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Queen of Nowhere

(Hidden Empire #5)

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When paranoia is a way of life, trust doesn't come easily.

The Sidhe look like us. They live amongst us. What they lack in numbers they make up with their fearsome mental abilities and the considerable physical resources at their disposal. And their biggest advantage? No one believes they exist.

Almost no one.

Bez, the best hacker in human-space, is fighting a secret war agai
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 3rd 2013 by Gollancz (first published December 1st 2012)
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Paul
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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They look human, have considerable mental and actual resources at their disposal, and have the advantage that no one actually believes they exist. They were thought to have vanished a thousand years ago, but Bez knows the Sidhe still live among human-occupied space. Even though there are not many of them left, they have people in key positions and wield considerable power and influence over what they consider a substandard race.

Bez has been fighting her own secret war against them. Using multipl
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Pippa Jay
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I liked:

As always, the complexity and depth of the world building and technology are SciFi heaven to me. At first Bez irritated me with her apparently paranoia fueled obsession with every detail of her situation, but it soon becomes understandable why this is such a big deal. The broad mixture of cultures she has to integrate herself into makes for a believable and diverse universe. Nice twist at the end.

What I didn't like:

I missed Taro, Jarek, and especially Nual, with all three having be
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Adam Whitehead
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Sidhe, who once enslaved and ruled all of humanity, have returned and inserted themselves into key positions of power right across human-controlled space. Only a few are aware of their return, and the data expert Bez is working hard to bring about their downfall. Her plan requires perfect timing, the recruitment of trustworthy allies and, if necessary, blackmail. But when her strongest ally apparently betrays her, Bez is left to face the Sidhe alone.

Queen of Nowhere is the fifth novel in the
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Rebecca Davenport
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly one of the most satisfying wrap-ups to a series I've ever found. Combines answering the questions raised by earlier books and answering questions I now realise I should have been asking as early as Book 1...

Neither saccharine nor needlessly grim, this book pulls everything together whilst leaving just enough room for more stories set in this universe. Cannot recommend the book or its series highly enough.
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Benj
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I felt a bit disconnected from the first half of this book - it seemed to be more about data drops and encryption protocols than a real story. It did pick up in the second half, however.

I hadn't realised (and the edition I read didn't make it clear) that this is #5 in a series. I might have enjoyed it more if I'd read the first four.
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Bookwormthings
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this from my public library as part of a random selection of 10 books as a result of COVID. It's the first one I had read so the fact it is last in the sequence was slightly annoying because the author very much assumes that you know what has gone before.

I probably won't read the earlier books, but I enjoyed it and I can see the sequence really appealing to some.
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Graham Crawford
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
This isn't terrible, but the writer is seriously punching about her weight. There are a lot of embarrassing moments when this author thinks she is being droll or clever when she's spouting cliches. The Arch Enemies are basically sexy Fembots - which might work in a comedy sketch, but these are played straight. I don't think even early Heinlein would have tried to get away with that.

The (alluded to) sex is mostly mommy porn, although there is at least more than a nod to non-heterosexual attractio
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SFReader
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth book in this excellent series -- read my review of Principles of Angels here. So would it continue to be as gripping as the previous offerings?

The Sidhe look like us. They live amongst us. They have fearsome mental abilities and considerable physical resources at their disposal. And their biggest advantage? No one believes they exist. Almost no one. Bez is fighting a secret war against them. Always one step ahead, never lingering in one place, she's determined to bring them do
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Suncani
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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Really enjoyed reading this. I'm not sure whether it's the last in the series but it ties up most of the loose ends of the current plotline to do with the Sidhe but the last chapter hints at something which could be taken further. There's a greater sense of scale here, Bez, the main character moves from hub to hub a fair bit as well as chapters written from other points of view. Speaking of Bez, she's hard to like at first with lots of sharp edges but Fenn gives you lots of insight into why she ...more
Guy Robinson
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Really enjoyed this book. The heroine, who appears in an earlier book, seeks to work against the semi-mythical Sidhe helped by the events in the previous books, some of which she simply has not heard about.

This draws together the previous books and provides a satisfying climax to the five book span that Jaine had with Gollancz. You can probably get away with read, say, two of the previous books and still understand it.

Again the weaving of perspectives worked well, offering slices through of an i
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Matti Tornio
Sep 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
A rather disappointing fifth (and final?) entry in the series. The storyline itself was decent and provides at least some closure in case this is actually the end of the series.

Unfortunately, I didn't much care for the new main character. After the previous novel I thought Nual, Taro and Jarek would play a much bigger part in the war against the Sidhe. Instead they are made into minor side characters.

Furthermore, a lot of the book suffers from poor writing. The quality of the prose has been quit
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John
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is, at the time of writing, the most recent Jaine Fenn novel, and as a result I'm a bit sad that I've finished it. The only thing left to read is Downside Girls, but after that there's no more Sidhe for me until the sixth novel comes out! ...more
Adrian Leaf
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
A slight departure for the series. It seems to be the start of the fall of the Hidden Empire and the series regulars only crop up in extended cameos. Instead it concentrates on a paranoid antisocial hacker and is much more cyberpunk orientated. Still highly recommended.
Corrinne Hills
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
No wonder it was hard to follow....5th in series...no indication on the book that it was part of a series. Otherwise, just weird
Ove
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Queen of Nowhere brings the series together to a good conclusion. I wouldn't rule out a sequel but the ending is pretty neat. ...more
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Truth may be stranger than fiction, but it's also far harder to track down. Jaine Fenn has had numerous short stories professionally published, some of which appear in the collection 'Downside Girls' and has won the British Science Fiction Association Short Fiction award. Her Hidden Empire space opera sequence, published by Gollancz, starts with the novel 'Principles of Angels'. Her Shadowlands sc ...more

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