The Scourwind family legacy brought the empire to the height of its power and prosperity and defended it against all enemies. Now one man's machinations aim to shift the balance of power - with violent and devastating consequences.
When the trusted General Corian launches a coup against Emperor Scourwind, he hurls the planetary kingdom into chaos. To secure his claim as ruler, Corian will need the strength of the Scourwind name behind him, and he will stop at nothing to bring under his grasp the young Scourwind heirs, twins Lydia and Brennan. Barely into adulthood, the two are thrust into the crossfire. Battling new obstacles at every turn, they eventually find refuge with Mira Delsol, pirate and former member of the elite empire forces.
As the stakes rise, loyalists, mercenaries, and political opportunists rally around the heirs in a desperate bid to unseat the usurper. But if their risky gambit fails, will the empire crumble into oblivion?
©2015 Evan Currie (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
This is world building on Sanderson's level.
You connect to the main characters in the book and cheers them on. The title of the book is misguiding I think as the strong female main character only has a bi-role. There is things that is mysterious and ready for reviling in the sequels. I hope for that at least.
A bit too YA for my taste. All fantasy action but no character depth. Narators inflections simplistic as were many of the dialogues.
I've got a number of Evan's other books and have always enjoyed the technology he writes into the storylines. This is no different, but he also created a sci-fi fantasy mix world I liked as well.
The story was mostly well done, if not really new. Evil villain takes power and young unprepared true heir sets out to reclaim it. If you're looking for anything more you'll be disappointed; however it does set the tone for some possible twists next in the series.
My one real gripe with the story was the fight between Mira and the villain at the end. Without getting too much into the story it essentially boils down to: she's the good guy/women so she wins. This story plot line has always seemed like horrible writing to me, and from Evan, was a complete surprise to me. As a result it really hit home and ruined the story for me right at the end.
Last minute saves is common in stories, but sudden out of nowhere power/skill boosts completely turning the battle around is lazy writing pure and simple.
The villains remind me of characters from Spaceballs (Lord Helmet), and Austin Powers. I'd think a general as notorious as this bad guy shouldn't end the scene with a cliche villainous laugh. The Narrator makes the story more juvenile.
Was an entertaining book and audio book. Also a good deal for 99 cents. Probably a bit too similar to star wars. Cadre = Jedi. Male and female young twins as main characters. Rebels vs empire.
The narrator was reliable in tone and voice making the story feel real enough to enjoy. Good narration can help an average storey, but when =they have good writing to work with it all the more enjoyable
I don't compare book or authors, it cheapens the work of the author. Evan is Evan.
Not sure anything actually moved me, though there were some rather touching moments to add to the characters. I still think it could have been a tad more personable, but that is just me.
In this field, there are hundreds of authors, and while I did enjoy this I saw nothing terribly different than many others in the field. It is better written than most, so I can recommend it on those grounds alone.
The story seemed flat, no real tension or drama, except a few small points. The world the book is set in, and it's technology, have some interesting facets, but the story rarely leveraged it. Most of the characters are shallow, two dimensional, and seemed quite generic. The narrator is a bit halting, and the conversation passages never felt natural. This story may work as a foundation for future books in a series, and with a better narrator, they may be better, as I believe this author has more to offer, based on other books he has written.
An absolutely enjoyable contemporary Sci-Fi novel.From Cadre, essentially Jedi Knights with awesome multi-tool staffs, to teenagers (two royals, two commoners) forced into war, to modern spacecraft that sail on wind streams.
There's a lot going on in the telling of this story, with Mira Delsol's single-purpose drive to avenge her friend's death at the hands of a diabolical former Cadre and his mutinous royal soldiers being most entertaining. Very well written (with the possible exception with the over-use of the "Skipper" honorific) and the narration kept pulling me back to listen further as I went about other real-world tasks.
Although it is not listed as a series, the ending is such that it could extend into another novel or two. There are several intentional conundrums brought out during the story that had never been explained. Currie should seriously consider doing that.
Arr, and yes, thar be pirates!
The book itself is OK, but some of the character interactions and development left me disappointed. There are also some assumptions made that the reader simply knows the political landscape and the various characters back history without explanation.
I've read of Currie's other books, so there is a possibility...
As previously mentioned - the character development was just not there. So I don't necessary blame the narrator.
Not unless something changed..
This book had more potential - it seemed like it was rushed and therefore only gets a 3 out of 5.
The story was good.
The voice actor misrepresented characters at a high level and gave wholly inaccurate intonation on sentences throughout. For example, when someone was supposed to sound authoritative, they sounded whiny and obnoxious. The voice used for the young male character who was mid to late teens sounded like a whiny 8 year old. As one of the primary characters this left a decidedly inaccurate slant to the entire performance. There was a couple of good voices, in terms of giving the characters appropriate personality, particularly Del Sol and Corian. Everyone else was a train wreck. It felt like the voice actor didn't have the range to cover the number of characters and would have been better off doing voices more in his range even if they sounded somewhat similar.
"A good story, but heavy on exposition."
while the story was enjoyable to a fair degree, the actuall story is broken up frequently by intense bouts of story exposition. The writer does tell a compelly and interesting tale, having the readers on the edge of their seats a fair few times, this is ofset by the monotonous need to describe EVERYTHING in extreme detail.
"HEIRS OF EMPIRE"
THIS IS A VERY GOOD ADVENTURE STORY
THIS STORY IS FULL OF ADVENTURE AND THERE IS EVEN SOME TWISTS AND TURNS
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK SO MUCH I GOT THE SECOND BOOK AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT INSTALMENT
"Mixed feelings. "
I don't know what to write. Part of me want to give 2 stars and part 5. I've liked concept and didn't liked characters and the universe. I'll have to read book 2 in order to decide ;) This book is neither good nor bad. You'll have to decide for yourself:) sorry I won't be any helpful with that..
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