• The Mirror Empire

  • Worldbreaker Saga, Book 1
  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)
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The Mirror Empire

By: Kameron Hurley
Narrated by: Liza Ross
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On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past - while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.

As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father's people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself. In the end, one world will rise - and many will perish.

©2014 Kameron Hurley (P)2014 Audible Studios

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Captivating & thrilling

I got this on the recommendation of a friend and I am SO glad I did! It was confusing at first, but keep going & you'll catch on. Some of the most amazing world building I've ever seen. This style reminds me of ASOIAF, but this author is more brutal than GRRM (in a good way!). I loved the array of perspectives-- people of all (& multiple genders), disabled folks, & different cultures. Loved the unique characters. Five stars for sure.

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Suffers from narrator and front-loaded exposition

Unfortunately this narrator manages to make every character sound like an affronted grandmother, except for Lilia, who sounds like a country bumpkin from the Charlotte's Web cartoon movie. I tried so hard to look past this but nearly every line felt delivered counter to the intentions of the author. The best narrators manage to imbue some sense of the character's own personality to the tone, and this one simply doesn't. Every character sounds exactly the same and it makes it an active burden to tell who is who.

For the story itself, it's all very intriguing but takes so long to make sense through the cripplingly heavy exposition, lack of real character details, and the veritable onslaught of named characters.

I think I'll like this book better on a second read-through. Probably in print.

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Ho hum

After reading the wonderfully gritty Bel Dame Apocrypha (which was stunning) I expected a gritty fantasy The narrator had the wrong voices for this type of fantasy. She'd probably be fine for a cosy mystery.

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Terrible narrator

Story so unexpected and strange. Too bad it’s wholly ruined by a narrator who should only read children’s books. Seriously, she reads with the over exaggerated emotion that you’d use to read to your 8 yr old, but the content is about pain and blood. I found it hard to take the words seriously.

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decent world, terrible narrator

Narrator was horrible. Interesting world building, too bad it was ruined by crap one dimensional characters, and a very weak plot. Very hard to get through, will not recommend, will not continue with the series.

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Very difficult to follow

This story is quite confusing to follow with the various names and then the same names used in the other world.

It’s taken me a long time to get through this story and quite often I lost interest or only 1:2 followed on the audio book. Not an easy read or listen and the author spends way too much time explaining various things to the point that it’s nauseatingly boring.

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Good but with too much grimdark

The societies and world building is excellent most of the characters are not good people though, and there's a lot of pointless cruel happenstance described.

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The worst narrator I’ve come across

This is the first time I have ever given up on an audiobook. The narrator is so incredibly bad that I just had to stop. This review does not reflect the story at all as the narrator was so off putting I simply couldn’t get past the 3rd chapter. Don’t waste your money or credit on the audiobook.

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Great book, Narrator could be better.

I got used to the narrator, I hope the last book gets an audiobook.

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Ruined by Narrator

I tried to focus past the narrator's voice but with a book that is this deep with important names and details it was too distracting. They cannot clearly differentiate between the characters and at times seem to place the wrong emotional context to the content.

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