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Mistworld (Twilight of the Empire, 1) [Kindle Edition]

Simon R. Green
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Book Description

An outlaw planet becomes the target of a shadowy, deadly force

Long before the start of a galactic rebellion, Mistworld is just another rebel planet, cut off from the fruits of empire by a punishing blockade. In a spaceport where ships hardly land anymore, and any piece of high tech is worth far more than its weight in gold, a medieval order has imposed itself on this once-rich world: The strong rule, the weak perish, and no one is too rich to steal.

Investigator Topaz is one of the few honest people left on this cutthroat planet. With her husband, Sergeant Michael Gunn, Topaz does what she can to keep the crooks who run Mistworld in check. But when the corrupt Empire devises an unprecedented scheme to attack the ESP shield that guards Mistworld, Topaz is the only one who can save the planet from being overrun. An enemy fleet lurks just off world—but it is the enemies at home whom Topaz and Gunn should fear the most.

Editorial Reviews


“Green moves his plot at top speed, and his characters are alive and his background solid.” —Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

“Lots of action . . . and plenty of exotic dangers and scenes, the kind of story you read to clear your mind of everyday hassles.” —Science Fiction Chronicle

About the Author

Simon R. Green is the New York Times–bestselling author of Blue Moon Rising, Beyond the Blue Moon, the Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, the Novels of the Nightside, the Secret Histories Novels, and the Ghost Finders Novels. He is a resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England.

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  • File Size: 1284 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (December 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisty, Turny Space Opera Noir January 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book in the "Twilight of the Empire" series, the trilogy prequel to Green's eight volume "Deathstalker" series. If you've read and enjoyed the Deathstalker books I expect you would enjoy this trilogy. If you are new to Green's work, this would be a fine place to begin.

"Mistworld" displays Green's finely balanced ability to tell a stirring space opera style tale while still injecting bits of humor and other business that lighten the mood at appropriate times. Some of Green's other series are played more for humor and snappy patter, (the supernatural Nightside books, especially, and the pun filled James Bond homage "Secret History" series to a lesser extent), and I'm a big fan of both. "Mistworld", though, follows a more serious and traditional line.

Green does great villains. His bad guys are remorselss and creepy. Maybe it is the underlying air of arch and bemused detachment he brings to the affair, but in any event they just jump off the page in waves of malice. As a complement, he does menace with real aplomb. Not scary, but malevolent. In Nightside this is played a bit for laughs; they are just so over the top. Here, he tones it down a bit, and that just makes the villains even creepier. In opposition to this his heroes, (or anti-heroes or reluctant heroes), are conflicted, and never fully confident in their odds of prevailing, despite their outward appearance of confidence and capability. This makes his heroes particularly appealing and engaging.
Once you have that going for you, pretty much any space opera plot will work. But even here, Green supplies twists and turns and layers that keep the reader interested and invested. This book is interesting because everything happens on Mistworld, and Mistworld is a pretty claustrophobic place.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex Plot --- Lots of Death November 19, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first of Green's Twilight Of The Empire novels. This is the same Empire as that in the Owen Deathstalker books.
This story takes place on Mistworld in the city of Mistport. Mistworld is a rebel world and has been fending off the Empire for several hundred years. But now things are starting to get out of control.
Mistworld is a harsh world and the Empire's blockade has reduced most of the society to almost medieval levels. But there is high-tech and psionics. We meet thieves, con men, agents, investigators, council members and businessmen; a huge cast of characters for a 218-page book.
A lot of people die in this book but the death is not graphic. It is not a happy tale but it is well written and you will remember it. It is also quite different from the others in the series in tone and style.
This is a must-read for anyone familiar with Green's Empire novels but it also stands alone very well.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightside & Owen Deathstalker June 13, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first books I read by Simon R. Green are the Nightside books, I raced through them one after another, and I find his writing superb! As the latest Nightside had not yet come out, I tried the DeathStalker, I read as often as time allowed, I found myself thoroughly engrossed! I have just started the sequel and am well into that as well, however I keep encountering references regarding previous adventures and only learned recently of the preludes "Mistworld, Ghostworld and Hellworld", I'm considering stopping the Death Stalker series until I have read those first.

