Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga Series #2)

Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga Series #2)

by Kameron Hurley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857665607
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Worldbreaker Saga Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 89,913
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Kameron Hurley is an award-winning author, advertising copywriter, and online scribe. Hurley grew up in Washington State, and has lived in Fairbanks, Alaska; Durban, South Africa; and Chicago. She has degrees in historical studies from the University of Alaska and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, specializing in the history of South African resistance movements.

Hurley is the author of God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture, a science-fantasy noir series which earned her the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer and the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award. Her work has also been included on the Tiptree Award Honor List.

Hurley’s short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, EscapePod, and Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as The Lowest Heaven and Year’s Best SF. Her fiction has been translated into Romanian, Swedish, and Russian. She is also a graduate of Clarion West.

You can find Kameron online at www.kameronhurley.com and follow her @KameronHurley on Twitter.

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Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Things really got moving in this book and it had a lot of surprises . One thing I can say about this series....it is not predictable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave it a four because the story simply doesn't engage me in anticipation. If I never learn the fate of these characters I will experience no loss. There is no one here is feel vested in, few are even likable. And yet what the author has done with gender roles and sexual dynamics is fascinating.
Rachelle_Wright More than 1 year ago
Many series, trilogies in particular, seem to struggle with "second book syndrome," in which an audience doesn't necessarily follow the story past the first installment. I'll be astounded if Kameron Hurley's Worldbreaker Saga suffers that fate, and will go so far as to say that anyone who enjoyed THE MIRROR EMPIRE would be foolish not to pick up EMPIRE ASCENDANT. While I struggled at times to get through the heavy worldbuilding in THE MIRROR EMPIRE, only feeling like I had any idea what was going on after a second read, I had no such issues with EMPIRE ASCENDANT. Part of that was due to my existing familiarity with the setting and characters, but the rapid developments in the war across worlds contributed. Perhaps even more engaging for me were the few hints at the mechanism behind the splitting of worlds and a possible resolution to the impending catastrophe facing them all. As usual, Hurley's characters are fully three-dimensional with clear motivations; they are sometimes sympathetic, often dislikable, but always believable. They also end up in some of the most miserable situations in political, personal, and often physical terms. In other words, par for the course for a Hurley novel. The increasing horror of the worlds-wide situation can weigh nearly as heavily on the reader as on the players, but you're probably not reading Hurley to begin with if you only like your fiction light and fluffy. I found that going in knowing full well that a large number of characters wouldn't make it to the end of the book helped me be resigned, as most of them were, to their unpleasant fates. This is not a comfortable universe to visit, but it is an engaging one. The broad variety of cultures, social positions, and personalities make for a rich experience and a complex plot that draws the reader close before disemboweling them with a feral grin that says, "what were you expecting?" Now that I can see a vague shadow of the origin of the broken worlds looming in the background, ominous as Oma, I'm doubly eager to see who comes out the other side of the war, and who still recognizes themselves among the ashes. It's going to be so hard to wait until 2017 for the conclusion in THE BROKEN HEAVENS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every page.