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The adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers.Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts,The adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers.Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.The Indranan WarBehind the ThroneAfter the CrownBeyond the Empire...

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Beyond the Empire Reviews

  • Beth Cato
    2019-05-10 13:26

    I adored the first two books in this space trilogy, and the third book is even more intense, more enthralling, as the gunrunner-made-reluctant-empress strives to save the empire and avenge the butchery of her family. The only criticism I can offer is that the sheer number of names was difficult to keep straight at times. This book was everything I hoped it would be, and I was delighted to find out at the end that the series would continue with a new book!

  • Paul
    2019-05-21 20:21

    Sadly, all good things come to an end. I always get a little misty eyed when I get to the last book in a series I’ve really enjoyed. Beyond the Empire by K B Wagers is the final novel in The Indranan War trilogy and we’re going out on a high, it is an absolute blast.Though Hail Bristol remains front and centre in this book, and by extension the entire series, it is still very much an ensemble piece. I’m particularly fond of Emmory, her Ekam (think chief bodyguard/chief of staff) and Zin (his partner). The characters I most enjoyed however are Hail’s less than reputable friends from her days as a gunrunner. They are a wonderfully uncouth bunch. Even though Hail is now an empress, they all still treat her exactly the same way they always have. Hao is snarky in the extreme, mostly because he can be. Johar also remains a firm favourite, she is brutally honest about everything. She is just there for the fighting anything else is secondary. I think I might be slightly in love.The thought that has struck me from the first book and has only grown is that there is something wonderfully emotive about Wagers’ writing. You get the sense that Hail and her dysfunctional surrogate family of bodyguards and gunrunners genuinely care for one another. It doesn’t matter if there are bullets flying overhead, if buildings are blowing up or gigantic space cruisers are engaged in heated combat, everyone is looking out for one another. Hail’s ferocious loyalty is contagious. She won’t let her subjects do anything that she is not prepared to do herself. All evidence suggests this makes being her bodyguard a near impossible task.There are many quiet moments in this novel. Hail still doubts her ability to rule, and this eats away at her constantly. As a counterpoint to all this introspection, the action sequences in Beyond the Empire have a breakneck, frenetic pace. Situations change in a split second and characters have to learn to adapt immediately or die. There have been skirmishes in the other novels, but now we’re into the realms of out and out war. This is where our empress excels; Hail functions better in the middle of a battlefield than undertaking her ceremonial duties. I like this juxtaposition in her character. In the heat of the moment Hail is confident, sure and determined, but when the action subsides her self-assurance wavers.Let’s be honest, if you’re going to read the third book in a trilogy then the likelihood is that you’ve read and enjoyed books one and two. Your expectations are going to be different from reading a standalone novel. You’ve committed to a story arc that spans multiple books and you’re looking for a payoff. The good news is that Beyond the Empire delivers on every level. Characters continue to evolve; the action is ramped up to the nth degree and the final moments of the novel are perfectly executed. The eagle eyed amongst you are also likely to spot that the author has started sowing the seeds for further novels set in the same universe.I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all three books in this trilogy. The Indranan War has been great fun from beginning to end. In future, I’ll continue to look forward to each new book from this author with great anticipation. If you haven’t already discovered K B Wagers writing, I strongly suggest you remedy this gross oversight immediately. This is kick ass space opera with a heart. I loved it.