At any rate I highly recommend his books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi but not so technical it is impossible to read February 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mistworld is the first book in an exciting fantasy series by Simon R. Green. I am usually not one for sci-fi, but this book was both interesting and had some fantasy-like elements that held my attention.

The characters were well developed and the plot was easy to follow. One of the things that made me like this book even through my usual aversion to all things sci-fi, was the creature battles. The hob hounds were awesome and the result of that first battle set the stage for much more excitement to follow.

Personally, Topaz was my favourite character. Her determination to avenge a wrong that had been committed against her was evident from the beginning and I enjoyed following her character throughout.

This book has a bit of technical jargon here and there when it comes to explaining the jobs of the planet's residents and how they function, but it wasn't overabundant in the story and didn't bore me as a lot of sci-fi has in the past.

I thought this was a great book and would recommend it to anyone who likes the genre, or those who like books with lots of action and intrigue.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided by Netgalley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to Start but Keep Reading January 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mistworld is the first in the Twilight of the Empire series. Ghostworld book #2 and Hellworld book #3 are also available. I’m not sure this is a new series but when I went to Simon R Green’s web site these books were not even mentioned. . It is placed in the Empire, the same universe as the Deathstalker books. However this series is unique in its setting. Mistworld is the only outlaw planet left in The Empire universe.

Mistworld begins with a series of chapters that feature different characters. Each chapter combines back-story, world building and character development. It was a little slow going at first as there was a lot that had to be introduced and the plot seemed to be the part that was left out. It did take awhile for all the threads to come together but once that happened it was hard to put the book down.

The setting on Mistworld sounded familiar to me. It is a world cut off from trade with a very cold climate. I didn't find the setting unique but it did fit the story.

There were some very strong characters in Mistworld. There were also some characters that were very developed who were killed off early in the book. There was a satisfying conclusion to Mistworld. The main characters who saved the day were neither all good or all bad. That made for some interesting interaction.

Mistworld is an interesting book and I am planning to read the rest of the series. The book fits the way Simon R. Green writes. There is a lot of violence but it fits the setting. His writing style carefully sets the scene and lets the story develop in a careful and controlled manner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my fave writing style, but a fun novel nonetheless
So it is a fun novel with an interesting world view and almost-relatable characters. The author's writing style didn't really resonate with me, but it minimally detracted from the... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dr Anton Chuvakin
3.0 out of 5 stars Escapist Fiction
Captured my interest but not enough to buy the rest of the series The plot and setting seemed pretty generic
Published 1 month ago by Alice H. Boxer
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner!
Enjoyed the book a great deal. Once I got into reading Mistworld it was hard to put it down. I recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by revsteve
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Mistworld is a mix of good and mediocre. The plot, backstory, and setting are handled well by Green, and the dialogue is ok. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. G. Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Mundane fantasy dressed as science fiction
Mistworld is a rebel planet protected from the Empire by a psionic shield. There isn't much to protect since Mistworld is essentially a medieval village in which security guards... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TChris
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
If you are familiar with the Deathstalker series...this is a good prequel to help you understand the series better.A good sci-fi read.
Published 1 month ago by Karl S. Gazzolo Sr.
1.0 out of 5 stars pretty lame-o
Review: Oh my, the cover is so bad. It is hard to fathom a novel written in the spirit of SciFi to render such inescapable tedium. Read more
Published 3 months ago by koeur
3.0 out of 5 stars Significantly overpriced.
While an entertaining Simon R. Green novel, ten dollars is a bit ridiculous to pay for a no frills kindle re release. There are some $0. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ian Stewart
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Simon Green is the author of the bestselling DEATHSTALKER cycle, the New York Times bestseller ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, and many other novels. He lives in Bradford-upon-Avon in Wiltshire.

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