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EMPIRE is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting ...more
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published April 17th 2009 by Imperial Guard Publishing, LLC (first published March 23rd 2009)
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T. Johnson I read the series in published order, then in series order, according to the timeline in the story and I prefer the published order to be honest. I be…moreI read the series in published order, then in series order, according to the timeline in the story and I prefer the published order to be honest. I believe Ms. Hicks listed an order on one of thier webpages: (if I can find that again I will edit this post)

To be honest, regardless of which order you read them in, the book in it's entirity does not jump about in the timeline, once you are adjusted to "when" the book occurs, in the series timeline, your there.

T. Johnson There is alot of sword play in the series & books, and all of it is wirrten to a higher level of understanding, and thusly enjoyment. What I mean by t…moreThere is alot of sword play in the series & books, and all of it is wirrten to a higher level of understanding, and thusly enjoyment. What I mean by that is it is not just "the sword play", it is WHY there is sword play, and HOW they do so. mr. hicks writes this to a "tee" which I found most enjoyable, and to be honest, moving at times.(less)

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Genre dysphoria?

I picked this up wanting a trashy space opera with starship battles and the like, having had it on my list for years since a friend recommended it to me. And while it was surprisingly decent for a book that was free to read, with fast-paced action, pretty solid writing and a few tidbits here and there of interesting lore, there is a strange issue practically oozing from the whole thing: it is a fantasy book in disguise.

All the way through, I could not escape the feeling that Hick
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Let me preface this first with the warning this may be edited in the next few days before I post a review on; I want to get this right.
Second, let me say that I normally prefer to review a book after I've read it a second time as I find I'm normally unable to think critically about a book after only one reading. However, Mr. Hicks seems like a good guy and since he asks his followers to please review his books and offers this one for free I felt obliged to give it some thought.

The boo
nope. 19% and I'm saving myself the headache and quitting now. This book is the CakeWrecks version of Warchild and as I have already read the better story, I don't feel like continuing. However, for those considering this book, the first 19% has the following:
- a boy whose parents get heroically killed but who himself is inexplicably spared by the aliens
- said boy saving an (older) girl from attempted rape
- the rapist trying again later (in great detail both times)
- it turns out the boy is the o
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2011
I wish I could give 1/2 stars, because this is a solid 3 1/2 star book. I actually got it as a free download for my Kindle (it's still free on Amazon at the the moment, by the way) and read it as it was highly recommended. I will say that it's one of the best free reads I've encountered. It isn't a bad book actually, but the first 1/3 is, well, veeerrry sloooow, so minus 1 star for that. If you're thinking of reading it, stick around for at least 50 pages after he gets off Hallmark, it gets bett ...more
Daniel Swensen
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, space-opera
So on one hand, this book covers some pretty well-tread science fiction ground. Young boy is orphaned (twice), captured by aliens, learns about their culture, then becomes better at being an alien than any of the other aliens. Sound familiar? Oh, and they're all tall, blue, and have fangs, and are a primitive warrior race (only not really). If it weren't for the publication dates, I might have been suspicious. There's also a prophecy about a super-special chosen one, and a star-crossed alien lov ...more
What this story is and what it's not

Let's be clear: I liked this story. I read the free edition of the first book and the bought the omnibus edition, which includes the next two books. I wish I could give this one 3.5 stars because I see promise - but need a little more. Let's also be clear: there's no science fiction here - at least no more than Star Wars or the John Carter stories. The setting happens to be in the far future, on different planets, and involving a race of humanoid aliens. Scien
Lee Gunter
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was a really good story, actually. I recommend trying an unknown author now and then to anyone who truly loves to read. At one point i started trying to make a list of the borrowed elements I found included in the book. They included Romeo & Juliet, Ender's Game, Enemy Mine, Avatar, John Carter of Mars, Les Miserable, Messianic prophesies, King David and even passing elements of eroticism. And I'm sure I've forgotten some as well.

So, as I said, the story was good, the writing was most of th
Lady Jessica
This book actually gave me the adventure I was looking for. More than that, it held my attention. A pleasant and timely surprise after a recent run of bad science fiction reads. However, it does have downsides.

The book starts out slow. There's plenty of action first thing but none of it fits together in a way that pulls the reader into a greater story. Combined with unnerving switchbacks in point of view and no real sense of a main character, it's no surprise that I almost stopped reading withou
Alastair Rosie
Having just finished this book I can honestly say that it's well worth a second read just to absorb yourself in the world Hicks has created. It's part Gladiator, part Dances With Wolves but it is space opera and it's perhaps unfortunate that Avatar had blue skinned aliens too but I think Hicks' blue skinned Amazonian aliens are way cooler and much more exciting.
It starts with the main character Reza being orphaned and meeting the Kreelan high priestess. He marks her with a knife and she respond
Douglas Bittinger
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The story starts out with a futuristic society as war with alien invaders - always a popular theme. It follows one young man to another world, and another society. Still good science. When he ends up on yet another world living among a people who live like primitives and live for warfare with swords, the story veers close enough to becoming fantasy that I was becoming concerned. However, this story is one of the few that, though written in a fantasy style, I continue to enjoy. And I
Deborah Hughes
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read from the sci-fi genre since Star Wars first came out and I'm not sure what led me to this one, but I downloaded it onto my kindle and gave it a try. I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put the thing down! Morning sure comes early when you've been awake most of the night reading. Normally I don't like books that have anything to do with war (the alien Kreelans are at war with the human race) and yet this book captured my imagination, flung me into a world that became quit ...more
Dewanna L. Durbin
I have found my new Sci-fi author! If you enjoy books like "Star Wars", "Dune", or Anne McCaffrey's "Dragons of Pern" series, then you will absolutely LOVE Michael Hicks' "In Her Name - Empire".

