Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Title: Empress of a Thousand Skies

Author: Rhoda Belleza

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: February 7th 2017

ISBN: 9781101999103

Series: Empress of a Thousand Skies

Pages: 314

Edition: Fairyloot Hardback

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Disclaimer: I bought this myself, all opinions are my own.

I buddy read this one with Suzanne (@bookmarvel on instagram).

This sci-fi read has been on my radar since Fairyloot included it in one of their boxes back in 2017. The cover is gorgeous and the plot sounded interesting, however I just found that it sort of flopped.

Done from two points of view, we have Rhiannon (Rhee), the last surviving heir to the ancient Kalusian dynasty. She’s spent most of her life training to destroy the people who murdered her family, it’s the eve of her coronation and Rhee ends up getting attacked and only just escapes with her life.

Then there’s Alyosha (Aly), who is a Wraetan who has risen and become a famed star in the program DroneVision but despite being a popular star, Aly has trouble when it comes to anti-wraetan prejudices. He ends up becoming a wanted criminal for a crime he never committed, the murder of Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an.

It had good potential, but I thought it was just meh. The plot just wasn’t there for me, I didn’t connect with either character if I’m honest. It wasn’t a bad book necessarily but I thought that the book was stretched out too much? I have a feeling this one could’ve been cut down a lot more and maybe include the second book in and just called it a standalone to be honest. I don’t think I’m overly interested in picking up the second book, I mean Empress ended on an intriguing note but what if it just falls flat like the first one?? I don’t know.

I had this book down as a three star, but when I was writing this review, I just couldn’t remember why I thought it was good enough to get the third star?? So I’ve had to knock off the star and give it two out of five instead. I just can’t see why Fairyloot’s Anissa or why anyone’s given it a completely five out of five. I know we all have different taste and that but I feel like I’ve missed something 😅

Have you read this one? What did you think? Or have you read the sequel as well? Should I continue? 🤔

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