  • Morgan
    2019-04-27 18:26

    2.5 stars. I LOVED the first two books, reread them happily, and went into this book hoping to love it too. But the more progress I made, the more I thought, "This is sloppy."Yeah, this is going to be a rant.(view spoiler)[Storytelling:- Wilson's identity has been the biggest mystery in the series, and the reveal... did not work for me. I mean, great, at least it wasn't her dad, but when the Big Reveal happened I wasn't shocked or even derisive. It was very "Who? Oh, Johar was right after all. That's dumb." There wasn't any emotional impact. I realize motives can be just that mundane as being denied something, but considering all the death and destruction, Wilson's near-godlike ability to reach out and touch people and ruin their lives, one guy who was snubbed didn't work for me. Honestly, a Saxon coup would've worked better because then it could've been a collection of people all acting as Wilson. One glorified neckbeard gets shut down and he spends four decades plotting? Okay werq.- And then there's Leena. Leena? Seriously? Harsh. Leena's motive for betrayal? THAT I laughed at. Straight-up laughed at. It was so ridiculous, and it felt completely tacked-on like "ohhhh, women can be traitors too!" Don't worry, no one's forgotten Ganda. But the retconning of Leena being in on the plan early on and actually being the one to suggest to Wilson her hubby get involved? lololol- Speaking of people being forgotten, it was a big deal when Hail spared General Prajapati in book 2, how she'd have an ITS agent following her around ready to blow her head off if she didn't help but it was ~worth it~ for Prajapati's genius, and... what? And what? Nothing. Lot of space battles, no mention of the general whose tactical genius saved her from the rope. I almost wish Hassan had died so they would've had to turn to Prajapati because that could've actually been interesting.- Fasé was so obviously a plot device that nothing she did mattered to me. If someone needs to be alive for the plot, she brings them back (this worked with Emmory because it was made out to be a rare one-time thing that was effectively a miracle, but you can't repeat miracles because that makes them routine). If someone needs to be dead, she tells them they're going to die so they can be okay with it (CASPIAN YURI KRESKIN YOU WERE WASTED ON THIS BOOK). When Hao accused her of using humans as chess pieces... I lol'd bitterly. Because it was true. Very Hand Of The Author.- Speaking of boring, one of the things I really liked about the first book was that Emmory and Zin were well-rounded as a couple. They joked around, they respected each other, they fought, they made-up, there was a sense that they had lives beyond their jobs. I liked it, and it was particularly nice to see a same-sex couple in sci-fi and have it not be a Thing. But three books in and it started to grate how thoroughly platonic and sexless they came off. Same with every other couple in the series: Alice and Taz (contriiiiived), Jia and Nakula, Fasé and Stasia, Johar and... Bial? Was that really happening? Okay, ngl Johar and Bial intrigued me because I couldn't figure out if they were on or not because they had just as many cues as other couples.To be fair, there is an argument to be made that since the entire thing is framed through Hail's POV it would naturally follow you wouldn't see a lot of physical affection between couples, her being the empress and them being on the clock and all. And you could also argue that Hail, still mourning Portis, wouldn't be inclined to notice even if it did happen. But the problem with that is that she had real sparks with Taz and Toropov in book 1. Hell, there were times I seriously wondered if something would happen with Emmory! Chemistry was clearly possible. Yet Wagers preferred to hook everyone up in the background, chalk it up to comrades-in-arms half the time, and then just present the pairing ready-made. And no one ever kissed except on the cheek, except Alice and Taz at the end in the world's least interesting wedding. It almost felt tokenist to have one couple of every popular orientation. Like yay, diversity! Don't worry, none of them ever kiss so no one can be offended! And there's barely any hand-holding!