Beyond the Empire

Orbit: Hachette. (Indranan War, Bk. 3). Nov. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780316308649. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316308656. SF
OrangeReviewStarIn her third and final outing, gunrunner-turned-empress Hail Bristol is dodging assassins from her own Indranan Empire who wish to eliminate the matriarchy, while at the same time dealing with invasion threats from the Saxons, who have been bombing Indranan planets. For Hail, the most pressing concern is finding Wilson, the man who killed her family and seems to be pulling the strings in these plots against her. Never one to shrink from a challenge, Hail embraces the royal role she never wanted in order to win the hearts of her people and secure her throne.
VERDICT Coming to a satisfying conclusion, Wagers's high-octane space opera trilogy (Behind the Throne; After the Crown) is particularly appealing for its relationships that Hail, who found difficulty in adjusting to her new life, has developed with her team of supporters and surrogate family of loyal bodyguards and servants.
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