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Cloak of War

(The Empress Game Trilogy #2)

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The bloody tournament to determine the new empress of the intergalactic empire may be over, but for exiled princess Kayla Reinumon, the battle is just beginning. To free her home planet from occupation, Kayla must infiltrate the highest reaches of imperial power. But when a deadly nanovirus threatens to ravage the empire, it will take more than diplomacy to protect her hom ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Titan Books
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Lindsay
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kayla is on the imperial homeworld of Faladar stuck pretending to be Princess Isonde, perhaps forever. Her ally and lover Malkor has been stung by her readiness to leave him. What's left of her family is supposedly safe on their way out of imperial space. And the nanobot plague is still spreading through the Empire and the Wyrd world Ordoch is still being occupied. But the forces within the IDC that had backed the insane Wyrd scientist Dolan are regrouping and have been barely affected by his lo ...more
Justine
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
An excellent follow up to The Empress Game that carries the story solidly and provides some nuance to characters that were fairly straightforward in the first book. Middle books cn be challenging, but I thought this one delivered, including a decent amount of closure for the ending while still setting things up nicely for the conclusion to the trilogy. ...more
Robyn
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-sff, 2016
Whew. A LOT happened in this one - though I have zero clue where it is all going! Very enjoyable.
Helen
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun! The snappy dialogue is really quite funny at times and lends itself to the pacy plot. Kayla would be an exciting heroine in a weekly sci-fi, battling new enemies whilst the end-game draws ever nearer.
Tammie
The bloody tournament to determine the new empress of the intergalactic empire may be over, but for exiled princess Kayla Reinumon, the battle is just beginning. To free her home planet from occupation, Kayla must infiltrate the highest reaches of imperial power. But when a deadly nanovirus threatens to ravage the empire, it will take more than diplomacy to protect her homeworld from all-out war.

I read the first book in this series The Empress Game 4 years ago, and although I liked it, for some
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J.L.
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december-2016
Disclaimer: I attended the same graduate school program as the author and consider her a friend; however, I purchased my hardcopy version of this novel for full price.

Often, middle books in a trilogy act as placeholders. Things happen, but mostly just to get the characters from point A (the exciting first installment) to point B (the hopefully epic final book). Mason's second book in her Empress Game trilogy is much more in "Empire Strikes Back" territory. A truly excellent novel in its own righ
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Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: spaceopera
It is getting intense in this one. The arena fights are over, Kayla won as her princess persona and now that princess is in a coma.

Kayla, well she is a fighter, obviously. And she does not have it easy. She had no choice than to fight in the arena. She has to pretend to be the princess. All because of who she was. And it does make me dislike the princess and the ones doing it to Kayla. She just wants her family and her country back.

It's not always easy to know who the bad ones are here. Yes I
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Sanasai
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space
This series is definitely getting better, the first book was fun, but this was a little more serious, and a little better for it. The plot seems to be coming together pretty well, things both got more complicated, and felt like they were heading towards a plausible, if maybe messy, resolution. Very enjoyable, and I'll be eager to read the third one and find out how it all resolves. Given certain other books I've recently read, it's worth taking a moment to note that in this series that I can bel ...more
Fika
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
For such a badass character and epic space warfare, I found the writing is quite ‘dry’. Very hard to engage at first (as I didn’t read the 1st book) - with so many characters with made up names, living in a made up world - but it gets interesting as the betrayals and fight scenes coming in. Weird choice of the f-word, making it even more awkward to read.. Nonetheless, it’s the best $3 I’ve ever spent.
Andy
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Enjoyed the second book in the Empress Games trilogy.

The first book was all about introductions to the characters, the worlds, the gladiatorial games and the reveal of a conspiracy within. Carrying on where the first left off, the second book takes everything and delves more deeply into the conspiracy, the history of the Empire, the Wyrds and Ordoch, with twists and turns, and more games, this time of politics instead of combat, although Kayla does still get to kick some ass!