- Hail has doubted herself almost non-stop for three books, and I kept hoping that finally, finally she would realize that she's really rather capable as an empress after all. But the more she kept banging that drum through BTE, the more people reassured her "no, we're loyal to you because you're ~you~," the more I despaired. How many of those scenes were there? And in the end it didn't feel like there was any significant change. I can understand being galled by the responsibility, but by the end of BTE she'd been center-stage in a successful war to reclaim her throne. Impostor Syndrome is bad enough in real life, but in fiction after two books... sigh. WE GET IT. YOU'RE A GUNRUNNER, NOT AN EMPRESS. FINE. Trace is hooked on space crack, did that stop him from being king????? NO.- When I saw there was another series planned, the lacklustre resolution finally made sense. After everything that happened, there was no real sense of finally taking a deep breath and relaxing, but maybe it's because I stopped holding my breath after Trace was dealt with. Wilson was dead? Alright. Leena's... to be honest I don't remember what happened to Leena, and I finished the book this morning. I suppose the wedding was meant to be an opportunity for Hail to look on her works and smile, but it was so externalized, the emotions so muted, that I didn't feel it. Things were just over. ~For now~. It was disappointing.As for the writing...- It often felt like reading a script. Endless reams of dialogue with very little scene-setting -- most of the book may as well have been set in the same featureless white room. Where was the slick scene-setting from the first two books? The showdown in the Bristols' old house could've happened anywhere for all the character it was given and emotional impact it had. It was a very bland, lifeless novel full of speechifying.- The number of times some character dramatically delivered a line just for me to think, "Wait, X is in this scene? When did they show up? How long have they been here?" and then flip back to see when they first appeared... a number greater than 10, I'll say that much.- The golden rule of fiction writing is "show, don't tell." I've already gone into excruciating detail about the ready-made couples, but what really got me was how often they were used to TELL us things about characters' personalities. Like after Bial died, Hao saying "oh Johar said he was hiding behind formality." The bizarre insistence that Fasé ~needs~ Stasia... until she doesn't. Zin telling Hail how torn up Emmory felt over her spaceTV death. I want to SEE these things, not have someone tell me after.- This is sort of nit-picky but how many times did Hail have to lean against something and cross her ankles? HOW MANY TIMES? Drink every time Hail touches foreheads with someone, congrats you now have liver poisoning.There were things I liked, but they were largely continuations of things from previous books. I think the one character who truly grew and experienced a complete arc was Hao, who got to reconcile the Cressen he knew with the Empress Hailimi he's stuck with. The other supporting characters like Caspel (CASPELLLLLLLL), Johar and Bakara Rai, and poor underdeveloped Dailun (did anyone else get the sense he was going to amount to more?) were fun as well. Despite my complaining about platonic couples, it was infinitely refreshing to read a genre book with a female MC and NO LOVE TRIANGLE and NO prioritizing romance over survival! THANK YOU GOD AND ALSO JESUS. Also great: the book was as quick a read as the other two. But I found myself thoroughly disappointed otherwise, and I'm not interested in the sequel series. (hide spoiler)]

