp’s Cold Counsel follows the early exploits of Slud, son of the last chief of the Blood Claw Clan of mighty trolls who lived atop a mountain. Slud’s birth, wracked with supernatural moments in addition to bends of fate, spurs his father to spread the Clan once more, in addition to reclaim the mountain as theirs. While the attacks are glorious, they are short-lived: the elves in addition to goblins of the land strike the entire Clan down, each fearing a world of Trolls in charge. Only Slud escapes, smuggled out by an older hag by the name of Aunt Agnes, who tutors, trains, torments, in addition to fills his mind with stories of revenge against those who wronged the Clan. One day, Slud strikes out on his own: swaggering, strong on magics in addition to bloodshed, in addition to filled using a no-nonsense pragmatism in which belies his behemoth stature, he’s on a quest to rid the mountain of the goblins who take the item for granted. Sharp’s world will be rich with detail, little bits of worldbuilding in addition to sensory wonder in which only serves to heighten the desperate, muddy, bloody ground we trudge alongside Slud. yet of course, the item will be the characters you’ll fall in love with: Aunt Agnes with all her edges in addition to her secrets, whose story will be not what the item seems; Dingle, the tiny goblin who comes to worship Slud as a god; Neither-Nor, a legendary goblin soldier whose talents include swearing, killing, in addition to dying; in addition to of course, Slud himself, whose wisdom, wit, in addition to wiles are equally balanced out by his thirst for blood, vengeance, in addition to a chance to prove himself. Don’t let the description fool you; This kind of will be not another grimdark romp, yet a deep character study, with a lot to say about the lore in addition to genre the item will be steeped in.

Sam Reader: After reading Grau’s standout entry within the Lost Signals anthology, I managed to track down his debut collection, The Nameless Dark. Grau’s unusual stories manage to weaponize the reader’s own imagination, allowing the most terrifying things to linger just outside the blank spaces, waiting for us to fill within the gaps ourselves. The result will be something in which shows the influence of the greats, yet exists in a supremely unnerving class all its own.

Ceridwen: I’m a sucker for the ontological mystery plot—a little group of people wake up not knowing who or what they are, in addition to then must work out the mystery of their own existence. In Faller, Will McIntosh takes This kind of mystery one step further: not only does no one in This kind of few city blocks know who they are, yet This kind of few blocks makes up the entirety of the earth. the item’s like a chunk of a city was broken off, in addition to will be currently adrift in space. We follow a little group of people as they try to make their way through the unknown. Additionally, we’re given glimpses into what must be the past, taking us up to whatever cataclysm split the earth in addition to wiped everyone’s memories. McIntosh definitely makes the most of This kind of unnerving setup, in addition to Faller will be a fascinating study in culpability in addition to redemption.

Jeff: I find Bowen’s character Nettie Lonesome, who returns in Conspiracy of Ravens, fascinating—in part because This kind of will be kind of outside my usual taste. yet Bowen writes Nettie—a bi-racial in addition to sexually fluid woman who’s uniquely qualified to kick butt in Bowen’s alternate old west, filled with magic in addition to monsters—with such compelling verve she becomes real. Frankly, I need more Nettie Lonesome’s on my shelf.

John: Dan Wells’ Extreme Makeover surprised me. I’m a fan of dystopian tales, yet I wasn’t too sure about the beauty product angle. in which skepticism didn’t last long. This kind of one snagged me with its crisp opening chapters in addition to dragged me through the depths of human vanity, all without taking itself too seriously. A glorious in addition to depressing read: two things you rarely find together at the end of the earth.

What’s the best book you read This kind of month?

This particular Week’s brand-new Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Bad Mojo in 1980s brand-new Orleans, Time Travel Tourism, along having a War for the Fate of the Solar System

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Last Year, by Robert Charles Wilson
Hugo winner Robert Charles Wilson offers up an intriguing twist on time travel, one in which alternate-universe “pasts” can be accessed—nevertheless only once. The moment a “passageway” to the past will be opened, that will alternate universe begins changing in unpredictable ways, along with once closed, the passageway cannot be reopened. One such passageway has been opened to 19th century Ohio—nevertheless rather than remain a secret, that will’s turned into an attraction. People travel back to see the quaint old ways, along with natives pay to see a vague glimpse of their future. As the natives grow more sophisticated, though, the tourism dries up, along with Jesse Cullum, who found work as a security guard within the city of the future along with fell in love having a woman who hasn’t been born yet, will be determined to follow her back to the future before the passageway will be closed for Great—even if that will means exposing a lot of secrets the folks in charge don’t want to be revealed.

