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Unconquerable Sun

(The Sun Chronicles #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  122 reviews

Princess Sun has finally come of age.

Growing up in the shadow of her mother, Eirene, has been no easy task. The legendary queen-marshal did what everyone thought impossible: expel the invaders and build Chaonia into a magnificent republic, one to be respected—and feared.

But the cutthroat ambassador corps and conniv
Published July 7th 2020 by Tor Books
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May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military sci-fi/space-opera readers
ARC provided by the publishers—Tor Books & Head of Zeus—in exchange for an honest review.

It’s quite outrageous that it took me this long to finally read Kate Elliott’s book for the very first time.

I’ve heard many good things about Kate Elliott’s books. Black Wolves, Crossroads, Spiritwalker, and recently Crown of Stars (despite this being the oldest out of the series I mentioned) are series that I’ve seen occasionally in social media. But for whatever reasons, I just haven’t gotten around to the
Skymarks (Rainy)
Feb 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
if yall gon write genderbend alex the great yall better write genderbend hepaestion too 👀👀👀
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
could Tor stop trying to take all my money? For like just one day? That'd be great.

Well it appears TOR heard me because WTF is that cover?

Actual review
Well...wasn't everything I was hoping for. I found myself pretty bored for the last half of the book.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

If you like epic sci-fi with political intrigue, an interesting cast of characters, and plenty of action, then I would definitely recommend checking out Unconquerable Sun. This is pitched as a gender-flipped Alexander the Great, and halfway through the book I did a little reading on his life. It's interesting to see how this takes key events and characters from real history and puts them in a completely different setting.

Princess Sun wants nothing more than her mother's
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! If "Gender-swapped Alexander the Great in space" isn't the best concept for a book ever, then it's pretty high up there, so I've been eagerly anticipating this book this since I first heard about. I was super excited when I won a copy in a giveaway from Tor and I'm glad to say it did not disappoint! It's a space opera that just FEELS large, full of fascinating, diverse characters, wild futuristic cultures (there are people with four arms! and others with glowing skin!) and plenty of d ...more
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I'll be honest, "gender-swapped Alexander the Great retelling set in space" was all I needed to know about Unconquerable Sun -- it immediately got added to the "most anticipated books of the year" list. Having only read, but absolutely adored, one book by Kate Elliott before, I knew she'd be able to pull of a book with such an epic scope.

Unconquerable Sun is an ambitious start to an epic new sc
Holly (The Grimdragon)
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
"It rises out of the sea like the huge cables of a giant suspension bridge have gotten loose and are lashing this way and that, cutting through wind and waves. Each cable is a living neck, bronze and glossy, and each neck ends in a vast horned head. Their jaws aren't quite big enough to bite our boats in half, but if even one of the necks slams down full force onto our boat it will crush and sink us."

Kate Elliott, pen name for Alis A. Rasmussen, is an author that I've been meaning to get into, w
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2020
Everything I expected and more. Longer RTC.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If there’s one thing you should know about me and Alexander the Great retellings/re-imaginings, it’s that Unconquerable Sun is the only one I’ve ever read. My AtG knowledge is severely lacking. But now I feel I at least know something. Alexander the Great was an interplanetary and intergalactic conqueror. (Did I get that right, your historianlyship?)

Anyway, your literatureship, I just want to say that…wow I loved this book. There are multiple perspectives that each offer something unique to the
Sep 09, 2017 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
Genderbend Alexander the Great as space opera? Tor knows my reading preferences \O/
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
YES. Could not put this down, and I immediately wanted to give it to all my sci-fi loving friends so I can talk with them about how great the reimagining of Alexander the Great’s story is, how well the gender-swapping works, and how phenomenal the space opera setting & pacing is in this book. ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
Unconquerable Sun hooked me on the premise of a genderbent Alexander the Great. And with further research, Kate Elliot confirmed that it was sapphic. Amd while the sapphic elements were there, they took the backseat to a character who one, isn’t the Alexander the Great equivalency, Sun, and two, is a complete mess of a bi/pansexual stereotype. While the plot kept me reading, the characters, the worldbuilding, and the clunky writing really made me wish that I hadn’t. But sometimes you persevere s ...more
Sep 29, 2017 marked it as 2020-releases  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know very much about Alexander the Great, other than he really liked wearing Persian pants. But if this is anything like And I Darken, which I love then this will be good.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Listen and learn, my unconquerable Sun.

On my blog.