  • Donna
    2019-05-03 19:45

    I enjoyed the first two but this one was a smoother read, largely because the tangle of names and titles felt more manageable than usual. I'm not sure if the ludicrously large cast of characters was handled better or if I just started to get used to the chaos. I loved Hao's role in this one, so it was nice to see that he didn't get lost in the mix.On the "room for improvement" side of things, characters spent too much time explaining each other's feelings and reactions to Hail, and some people from the previous books didn't get as much attention as I'd have liked. The reveal about Wilson was also really underwhelming, but if I'm willing to shrug off the disappointing conclusion of a three-book mystery instead of chucking the book against the nearest wall, I guess that says something about how character-driven the overall story was.I'm not too interested in the healbot aliens that seem to be the focus of the next book, but I like the setting enough that I'm sure I'll give it a shot.

  • Jon Adams
    2019-04-30 19:27

    This whole trilogy is action-packed, fast-paced, and has great characters and world-building. I'd love to see it on TV at some point. Highly recommended.

  • Bart
    2019-05-14 17:28

    ***Actual rating: 4,50***

  • Evaine
    2019-05-14 17:31

    I actually finished this book 2 days ago, but I've been unable to even think about putting my thoughts down until now. And even now, I know I'm not going to do it justice. I loved the book and the loved the series! I just clicked with the characters. Or they clicked with me... whatever. *LOL* I'm pretty sure there might be people out there who think Hail, the gunrunner empress, is too perfect, but you know what? She's like my superhero. Yes, she's one of the best gunrunners in the galaxy and you don't get to be that without being pretty damned good at all facets leading, fighting, learning, listening, plotting... well, you get my drift. So Hail Bristol is basically my Batman. :) And you know what else? She's not an uberly-gifted teenager, she's almost 40 years old. Life has battered her around some. Her knowledge and abilities, while some of it is ingrained, a lot of it has also been learned and tried in a cauldron of fire. Anyway... yes, she is my hero. The action in this last book of the trilogy is pretty much nonstop and the surprises keep on coming as Hail, Emmory, Zin and the gang fight to regain the Indranan throne. People die. And sometimes they die in a most awful manner, but such is the way of war. Even as I was cursing the author, weeping, I knew it was something that had to happen. There are some quite times thought. Scenes where Hail tries to come to terms with the loyalties and expectations of her people, of her found family and even of herself. Scenes also, where she shares intimate moments with those closest to her, and we get to see the affection and love between them. It's like... so... I've been watching the Olympic figure skating like a good Canadian, and cheering on Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as they won their gold medal, all the while listening to all the speculation about their relationship and are they a couple or not. So... I watch Tess and Scott and I see Hail and her Ekam, her head bodyguard, Emmory. It's a deep connection, it's love, it's true kindred spiritness. They're not a couple - that's Emmory and Zin, thank you very much (and how I wish we could have some stories about their adventures as Trackers.) - but they are very much together, if that makes any kind of sense. Okay, so, yes, I loved this trilogy so so much. It was so much fun, so much action, so much of all kinds of things I love in my books. There's another trilogy coming in the fall and I'm really looking forward to more adventures with Hail, Em, Zin and the gang. But don't let that deter you, this trilogy can stand alone, honest. :) Oh, I loved it. So much that I went and joined the KB's Patreon. (And thank you again, Renzii!)

  • Allison
    2019-04-27 16:21

    Somehow I wasn't grabbed by this final book in the trilogy as much as I was the previous two. In the other books there was some downtime where the characters could just be themselves and reflect. Here, the action is nonstop as we barrel towards the conclusion and the end of the attempted coup against Empress Hailimi.I love Hail as a character, as always. She just treads the line of antihero perfectly to not be a turn-off; it's understandable how ruthless she is and how she got to where she is now after her entire family has been assassinated and now her closest companions are getting picked off one by one by a ruthless foe determined to punch where it hurts most. It's also understandable why she still thinks she's the wrong choice to be Empress even as she has steadily gained the trust and loyalty of her staff and her people at large. I enjoy her wit and her determination to protect her people, even at the expense of her own life.The rest of the named cast I feel has gotten a bit too large at this point. It's hard to keep track of everyone and what roles they play except for Hail's closest associates who are almost always around her. It also doesn't help that some of them have similar names.(view spoiler)[It was kind of disappointing that the main villain's motive as revealed in this book, in this matriarchal society where women are believed to be the superior gender and get to decide everything, is a man throwing a forty-years-long tantrum because a woman turned him down. I get that he's the type of personality who thinks the universe owes him something just for existing, but this attitude is far more common in the gender on top (in our society it is men) and I had a hard time buying it coming out of a matriarchal society where men are the downtrodden half. Maybe that's just me being nitpicky because I know what it's like to be a woman in a patriarchal society and most women don't walk around acting like they're owed sexual partners or power just for breathing the way you see in a chunk of the male population. I think it might have worked better if it had been a female relative. If Leena and Wilson's positions had been reversed and Leena had turned out to be the mastermind because she believed her secret line of Bristols had the greater claim and Wilson the disgruntled lackey previously not chosen to be consort who was helping her, I might have found it more believable. As the motivation for the overarching villain, "rejected suitor" didn't quite do it for me given the way this universe is set up. (hide spoiler)]Still, despite my small problems with this final installment, I can still with enthusiasm say "long live the Gunrunner Empress!"

