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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

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I loved the world building

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.

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Potential

Story does not get going until chapter 8 or 9. Voice performance is lacking and is the drag on this new series. Very interesting world building and mythology being set up. I will purchase the next book in the series.

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Movie?

Wow, this is the type of book I would to see on the screens. Very enjoyable indeed.

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Good narrater of sci fi civil war

Like the airship battles with pirates and the special knights fighting for control of the empire.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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pretty good

The poor performance really detracted from the story. The story move at a good pace. I'll try the next in the series.

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Great narrative

Great story, easy to follow, but still entertaining. Perfect for the daily commute. I've already bought the sequel.

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Worse narrative performance EVER!!!!

I go through 3-5 books per month and know all to well the narrator makes or breaks a story.
This one ruined it, if it ever even had a chance.
Stopped listening after about 2 hours.
Won't make the mistake of Derivk Mcnish again.
Money wasted!

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  • Tom
  • AGUANGA, CA, United States
  • 01-21-17

Ok story, mediocre overall.

A bit too YA for my taste. All fantasy action but no character depth. Narators inflections simplistic as were many of the dialogues.

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Interesting new world, though standard storyline.

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.

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Spaceballs !!

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.

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  • Darragh Burns
  • 01-30-17

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.

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  • Saluki Selfie
  • 12-30-16

HEIRS OF EMPIRE

If you could sum up Heirs of Empire in three words, what would they be?

THIS IS A VERY GOOD ADVENTURE STORY

What did you like best about this story?

THIS STORY IS FULL OF ADVENTURE AND THERE IS EVEN SOME TWISTS AND TURNS

Any additional comments?

I ENJOYED THIS BOOK SO MUCH I GOT THE SECOND BOOK AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT INSTALMENT

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  • Krzysztof
  • 12-02-15

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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  • Brendan
  • 06-24-17

Boring

holy hell. feel like pissing away a portion of your life for no conseavible reason listen / read this book....awesome