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Mistworld (Twilight of the Empire Book 1) by [Green, Simon R.]
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“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: 3078 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GXSG7IM
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By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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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 carry pikes. Of course they do, they used to be gladiators. They fight with swords and shields because energy guns and force fields take time to recharge. Riiiight.

Meanwhile, the Empire has just wiped out the planet Tannin and a refugee ship has made its way to Mistworld but the espers who scanned the ship detected a mysterious presence. Fortunately, Investigator Topaz, the strongest esper in the universe and a legendary Siren who once wiped out 500 minds at once, is there to protect Mistworld. To show what a badass she is, Topaz says things like "blood and terror to our enemies" (forgetting to preface this with "forsooth"). Sergeant Michael Gunn was married to Topaz, but Gunn is dead now, giving Topaz a chance to feel sad while lusting for revenge, having sworn "an oath of vengeance." Riiiight.

Meanwhile, a burglar in Mistport named Cat steals a memory crystal for a fence named Cyder who wants to sell it to Jamie Royal who is retrieving it for Dr. Leon Vertue who owns Mistworld's body bank. Does everyone in this novel have a ridiculous name? Pretty much. There's a mercenary named Blackjack, Port Director Gideon Steel, Captain Starlight, Councillor Eileen Darkstrom, Count Stefan Bloodhawk, Suzanne du Wolfe, a dude named Gaunt, a giant named Stargrave, and the list goes on. Most of the creative effort in this novel went into creating silly names for the characters.
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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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