  • Richard
    2019-05-25 18:20

    Despite really enjoying the previous two books, for some reason the third book didn't really do it for me nearly as much. There is a lot of the book that felt like the same scenes and conversations were repeating themselves and almost the entire last act felt like a bunch of extra padding when the main villain revealed himself to be a Bond villain with a penchant for games, traps, and riddles (this evolved over the course of the book, but became a bit ridiculous by the end).What works? I still find the universe this is all set in interesting and the tidbits she gives us about Farian culture were tantalizing enough that I wish there could have been more or would give another book a shot that covered the subject (I'm not sure I really love the new ability displayed by the main Farian in the book, but I liked the hints we were given to how that would be treated in Farian culture as a result). The action scenes were solid and filled with plenty of clever tricks to foil their foes, as they usually are, and the general plot beats were a satisfying enough conclusion to the plot arcs set up in the last two books.What didn't work for me? While the repetitive nature of some of the character interactions were there in previous books, I had a much harder time in this outing getting past the fact that it felt like a bulk of the character interactions in this book were Hail being stern or extreme, falling apart with self doubt immediately afterwards, only to become stern again when everyone around her reminded her for the tenth time in three pages that she's a good Empress and everyone really does believe in her and knew she could pull it off. The constant eyebrows being raised, inability to hide grins and laughs in serious moments, and friendly touching to show she was close to her crew also seemed way more prominent than in the last two books and a lot of dialogue was repeated to the point where I felt like I was seeing the same phrases and actions on the same page. I could have been hyper-aware of it since the rest of the book was rubbing me the wrong way and maybe it was like that in previous books, but it's hard to say.I feel a bit let down that a series I was really digging kind of fell apart for me in the last act, but all the same I'm glad the story was concluded.

  • Lianne Pheno
    2019-05-01 14:35 fin de trilogie de toute beauté. Et si ce tome est plus lent que le précédent dans sa première partie du fait qu'une Impératrice n'est jamais vraiment au centre de l'action, la seconde partie et la fin ont bien comblés mes désirs. Je suis un peu triste de finir cette histoire, mais heureusement l'autrice à annoncé qu'elle écrivait une autre série dans le même univers, du coup j'ai hâte d'en savoir plus.Pour remettre un peu les choses dans leur contexte, cette série est une série de science fiction ou nous suivons Hail Bristol, une contrebandière alors qu'elle est trainée chez elle parce que ses deux sœurs et leurs enfants ont été tué et qu'elle est donc devenue l'unique héritière de l'empire Indrian. Cet empire, descendant des indiens (d'Inde), est un matriarcat depuis des siècles et sa mère est toujours au pouvoir. Elle avait fuit à l'époque car elle était la seule à continuer de chercher le meurtrier de son père, considéré comme un citoyen de seconde zone car masculin, et quand les officiels avaient abandonné l'enquête elle avait abandonné l'empire.Depuis le premier tome beaucoup de choses se sont passé et la situation a beaucoup évoluée. Je n'en dirais pas beaucoup plus pour ne pas trop spoiler ceux qui ne l'ont pas encore lu.Nous suivons bien entendu toujours Hail, et il y a de très nombreux personnages secondaires. En fait Hail est au centre d'un groupe de personne qui l'assistent et l'aident durant tout ce tome. Je suis particulièrement fan de Emmory qui est son Ekam (Garde du corps principal, chef d'équipe) et de son partenaire Zin ainsi que de tout ceux qui en fait ne sont pas directement issus de l'Empire, car ils continuent à traiter Hail comme une personne et pas comme un précieux chargement à emballer sous des couches de sécurité. Hao le contrebandier sarcastique est particulièrement intéressant, et plein d'autres personnages tout aussi sympathiques aussi.J'avoue tout de même qu'il y en a tellement impliqué au fur et à mesure de l'histoire que c'est assez facile de s'y perdre et que j'ai eu un peu de mal au tout début de ce tome à remettre tout le monde et à me souvenir d’où chacun venait à l'origine.Ce qui est génial avec cette série c'est qu'on a vraiment l'impression que ce groupe est littéralement une grosses famille recomposée dysfonctionnelle composée d'un mélange de garde du corps officiels, de membres du gouvernement et de contrebandiers et mercenaires qui c'est formée autour de Hail et donc le coté humain est très important et vraiment bien réalisé. Malgré leurs différences, ils veillent tous les uns sur les autres et on sent l'affection qu'ils se portent.J'aime aussi bien sur toujours le personnage de Hail. Même si elle est au centre de l'action et que tout tourne autour d'elle, elle a toujours ses moments de doute, d'introspection, qui la rendent bien humaine. Et le roman, qui a de nombreux temps de repos, met bien l’emphase la dessus, on n'est pas submergé d'action du début à la fin.Au niveau du rythme je dois avouer que la première partie est assez lente. Mais c'est surtout que Hail est au centre de la préparation de la suite, et dans cette phase la étant l'impératrice elle est trop importante pour voyager à tout va et donc se sont les autres qui font le boulot. Du coup pour nous c'est une succession de réunions, de planification, d'infos qui arrivent petit à petit pour former le grand plan de la suite.J'ai qualifié cette partie de lente mais en fait elle ne l'est pas tant que ça quand on y réfléchi. C'est juste qu'elle est totalement dénué d'action à proprement parler, parce qu'en fait tout avance de façon assez soutenue pour le reste.La seconde partie est plus ce qu'on attends dans de la SF d'action, les batailles et autres attaques s'enchaînant pour essayer de contrer un ennemi plus glissant qu'une anguille. Tout cela donne une vrai fin solide. Et si j'ai un peu rigolé quand on apprend la motivation de celui qui a déclenché toute l'histoire à la base, il n'en reste pas moins qu'il a bien réussi son coup et qu'il était vraiment très motivé !Il est évident que j'ai vraiment adoré ce tome, surtout pour son coté humain et attachant même si l'histoire n'est pas en reste bien entendu. Hail et tout les personnages secondaire sont vraiment très attachant et continuent à évoluer tout au long de ce tome. Je suis triste de leur dire au revoir en fait, mais j'ai espoir de les retrouver dans les futurs livres de l'autrice, que je continuerais à suivre avec plaisir ! 17/20