Rep: lesbian mc, bi mc, bi side character, mlm & wlw side characters

Galley provided by publisher

The first Kate Elliott book I ever read was Cold Magic a good few years back, and that book, and the series as a whole really, firmly cemented her as one of my favourite authors. The next one was Black Wolves (and yes, I am still incredibly bitter there won’t be a sequel to it, with that ending!), which I loved just as much. So, obviously, I ha
I don't know what hour of the #Readathon it is now, I got sidetracked by a last minute social distancing visit. But I finally finished this book, which I loved! One of my fav reads of 2020. An incredibly intricate, deftly weaved space opera with a majority queer cast. Action-packed and fascinating women characters who are not made likable or palatable. Very cool world-building too! Oh yeah this is a gender-swapped retelling of Alexander the Great. More later, gotta keep reading!
Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: excited
i have LONGED FOR a genderbent alexander the great for almost a decade give it to me!! give me all the gay!!!!!
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Full review to come.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was initially dubious about the premise - a gender swapped Alexander the Great in space - but I should not have doubted one of my all time favourite authors. The story is much more than that bare synopsis. The outline and names may owe much to that mighty comet who blazed across Greece, Asia and North Africa but Sun and her companions are their own persons. Furthermore I am in love with, and in awe of, Kate's writing style which is so distinctive and yet becomes clearer with each novel.

This fi
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
I really enjoyed this! This is such a cool concept, and I'm excited to see where this story goes.

I liked all of the characters for the most part! Princess Sun is certainly more aloof, but she has some badass moments. Persephone, our 1st person POV character, was probably my favorite. I thought she was clever and the most relatable of the characters. Finally, Apama, our other POV character, was quite interesting! She's one of the Phene, which is a species that generally has exoskeletons. However,
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
DNF at 4%

Just not feeling it. Was getting the same vibes as I had with Lady Hotspur, where the beginning was a bold choice of noun, noun, noun and lots of things that would probably be pieced together later.

Maybe I'll pick it up again, maybe not.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalleys
I wanted to love this, but no. RTC
Alexander Tas
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I’ve never read a Kate Elliott book before. I didn’t even realize how prolific a writer she is until someone recently pointed it out to me. While I consider myself pretty adventurous, this definitely feels like a glaring blind spot. Absent literally any other segue, what caught my eyes about this book is it’s marketing tagline “gender-swapped Alexander the Great on an interstel
Muhemed Masika
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's to hot to conquer
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of Unconquerable Sun in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Kate Elliot is back and with an all-new tale. Or retelling, as the case may be. Here she's taken Alexander the Great and done something new with the core concept. She shot it into space and started playing with the genders of the primary characters.

Princess Sun is the daughter of Eirene, and living up to her legend (and expectations) has been anything but easy. Now Princess Sun is of age, and it seems like there
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I’ve been growing a bit bored of epic fantasy recently and reaching for some space opera that was not purely military sci-fi. Something that has the expansive world-building feel of say Game of Thrones, with great characters, gripping intrigue, cool tech and was ‘alien’ enough that earth – if there ever was such a place in this universe – is a so distant a memory as to be irrelevant.

Unconquerable Sun is what I have been looking for. I loved this book. It is fantastic.

Now I have read Kate Ell
I’ve heard so many great things about Kate Elliott (and have several of her fantasy novels on my TBR) and was really excited to read this one - the moment I saw the tagline I was hooked by the idea. Alexander the Great is a historical behemoth, surrounded by so much myth and legend (which I admittedly don’t know well), yet there’s relatively little SFF inspired by him/the time period more generally.

And from that perspective, this didn’t disappoint. This is an epic space opera, jam packed with po
Didi Chanoch
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Epic in scope, but personal in its storytelling, this first volume of Kate Elliott's gender-flipped Alexander the Great in space fulfills the promise of its excellent premise. It tells a very good story while setting the stage for a much bigger one in future volumes.
Mirek Jasinski
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of space operas but this book pulled me in. I think that the naming convention did the trick, and it was only later that I discovered that it was based on the battle trail of Alexander the Great. Enjoy!
Bint Arab
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program.

I enjoyed this book very much. Although this novel is meant for young adults, I recommend it to anyone looking for a good, action-packed, science fiction story.

This story is based on real history, with Princess Sun in the place of Alexander the Great and her Companions in the place of his companions/generals/most trusted friends. The author has written a story remarkably true to recorded history while letting it all develop o
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Before I get into the detail: Unconquerable Sun is incredible. It blends tightly written heart-pounding sci-fi action with sharply observed and complex characterisation, in a richly detailed universe. It had me turning pages at 2AM, wanting to know what happened and not wanting the story to end. If you’re a fan of military sci-fi, this is for you. If you’re a fan of politics, intrigue and family drama with the occasional bout of lasers, this is for y
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As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. She currently lives in Hawaii, where she paddles outrigger canoes and spoils her schnauzer.

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