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Empire Ascendant

Empire Ascendant Loyalties are tested when worlds collide Every two thousand years the dark star Oma appears in the sky bringing with it a tide of death and destruction And those who survive must contend with friend

  • Title: Empire Ascendant
  • Author: Kameron Hurley
  • ISBN: 9780857665652
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • Loyalties are tested when worlds collide Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent powers.The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek tLoyalties are tested when worlds collide Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent powers.The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek to destroy Now the nation of Dhai is under siege by the same force Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler and a scullery maid with a powerful but unpredictable magic.As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her Empress s sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with a long lost secret that they hope is the key to the Empire s undoing But when the enemy shares your own face, who can be trusted In this devastating sequel toThe Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley transports us back to a land of blood mages and sentient plants, dark magic, and warfare on a scale that spans worlds.

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    1. Kameron Hurley

      Kameron Hurley is the author of The Mirror Empire, Empire Ascendant and the God s War Trilogy Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Year s Best SF, The Lowest Heaven, and Meeting Infinity Her nonfiction has been featured in The Atlantic, Locus Magazine, and the upcoming collection The Geek Feminist Revolution.

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    1. What makes someone a villain?Dark cloak? Ancient evil backing them up? Prophecy foretelling?Senseless urge for power? Power to destroy the world and rule its ashes?Oh, Sauron, you unaccomplished dimwit, go back to fifties where you belong.And could you be so kind to find that (apparently not so) Great Other and drag him with you? Thanks. :DSo, what makes someone a villain?Sometimes it’s not more than someone else’s distorted point of view.Sometimes a villain can simply be a wife and a mother [...]


    2. The sequel to 'The Mirror Empire.'I found myself torn between saying, 'Don't read this one first; you'll just be confused' and saying, 'Go ahead and don't worry about the first one, you're going to be confused anyway.'Don't get me wrong - I really, really like these books. But the scenarios Hurley gives us approach the complexity of the real world. The main world here is a big place, full of different countries, all of which have their own political situations and distinct, original cultures (no [...]


    3. Last year’s The Mirror Empire was one of the most exciting (and sometimes divisive) entries in an already stellar year of fantasy fiction. Kameron Hurley crafted a book that was daring, original, and even challenging. While putting her own spin on the idea of parallel worlds in a post-apocalyptic sort of portal fantasy, she turned gender roles and relationships on their head. It was the most brutally violent female-led fantasy I had ever encountered. It was ambitious, awesome, imaginative, and [...]


    4. I don't know if you've ever seen anyone spin plates. It's really hard. I tried it once, and believe me, I don't have any more platesE MIRROR EMPIRE was Kameron Hurley getting the plates up to speed: three distinct major cultures, each with its own history, its own moment as the terror of the world, its own politics and schools of badassery, invaded by a parallel world, all beneath the rising red light of the death-moon Oma. At the opening of EMPIRE ASCENDANT Kameron's mirror universe double with [...]


    5. I can't get enough of Kameron Hurley. Plot, dialogue, character, WORLDBUILDING in her novels are so enthralling, fearless, no holds barred. Hers is the kind of writing that made me breathless and giddy when I turn the pages. I lose sleep over this series. And I truly hate the fact that the series is not finished yet, but relish on another fact that she will release another book (back to scifi) a few months from now (already preordered). Ok. So. This book. It is the 'A Storm of Swords' for Worldb [...]


    6. Longer review in the morning when I'm done reeling from the death toll*. *ASoIaF is for PISSBABIESOne of those second-in-series that blows the first book (which I also loved) out of the water. I went back and edited Mirror Empire down to 4 stars, which is something I tend to do a lot (Ancillary Justice, Half a King, etc). Certainly not an indictment of "The Mirror Empire", but ME sets up, and "Empire Ascendant" DELIVERS. More world(s)-building, more points-of-view, more Tarantino-style action, m [...]


    7. An unapologetic and fearless story. I cannot wait for the next in the series. I struggled through the first half of the book because I couldn't remember a lot of the plot points and character names from the first (thank Oma for the glossary). I would advise readers to not wait long between each book. I will have to reread the first two before the third comes out, but I don't mind it. These books are a great bloody escape!



