Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire.
When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.
The Indranan War
Behind the Throne
After the Crown
©2016 Wagers (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"Excellent SF adventure debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"Full of fast-paced action and brutal palace intrigue, starring the fiercest princess this side of Westeros." (B&N.com)
"Promising science-fiction series...for fans of stories with plenty of action and political maneuvering." (Booklist)
I truly enjoyed Behind the Throne. I was hooked from the first chapter. Hail is a tough as nails woman but she’s shown to have emotions and vulnerabilities without them making her seem weak or whiney. The mutual trust between Hail and her tracker turned bodyguards develops slowly and realistically as the book progresses. The political intrigue along with the character development and world building propelled the first half of the book. The author described the Indranan Empire’s founding and it’s matriarchal society and Hindu inspired ceremonies as well as Hail’s past little by little as needed for the story without the pages long information dumps so often found in this type book. The last half of the book is more action packed but I think the time spent developing the plot and people make their peril and sacrifices more intense.
I thought the narrator was superb. She was perfect for this book. Since the ruling body of the Indranan Empire are descendants of India her Indian accent enhanced the characters and brought the story vibrantly to life.
What do you get when you kidnap a gunrunner and haul her home to be heir to the throne. A fast paced, action packed story about characters that pull you into their world and give you reason to want to stay.
Yes, because it asks a lot of interesting questions about power, authority and human nature
The main characters were clearly defined. The less important people took some sorting out,
I want to find out what happens next.
For those that read the summary and see the words Gunrunner and Indranan War and think action packed book, you might be disappointed. This is more a cloak and dagger story that unfortunately waited way too long to really flesh out the characters. It was just good enough in the beginning to finish and see the entire thing through. As for the narration it too got better as time went on but only a little. The Indian accent,though thoughtful for the story, seemed to suck the emotion and any action out the more peaked
moments. That said , I did like the story once the final act played out but I was considering setting it down through most of it. My final grade was lowered more for the narration than the book itself. I may have been better off buying the copy instead.
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