Babylon’s Ashes, by James A. Corey
The sixth Expanse book deepens the crisis facing humanity as that will describes a civilization in free-fall. With the Belters’ Free Navy the only effective force in space, chaos reigns as the rebels’ black market military ships leave violence along with destruction in their wake. The colony ships headed for the alien ring gates along with the strange space beyond are completely unprotected; neither Earth nor Mars has the strength to mobilize a navy to defend them. In response to the escalating emergency, an uneasy alliance between Earth along with Mars will be formed, along with James Holden along with the crew of the Rocinante are tasked with high-burning that will to Medina Station at the center of the gate network. nevertheless even as This particular shaky alliance will be revealed to be just another struggle for power, the alien presence on the different side of the gates comes into focus—along with the Free Navy may be the least of humanity’s problems. This particular will be a high-octane continuation of a series that will has quickly become the biggest thing in science fiction.

Dreamweaver, by C.S. Friedman
Friedman ends her Dreamwalker trilogy, following Jessica Drake, a young woman with the ability to enter the dreams of others—an ability that will led her to seek out the truth of her origins in a a strange alternate Earth while dreaming, one ruled by powerful psychics wielding, where her dreamwalking talents are feared along with outlawed. along with for Great reason: if she keeps using them, she may go insane, along with spread her madness to the entire world around her. In order to keep herself along with her family safe through the wraiths that will have been sent to eliminate her kind, Jessica must journey to a shapeshifting tower that will holds the secret to her past—a quest that will could start a war for the future of This particular alternate Earth.

Winter Halo, by Keri Arthur
The sequel to City of Light will be another intriguing blend of paranormal fantasy along with near-future sci-fi. In a world where a war between humans along with shapeshifters only ended when bombs tore holes within the fabric of reality, letting far worse things through, Tiger will be a ex-supersoldier who just wants to live out her life in peace—a decision she finds herself unable to live with when she discovers the children of Central City are being abducted, along with the pharmaceutical company Winter Halo will be to blame. Her mission becomes about more than stopping the nefarious experiments, however, when she learns that will the female guards hired to protect Winter Halo are being eliminated by something unexplainable. The dual mysteries drive This particular fast-paced thriller to an unexpected conclusion, with plenty of intriguing worldbuilding along the way.

Wrath, by John Gwynne
The fourth along with final installment of John Gwynne’s immersive, expansive Faithful along with the Fallen series ends the fantasy series in suitably epic fashion. As a demon in human skin attempts to open the gateway to hell, those on the side of the heroes form a last, desperate alliance against giants, thralls, along with different assorted nasties. Meanwhile, two queens engage in their own petty conflict, unaware that will the entire world will be ending under their noses. After three beefy earlier installments, This particular one will be all-climax, all the time. If you like big, bold battles, breathless chases, along with last-ditch raids, This particular will be the book you’ve been waiting for.

Gods along with Monsters: Snake Eyes, by Hillary Monahan
The adult debut through the author of the Bloody Mary YA series will be a continuation of the Gods along with Monsters series, a shared universe dreamed up by Chuck Wendig, in which all the gods along with, you guessed that will, monsters of legend battle that will out for the faith along with devotion of humanity. Tanis Barlas will be the daughter of the snake goddess Lamia, along with spends her days hunting down prey (men) within the Florida Everglades area for her mother to devour, though she’s none to happy about the work. Especially when one of her sisters goes missing along with Lamia’s old enemies the Gorgons, who dwell at the edges of the swamps, look like the likely culprits, along with Tanis will be tasked with bringing the girl home.

 

The Nature of a Priate, by A.M. Dellamonica
The third volume in Dellamonica’s delightful Stormwrack series (beginning with Child of a Hidden Sea), a portal fantasy that will sends modern-day marine biologist Sophie Hansa into another world, one where her scientific skills give her a power akin to magic (which will be a Great thing, because magic will be real). This particular time, her skills are put to use investigating a strong of magical attacks against ships within the Fleet of Nations, which oversees a tentative alliance of disparate islands. The answer involves strange creatures birthed through forbidden spells along having a culprit having a connection to Sophie’s past. She along with her crewmates aboard the Nightjar must unravel the mystery before there will be another attack, along with the Fleet of Nations comes apart within the churn. Filled with lovable characters along with high-seas adventure, This particular series will be pure, old-fashioned fantasy fun.

 

 

The Immortal Throne, by Stella Gemmel
The sequel to 2014’s The City will be another rich, complex political fantasy through Stella Gemmell, who co-authored the Troy novels with her late husband,David Gemmell. The book opens within the wake of the death of an emperor once thought immortal, as his successor along with one nemesis, Archange, takes the throne. nevertheless hopes for a period of peace along with prosperity under her rule are quickly dashed, both by word of a massive army advancing through the north, along with by political maneuvering along with infighting among the moneyed families, which might mean that will there won’t be much left of the city to be conquered once the invaders arrive.