  • Vinay Badri
    2019-05-16 14:35

    The Indranan War books were quite the perfect popcorn read even if it featured a fabulous hook for the lead character and based it on a matriarchal society with some inspirations from the Hindu culture. All this made it an effective hook to get in.But once in, it really was the frenetic pace, Hail's background and the camaraderie that she shares with the people who accepted her as the Empress that made books 1 and 2 stand out. Book 3 is no different, even as the stakes escalate forcing Hail to take decisions that could have serious repercussions. As said before, Hail Bristol is truly Han & Leia's kid in terms of how she turned out and she reinforces pretty much the same in this, even as she faces stunning betrayals at every turn and massive sacrifices. Wilson turned out to be a great antagonist even if this true identify didnt have much of a oomph to it. Maybe it would have been super impactful if there was more history teased in the flashbacks. Hail's ability to play both sides of the law works in her favor in a lot of occasions even if her tendency to repeat her unsuitability for the role of Empress gets grating after the 1st few timesAll in all, the perfect popcorn read, with just enough differentiation to truly make an impact, Indranan War comes to the perfect end, even as Wagers sets the thread for a new trilogy to follow this

  • Barb in Maryland
    2019-05-13 18:33

    Exciting conclusion to this trilogy, with a very satisfactory ending to wrap things up with a flourish.It was interesting to see our heroine Hailima becoming more accustomed to actually being the Empress, accepting the limitations that the title and responsibilities placed on her gunrunner tendencies. She still managed to get herself into a lot of personal danger, however she was more willing to accept her Bodyguards' protection and their desire to keep her safe.The Villain's identity came as a shock to Hail and those of her inner circle. I had no problem with who the Big Baddy was, only with Big Baddy's motivation. [Oh really? You killed all those people because of X??]I was pleased to read that the author has decided to continue the adventures of Hail. There's a new story arc coming--the teaser sample looks interesting. 'There Before the Chaos'(The Farian War, #1)--cover and release date TBA.

