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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous debut for the 'In Her Name' trilogy, June 26, 2011
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This review is from: Empire (Redemption Trilogy, Book 1) (In Her Name: Redemption series) (Kindle Edition)
"In Her Name: Empire" is the first book in the 'In Her Name' trilogy by Michael R. Hicks. The paperback is 310 pages in length while the Kindle e-edition is a 525 download.

Many general theme *SPOILERS* to follow...

After the alien Kreelan invaders attack and conquer the planet Hallmark (and before destroying it), Reza Gard, age 11 or 12, and all of the other surviving children are transported to the home Kreelan home planet. The Kreelan Empress hopes to glean some information from the children the may be useful in future battles with her human enemies.
Reza spends the next 15 or so years of his life growing into manhood, learning the Kreelan Way and inexplicably, falling in love with one of his captors. This story documents the vast differences between the Kreelan and human races in appearance, ideology, mindset and priorities. As well, it chronicles the developing relationship between Reza and Esah-Zhurah...his initial guard, teacher and eventual mate.

Impressions:
After a riveting opening battle, I became concerned as the next few chapters seemed to be turning into the one genre of literature that I don't generally care for, that being Young Adult (YA). However this concern was short lived...this was definitely not, YA.

Instead this turned out to be a terrific book that had elements of two other works that I greatly liked and admired.
1.) Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game", because Ender's attitude and development was very reminiscent of our hero in this book.
2.) the movie "Avatar", for its slowly developing and sensuous love story between a human and an intelligent alien life-form.

Hicks does a nice job in taking the time to proceed with Reza's growth and development. As he grows up and matures, so does his understanding of the Kreelin language and way their of life. His attitude and resilience gradually gains a grudging respect from his captors as he shows resourcefulness, cunning and unexpected martial skills.

The book describes lots of action, many rituals that were effectively rites of passage and lots of battles. But more than just an interesting sci-fi adventure there was a quality to this tale that was both touchingly sad and gently heart rendering...and to me, this was the defining factor that elevated this book to the level of something special.
The unfolding of the relationship between Reza's and Esah was beautifully and masterly achieved...so gradual, that it almost occurred without the readers realizing what was transpiring before them on the written page.

Conclusions:
This is an exquisite love story...with an exciting sci-fi space adventure thrown in as a bonus.
I can hardly wait to begin the next installment. 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
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Initial post: Jun 27, 2011 6:37:18 AM PDT
Guess I'm going to have to try it if you liked it, Ray...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2011 11:09:44 AM PDT
R. Nicholson says:
Hi Richard, thanks for the visit and comment. Hope you like this.
I can easily imagine many other readers would never have thought twice about the love story told here; dwelling on only the action scenes found between the covers.
cheers
Ray

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2011 1:19:58 PM PDT
Media Man says:
Hi Ray,
I'm normally not a sci-fi reader but a 5 star review from you makes me look twice at the book. Sounds like you really enjoyed this one. The cover throws me for a bit of a loop however. Swords and stars aren't often seen together. Also, the cover looks suspiciously like another book on my shelf that's actually YA Fantasy. Thw swords look very similar. Have a look;

Finnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2011 2:14:02 PM PDT
R. Nicholson says:
Hi D. yes the resemblance is remarkable except for the gem in the hilt.
Just bought the omnibus to get the other two books in the series.
Can't believe how cheap these Kindle books are compared to the hardcopy.
As always, appreciate your visit and comments.
Ray
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