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After the Crown

(The Indranan War #2)

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The adrenaline-fueled, Star Wars-style sequel to Behind the Throne, a new space adventure series from author K.B. Wagers.

Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nea
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Orbit
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Justine
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
An excellent second book that is both fast paced and filled with action.

After the Crown picks up immediately following the events of the first book, Behind the Throne. As it turns out, the internal strife plaguing Hail's rule is not over, and the war with the Saxons has only just begun.

This second book is more action oriented than the first one, and I thought it was a very strong. That said, it is also obviously and unapologetically a middle book, which leaves a large part of the story still wai
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Rachel (Kalanadi)
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Enjoyed the heck out of this, and waiting impatiently for the third book.

My only complaint is about the editing. If you made a drinking game out of every mention of "X raised an eyebrow", you would be utterly sloshed and on the floor after 3 chapters. Your liver would give out before the end of the book.

The eyebrow-raising needs to stop. Other facial quirks exist! An editor should have pointed this out.

But otherwise, it's fun. Really, really fun!
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Lata
Sometimes, a hold at the library comes in much, much earlier than I expect, so I decided to read this now, instead of waiting.

So, this picks up very soon after the end of book 1, and then it's non-stop rushing to the end of this book, with more revealed, and much more to do, which will no doubt be covered in book 3.
Again, light fare, with lots of action. I can't keep the names of the guards straight, except for Emmory, Zin and Cas, and don't even get me started on the matriarchs. I could not rem
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Paul
This debut series from K.B. Wagers continues to surprise and impress me with her story-telling ability and political intrigue on a level that most established authors don't even have. In the first book, Behind the Throne, Hail comes back to her homeland to become the leader of her people after being away for 20 years as a gun-runner. In After the Crown, a war with a rival civilization, and people that want to oust her as leader creates a much more adventure packed story as we get to meet a lot o ...more
Beth Cato
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, science
Wagers continues her fabulous space opera trilogy in this second book, which is just as intense as the first though the content takes a different focus. Whereas Behind the Throne emphasized political intrigue with action and assassination attempts, After the Crown has fewer politics and far more explosions and spaceships; both books are excellent. I continue to love the world-building here, as we step beyond the India-derived Indranan Empire and see more of the Saxons and Cheng. I love Hail's Bo ...more
Crini
Even better than the first one because Hail can be more of her gunrunner self!
I have so much love for this precious anti-hero squad. Also (while there still isn't any romance really) I'm totally on ship husband-tracker-team *HEART EYES*

Also, on top of the whole Indian culture thing, it's got even more diversity regarding side characters in terms of gender and sexuality, and in a very subtle, not in-your-face way, just naturally as in "these people exist, they are accepted, not making a big deal
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Seth
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
There's at least one blurb comparing it to Ann Leckie's Ancillary trilogy, but really there's nothing that deep here, no serious intrigue or big ideas.. It reminds me more of the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown, another set of books who many people really liked, and even scored good reviews, but which fell flat for me. It has action, sure, but this is a book that you'll only like if you really like the interactions between the characters. To me they feel pretty shallow. Much of the book comes ...more
Paul
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this year, I read Behind The Throne by K B Wagers. It’s an excellent slice of science fiction adventure, with a cracking narrative and characterisation. The sequel is upon us and I can confirm that book one was no fluke. After the Throne is just as brilliant, just as exciting and just as much fun as its literary sibling.

When we last left Empress Hail Bristol, she was still coming to terms with her new lot in life. Key members of her family had been killed leaving her as the new ruler of
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Sarah
I had a lot of fun with the fist book in the series, Behind the Throne. By comparison, this second book felt like running head first into a brick wall. I lost all sense of fun I had from the first book and had to slog my way through. I spent a lot of time debating whether or not I’d finish this one, but in the end I felt like I’d put too much time into it to abandon it.

Hail’s trying to organize peace talks with an antagonistic neighboring empire, the Saxons. Unfortunately things don’t go quite a
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Jenn
I am a rather voracious reader: once I start a book it generally takes me no more than a day to finish it, when I really enjoy what I am reading. That was the problem with this one - I enjoyed it well enough when I read bits of it during my meals, but there was something about the story that didn't grab me and compel me to keep reading.
I think part of my problem was that it had been a while since I read the first book, so a variety of characters from the large cast would be mentioned and I had
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Elliot
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wrote a pretty extensive review of the first book in this trilogy, so I'll try not to re-tread old roads too much in my review here. Okay, so I was luke-warm on Behind the Throne. I felt like it had a lot of debut novel writing issues. So did Wagers step up her writing game? Was I glad I read the next installment? I'm happy to report: yes!

While the writing is still not world-shattering fantastic it is much stronger in this installment than the first. The melodrama is down, the characters feel
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David Zampa
I like this installment. It's got the same fun tone as the first book, the same closeness to its main character. It also still features a lot of the things I griped about in book one. All in all, I think I want to love these books more than I actually do, because I love the premise so much. I love how many things I'm tired of that this book doesn't do. It's not another military space opera. It doesn't take itself too seriously. It's imaginative. It's not nihilistic or cynical. The characters are ...more
Randal
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
About halfway into this one I set it down for the night with the thought that it was typical second-book syndrome. Lots of trilogies start fast (and hopefully finish fast) but slow down and get all expository in the middle.
The next night I picked it up intending to read myself to sleep and instead crawled out of bed so the reading light wouldn't keep my wife awake and finished the book about 4 ayem. K.B. owes me a good night's sleep.
Suffice to say I'll be reading book 3 soon, although the first
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Nick Brett
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The follow up to “Behind the Throne” which you do need to read first. After the trauma of the events in the first book, Hail Bristol is now Empress, but the Indranan Empire is in disarray, under attack from outside and from within. To try to get to the bottom of things she needs to go off planet and maybe the contacts from her murky past might be the ones that can help her shed light on what is going on.
More of the same from the first book, not deep but very easy and entertaining reading. Hail i
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Cupcakes & Machetes
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Behind the Throne review.

