Behind the Throne

Behind the Throne

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Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir. But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can't do the one thing she did twenty years ago -- run away. She'll have to figure out how her mother became so ill and who murdered her sisters if she wants to survive.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316308601
0316308609
Branch Call Number: F Wagers
Characteristics: 423 pages ;,21 cm

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The Indranan War series by K.B. Wagers

Behind the Throne (Book 1)

After the Crown (Book 2)

Beyond the Empire (Book 3)

This far-future science fiction trilogy (so far) holds enticements for a range of tastes. Within the covers of each volume you will find imperial palace intrigue featuring some truly nasty villains, action-packed fights and wide-screen space battles, and complex characters negotiating interwoven relationships and learning more about themselves than they might want to know. Whew!

Interstellar gunrunner Hail Bristol is dragged unwillingly and unceremoniously back to the home from which she fled many years earlier. Her family wants her—needs her—back, and Hail has little or no choice in the matter. Turns out she is no ordinary gunrunner. Her family is the ruling dynasty of the Indranan Empire. Hail wants nothing to do with them, for complicated reasons that become clear only later in the story. But Indrana is in crisis, and Hail is their last, best hope for survival. She’ll need all the toughness and cleverness that she has honed in her years of surviving and thriving plying her trade in the most violent corners of the galaxy. She will also need friends—but who can she trust? (Submitted by Jim W).

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mammothhawk229e
May 26, 2017

Great kick-ass book!

fineplan Sep 23, 2016

This was an utterly engrossing read. To me, Hail is the perfect example of a flawed and realistic character -- tough, but with emotions, rash, but with enough experience to understand that and hold back when needed, etc.

The back copy describes her as "rebellious as Han Solo, as savvy as Leia, and as skilled as Rey" which, while not exactly wrong, is also so diminuating. Just as each of those characters is so much more than just a single adjective, Hail has so much more depth than that. She's also much more original than that description makes her sound. That's not to say that parts of her personality aren't created from common tropes. These don't make her any less three dimensional. They're used well and mixed with plenty of originality.

The action is paced perfectly with the character arcs and the bond forming between the main characters. The politics are interesting and the hints of future conflicts. The villains were, maybe, more obvious than I would like, but the mystery of who they were wasn't really a focus of the plot. There is a particular trope used with one that I'm a little tired of, but it doesn't spoil anything. It just makes that particular villain not near as well developed as the protagonists.

There's still quite a bit of the world building (well, universe building) that I'm fuzzy on, since the novel had a pretty tight focus. What I got to experience of it was well done and also engaging.

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