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Mech 3: The Empress (Imperium #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  462 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A new form of alien, a human feudal society and an army of mech rebels clash in the fourth story of the Mech series.

Ignis Glace is a war-torn world of fire and ice. Tidally-locked to its tiny red sun, one side of the planet bakes while the other side is forever frozen. Known as Sunside and Nightside, these two wastelands are bordered by a narrow inhabitable region known a
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by B.V. Larson
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Lee Belbin
Nov 19, 2016 Lee Belbin rated it liked it
This was a pretty good read but I do wonder about the reality of 'knights' in science fiction. Really? OK, they have electronic swords, but that doesn't cut it for me sorry :). Why if we can't imagine forward, scifi authors like to dredge up the past? Anyway, the storyline was good with the implacable aliens replicating like crazy to destroy another planet - only to be beaten by stupidity and an unlikely coalition of the willing. A number of improbable scenarios made it a tad undigestibel in ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Arthur rated it really liked it
I love the mech series because it's the closest I've seen to what actual Zerg (you know, from Starcraft) would be like. The aliens are truly alien and unapologetic about their evil. To them, our sentience and the challenge we provide just makes us all that much tastier when they do finally get us on their dinner table. And yet, they are still a complex and quite intelligent species with their own set of foibles and problems.

In this book, we're introduced to a new kind of Skaintz - an Empress. An
Dec 14, 2012 John rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad, bland-sci-fi
It was so blah … not even a blah-blah. Easily the worst of an already bland series. I was so happy when I saw there wasn’t far to go so kept at it out of sheer idiocy. There was very little story, long boring 4/5th’s book lead up, fast predictable deus ex machina ending with totally unlikeable main characters, including a stupid snobby aristocracy (never seen this before), rich spoilt brat who of course is super good looking, super good at combat and command skills etc, and a leeching, ...more
May 07, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Very Fun and Entertaining Read!

I strongly suggest you read the previous books in the series (Mech 1: The Parent and Mech 2: The Savant) prior to reading this installment.

Deeper character development and the disparate of intricate plots delicately blended together from one protagonist to another, makes this book by far, my favorite book of the entire series.

The world depiction was so vivid it was effortless to envision the fiery and ferocious Sunside, and icy and glacial Nightside with a cool Twi
Jesse Driskill
May 14, 2013 Jesse Driskill rated it did not like it
I felt like the author wasted my time. The first two installments had an element of seriousness, of looming danger. This one feels mush more like a joke, as if he hot tired of the series and chose to go out with a personal laugh, without considering that some readers would be irritated at the silliness that he assigned to the alien motivations, In this one the aliens are completely humanized, down to some of their most basic motivations. I found myself hating the main human protagonist, which is ...more
Sean Bensken
Jul 26, 2015 Sean Bensken rated it really liked it
A pleasant departure

This book, in fact the entire Imperium series, is very different than Larson's other series. I stress different only because it is indicative of his growing skill at story telling. The aliens in this series quite disgusted me and I cheered when doom came upon them. There are memorable characters at every turn and the action sequences are devastating. In short, it is well worth picking up and reading. Start with the Novella "Mech 0". It's a great introduction to this universe.
Oct 02, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it
The swordsman bares a strikingly similar personality trait, as one rash mercenary who dislikes being regrown.

People are now pets for robots.

"I will show you the world.... they way."

People being like steaks..... what's scary about that, is that it's wholly possible.

I wonder what would happen, if the golems and A.Is from Neal Asher series, met up with the Imperium....

3.5/5 Stars
Mark Heimmermann
Mar 06, 2014 Mark Heimmermann rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed how it tried the characters together.

Enjoyed how it tried the characters together.

Said that some of the heroes died, but (spoiler) all the villains died. The end happened a little to fast for me. I wish it would have filled out more +50 pages. So where will those nasty aliens pop up next?
Brian Hendricks
Sep 30, 2014 Brian Hendricks rated it liked it
More, please.

I've read all four books in the Imperium series. Although the multitude of aliens is sometimes confusing and the plots saved at the last moment by contrivance, I'll read more. the story has pulled me in, and I want to know what happens next!
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Brian Larson is an American science fiction and fantasy author
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Other Books in the Series

Imperium (4 books)
  • Mech Zero: The Dominant (Imperium Series, #0)
  • Mech 1: The Parent (Imperium Series, #1)
  • Mech 2: The Savant (Imperium Series, #2)

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