    8. FTC disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.Notes on Diversity:As with THE MIRROR EMPIRE, a huge and deliberate amount of diversity is on display in EMPIRE ASCENDANT. The second installment in the Worldbreaker Saga digs deeper into the explorations and subversions of power and marginalization that were introduced in the first book. For example, more is revealed, very deftly, about the way gender and sexuality function in Dhai Prime vs [...]


    9. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this book for a couple of reasons. First, my e-copy went dead on me just after I couldn't access it for download anymore. But before that happened I was already agonizing over whether I wanted to read the whole thing.I read the first book in the series, "Mirror Empire", last year. It was a challenging book. This book drops you right back in the middle of the action with no recap, and I [...]


    10. [This review is based on an advance copy of the book received through NetGalley.]Empire Ascendant is a brutal read, which is somewhat to be expected from Kameron Hurley in general, and certainly to be expected in the follow-up to The Mirror Empire. The world of The Worldbreaker Saga is a harsh one, and this second book in the series turns the grimdark up to eleven.Unfortunately, I’m just not loving this series the way I did Hurley’s God’s War trilogy.Read the full review at SF Bluestocking [...]


    11. I think it is the most violent non-horror book I have ever read. There are so many atrocities, and genocides and crimes against entire worlds, destruction, invasions, slaughters, mainly made by warrior women, that made me often cringe. No, this is not a book for sensitive souls, it is way too violent. And if you really want to understand this fascinating world (because it is really, extremely, interesting and well made), you have first to read the glossary (you will find it at the end of the sec [...]



    12. Empire Ascendant is the second in Kameron Hurley’s ‘Worldbreaker’ series. In quick summary, it’s great. It’s a book which wants to ask complicated questions. It’s a book which requires engagement, and rewards investment. It’s a book rife with raw emotion, much of it in some way traumatic, and all very genuine. It’s a book with some excellent battles, and a refusal to look away from the consequences of those conflicts, both at the political and personal levels. There’s personal [...]


    13. 4.5 starsI asked for the blood to rain downI definitely got my wish!This is one of those books that tears your heart out, takes a big bite out of it, and then smushes it back into place and hopes you can recover. Gory image? Well, you'd better get used to it if you want to take on this series! I'm usually terrified of gore and avoid books that are really bloody because I can't stomach it, but there is just something about this series that keeps me fascinated and glued to the pages even when I am [...]


    14. I've always wondered why haven't more speculative fiction writers written about matriarchal societies? Kameron Hurley is the only writer I know who did—and did it wonderfully, I might add.In this series she conceived of a world with fascinating societies. One of which is Saiduan, a country with a complete gender role reversal. Men are considered weak and unfit to fight, and are given away by the Empress as boons to her (female) commanders, to wed. In the following passage you can see the power [...]


    15. The second book in the Worldbreakers Saga. I really am incapably of providing a summery for this but I really really enjoy these books. The worlds Hurley writes are like no others you will find in fantasy. They contain races and cultures with different ideas of gender, sexuality and identity. I love the world and the characters so much and they are what draws me through the books. Also, this book was brutal, like grim dark brutal which I wasn’t expecting. I will say that I find the plot to be [...]


    16. Kameron Hurley’s Mirror Empire blew me away last year and I was eagerly awaiting Empire Ascendant to see what happened next. I was not disappointed. Hurley manages to break her main characters worlds apart without flinching, never pulling her punches, but without making it feel as if she’s killing of characters for shock value. She makes the adversaries in the book if not sympathetic, at least understandable in their motivations, which makes everything even more complicated in the feelings d [...]


    17. El mundo de Raisa, donde transcurre esta fascinante Worldbreaker Saga y un puñado de relatos más surgidos todos de la imaginación de la escritora Kameron Hurley, se enfrenta en esta segunda entrega a una guerra total donde ninguno de los bandos en contienda está dispuesto a rendirse porque dicha decisión significaría su completa desaparición. Tras el sugestivo arranque que marcaba The Mirror Empire (aquí mi reseña), donde la norteamericana nos ofrecía una dinámica historia, con person [...]


