DATE PUBLISHED: 7th February 2017
CROWN PRINCESS RHIANNON TA’AN WANTS VENGEANCE.
The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, RHEE has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.
ALYOSHA is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.
Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.
The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.
Firefly and Game of Thrones mixed into one awesome YA Sci-Fi novel. The interesting thing about Empress of a Thousand Skies is that at times it felt like a fantasy novel… but it was set in space. The concept of a princess who needs to get back to rule her kingdom and avoid war and assassination is one that has been done before and this book really needed something to distinguish it from the rest. That’s where the space opera element came in. There are political undertones strewn throughout the book that provided social commentary on hot topic issues important in present day.
I was very interested by the main protagonists Aly and Rhee and the circumstances that drew their stories together. Unfortunately, I wanted them to team up and save the day but it seemed more like two seperate sides of this larger than life story and I spent majority of the book in anticipation for something that did not happen.
This was a fast paced space adventure akin to Firefly, if you loved the Illuminae Files than this may just be a book you need to have on your radar.
Keep Calm and Read On,