Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1)

Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1)

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by Michael R. Hicks
     
 

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In the first book of the epic In Her Name science fiction & fantasy series, 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…  See more details below

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In the first book of the epic In Her Name science fiction & fantasy series, 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 and dying to honor their god-like Empress. Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.

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ISBN-13:
9780984673049
Publisher:
Imperial Guard Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
In Her Name Series, #4
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
427,747
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Empire 4.4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 243 reviews.
mammysfave More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I can't wait to read the next two in the series. If you like sci-fi/fantasy you will enjoy this book! I bought this book on Tuesday afternoon and finished it Wednesday night, only put it down cause I had to work. If you enjoyed Avatar and the Ender's Game series, then you will like this story. I will be reading more by Michael Hicks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 without finishing the first chapter. Fortunately, the appearance of the main character caught me. I was curious enough to continue reading. Even then, however, the pull of his character doesn't really set in until about the third chapter - a long time to hold on if you're an impatient reader. The entire book is filled with jarring POV changes, unnecessary info dumps, and long scenes of narration instead of the action the reader so desperately wants. (I was also disappointed by the ending but that may be more a matter of taste than anything else.) These are pet peeves of mine, enough to sink other books. But here, the author surprised me. The story itself is gripping. It makes you want to find out more. If you plan to check it out yourself, I have two cautions: anyone with a strong inner editor may not be able to enjoy themselves and there are explicit, mature themes about halfway through the book that some readers may not feel are appropriate.
Steve-Umstead More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, before I even get into this review, that I'm a fussy reader when it comes to genres. I like a very specific, narrow type of science fiction. I certainly read all types - Hamilton, Clarke, Heinlein, Baxter, etc. - and enjoy them, but there's a type of scifi, I suppose what I call near-future military, that I really get into (as evidenced by the type of scifi I write). So I really dig David Weber, Tobias Buckell, Charles Sheffield, John Scalzi, et al. My problem is it's difficult, in my opinion, to find such a specific type of scifi from a self-published author, or at least one that's up to the standards of Weber and the others. That all changed when I picked up Michael Hicks's In Her Name: Empire. From chapter one, the introduction to the very young Reza Gard in a captivating scene where he loses his parents as they try to defend him, to subsequent chapters where he moves to an orphanage/near-slave labor planet, his capture by the invading aliens (a blue-skinned humanoid that may bring to mind Avatar, but these are much more.cold, yet fascinating), and Reza's maturation with the aliens, Hicks grabbed a hold of my attention and never let go. The characters are fully developed, the settings are beautifully described without going overboard, the creatures encountered, the battles fought, the technology, and finally even a dash of romance, are all told in clear, concise style that made me want to continue turning pages. And the best part? There are two more in the series, then Hicks goes back to before this story to add three more. The spelling & grammar, formatting, punctuation, and sentence structure (I've got an OCD for these errors) are flawless - better than many traditionally published works. No really, flawless. Hats off to Mr. Hicks's editor; some of the big publishers should look into hiring him/her. Those issues really stand out to me, pull me out of the story, but I found none. All in all, one of the best science fiction (with a smidgen of fantasy) novels I've read in a long time - mainstream or self-published. And easily the best self-published scifi I've had the opportunity to lay my hands (and e-reader) on. Congrats, Mr. Hicks - you've got a winner, and a customer for the next five books in the series. You actually pushed David Weber's 4th Safehold novel down my list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story. Kind of predictable. I have only read the first one in the series and I probably won't read the others. I was very surprised at the sex scenes and references. I didn't need those. Cliche for a sci fi story to have a human male having sex with an alien woman. Guess I won't be giving this book to my young teen aged daughter to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The basic plot is interesting as well as the characters, but the profanity and detailed sex scenes spoiled the book. Too bad, because I think it would have been a good read without it.
ZaBeth More than 1 year ago
