Behind the Throne
Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir.
But trading her ship for a ...more
Some food for thought...you could have asked your question without ever using the words "chick" or "girlie" and it would have been a valid question about content and tone, instead of making vapid over-generalizations about "girly" things. Plenty of women also don't care for romantic novels, and plenty of women write stories about women that aren't romances. (less)
In actuality, this is not really an SF except in the fact that it has cut and paste SF space-operatic featured over a very old ...more
So here I was, suffering from the dreary side effects of a Slightly Deadly In Between IA Rerererereads Mini Book Slump (SDIBIARMBS) and not knowing what
A fast-paced, highly readable action novel that professes to be space opera but, as far as I can tell, only incidentally happens to take place in space.
Approximately 85% of the novel, told from the POV of former gunrunner Hail, transpires as follows in slight variations:
Thinking about my former lover/gunrunning partner, Portis (from my days as a gunrunner), brought all the universes crashing down upon me in a space-explosion that sucked the air from my lungs like a space-Dyson. I ...more
This was a tough one to rate. I devoured this one, so you know I really enjoyed it and I want to make that clear. It was quite different from what I expected though, perhaps more political in nature than action and adventure-oriented, and calling it “Star Wars-style science fiction” might be a bit of a stretch. Still, Behind the Throne is a special kind of gem, and would appeal to readers who appreciate story structure, ...more
(Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Hachette Audio lair)
Hachette Executive: All right then, what's next on the agenda?
Hachette Lackey: Well Sir, we need to cast a narrator for KB Wager's "Behind the throne"
Exec: Never heard of it
Lackey: It says here it is a "Star wars-style Science Fiction adventure". We are really excited about it Sir
Exec: "Star Wars" eh...Seems like a pretty obscure reference...maybe the kids these days will go for it...Male lead or female?
Lackey: The protagonist ...more
It could have been a fun romp, but everything was always very serious, nothing really ...more
4.5 stars, and I'm going to round it up. Why? Because even after I worked all week and had a lot of things to do around the house last night, I stayed up until 3 am to finish this book. I could barely walk to get to the bed after I finished, but I did it. And really enjoyed the whole experience.
This wasn't as detail-rich or epic scope as most of the top ratings I give, but when a book hooks you ...more
Once returned, and as the new imperial heir, Hail finds ...more
Behind the Throne, K. B. Wagers’ sci-fi debut, fell into my hands after much praise from some of my most trusted peers. To describe my experience with it as love at first chapter would not be an exaggeration at all. Discovering books like it and pushing them at unsuspecting readers is why I took up blogging in the first place. It gives me great pleasure to share my delight over this title with all of you.
Behind the Throne starts with a bang and continues in an unrelenting pace. It is ...more
Anyways: I really wanted to like this one. I loved the idea of the gunrunner princess dragged home to rule with ...more
Full review is up on my blog, Queer SFF.
Sooo much potential, but I was ultimately disappointed with this. Love Emmory with every fiber of my being though. Can we just elevate him to the protagonist position in the next book? Please?
Why would that be a problem? It's not, it's a perfectly fine book with missed opportunities to challenge our mindset and show how humanity's psychology has evolved with such discoveries. It also felt a bit too long for me. And the heroine, ...more
I love audio books, they make it possible to "read" as you handle other things that leave the mind more or less free. But sometimes the reader is bad or as in this case make incomprehensible decisions. Angele Masters for some reason chose to read this book in what ...more
"Spoken like a consummate politician, Highness. One would think you've been doing this for years."Whatever your expectations may be, I suspect Behind the Throne will probably defy them. When I first started reading, misled by the flowery descriptions of eye colors and muscle definition, the careful note of each time the characters touched, and the derogative-yet-highly-descriptive portraits of the protagonist's beautiful clothing, I was quite ...more
"I have, Caspel. It just involved more guns."
The idea of a rogue princess is not a new one but it works. Hail has left her planet for a particular reason, living as a gunrunner for the last 20 years and making a 'reputation' for herself. However, with the Empress ill and her sisters and niece recently murdered, Hail is brought back to fulfill her role as heir.
The blurb is misleading since this story is nothing like Star Wars, nor are there any space battles. Really, did they read the ...more
- MC is in her late 30s which is SO refreshing, also a foul-mouthed, ass-kicking badass
- no romance
- political intrigue galore
- fast-paced, action-packed
- set in a futuristic Indian culture
I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Well, I think I did, the book just arrived in the post, I hadn't requested it, didn't know I was on the publishers mailing list and I don't remember entering any competitions to win it either! So, let's call it a surprise book.......and what a great surprise it turned out to be!
Behind the ...more
This book was so much fun, ladies and gents! A delightful space opera the likes of Paradox series by Rachel Bach with a sassy, tough, gorgeous badass of a heroine who is like Kate Daniels of sci-fi genre.
Hail is a smuggler with a very dangerous reputation, but what the majority of people don't know is that she is a runaway princess, the youngest in succession to the throne of Indranan Empire. Then someone tries to betray and slaughter her on her own ship and her mother's Royal guards ...more
First we have a kick-ass gunrunner, smart, sassy, and she is actually a runaway princess. And now heir to the throne, ohh drama!
Second it's sci-fi, which is always cool. Not so much space-ship stuff, mostly land and tech stuff.
Third, this empire is one ruled by matriarchs. Go girlpower! Of course that is not perfect either since men do not get the same chances as women, but as a storyline I love it. Women are all in charge.
Given the comparisons to the Star Wars franchise, I expected this novel to be an action-packed adventure. Instead this is more of story involving court politics and royal protocol. While our main character use to be a gunrunner, she spends nearly the entire book in her other identity, the heir to a powerful empire. At times the narrative felt uneven and unnecessarily slow. I did enjoy the characters and their interactions, particularly the relationship between our main character and her ...more
The nitty-gritty: A story with lots of potential that fell short with a less-than-interesting plot and awkward writing.
(Apologies for this longer-than-normal review, but apparently I have a lot to say about this book!)
There’s always going to be the “next” book after you read something amazing, and for me, Behind the Throne will always be the book that I read immediately after The Obelisk Gate. I’m not sure if my reaction would have been different had I read it at a different time, but I know...more
Behind the Throne looks like a space opera and a story of intrigue, but really isn't ...more
Cool novel though I wasn't expecting that much politics and court intrigues from what I thought from the cover.
Behind the Throne made me think a bit of The Goblin Emperor because a person ends up being the main heir to an empire and is definitely not the person made for this originally and struggles a lot while being alone and getting closer to their bodyguards and nobles/governement/the people step by step. Except here Hail's a badass and the empire/society is a matriarchy and it's set ...more
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