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Behind the Throne (The Indranan War Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Strong female character - Hail is badass. Sure, she sometimes borders on too amazing and too good, but K.B. yanks her back from being a Mary Sue, with a hard dose of reality and vulnerability.
Detailed (but not too detailed) world building. - Have you ever read one of those books where the author spends 2 pages describing the leaves on the tree? This is not that. It's fast paced, descriptive but not overly so. I felt like I was allowed to use my imagination.
Diversity in characters. It's not all a lumped homogeneous mire. - Not just race but also sexuality. Awwwesomesauce
Familiar Science Fiction - Behind the Throne is set in the future on another planet, but things are familiar and if they are not, they're explained in Earth terms.
Loved Hail and the rest of the crew and I can't wait to read the next installment.
I was originally drawn to read the book simply out of curiosity to see how a female author would fare. Right off the bat, I will tell you that it was evident it was written by a woman. Not because it lacked quality, and not because it was overly sappy. I could tell because this book is written from a different perspective... one that can only be captured by a female author. The change was was a refreshing change of pace from standard SciFi fare. K.B.'s fluid writing style, the unique universe she has created, and her complex characters draws you in and keeps you wanting more.
The actions scenes make sense and don't seem forced, and all of the non-action scenes both advance the storyline and give you a deeper view into the thoughts and motivations of the characters. Out of all the books I've read recently, this was one of the hardest to put down when it was time for me to go to bed. I lost more than a few hours sleep wondering what was going to happen next. :)
I just finished this book last night. I just ordered After The Crown this morning. If you like SciFi, I highly encourage you to give K.B.'s works a shot. you will not be disappointed.
unconsciousness in the wreckage of her ship convinced that her crew
is in mutiny and her lover is dead (possibly while trying to kill
her). Then the ship is boarded by Imperial hunters who have come
Take Hail back to her mother, the Empress.
It seems that while Hail was out pursuing her father's killer and gradually
cutting all ties with home, her sisters and niece have been murdered, her
mother is dying and she is *it*, the heir apparent.
The Indranan Empire, although now multi-ethnic is a matriarchy based on
on Indian culture. Having broken away from Terra centuries ago (although
now enjoying fairly good relations again) it is a medium sized power
and very much a monarchy. Although there are laws and procedures that
are normally followed, apparently the Empress can make her will felt
at any level of society subject only to not losing the support of the
Matriarch's council (and frankly, she can defenestrate most of them
if she feels like it). Arriving back home, Hail is immediately thrown
into a welter of conspiracies and the realization that her mother is
not just dying -- she was poisoned. Along with all this, and probably
not coincidentally, the Saxon Alliance is pushing at the frontiers
and may have actually invaded an Imperial world using Russian "little
green men" tactics. Hail must decide who, if anyone, she can trust
an start to prune the rot at the heart of the Empire.
Hail is an engaging character, though at times she comes across as a
bit callow (unless it's intended to be a cultural thing, she sticks
her tongue out at people too often). It is, I think, meant to be
a bit un-nerving that she is no democrat and believes unflinchingly
in the monarchy (despite having turned her back on it for years).
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