  • Cam
    2019-05-11 18:31

    Nice enough ending to the Indranan War trilogy, with the primary mystery solved of who Wilson really was and why the civil war began. Fairly weak otherwise, but not unpleasant to fans of the series. Even though I had read the series without terribly long intervals, I found the mix of characters blended into each other as the Empress mourned their losses and/or repeatedly feared risking the lives of her supporters. Found myself scanning some of the scenes instead of really reading and being engaged in the experience. The whole kick-ass gun runner with a heart of gold wore thin after a while, but it wasn't so tiring that I didn't finish. Good news for super-fans as there are more books in the universe to come, but more of a "meh" for me as you probably can tell.

  • Jennifer Koudelka
    2019-05-23 14:40

    The final chapter in the Indranian War trilogy, K.B. Wagers sticks the landing. The book itself probably is a 4, with some slight pacing issues as we approach Hail's plan for retaking her planet and finally confronting Wilson after all that he's done, but the ending of the series was so strong that I'm bumping the score up to 5 for that. Wagers made me care so much about these fictional characters that a certain death scene (obviously not saying who. There are many characters in this book and I cared about all of them so have fun guessing) made me tear up at my desk while I was listening to it. The series ends in a very satisfying way, and I am intrigued about what is going to happen during her next series, about the Farian race.

  • Dana
    2019-05-04 16:35

    I really liked reading this trilogy. There's space battles, no sappy love triangle or romance angle at all, and one kickass ex-gunrunner empress. She never wanted to be empress. She had two sisters and a niece in line for the throne before her. Their biggest mistake was to leave Hail alive and kill everyone she loved. She was a princess, but more than that she was an independent gunrunner who never gave up hope on finding the man who killed her father. Then they killed the rest of her family, and thought Hail was weak. They continued to fail against her time after time. You too will root for the Ex-Gunrunner Empress. I will read this series again now that all the books are out. Go back and leisurely read each book.

  • Scott Austin
    2019-05-18 13:25

    The first Indranan War book was billed as a Star Wars analog; I thought it spent more time in the politics of an empire in turmoil than Star Wars ever would. This book, however - a ragtag band of misfits fighting against an evil government in power in the capital system? Not much more Star Wars than that. I happened to see The Last Jedi while reading this and managed to get plot points mushed between the two of them.My only complaint, for the entire series - if main characters laughed or stuck their tongues out more often, I may have lost my mind (although, it's much less prevalent in the conclusion of this trilogy).

  • David
    2019-05-07 13:39

    It was fun to read about Hail taking back her empire, and bring justice to her murdered family and friends.It was also fun reading about Hail kicking ass. A lot of that ass kicking was as a leader, and wasn't direct foot to glutes, but we had some straight to the jugular butt bashing. That said, I would have enjoyed it more if Hail would have gone all out more often.One very good thing about finishing the novel was that I saw there will be a second series, The Farian War. I deeply hope to see Hail be as crafty, devious, and strong as she can be, and I also truly want to see her let loose and kick some ass to bits.

  • Dan Hart
    2019-04-28 19:40

    Loved it, a fitting conclusion to the trilogy but with clear setup for the next book/trilogy.One of the things I enjoy about KB's writing is how she fleshes out even the most minor supporting cast members so well. It's all too common in sci-fi to see the main characters get lots of detail and everyone else being essentially interchangeables bar their name & allegiance.Here they are ALL characters in their own right, which made me care about them a lot more than I expected. One character's arc ends in such a way I actually yelled at the book. :-/

  • Victoria Law
    2019-05-21 14:28

    This wasn't as engaging as the previous two, but this might be because i read all three back to back to back. it was still a fun read, which I describe as "imagine if Han solo and princess Leia were the same person." I continue to appreciate how Wagers' galaxy far far away is populated by descendants of earth people of color--and keep many of their characteristics, culture and even ethnically distinct names.I also appreciated the lack of romance for the main character and that the secondary characters' romances (both queer and straight) didn't overshadow the plot.