Short-tempered, foul-mouthed, ex-outlaw gunrunner Hail Bristol is just trying to run a Shiva-damned empire.

After a failed coupe, Hail is doing her best to run an empire that she had no intention of ever having to deal with. But at heart, she loves her country and would do anything to save it. That anything is proving to be dodging assassination attempts left and right. Not everyone thinks she has what it takes to lead the nation and they rather kill her than give her a c
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Neil
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is good space opera. I have some caveats, but don't let those distract too much from the overall review, which is a solid 4 stars. Most of what took that top star off was caused by the start of the novel, and the fact that it had been a couple of years since I read the opening novel. I think if you went straight from one to the next it would improve the result in this case.

Former gunrunner Hail Bristol has settled into her hereditary role as Empress as the novel opens, at least as much as s
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Jean-Marc
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Anne Schelhorn
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Denise
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The first book was gunrunner turned empress, trying to negotiate politics while dodging assassins. This book is more empress turned gunrunner, using smuggling techniques to fight for her empire.
Kirk
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
a good continuing story
RG
May 20, 2021 rated it liked it
A continuation of book 1. More of the same fun reading without anything amazing. Dont think I'll finish it off as too many others to read. ...more
Kim
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A real page turner with more actual "space" than the first book. Bolshey female lead characters are great & the irreverence of this one is a laugh out loud read. Really enjoyed it & happy to discover there is another volume! ...more
Josh
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space-opera
Really strong second chapter that makes me want the third book badly enough that I decided to tilt it to five stars on the 4.5 grade I’d give rather that drop it down to four.

I really get a better feel for who Hail Bristol is here, especially now that she’s settling into the job she never wanted and doesn’t feel she’s suited for, but is damn well gonna do it anyway. She’s someone who commits and believes in honor and it’s deepest levels, so no matter if her internal monologue gets a bit self-pit
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Dana
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo! It's a cliffhanger and the next book isn't out until this December!!
What is a girl to do?!?!?! I can't even pre-order the third book yet............must....have....next...book....

Okay, that fit thrown out there, I guess you realized that I love this series. Hail is an empress after my own heart. She's insecure, smart, protective of her people, open-minded....I could go on and on. Then there's Zin and Emmory her bodyguards/friends, Hao, Rai, and Dailun. So many good chara
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Tad
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, favorites
Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers was one of the best debut novels I’ve read and one of my favorite reads of 2016 period. It was with both excitement and trepidation that I started reading the sequel, After the Crown. I needn’t have worried. Now K. B. Wagers has written two of my favorite reads of 2016 and she’s only getting better. I get the same feeling as the first time I opened a book and met Miles Vorkosigan or Honor Harrington. Like Lois McMaster Bujold and David Weber, Wagers has created ...more
Kelley
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
There's no let-up in the action in this second volume of K.B. Wagers' science fiction adventure "The Indranan War." That's both a good thing and a bad thing. It's a good thing because it keeps the adrenaline pumping and keeps the audience worried about what awaits our good guys around the next corner. It's a bad thing because something is wanting, in terms of emotional heft, in comparison with the first book, Behind the Throne. That book could, in a tight pinch, be read as a stand-alone. This on ...more
Alice
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 / 5 stars
I had good hopes with the first book, it wasn't perfect but I thought the little problematic things could get better and it could be a very enjoyable read.... But it wasn't.
My main gripe with this is probably the fake-ass matriarchal system that really isn't and I just couldn't get past it. That's not new though, I had the same issue with book 1 but I thought it could get better with this one. When the prime minister, the chief of intelligence, the chief bodyguards and all the maf
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Matthew Galloway
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll get this out of the way right off: You have got to read this series!

I absolutely loved Behind the Throne, so, of course, I was a little worried about the sequel. What if it wasn't as good? Well, I needn't have worried. After the Crown is every bit as amazing as the first book. In fact, it may even be better! We got to see how Hail conquered the issues back home -- now we get to see what she can do when unleashed on the rest of the universe!

I loved learning about her past and watching her bl
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Gabriel Clarke
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Four stars for pure entertainment value. Perhaps a little saggier than its predecessor in places, and the gender theme feels shallow this time around compared to, say, Ann Leckie's genuinely 'strange-making' experiments, but still rollicking good fun. I'm hoping for a next volume which really steps up a little in terms of the politics, however, or there's going to be a risk of this series developing the same kind of diminishing returns that plague other military SF series such as Jack Campbell's ...more
Sheila
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, sci-fi
This was so fast-paced that I felt out of breath by the end! I breezed through this in one marathon sitting & I still want more.

After The Crown picks up almost immediately after the end of the first book & does not stop. It's constant action on an epic scale & I LOVE IT. There's a gradual meshing of Hailimi the Empress & Cressen the gunrunner in this book, with a lot more backstory added via the inclusion of some characters from Hail's past.

This is such a great debut series & I am so excited t
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K.B. Wagers is the author of the Indranan & Farian War trilogies with Orbit Books and the new NeoG novels from Harper Voyager. They hold a bachelor's degree in Russian Studies and a second-degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu. A native of Colorado, K.B. lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with their partner and a crew of recalcitrant cats. In between books, they can be found attempting to lea ...more

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