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Empire of Light (Voyance, #1)

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Damian Nettoyer is the Empire’s go-to gun. He kills whoever they want him to kill. In exchange, he and his rag-tag gang of crooks get to live, and Damian’s psychokinetic partner and lover, Aris, isn’t issued a one-way ticket to an Empire-sanctioned lobotomy.

Then Damian’s latest mark, a suave revolutionary named Raeyn, kicks his ass and demands his help. The first item on t
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Expected publication: February 25th 2019 by NineStar Press (first published February 13th 2019)
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Fabi
Post apocalyptic / dystopian. Queer inclusive. Sci-fi fantasy.

Oh, and also action and intrigue with a sprinkling of romance.

As you can see, it's hard to describe this story. However, the characters were easy to fall for. I immediately felt an emotional pull towards Damian, Aris, and Raeyn. I enjoyed the varied side characters, from the funny teenage sidekick, to the blind but all seeing gang boss, to the femdom Lara. Even non-binary Cora had a spotlight.

I came away from it thinking how interesti
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Acqua
“Quiet moments? I don't know them”
Empire of Light, probably

The author says they write "queerness with a chance of explosion" and - for this book at least - that's such an understatement. This is probably the most frenzied book I've ever read.

3.5 stars.

Empire of Light is the first book in a very queer futuristic sci-fantasy series. This first book felt like a fast-paced dystopian focused on a m/m/m love triangle to me, but I think that as the series goes on, "dystopian" could become a restricti
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Alex Harrow
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Spoilers: I wrote this, so I MAY be just a tad biased.

But I wanted to use this to post content warnings for Empire of Light here:

Content warnings for Empire of Light include:

This book contains graphic violence (including shootings, beatings, tasing, mild gore, depictions of a hanging, and an execution by burning), explicit sexual content (including mentions of sex work, a sexual relationship that begins in a negotiated contract for sexual services, and on- and off-page descriptions of explicit
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Alice
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alex Harrow's Empire of Light captured me on page one. Damien, Aris, and Raeyn made me laugh, gave me thrills, and wrung my heart.

Damien, Aris, and the rest of the crew make a pretty good living smuggling and carrying out contract hits in their dystopian city. Shadow, their grounded spaceship home, has plenty of hidden spaces to conceal smuggled goods. The one thing they can't conceal is Aris' Voyance. This telekinetic power morphs at need and consumes its user. People with the Voyance don't liv
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Corinne Sparks
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Woah there Nellie! This book is mile a minute! Those who enjoy a more sedate pace through the galaxy look elsewhere, because this wild ride gallops through scenes in a blur. Whilst it's certainly not boring, I sometimes would have liked a little more time in scenes before the characters rushed off to do something else!
The focus is definitely on action.
It felt classic (if rushed) space opera, with convulsed lines of plotting and backstabbing and all the intrigue of a medieval fantasy series - b
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Alysa H.
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Julia Phillips
rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2019
Coltostallion
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Sci-fi, assassins, intrigue and explosions, what more could you really ask for? I will say, though, this was an extremely fast paced book. It certainly never had a chance to get boring, but I would have appreciated more time with some of the reveals before hurrying on to the next problem. The main characters were generally likable, though many of the side characters didn't have the same sense of realism. It may be due to the pacing not giving them enough time to do anything, though. There were a ...more
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