Title : Empress of a Thousand Skies
Author : Rhoda Belleza
Genre : Sci-Fi
Publisher : Penguin Random House
Synopsis : Crown princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants Vengeance…
The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her whole life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne-and her revenge.
Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.
Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder. The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding-even as war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.
- Ok, so for my first ever sci-fi based book, I loved it. It was definitely a new taste for me. For me personally, I find it hard to keep track of all the different kinds of people/aliens and planets. BUT, I really did love all the action and especially the suspense left at the end of most chapters.
- I really enjoyed all the action. Guys, there was so many SPECTACULAR fighting scenes that had me mentally ( and sometimes out loud ) screaming for my favorite to win. Yeah.. It was intense. Even when there wasn’t fighting, there was always something that was happening. Whether is was escaping droids to being rescued by some stranger with a super cool ship, there was always this suspense-filled action that was amazing.
- Rhee and Aly never even officially met…So, unless I missed something, Rhee and Aly never “join forces to save the galaxy”. They literally saw each other once in person and that was a glance from Rhee at the end. I didn’t like how in the synopsis it said how their “paths collide” and they “join forces”. Yes Aly is blamed for her presumed death, but he goes off into his own problems while she does likewise. It was a huge disappointment for me when they never even met like I was expecting.
- Pacing slowed in the middle. To me, I felt like the pace of the book kind of slowed in the middle, but picked up again towards the end. So, it was like OMG what’s going to happen, in the beginning, but then the story kind of stalled. This was minor and temporary, so it’s not that big of a deal and it might not even seem like that to some people.
- I couldn’t connect with characters. Personally, I had a hard time seeing how the character saw things. Yes, I liked the idea of things, but that’s different from connecting with them. In this book, I just didn’t see things through their eyes as much as just looking from an outside point of view. Does that make sense?
All in all, I give this book a 3 and a half stars. It wasn’t one of my favorites, but it was still an amazing piece of work. Thank you Rhoda for making my first sci-fi experience such a great one and I look forward to reading your next book.