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Behind the Throne (The Indranan War, 1) Paperback – August 2, 2016
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"Behind the Throne opens with a bang and maintains the momentum throughout the story."―RT Book Reviews
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316308601
- Product dimensions : 5.5 x 1.13 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Orbit (August 2, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #937,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found the book enjoyable enough, a good beach read, but I'm not interested in continuing the series.
In the first third of the book, we learn that she doesn't want to be a princess, but does want to find out who is responsible for hurting members of her family. And... that's about it. Over and over. Gets really tedious. I almost stopped reading.
In the middle third of the book, she mostly sits in her suite of rooms, trading Meaningful Glances with her staff. Occasionally she leaves so somebody can make a clumsy assassination attempt.
In the final third of the book, things pick up a bit. Things get blown up and shot at. Destiny accepted.
I rated this about 2.5 stars, but rounded up because it got better toward the end.
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.
There are three big problems. First, Haile and her mother don't get along at all. Second, her mother is going mad. Third, somebody killed all the other heirs and when the story starts is trying to kill Haile. In order to survive, Haile will have to go back home and deal with her mother. Even then, survival is not at all assured.
This book is an interesting blend of family drama and guns-blazing action and I enjoyed the heck out of it. I highly recommend it and liked it enough to buy the other two books in the trilogy.
(rewritten after my first review was eaten by Internet gremlins).
Top reviews from other countries
Hail rapidly recalls all the royal protocols, much to her dismay, but she needs to work out which faction is trying to destabilise the Empire before she ends up as dead as her sisters. Her gunrunning skills may allow her to beat assassins hand-to-hand, but they won’t save her from bombs, or shield her from politics. It seems that the current troubles may be related to why she left the Empire in the first place.
This is a great page turner with a full cast of lost heirs, sarcastic bodyguards, misunderstood Empresses, evil cousins, scheming prime ministers, gentlemanly ambassadors, and rival empires. The Indranan Empire is descended from Hindu India, with a matriarchal overlay, which results in some interesting cultural features. I’m looking forward to the next book, seeing how Hail copes with her changed circumstances in very perilous times indeed.
This book kicks off a trilogy that is steeped in political intrigue. The main character is a harsh ray of light burning through the encroaching shadows of her past.
Every character feels real and alive when you read this gripping story of runaway princess turned gunrunner comes home - even the minor characters!
I read this over 2 days - and I'll be honest, I probably would have stayed up and finished it through the night if i hadn't an early morning shift at work to get SOME sleep for.
Anyway, enough of this - I'm diving straight into book 2!
Wonderful concepts of having female leaders in a Hindu community of planets and a criminal reluctantly becoming Queen.
All written superbly with intricate relationships and well compiled plots and counterplots.
Can't wait for the next one !!!!