Empress of A Thousand Skies – By Rhoda Belleza

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Goodreads Synopsis: The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, RHEE has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

ALYOSHA is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

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This book was a random choice from my library, and it turned out to be an okay read.

Empress of a Thousand Skies has a unique world. I liked that because it’s Sci-Fi but not set on earth or even in earth’s solar system.

The story follows Rhee, the soon to be queen. She’s spent her life away from her home planet, in protection as her whole family was murdered when she was much younger. For the most part I liked Rhee, at times she felt a bit naive. For example as a child she witnessed an argument between her father and his advisor (now regent) that out of context sounded pretty bad. From this eavesdropping she assumes that the regent is the man behind her families murder, a fine assumption save for one thing. She never actually looks for more proof beyond this conversation, she simply assumes she’s right and decides she wants to murder this guy.

The other main character is a guy named Aly, he’s a good guy overall. My one complaint with him was he was just kind of boring.  I never found myself attaching to him, or caring what happened to him one way or the other. I think this book could have been better if it wasn’t narrated by both characters, and just have been narrated by one of them.

Mostly the story was just predictable, and that’s what made it only a 3 star read for me.

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