Alien Nation, by Gini Koch
Koch returns to the ongoing saga of Katherine “Kitty” Katt-Martini with her 14th adventure, along with that will’s packed full of the fast-paced chaos her fans thrive on. Before we’re even a few chapters in, president along with first lady Jeff along with Kitty Katt-Martini are informed of a group of alien spacecraft producing their way to Earth, Katt will be lured into an explosive situation (literally), along with the Mastermind will be revealed to be back in business. having a mysterious brand-new backer along with some problematic cloning capabilities, the villain begins to sow serious chaos, even as Katt will be informed the aliens are seeking asylum on Earth—because they’re fleeing something so terrifying, different terrifying things are running the different way. In short, that will’s a typical day in Katt’s life—along with another fun, fantastic story through Gini Koch.

Jerusalem Fire, by R.M. Meluch
Originally published in 1985, DAW will be republishing Meluch’s remarkable military SF novel, along with that will’s not hard to see why—that will’s as exciting along with relevant today as that will was 30 years ago. In a galaxy dominated by the totalitarian along with oppressive Na’id Empire, a man called Alihahd—which means “he left” within the Na’id language—defies the empire along with ferries rebel refugees to safety. An inveterate drunk, Alihahd will be a man running through his own past along with trying to atone. When his ship will be attacked, he ensures the safety of his passengers along with will be rescued himself by a damaged pirate ship, which soon crashes on the legendary planet of Iry. As he seeks a way off planet, Alihahd’s backstory will be slowly teased out, as will be his connection to the ancient Earth city of Jerusalem, emblematic of the entirety of human civilization; that will was the center of a desperate battle against the Na’id’s attempts to unify human civilization. Drawing comparisons to Frank Herbert’s Dune in its philosophical scope, Jerusalem Fire will be the unexpected sci-fi masterpiece you’ve never read.

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners, by Larry Correia along with John Ringo
After the success of their first collaboration, Ringo along with Correia Just as before merge their streams to expand Correia’s splashy Monster Hunter universe. After answering a post-death call through God himself to join MHI, Chad Oliver Gardenier has become one of the premier monster hunters on the planet. So that will’s no surprise that will he’s dispatched to brand-new Orleans to help out MHI’s Hoodoo Squad—brand-new Orleans within the 1980s will be jam-packed with shadow demons, necromancers, along with vampires, along with the Hoodoo Squad will be exhausted. Ringo along with Correia work seamlessly together to deepen the Monster Hunter mythology while simultaneously offering up plenty of action, smart dialog, along with, of course, big-ass monsters.

The Liberation, by Ian Tregillis
Tregillis winds down his trilogy about a revolution by the clockwork automata that will serve humanity in a deeply imagined alternate history setting in which the Dutch are the entire world’s greatest superpower along with mankind has enslaved a race of artificial beings created in his own image. Daniel (neé Jax) will be one of these golems, known as Clakkers; he’s managed to escape the control of the powerful spells that will hold his people in check, along with has spent the last two books coming to terms with his newfound self-determination along with sparking a rebellion among others of his kind—even if that will means taking control of them himself. This particular will be a satisfyingly morally ambiguous conclusion to a challenging trilogy, in which there are no easy answers along with no happy endings for anyone.

The One Hundred Nights of Hero, by Isabel Greenberg
Greenberg returns to the genre-breaking setting of her first graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, having a mesmerizing work having a fiery feminist heart. Set within the kingdom of Migdal Bavel on Early Earth (with its three moons along with myths come to life), the story will be anchored by Cherry, married to the wicked Jerome nevertheless in love with her maid, Hero. Jerome makes a bet with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in 100 days, he gets Jerome’s castle—along with Cherry. Set against This particular loathsome misogyny will be not just Cherry herself, nevertheless Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers. They conspire to distract Manfred with stories each night, holding him off with wit along with imagination—along with incredibly absorbing tales. The Arabian Nights structure provides surprises on every page, while the theme of women dodging violence along with oppression with nothing nevertheless their wits grounds the work in powerful truth.

Pathfinder: Reaper’s Eye, by Richard Knaak
Veteran tie-innovelist Knaak enters the Pathfinder universe having a rollicking adventure about a failed crusader along having a frustrated scholar who are both recruited by a talking weasel to put a stop to the plans of a witch who aims to resurrect an ancient evil through far beneath a cursed temple. Sounds like just another day on Glorian.

