After the Crown

Orbit: Hachette. (Indranan War, Bk. 2). Dec. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780316308632. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316308618. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarHail has only been on the throne of the Indaran Empire for a few weeks, but she has already fought off one coup attempt (detailed in Behind the Throne). The execution of the traitors fails to quiet the unrest and as a result, violence explodes. After dodging yet another assassination attempt, Hail and her bodyguards are on the run. She needs to find allies if she is going to fight the Saxon kingdom and the radicals in her own system who want to tear down the matriarchy. Luckily, Hail's gunrunning days gave her not only sharply honed instincts but some ruthless colleagues she can tap for help.
VERDICT Maintaining the high quality that made her debut one of the best sf books of 2016, Wagers explores her protagonist's criminal past in further detail, revealing how Hail's dealings with vicious criminals has prepared her for her current political crisis.
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