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The Empress: A Novel

The Empress: A Novel

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It seemed wise to be diplomatic, so I gave him a chance. “Stop this at once,” I told him, dodging his next slash, his next. That. Ending. It changes everrrrrrrything. In a good and bad way. I'm so curious as to how Kincaid is going to go about book three. I'm hoping for one thing, but that thing seems impossible. But knowing our hero, and knowing our heroine, nothing is impossible. The galaxy received just that glimpse of me, enough to set the Excess on their planets across the empire wondering who I could be, wondering what story lay behind my appearance in public life. Tyrus believed the best way to strip a secret of its power was to glare a shining light on it from the angle of choice, to exhibit it fearlessly rather than seek to hide it. He followed up on that first glimpse by introducing me as his future Empress—and a Diabolic—at his first Convocation.

Die Geschichte wird insgesamt aus 4 Erzählperspektiven geschildert – Sissy, Franz, Sissys Schwester namens Helene sowie Max. Einerseits fand ich diese wechselnde Erzähldynamik gut, anderseits hatte ich trotzdem das Gefühl, dass man die Figuren nicht so richtig ausführlich kennenlernen konnte. Sie werden nämlich sehr oberflächlich charakterisiert. Do they ever tire of staring?” I’d wondered the first night after the coronation, when I’d noticed the unnatural degree of scrutiny. Then a familiar pair of pale eyes met mine, and Tyrus inclined his head toward the exit, telling me silently that we needed to part ways with this company of Grandiloquy. It was time for the ceremony, which we would spend with the Excess. The assassination attempts weren’t a surprise to me; the infrequency of the attempts was. A mere three attempts on my life in ten days? It was actually somewhat disappointing. He’d had the sound dampened in certain parts of the chamber in advance, anticipating the stir of voices. Many of the traditional objectors, though, dared do nothing but cheer. Tyrus had taken Helionic prisoners at his coronation. He intended to release them now that the danger of his grandmother was past—provided their relatives in the Senate showed themselves cooperative in this transmission. Thus, those few objections were squelched, whereas sound was amplified from those allies Tyrus could count on to cheer and applaud.But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress. While critics cast doubt on the veracity of such claims, the Empress is on record with the New York Times this past year saying: ‘Donna Stein was a professional, hardworking individual who delivered results. I trusted her opinion. We have a friendly relationship, and we communicate by phone, although not too often.’ I’d love the opportunity to read another of this author’s books - one that she has written entirely herself. I feel I could write a more accurate review.

I genuinely do not understand how this series has flown so under the radar. This is such phenomenal sci-fi! The worldbuilding is fabulous, the political intrigue fierce, and it keeps you on your toes almost from start to finish. Even knowing what came this time, I was still heartbroken on no less than three occasions. I re-read this with the audiobook, and the narrator was phenomenal!The Empress takes place shortly after the events in the first book, the Diabolic (a book that I must preface saying that I ADORED) with Tyrus and Nemesis figuring out how to rule. We have a new problem added to the mix-a sceptar that controls and unifies the Chrysanthemum that can only be turned on with both the blood of a Domitirian and the vicar. With Nemesis besides Tyrus, the vicar refuse to support so they must find another way to get the sceptar working. I absolutely loved Gigi Griffis’s The Empress—history combined with fiction with a real sense of people, time, and place. Fascinating!” - Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author The first half of the ‘re-imagining’ was compelling. The second half, more of a harlequin romance, I skim read.



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