Slave Empire III: The Shrike

Slave Empire III: The Shrike

by T C Southwell

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The Shrike has made Rayne his wife in order to save her from the empty existence her empathy has condemned her to, shunned by all who fear her power. He has revealed his face to her and told her some of his secrets, and there are those who would do anything to discover what she knows. Various rival empires, factions and slavers have offered bounty totalling many millions for his death, and the image she carries in her mind means she is in grave danger should she ever stray from his protection.

Yet still he remains mostly a mystery, a gentle, but aloof companion, and she longs for more. If his enemies capture or kill the Shrike, however, millions of freed slaves will die or be returned to slavery. He is his people’s saviour and protector, and hundreds of thousands will lay down their lives to protect him and sacrifice themselves to avenge him. He is their emperor, who saved them from slavery, and they love him.

An ex-slave himself, the Shrike carries the mental and physical scars of his horrific former life. He started the Slave Empire with a single spaceship and it has grown into the third largest in the galaxy. Even all his warships will not be able to protect him if his rivals discover the truth about him, however, and only one person can betray him. If the Shrike dies, the Slave Empire will go to war with whoever kills him, and the retribution it metes out before it falls will be terrible, bloody, and final…

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011205156
Publisher: T C Southwell
Publication date: 02/23/2011
Series: Slave Empire , #3
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 262,273
File size: 337 KB

About the Author

T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa. T. C. Southwell has written over thirty fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.

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Slave Empire III - The Shrike 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Hort More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this series. I'm pretty love/hate with most novels, so I'm pleased to put this in the "love" category. The characters seemed likable. The author focused on fleshing out a small number of people, which I liked. Also, the stress of the series had a peak more in the middle than at the end, which made the experience of reading it much more relaxing and enjoyable. I looked forward to reading it each night. So why am I giving it 3 stars instead of 5? Well, there were a few things that bugged me. Certain lines in the books seemed very repetitive. I got the impression that the author tried to get into the "feel" of the book before each writing session, and ended up writing that feeling down again and again. This was noticeable in all three books, with some chapters simply sounding like edited versions of the previous. The author's feeling was well conveyed, but it seemed a little forced. The main characters didn't carry over from one book into the next well. The author really fleshed out some characters, giving their background and personality, then *poof*! Suddenly she barely mentioned them anymore. I could understand if she later realized that one character was boring to write and wanted to get rid of him, but it happened to most of them. Lastly, one thing that really bugged me was the main character's lack of any loyalty toward Earth. I understand that she had a miserable time there, but for being such a touchy-feely person, I just couldn't understand why she didn't think about it more often. Perhaps the author wanted to escape the world so strongly that she couldn't imagine wanting to come back to it? Hmmmm...
FallenAngel2988 More than 1 year ago
It breaks my heart to say this but it must be said...this one was a total let down. It just felt like the theme kept repeating itself over and over again i couldnt wait to finish it and not in a good way. I love TC Southwell and her other series but i was very disappointed in the last installment of the slave empire series but i guess they cant all be winners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book...and the two previous books prior to this one!
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AvidReader777TJ More than 1 year ago
I loved this series, and this book was the best. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants action, intrigue, intensity, romance, discovery, adventure, and trusted friendship. I wish there more more!
rhadinNY More than 1 year ago
After reading the first 2 volumes in this trilogy, I immediately read this one, spending Father's Day doing so. The relationship between Tarke (the Shrike) and Rayne (the Golden Child) is fascinating and well written. Sometimes the author is a bit wordy (a good professional editor would have helped) but the characterizations are such that a reader can easily become misty-eyed and anxious for the characters' well-being. For those who like epic fantasy, this is an excellent trilogy. In this last volume we learn aobut slave life in this galaxy and what love and friendship really mean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this series. I want more of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Up, down, back through it yet again... it was about time!!! Great book, actually great series, enjoyed all of them. 3 books in 3 days, love the way it wraps up, how everything ties together. Could not have asked for a better ending, but all the drama had me saying "not again" more than once. Should really read the first 2 to really follow it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent ending to a very good series!
WhitAZ More than 1 year ago
I am looking forward to reading more of TC Southwell's books. This series was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me really care about the characters. A psychological study of the badly wounded psyche of a slave and how love can facilitate the slow healing process. After reading nine of this author's books, I was thinking that she didn't know how to write about romance. FINALLY a little romance seeps in to the relationship. Still no sex, however. But she has a wonderful grasp of interplanetary fantasy. What an imagination!!!!
Sleepydude More than 1 year ago
The whole series is fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has been amazing! I was sad when i finished the last book because it was over i hope there will be a sequel!
sosoNY More than 1 year ago
loved it
needs_2_read More than 1 year ago
I don't have a favorite genre, but I had to buy all 3 books in this series. Very well written and engaging.
Abi Nelson More than 1 year ago
I do not usually like scifi books but i love this series! It is a must read it is alienesc with just enough of a love story to keep it from becoming to scifi. Everyone should read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Would make a great movie
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This series is one of my absolute favorite book series! It's honestly really a well done series of books that I have ever read! I WOULD ABSOLUTELY GIVE IT AT LEAST TEN STARS IF I COULD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This, along with the Queen's Blade series are my favorite books. Both are by T C Southwell. Great books by a great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
teenagers and adults alike will love the adventure, romance and pure excitement as to what happens next. I acquired all 3 and am thrilled. Each is a stand alone with a great finish but lets you know there is more where that came from and I wanted more. It is compelling, thought provoking and a page turner. I now look for this author and further books of this series. It doesn't take 3 weeks to read and yet it doesn't end in 3 hours. It is a pleasant, refreshing respite from a long week and short weekend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it!
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