Hicks has created a full world for Reza. Beside the aliens, which you’ll learn much about, readers will be educated on new animals, solar systems, and religions. While all this provides a wonderful landscape for Empire’s characters to live in, thoughtful readers will grasp that we all need to keep an open mind to the world we live in. There is always an opportunity to learn. There are always new ways of seeing things. Even when parties disagree, Empire strives to show that between ignorance and fighting lies understanding. Whether you are a long-time fan of Science Fiction or a newcomer looking to expand your reading list, Empire will offer you plenty of adventure, characters, and plot to keep you entertained. I truly found myself anxious to get back to reading so I could find out what happens next. As this is just the first book in the series, I am planning to savor each of Hicks’ other books in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sci-fi, romance, war, enslavement, philosophy, religion and mysticism are found in this rich novel that grabs your imagination and draws the reader into a young man's life. I will look forward to reading other novels by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story. Definitely not for YA. Too graphic sexually, totally unnecessary. Too bad, I would have bought the next. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set to immerse yourself in a savage war of human v. alien? Explosions, hull breaches, mesons, FTL space battles? How about learning of honor, courage and inner strength? This was a very good read, much different than what I was expecting. Well-written and captivating from the start. One reviewer wrote about predictability, and I wouldn't disagree, but the premise was so different that it kept me well-engaged. And I have to agree that the ending was very... I'll say... "rough around the edges." However, you will notice the four stars because I was very entertained by the unique story and writing. I will be reading the next book because I enjoyed the first so much. Lastly, there have been many novels that I paid six or seven dollars for that were horrendous in comparison to this fresh and free one. Thanks for the good read! BTW, the disappointed "sex scenes" reviewer? I think you may want to switch genres because these were pretty tame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't too sure about it in the begining. But the more I read, the better it got. Can't wait to start the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and well thought out. Great attention to detail and solid world and culture building. I look forward to reading the next books.
KirkusMacGowan More than 1 year ago
The largest part of my book collection consists of books from the fantasy genre. I have tried reading other SF books in the past but I had a tough time getting beyond a one or two chapters. Establishing much of the world in the first few chapters is similar in SF as Fantasy. This book is the first SF I have read where the author created the world without trying to impress the reader with how many details they can jam in about futuristic technology. Hicks does a great job of hooking the reader and getting us involved with the characters. I would suggest this SF book to any SF fan I know. The use of clichés early in the book was the only problem I had with In Her Name: Empire, and after the first few, I did not notice it again. Overall it was a very good read, not as polished as I would have liked, but definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a free book and so thrilled I got it! I could not put it down. I am learning that I really enjoy Sci. Fi. (Never imagined it.) This was a great story and recommend it. I am off to get the next one and can not wait to get started. This story has one section that has sex. So if you can not handle this then do not get. Personally I think it would be a shame because the story is really well written. Truly entertaining!
Ann_J More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot and have found myself getting hooked into the trilogy. Very creative "other world". Not just a remake of earth. But an entirely different culture, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very engaging. Good scifi with lots of human elements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
330 pages, free, first in series, cliffhanger, science fiction, end of the world as humans versus aliens. Very bloody. Vefyviolent. Well edited, and written. It has a good flow. This is not my type of book and I had trouble getting involved in the story. For all adult readers. Geared more toward men. So much has been said about this book, no need for me to add more. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a scifi lover, and this author has created a whole new dimension to alien possibilities. Captures ones attention through a fasr pace adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for free but quickly purchased the second and third in the trilogy because I really liked the story. The setting is a war between an alien race (Kreelans) and the human race with lots of combact, action, political intrigue and at its heart a good love story. I really enjoyed this series and recommend it.
tex1gma More than 1 year ago
As a die hard Sci-Fi reader, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So descriptive you can almost see the action happening. I have also read the others in the series and was so involved with the charactersI felt I knew them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to a very imaginative series.
curbsidereader More than 1 year ago
Michael Hicks always hooks me in for along read, I just can't put done one of his novels! This delivers the goods to make me think beyond our own world. Well written. He brings the story to a conclusion while making me hope there is another novel to follow. Thanks for not disappointing me, I'm ready to keep going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. I loved the book
jhiquita More than 1 year ago
Love me some Kreelan warriors! Perfect addition to my Sci-Fi Library.  One of my new favorite authors.  Exceptional story line & extremely captivating. Honor among killer aliens..loved it! An ancient but advanced technological warring, primarily female, race that still loves  "old school fighting" and a human boy who gets the chance of life in both worlds. Exceptional writing with a fair amount of emotional value to boot! The sexual content is NOT too explicit and actually very minimal.  But it does invoke endearing love, sacrifices & a code of honor of 2 very different beings. You will root for both races in this saga & actually wish humans were somewhat more like the Kreelans. Except for their annihilation habits. What more could you ask for?? Take a chance...this book and the series will have you begging for the saga to continue! 
rac-s More than 1 year ago
GREAT read !!!