Unconquerable Sun

Tor. (Sun Chronicles, Bk. 1). Jul. 2020. 528p. ISBN 9781250197245. $27.99. SF
Princess Sun is an accomplished military leader, heir to the throne of the Republic of Chaonia, who struggles to claim the favor of her mother, famed Queen-Marshal Eirene. As political machinations revolve around her heritage and status, Sun must find allies within her circle of Companions, members of the other noble houses who serve as friends (hopefully) and advisers. As secret experiments, assassination attempts, and surprising noble house truths are revealed, she relies on possible traitors and precarious connections to enemy prisoners to keep herself and those she cares for alive. The Phene are determined to take the war to Chaonia Prime. Exciting action and battle scenes are inventively balanced with pop culture elements that places the spotlight on the strong women who are determined to make a name for themselves, beyond their lineage.
VERDICT Elliott’s (King’s Dragon) interstellar novel is an epic space opera that sets this new series off to a promising start. Alternating between the points of view of Princess Sun, Academy graduate Persephone Lee, and Phrene pilot Apama, it gives a nuanced and full-circle view of intergalactic warfare and its powerful effects.
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