  • Elaine Cahoon
    2019-05-17 15:37

    Things remained interesting with lots of entertaining fights. I was kind of disappointed with Wilson's reveal and thought Hail should've been able to figure it out a lot sooner without needing an actual picture. She should've had at least have a suspicion. I mean, how many people were close to her and her family like that? Maybe because I read all three books in succession, but it was pretty easy to figure out that he was likely one of her brother's friends that 'died'. Particularly since it was mentioned a couple of times.

  • Joanne
    2019-04-27 12:23

    Somewhat bumpy, but satisfying windup of the Indranan War series. Hail, her Body Guards, and friends from her gunrunner days close in on the man who is killing her family and instigated the current war. This could have uses a little more editing- more people came out of the woodwork with bit parts than the reader could keep straight. But the main character, Empress Hailimi Bristol, is smart, tough, and inspires unshakable loyalty from her people. kind of like Leia Organa.A good, action-packed escape.

  • Nick Brett
    2019-04-26 13:19

    Third instalment in a series I have been enjoying. Smuggler is called to her true role as Empress of a star system. The first two books deal with her being forced back to take over, and not wanting to, and then fighting enemies on all fronts to hold her position.By book three I was kind of hoping for more but many of the themes are a little bit on repeat with no real developments of interest. Still fun and readable but missing the edge that would have made it special. There will be follow ups and I will read them, I just hope for a little bit more than more of the same.

  • Milan
    2019-05-18 15:40

    Very nice ending to this series. I love these characters and their interactions and I'm really happy that while this series is over there will be future novels with Hail and her BodyGuards and friends.I've had some issues with antagonists in this novel, mostly their raison d'être as it's said, they seemed a bit inconsistent but I still enjoyed this novel very much.Looking forward to the Farian War series!

  • Elisa
    2019-04-27 17:21

    This was good. Tons of action, and lots of characters to remember (I forgot a few) but that was fine. Just keep reading. It ends this story arc and gives some satisfaction but I am thrilled to see Wagers is beginning another story arc set in the same world, publishing next year. Yay! I wasn't ready to let everyone go just yet and I guess I don't have to.A fun kick butt heroine, some space opera, lots of action and political intrigue. Good stuff.

  • Daniel Cornwall
    2019-05-02 18:40

    Aside from a few passages which I had to re-read a few times to really understand who was speaking, I greatly enjoyed this book. It was a great end to the series featuring Halili Bristol's transition from gunrunner to empress. All the major characters were well drawn and comprehensible motivations.

  • Faith
    2019-05-04 13:49

    Okay so I read nearly 50% of this book and still 1) nothing has happened and 2) I don't care anymore. I'm not sure what happened between book 2 (which, though I didn't think was amazing, I nevertheless enjoyed) and this one, which just felt like a slog, but something did, and I don't have the time to waste on boring books anymore.Too bad.

  • Marie Hviding
    2019-05-05 16:40

    This was so much fun! An excellent conclusion to an action-packed space opera. Wagers presents a well-conceived, excellently executed adventure packed with otherworldly sights, thrilling space battles, political intrigue and humanity. Tight, propulsive plotting and well-drawn characters made this book, and the two that precede it, a joy to read.

  • Jean Hontz
    2019-05-09 17:37

    Last book of the Indranan War trilogy. What a fun, fun series. Love the characters, lots of action, exotic world-building, with palace intrigue and political brinksmanship. Looking forward to the new books she's writing. Bring the gunrunner back!

  • Jim Basl
    2019-05-01 12:42

    A riveting conclusion to the seriesThis was a riveting conclusion to the series. The characters are all compelling and the hero and villain of the series is well written. Their interaction made this series worth reading.

  • Christopher Hickey
    2019-05-20 16:45

    A fitting endAn excellent wrap-up to one of the great Space Opera stories of the past few years. Wrenching and triumphant , but if you're reading a review of the third book, you know it already. Get going--the empress is waiting.