Every two thousand years, parallel dimensions collide on the world called Raisa, bringing a tide of death and destruction to all worlds but one. Multiple worlds battle their dopplegangers for dominance, and tho ...more
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. :D
So, 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, de ...more
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 ...more
THE 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 w ...more
This book does not suffer from middle-book syndrome at all. Bring on The Broken Heavens!
First read (June 2016)
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 tha ...more
*ASoIaF is for PISSBABIES
One 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 ...more
"War turns it's makers mad"
- Dhai Saying
When i find a book that's making waves, i like to look out for the author's previous works, to test the waters. It's obviously not a fail safe plan as the author could have improved but generally it helps to "know" the author.
That being said, Hurley's Worldbreaker saga series is criminally underrated. I think maybe because it's hard? for fantasy readers to step out the usual familiar tropes and embrace a book that basically throws all these tropes out th
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
I asked for the blood to rain down...I 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 ...more
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 ...more
I liked the first book in the series very much but was a little worried about its lack of focus going forward. Th ...more
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 ...more
I will say that I find the plot to be a ...more
The action definitely ramps up in Empire Ascendant and it feels more like a cohesive narrative. But especially the second time through, it feels like entire sections of the plot don't actually matter in any real way and the entire first two books are just character development for a story to come in book three. To be fair, the characters are interesting and certainly well developed. ...more