Empire (In Her Name
Redemption, Book 1)
Michael R. Hicks
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EMPIRE is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress.
Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.
The IN HER NAME Series:
THE LAST WAR Trilogy
- FIRST CONTACT (Book 1)
- LEGEND OF THE SWORD (Book 2)
- DEAD SOUL (Book 3)
- EMPIRE (Book 1)
- CONFEDERATION (Book 2)
- FINAL BATTLE (Book 3)
THE FIRST EMPRESS Trilogy
- FROM CHAOS BORN (Book 1)
- FORGED IN FLAME (2013)
- MISTRESS OF THE AGES (2013)
- SEASON OF THE HARVEST (Book 1)
- BITTER HARVEST (Book 2, June 2012)
- REAPING THE HARVEST (Book 3, Spring 2013)
Worth WAY more than 99 cents!
Well, this book was a great find! It's a unique blend of science fiction and fantasy. The storyline for this first book of the trilogy is kind of like The Last Samurai, where the boy protagonist is taken away to a foreign land to train in their ways. If you play Bioware games, then I can describe the alien race in the book as a blend of the Asari (all-female, blue alien race) and the Qunari (in their inexorable way of life and recognition of purpose). Or you can think of them as the female half of the Avatar people...in any case, the alien culture is very well fleshed out, if a bit anthropomorphic despite the author's clear efforts to avoid it.
Some emotional scenes felt a bit awkward and forced, but otherwise the author is great at descriptive as well as dialogue writing. The book has a couple of typos here and there ("complimenting" instead of "complementing"), but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book even though I am a bit of a grammar nazi.
I'm buying the three books separately rather than the omnibus edition because it's 1 cent cheaper this way (:p) but the main reason is I don't like the omnibus edition's cover.
A great read
It's been a while since I've read something that made me count down the minutes until work was over so I could run home and read. Empire's intriguing storyline and believable characters made me do just that. Reza was relatable almost instantly, and it was clear that he was going to be a joy to read after his first face to face encounter with the Kreelan. Even the aliens are believable characters, and feel less 'alien' over time, although there is always a weirdness to them to remind readers that they are far from human. It's possible to be both intruiged and disgusted by their culture in the span of a few sentences, and they are never anything short of fascinating.
I won't spoil anything about the story itself, but I will say that this was a very entertaining Sci-Fi read. I would highly recommend this book for fans of both Sci-Fi and fantasy, as the author does a wonderful job blending together elements of both genres. An excellent start to a series, and a great place to start for those unsure about science fiction.
Epic is right
Within the first chapter I was and literally could not put it down. Within a couple weeks I had finished the whole series. Can't say enough good things about about this epic---- but then again that's why he's the author and I'm not