An excellent space o
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Nadina
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It felt a little difficult to read and follow in parts (maybe just because I'm so used to reading teen and juvenile fiction at the moment that my brain was just slower at processing parts) and I did find myself rereading a couple of paragraphs here and there, but overall I really enjoyed this second book of The Empress Game and am looking forward to reading the third book.
This was filled with lots of plotting and scheming and twists that were somewhat unexpected.
I love the crew of the Yari and
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Barbara
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting sequel in this trilogy--once you get passed some politicking in the beginning. The story is split across the POV of four different characters, but mainly Kayla's of course.

Kayla is one of my new favorite heroines. Of course, I always like the snarky ones, they're the most relatable. All the characters have their own strengths, even when they're usually in large groups.

Very excited for the third book!
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Sarah
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It had been a while since I read the first book in this series so it took me a few pages to get my bearings. I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first (view spoiler) The excitement and conflict really ratchets up in the last bit of the story and it's going to be interesting to see what happens from here. I look forward to reading the third book. ...more
Pamelia
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this 2nd installment of The Empress Game trilogy. The book stays on task with action and story progression. I will be going on to read the final book. The author does do a bit of unnecessary repetition on descriptions of both people, history, and internal dialogue/thoughts. I resorted to skimming whenever it popped up. The page count could have been trimmed some if the repetition of details had been better managed. Still a good book irregardless.
James
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
More bizarre fantasy/ SF action that's a decent read but a bit nonsensical in spots, Kayla still a fun character and the YA romance is kept to a minimum. You must read the first book or you will be totally lost. ...more
Deidre
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Satisfying followup to the first one with additional world building. Cant wait for the next one.
Elena
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
i thought i loved you, it was just how your now-consummated romance looked in the light

some stories just don't survive established relationship...
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Jessica Earl
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This second book of the trilogy did not disappoint!! So kickass! I cannot recommend this trilogy enough
D.A. Rice
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series!!
Yablon
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Was fun until I realised it was doing Empire Strikes Back then it took me about 2 months to read the last 50 or so pages
Ben Hickerson
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a improvement over the first book I felt, more political intrigue less knife fights.
Erika
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: space-opera
I know this is a trilogy and so the author has to consider the overall story arch, but this book was poorly structured in my opinion.

It felt like Kayla (and vicariously the reader) had her ass kicked, beaten down to the floor, and stomped on for good measure, with no big triumph to make it all worth it. The only 'win' she scored was (view spoiler)

I will read th
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Courtney
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rhonda Mason did a great job in this sequel, and it leads perfectly into a third book which I believe she's still writing. If you're looking for a thrilling, suspenseful, and fantastic space opera novel, you don't have to look any further.

For my full review, see the below link.
http://gamerssphere.com/the-empress-g...
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Diana Botsford
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Complex, suspenseful, and full of surprises, Cloak of War extends Mason's unique spin on what makes a space opera compelling while delving further into the lives of her deeply developed characters. Our hero Kayla gets plenty of heart-pounding action while wending her way through the Empire's politics and its manipulative media machine. Other characters we fell in love with in the first novel (Empress Game) are back as well, their struggles spanning light-years and giving us insight into the Empi ...more
Tim Gray
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Got this book free in a Goodreads giveaway. A nicely realized piece of science fiction with a lot of 'politics' and thriller like qualities. There were moments of confusion for me (I haven't read book 1 yet, this is 2) - but I enjoyed it enough to order book 1. Certainly one for kick ass heroine enthusiasts. ...more
Tim Gray
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this book free in a Goodreads giveaway. A nicely realized piece of science fiction with a lot of 'politics' and thriller like qualities. There were moments of confusion for me (I haven't read book 1 yet, this is 2) - but I enjoyed it enough to order book 1. Certainly one for kick ass heroine enthusiasts. ...more
bogo_lode
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I like the series but dash of middle book syndrome and I'm just more interested in the next book than this one. ...more
Lioness
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A good sequel, but not as good as the first
Peter
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: so-so
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kristel
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I think there was too much discussion on politics? I really missed all the action. And it seems like they keep losing at any situation that they are in. Hopefully the last book would be better.
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Rhonda Mason divides her time between writing, editing, bulldogs and beaching. Her writing spans the gamut of speculative fiction, from space opera to epic fantasy to urban paranormal and back again. The only thing limiting her energy for fantastical worlds is the space-time continuum. When not creating worlds she edits for a living, and follows her marine biologist husband to the nearest beach. I ...more

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