Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
In Her Name: Empire Paperback – March 20, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
This is one of the hardest types of reviews for me to write. It's much easier to write a review of a "good, mediocre, or bad" book. It's not that I enjoy being so critical, just that it's easier to explain flaws than it is to explain why a book has achieved `greatness'. I can sit here and type all of the words: compelling, interesting, wonderful, intriguing, etc., but none of them do it justice. They don't really explain how a book speaks to the reader, how it draws the reader in and echoes in the mind long after it is finished.
This book grabs the reader with the opening scene and rarely relaxes its grip. With a wonderful mix of science fiction and fantasy, the plot is vastly different from most science fiction books I have read. Sure, you have your hero, your war, your deadly aliens. However, this story takes you in a different direction.
In the beginning, our hero is only seven years old and nobody special. He manages to meet the enemy up close and live to tell the tale. When we next see our hero, he is twelve and living the hard-knock life of an orphan that makes Little Orphan Annie look wealthy and happy. This section is intense and fraught with realistic danger.
Later, Reza must learn to live among the aliens who are attempting to obliterate his entire race. The reader is taken into the minds of the aliens, discovering that there is some humanity there. Reza's exploration of the Kreelan's society is fascinating. The reader is introduced to a marvel of the imagination with an intricately woven description of an alien lifestyle.
While this book is the first in a series, it is still a terrific stand-alone. Yes, it will make you want to read the next book, but you can be satisfied with this one.Read more ›
It starts out slow. There's plenty of action first thing but none of it fits together in a way that pulls the reader into a greater story. Combined with unnerving switchbacks in point of view and no real sense of a main character, it's no surprise that I almost stopped reading without finishing the first chapter.
Fortunately, the appearance of the main character caught me. I was curious enough to continue reading. Even then, however, the pull of his character doesn't really set in until about the third chapter - a long time to hold on if you're an impatient reader.
The entire book is filled with jarring POV changes, unnecessary info dumps, and long scenes of narration instead of the action the reader so desperately wants. (I was also disappointed by the ending but that may be more a matter of taste than anything else.)
These are pet peeves of mine, enough to sink other books. But here, the author surprised me. The story itself is gripping. It makes you want to find out more.
If you plan to check it out yourself, I have two cautions: anyone with a strong inner editor may not be able to enjoy themselves and there are explicit, mature themes about halfway through the book that some readers may not feel are appropriate.
I got this series recommended by people at Kindleboards. Everyone spoke so wonderful of them that I figured out I had to try. I actually bought the whole Omnibus! 'Boy I'm glad I did!
This is truly a little wonder of a book! You just have to take a chance sometimes and this is one time that you get your reward for doing so. It's a page turner that holds its grip on you and don't let go - even when you are finished. But can I find words that do it justice? No, there is no words...
On a five-star scale, I'm giving this one four stars. It probably deserves five stars, but I'm snatching one back simply because there were parts of it that made me, personally, uncomfortable. If this were a literary review I would not do that, but this is me telling you how *I* felt about this book.
This is an exciting, well-crafted read. It embraces a number of genres as the story goes along, but I'd classify it primarily as Sci-Fi. The initial chapters are definitely Sci-fi as remnants of a defeated human population try desperately to fend off an alien invasion of their planet. Our protagonist is a boy caught in the devastation. The second scene is an orphanage planet established for youths like our protagonist who lost their families in the war. It is a harsh environment, an alien place run by petty bureaucrats that think nothing of exploiting the children in their care.
The next section steps out of standard Sci-Fi and into Fantasy as our protagonist is taken to live on a different planet, one where a warrior race trains to be warriors, and where everyone lives a medieval lifestyle even though they are a space faring race. There is even a scene where the heroes must outwit a dragon. I am not a big fan of fantasy and my enthusiasm cooled some as I got into this section, but the story is so well told and the characterization so strong that I kept on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
character development was a bit interesting, but as the plot evolved, it never tied in or explained or justified the early events of the book.Published 2 days ago by Andrew H. Burt
This is one of my favorite novels to read and it just amazes me to how much I looked forward to more of the story because I so wanted to know how it all ends...... Read morePublished 2 days ago by VG Roaming Reporter
I love the way this author writes! Long have we as a species pondered if life exists in space beyond our planet. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Susan Mesick
I loved the characters in this series. Even though you know they are enemies in the first series you become to appreciate and care for the race and its culturePublished 7 days ago by fish
This was a great story and I am looking forward to reading the next novels.Published 9 days ago by Lou
Good pace, interesting twists in plot, and good characters to cheer for make this well worth the time to read. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mike H of Maple Grove
I have read maybe 8 books so far, and liked all of them. While the story is somewhat predictable, you still enjoy it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by celamin