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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Pierce Brown and Firefly comes an epic sci-fi fantasy that Kiersten White, author of And I Darken, calls "dazzling - an adventure as sweeping in scope as the galaxies it spans!"

Empress Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta'an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She'll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he's falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation - and his life.

Madman With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

Rhoda Belleza crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy in this exhilarating debut, perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles and Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman's Illuminae Files.

©2017 Rhoda Belleza (P)2017 Listening Library

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Such an amazing story.

I loved this! I just finished and have no words. Rebecca Soler of course makes the words come to life. I am such a huge fan of her work. This book was exactly what I needed. I have. Been struggling to really get into my books lately. I did stumble a few times since there is just so much going on with the multiple view points but a few back tracks were well worth it. Reminded me of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and I don't say that lightly since it's a fav.

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Plot is so-so

i had a hard time paying attention to this book. Not one i would recommend.

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Struggled to Finish

Take this with a grain of salt, but I struggled to finish this book. Great world building and interesting premise, but I couldn't get more than halfway through. The storytelling dragged a bit too much for me.

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  • Sarah
  • Breton, AB, Canada
  • 08-23-17

Meh

Would you try another book from Rhoda Belleza and/or Rebecca Soler?

I'm not sure I'm even interested in going forward in the series....is this a series, I don't even know, though it was left off at a point where I thought there should be a conclusion, and wasn't.

What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

I did like the narration, was well done, I would listen to her other works.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed in this book. The cover art is beautiful, the synopsis sounds like a fun ride, BUT. It's set in a wide universe with many sentient beings. Yet the world building aspect felt forced and like it was too much to remember every little thing that was (many times) only mentioned once. Though I did like the made up language peppered through the characters speech. That felt well placed and natural.The characters were not well fleshed out and felt one-dimensional, there was little to no growth with all of them. Many were just driven by one emotion throughout.

Any additional comments?

Trying to world build without too much effort. The characters are flat. Storyline very predictable. Only would I recommend if you need an easy read.