Title: Empress of a Thousand Skies
Author: Rhoda Belleza
Series: Empress of a Thousand Skies #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Romance
Publication date: February 7th, 2017
Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.
The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her 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 a 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.
“She forced the thought from her mind. Honor, loyalty, bravery. Revenge.”
Oh, well, this was a disappointment. I’ve been wanting to pick up this book for ages because it sounded promising, and I had such high hopes, but it ended up being not what I expected.
The premise of the story looked pretty interesting, and to be hones the story itself would have been better if it was done differently, but I overall didn’t particularly enjoyed the book. I don’t know if I was expecting much more from it or what, but it was such a let down for me.
“He liked recording his new life. Maybe eventually he’d accumulate enough good memories to crowd out the bad ones, so that they never showed up again in his feed.”
The first few chapters were actually good. The book started pretty good. It was intriguing and interesting, and it made me want to keep reading. But as I continued reading the novel I found a lot of issues with the characters and the story itself, till the point I was considering DNFing it multiple times.
First of all, I found all the characters so bland and plain, and had no development at all. Rhee was quite an annoying and childish character, and I totally get that she’ fifteen and all that jazz, but she was so bland and boring all the time that I didn’t like her at all. And I can totally say the same about Aly. He was so boring, and basically the whole story was about Aly’s and Rhee’s drama.
The world building was super confusing and underdeveloped. I was so thankful for the map at the beginning of the book, because it actually helped me a lot to picture the different planets, but I feel I didn’t get enough out of it, and it wasn’t explained that much throughout the story. Also I didn’t like the interactions between the characters. They felt quite forced sometimes, and they made no sense to me, which was kind of a bummer since I was expecting a great cast of characters.
“She knew better. There were two things for certain: that her family had been murdered, and that she was supposed to have died at their side.”
Like I mentioned before, the story had no plot whatsoever. After reading the synopsis I expected a much more political driven story, and unfortunately that wasn’t what I got in it. Mostly it was an sci-fi drama that had no plot until the very end of the novel. It was very boring and most of the time nothing was really happening.
Also I found that most of the revelations at the end were super predictable, and since I wasn’t really enjoying the story that far, it was a bit anticlimactic. I was expecting the story to get better towards the end, and though it kind of did, I think it wasn’t enough for me to give it a higher rating.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed with the book. The characters were plain and underdeveloped, and the story had no plot. I expected much more from it, and I didn’t.
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