I was immediately sucked in from the first sentence and didn't want to put the book down to go to sleep. Needless, to say, I was sad to reach the end of the book and have to surface to reality once more.

The action/fight scenes are realist and believable. The plot did not drag or lose focus. I can usuall
Lisa Yarde
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In the distant future, Reza Gard, an orphan of a horrific war with ruthless aliens, finds the courage to survive against desperate odds. In doing so, he learns as much about his enemy, the Kreelans, as he does about inner strength. Through trying circumstances, physical and mental stresses and the bitter loss of all he has ever known and loved, Reza grows from a child to a man. As his understanding and abilities grow under the tutelage of the Kreelans who have captured him, he seems poised for a ...more
This book is amazing, a definitely five star book.

This is the first book in the "In Her name" series. Most of the action of this book takes place in the Kreela Empire which is beautifully and very realistically described. The story is very well written and it keeps you captivated all the time. There is a lot of action/plots in the book, but also it is touching and emotional. What I really liked about "Empire", is that you don't know where the story takes you, and what to expect on the next page.
Terri Pray
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic world building, great characters, and a compelling story. I wasn't sure, going into reading this one, how I would enjoy it and honestly, I'm hooked.

The relationship between Reza and Esha isn't one you expect, especially seeing as her people see humanity as nothing more than soulless animals. The slow change of that viewpoint is one that Reza earns. It's not given to him, it's not easy and not quick at all.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, which I already have lo
I downloaded this book, "Empire: In Her Name" free from BookBub. With free e-books, you take your chances on getting a good book. This was surprisingly well-written. A cross between Star Wars and Avatar, the action starts on a dystopian planet of humans that is invaded by the Kreelans. When Reza is taken as "spoils of war" to the planet of the Kreelans, he must learn their ways in order to survive. The end was totally unexpected. The book is part of a trilogy that I can't wait to finish. Excitin ...more
Eva Rose
I had a hard time reading this book, it is so bleak and terrible, I also must admit to being bore by the premise that sounds cookie cutter at best. Hicks needs to get an editor to trimmed his sentences because this book has sentences in sentences. I was also a little triggered by the child abuse, I understand it happens but can we not used words such as "he grabbed her budding breast" because that is just not right.
Peggy Bechko
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read right up to the end after a slightly slow start. Wonderful action/adventure SciFi/Fantasy tale of the clash of cultures - human and alien. Exciting, engaging and makes me want to read more. And so I shall since there is a sequel scheduled. Read this on my new Kindle Fire and loved it.
3.5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

The Kreelan story was incredibly interesting and Reza made for an entertaining lead. I bought into the characters and the way of life.

It wasn't a really memorable story so I will keep the review brief. I did read the sequels which really where not as good.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
A good book with one very big drawback: I really do not like the main character thus did not care much about his adventures. I mentioned the same for other main character from First Contact. Is this common problem with Michael R. Hicks? ...more
Michael Cummings

Somewhat reminiscent of Enemy Mine, this first book was a fast paced, fun read. If you like your sci-fi to have aliens, fighting, and a lone human trapped in the middle of it all, you've come to the right place.
David Donaghe
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really the Sword and Sorcery type of guy, but when you throw in spaces ships, a galactic war mixing it up with hard science fiction, I'll come along for the ride. I really enjoyed, In her name: empire. I think I'll read the next two books in the trilogy. I highly recommend this book.
Lisa Autry
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This is a well told story of the makings of a warrior.I could hardly wait for the next turn of events as the pages turned. I loved this book and highly recommend it. Its a joy to read.
Wycliffe Kutexa
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ook.. On this one, all i can say.. Thanx 4 the amazing storyline.. N unbroken scenery..
Jimmy C Saunders
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner!

I just couldn't put it down. It grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me glued to it till I finally finished it.
J.L. Dobias
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Empire(In Her Name:Redemption) by Michael Hicks

I received this book free and what a bargain. This book reminded me of C.J. Cherryh's Faded Sun series. Mix that with James Clavell's Shogun (I have only seen the mini series- not read book). And an eerie shades of William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

We first meet Reza as a seven year old whose parents are fighting a deadly battle against the Kreelan's. The safe place where he had been was under attack and he came looking for his parents. He arrives
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Susu Mata
I stayed up late three nights to finish it on my tiny iPhone screen (that being said, I'm an insomniac due my in part to recent jet lag and tend to finish books/ movies I start after I get to a certain point). I liked being taken to the kreelan world,how details were gradually unraveled, and enjoyed the unexpected development between Reza and the female warrior. I was very invested in Reza's journey and want to read the next book to see how he copes, being torn between two worlds, wonder if he'l ...more
This is book number 1 in the series but it's like the star wars trilogy but you don't need read 4-5-6 before 1-2-3. If you're interested sci fi books then I can't recommend this series of books enough. The opening of this book is what pulled me in straight away. Literally a full on action sequence. We are introduced to the Kreelans by the unfortunate accident by the humans who came into alien space. Next thing that happens is quite horrific. As the Kreelans board the human ship they slaughter ev ...more
Overall, this was an enjoyable story that has non-stop action, you can certainly relate to the main character but, even as someone who loves science fiction I had to scratch my head a little bit. The rest of this review might be considered a slight spoiler, so if you are not so inclined I'd recommend you stop reading now.

One of the first things I called b.s. on was you have this supposed super-advanced civilization, yet on their home planet you see no signs at all of technology - nor the promoti
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Born in 1963, Michael Hicks grew up in the age of the Apollo program and spent his youth glued to the television watching the original Star Trek series and other science fiction movies, which continues to be a source of entertainment and inspiration. Having spent the majority of his life as a voracious reader, he has been heavily influenced by writers ranging from Robert Heinlein to David Weber, a ...more

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