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Emperor's Shadow

(Elite #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  10 reviews
There is no force more dangerous than someone with nothing to lose.

In the Northern Kingdoms, the chemical Fye can be found in the very air the citizens breathe. Those born with the ability to utilize this potent power dominated the world, and established an Empire that weather more than fifty generations of turmoil.
Left to fend for themselves, the orphans of the Glorious
Paperback, 466 pages
Published June 20th 2015 by Thatyiguy (first published June 19th 2015)
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Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, favorites
This book was free for a day on Amazon, so I downloaded it on a whim because the cover looked enticing. Now I cannot believe that this wasn't picked up by a prominent publishing company. Even though I was going in blind, any expectations were greatly exceeded. Emperor's Shadow was everything a debut novel should be, and more.

The genre is a little difficult to classify. While mostly a fantasy story, there are significant science fiction elements displayed through various technologies. It could al
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, own
What starts off as an engaging but likely not very surprising fantasy tale introducing various oppressed orphan characters dreaming of and working towards a better future for themselves as the typical underdogs up against an empire and its Elites takes a most surprising turn about halfway through, when the plot jumps ahead 13 years and starts laying out an intricate story of intrigues and long simmering plans for vengeance and rebellion, interspersed with flashbacks showing us just how the chara ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want the sequel right now. I want the whole series right now. Not hyperbole. This book's writing is not filled with similes, metaphors or other what have you literary devices that would make you say: "Yes, that book was some of the finest writing of the English language." It is not even a tenth of Rothfuss' occasionally, overly redundant poetic prose, yet I found myself having the same feeling I had when reading the Kingkiller Chronicles: pure enjoyment for the characters and their actions.

Morgan Parabola
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is a Goodreads First Reads review.

I'll echo the statements of other reviewers, in that I'm genuinely surprised publishers didn't pick this up. It seems that it is becoming more and more difficult to publish with traditional publishers. This book is a perfect example of what self-publishing is for, getting a fantastic story out there for people to read.

The premise is original, the writing and approach to the world is original, and overall I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit. Is it still
Natalie Arianna
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent read from a first-time author. Full disclosure, I do know Yi Zhu. However, I purchased my own e-copy of the book and have not been compensated for this review :P

I can't think of another book that Emperor's Shadow is comparable to, although I'm not an expert on this genre. At its heart, Emperor's Shadow is an immersive, plot-driven experience. It takes the perspective of several characters from very different backgrounds and slowly weaves their separate stories into a single
Mike Siedschlag
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an e-version of Emperor's Shadow by Yi Zhu for review.

Author Yi Zhu has written a fascinating book in Emperor's Shadow. Given the author's name and "Emperor" in the title, I expected this story to be set in China or at least an Oriental country. Actually it is not clear where the story is set, only that it is in a society dominated by an upper class and a government that dominates the poor underclass. The characters are not described in terms of their ethnicity but rather their moral
Sherry Vaughan
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vince didn't intend to start a war, he just wanted to be the first orphan to become an Elite. He didn't realize the deck was stacked against him. All he knew was that he had to try. And because he tried, his world changed. He suffered loss but he knew that might happen. This is the story of one man who dared to dream and his dream changed the world. I can't wait for the next book about Vince.
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Karen Parker
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I look forward to more books in this series. Very entertaining and a good mix of action and explanation in it
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Yi Zhu was born in Fuzhou, China in 1989. He moved to the US at the age of 11, and though very young at the time, his experience growing up closely resembled that of a first generation immigrant. At the age of 15, he began working various part time jobs while going through school, and never stopped. After being accepted into Duke university in 2007, he started several small private ventures in ord ...more

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