    18. The kingdom of Dhai stands on the brink of disaster, threatened by a vast invading army from a mirror dimension which has already obliterated the powerful northern empire of Saiduan. Ahkio, the inexperienced Kai or spiritual ruler of Dhai, is forced to make unpalatable decisions to prepare his small, brave and peace-loving kingdom for war. The price for saving Dhai may be to sell out its soul. Meanwhile, the Empress of Dorinah sends her best general, Zezili, south into the kingdom of Tordin on a [...]


    19. Solid sequel to The Mirror Empire! This one pretty much jumps right in, with one thing happening after another. The writing is just as strong and concise as book 1. Even for a middle book, Hurley maintains the suspense and leaves a lot to look forward to in the final book. A lot of the world building happened in book 1, so there was less focus on the various cultures and the different countries and more focus on the action in this sequel. A few more characters get their own chapters, including t [...]


    20. This was originally published at The Scrying Orb.This is the second book in the Worldbreaker Saga. I reviewed part one, The Mirror Empire, last year. Reading my own review prior to starting part two turned out to be a boon. The world is complicated, the dramatis personae lengthy. According to my Kindle, the glossary at the end is 5% of the total mass of the book. Even after the refresher, I was a bit overwhelmed by the plethora of similar-sounding names for a good while.The world is under assaul [...]


    21. "So the Dhai came around and around and around again, killing other people, killing themselves, a long unending cycle of violence and renewal.""What compelled one to name these people the same even across different versions of their worlds, when the power structures were so different? What magic was in a name?"After the stellar success of The Mirror Empire, this book instantly became one of my most anticipated of the year. And it did not disappoint. Each chapter is brimming with plot and world-b [...]


    22. There is something about picking up the second in a series. You already know you like the concept or you wouldn’t bother to continue, but this time it’s different. The story has to hold up not only to its internal standard but to your memories of the first book and it takes a skilled author to manage that. Luckily Kameron Hurley counts as a skilled author and in Empire Ascendant she unravels the story into something even bigger without once dropping the thread. For you poor souls who haven [...]


    23. This book is a wild ride. I read an interview a long time ago where Kameron Hurley said that she initially planned this trilogy as a 15 book series, and I think that's evident especially in this second novel. It leads to both strengths and weaknesses.The weaknesses are sort of the what-could-have-been variety, as certain chapters contain entire novels worth of potential material. By jamming it all into the book, it makes some of the relationships and character transitions and emotional moments w [...]


    24. This is definitely not a middle-of-the-trilogy dud. Everything that was great about The Mirror Empire is still on display here, bigger and better than ever. It's darker, weirder, bigger, faster, gorier (and that last is saying something).The world is literally ending, and our characters begin the novel already at the end of their ropes. Roh is a slave. Ahkio is barely holding Dhai together. Lilia brought her fellow slaves to freedom, but now she has to find a way to keep them there. And Zezili i [...]


    25. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review contains no spoilers.Finally, the sequel to Kameron Hurley’s amazing The Mirror Empire is here! I was blown away by the first book, and I had high expectations for the second. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.Before receiving this book, I’d read that some readers needed to refresh their memory of The Mirror Empire in order to get back into the story. Though I couldn’t say I remembered every detail as I [...]


    26. I received an advance reader copy of Empire Ascendant through NetGalley.Protip: there is a glossary in the back of the book with all the characters and place names of interest. I wish I would have realized that. I read the first couple chapters of Empire Ascendant and realized that I forgot who most of the characters were even though I had read Mirror Empire less than six months prior. There are a lot of characters bouncing around from chapter to chapter. Usually this isn't a problem for me. For [...]


    27. While The Mirror Empire was a sometimes bewildering ball of unique concepts, the follow-up is a much more exciting and action heavy epic fantasy along the lines of the names you know. The stakes go higher even while the characters become more layered and complex. One of my complaints about the first book was the sudden shift of Lilia from a helpless little girl to a deceitful tactician and savior. I still think that character arc was handled too quickly, but Kameron Hurley certainly makes use of [...]


    28. Writing speculative fiction is a really fine line between originality and familiarity. This book has three problems, and that's one of them: It's simply too alien and without enough familiar touchpoints to be enjoyed (by me in any case). Now, don't get me wrong - it's very possible to do far more alien than this and have it work. Ursula Le Guin's made a career of it. So did Jack Vance and Ian Banks. So does Greg Egan. But they all manage to make it comprehensible with excellent characterization [...]


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