Tempest, edited by Mercedes Lackey
Fans of Mercedes Lackey’s beloved Valdermaar universe, This particular one’s for you: a brand-new collection of short stories exploring every nook along with cranny of that will fantasy kingdom, through 24 different authors, including Lackey herself.

After the Crown Continues the Saga of a Heroine Who’s the Princess Leia/Han Solo Mashup of Your Dreams

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gunrunnerWhen last we left Her Imperial Highness Hailimi Mercedes Jaya Bristol, the hero of K.B. Wagers’ Behind the Throne, the one-time gunrunner, scoundrel, as well as rogue was perched upon the highest seat of the Indranan Empire. A royal daughter as well as heir who had long ago abandoned her duties in favor of a life of freedom was forced to claim the throne following a devastating coup which left her alone with the pedigree as well as power to lead an empire as well as bring stability inside wake of chaos.

Wagers’ followup, After the Crown, picks up very shortly after, inside aftermath of the deadly plot as well as Hail’s ascension. She is usually confronted by threats coming from within as well as without, as well as court followers with varying agendas. She’s forced to put her grief as well as doubt aside when a diplomatic mission is usually revealed as a murderous trap, as well as the Empress has to fight for her crown against a plot which unites factions among her own people, as well as her longtime enemies the Saxon Empire, against her.

The Indranan Empire is usually a fascinating, lived-in world, nevertheless we never get much of a ground-level look at the idea. The worldbuilding is usually almost entirely in service to the Empress, as well as which’s better than OK. In Behind the Throne, we got to know the Empire coming from her perspective as a prodigal daughter coming home to fulfill her duty under the most extreme form of duress. Here, we’re privy to the political machinations which will be familiar to George R.R. Martin fans. Hail is usually absolute ruler in name, nevertheless, inside style of most absolute monarchies throughout history, she’s limited by precedent, tradition, political expediency as well as the shifting will of the people.

Though Indranan culture is usually based on an Indian product, the monarchy feels very Tudor in style, as though Queen Elizabeth I had ruled coming from Agra or Kabul rather than Westminster. which cultural influence is usually hugely significant: science fiction is usually growing in popularity on the subcontinent, nevertheless there’s been precious little sci-fi or fantasy which suggests a future by way of one of the most populous as well as fastest growing nations inside earth, as well as even less which makes the idea to print inside United States (Ian McDonald’s River of Gods as well as Cyberabad Days come to mind). One can argue which representation is usually important for its own sake, nevertheless you can also make the case which variety is usually the spice of fantasy as well as science fiction. The history of SFF is usually full of stories with white, western-centric cultures projected into the future, seemingly to the exclusion of anyone else. the idea’s refreshing which we’re beginning to imagine futures which are less exclusively white.

Of course, Hail is usually also a woman—a middle-aged woman, at which, ruling a matriarchal society. Though the idea’s generally taken for granted inside way which a male-dominated monarchy might be in any number of fictional (as well as real life) political systems, Wagers has some fun with the idea of men pleading for equal rights as well as equal representation to women who find the idea slightly ridiculous. Men, after all, have their places…as well as if they hold few leadership positions in government or inside military, isn’t which just the way things are supposed to be?

Star Wars feels like a strong influence on the series, given the well-worn universe the idea is usually set in as well as the assortment of charming rogues who make up much of the cast. The Empress herself fits which description: we all know Princess Leia has the best resume, nevertheless Han Solo gets most of the action as well as the best lines. Those qualities combine in Hail; though becoming Empress seems to have mellowed her a bit inside early going, her many years as a gunrunner as well as smuggler come in handy once the plot comes into focus as well as the action ramps up. The well-meaning cadre of advisors, frequently men, who have been prodding as well as encouraging her all along are entirely out of their element once the structure of the imperial court are no longer to be relied upon, which means which Hail is usually back in her element: using guns, her many shady underworld connections, as well as her wit as well as instincts to fight to reclaim her throne.

The princess isn’t just a princess, she’s a queen, one who sees most of the action as well as gets the best lines. The prospect of a loss of her empire, as well as the consequences to her people, force Hail to come to terms with her brand new life. There’s no time for mourning, nor for self-doubt. With the odds stacked against her, she regains the determination as well as clarity of purpose which she’ll need, which means we get to spend more time than we did even inside first book among the underworld elements of Hail’s past.

The first part of the book favors behind-the-scenes political intrigue as well as an exploration of Hail’s grief as well as doubt, as she relies on advisors to steer her decisions, many of whom have their own doubts about her qualifications. Once she’s forced back into the game, the tone shifts, as well as Hail is usually Once more the hero the Empire (as well as we readers) needs.

After the Crown is usually available right now.