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The Scourwind family legacy brought the empire to the height of its power and prosperity and defended it against all enemies. Now one man's machinations aim to shift the balance of power - with violent and devastating consequences.

When the trusted General Corian launches a coup against Emperor Scourwind, he hurls the planetary kingdom into chaos. To secure his claim as ruler, Corian will need the strength of the Scourwind name behind him, and he will stop at nothing to bring under his grasp the young Scourwind heirs, twins Lydia and Brennan. Barely into adulthood, the two are thrust into the crossfire. Battling new obstacles at every turn, they eventually find refuge with Mira Delsol, pirate and former member of the elite empire forces.

As the stakes rise, loyalists, mercenaries, and political opportunists rally around the heirs in a desperate bid to unseat the usurper. But if their risky gambit fails, will the empire crumble into oblivion?

©2015 Evan Currie (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • Henning Strauss
  • 2015-09-29

I loved the world building

This is world building on Sanderson's level.
You connect to the main characters in the book and cheers them on. The title of the book is misguiding I think as the strong female main character only has a bi-role. There is things that is mysterious and ready for reviling in the sequels. I hope for that at least.

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  • Willie
  • 2018-04-19

Potential

Story does not get going until chapter 8 or 9. Voice performance is lacking and is the drag on this new series. Very interesting world building and mythology being set up. I will purchase the next book in the series.

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  • Loves to read
  • 2017-09-18

pretty good

The poor performance really detracted from the story. The story move at a good pace. I'll try the next in the series.

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  • Jabberwock
  • 2019-05-23

An entertaining YA book.

Some criticized the reader on this book, but I thought he was fine. I’ve read most of Currie’s series and found this a bit tame and uncomplicated until I realized that this must be a YA novel. That certainly explains the lack of salty language and any element of male-female attraction. If this is the case, I think it should be presented as such so the readers of his more complex and grown up novels don’t buy it with the wrong anticipation that it will be like his other series. If taken as YA, it is an excellent book for that age group. I do enjoy some YA novels, so I can say that this book was entertaining to me and I will read the sequel to see how he ties this up. For a parent seeking an imaginative sci-fi book for their YA reader, with no profanity, goriness, or sexual content this book is a perfect selection!

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  • Dex1578
  • 2019-03-19

An interesting sci fi read

I absolutely enjoyed the tale and find it captivating and adventurous. I love the interesting weapons, crafts, and separations from the rest of the world. Setting this series up from exploration and dangers in going over the "god" wall. Fascinating. I am not big on the narrator's voice, but it's not unpleasant, just too "soft" for me.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-03-09

decent story with shakey voice decisions

I cringed every time the performer impersonated a child's voice or a woman's voice. the women sound like meek or dainty girls even when she's a badass warrior. And the teenagers sound like they're supposed to be prepubescent girls from the same dainty tree as the aforementioned women. The narrative is nothing special but it moves along at a quick clip, and it's enjoyable if predictable. The voice acting for Mira really ruined a few key scenes for me.

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  • maiyheart
  • 2018-01-11

Movie?

Wow, this is the type of book I would to see on the screens. Very enjoyable indeed.

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  • KTK
  • 2017-11-14

Good narrater of sci fi civil war

Like the airship battles with pirates and the special knights fighting for control of the empire.

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  • Alberto Arzu
  • 2017-06-26

Great narrative

Great story, easy to follow, but still entertaining. Perfect for the daily commute. I've already bought the sequel.

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  • Marc Sr.
  • 2017-03-24

Worse narrative performance EVER!!!!

I go through 3-5 books per month and know all to well the narrator makes or breaks a story.
This one ruined it, if it ever even had a chance.
Stopped listening after about 2 hours.
Won't make the mistake of Derivk Mcnish again.
Money wasted!