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Book Recommendation - In Her Name: Empire

Updated on May 11, 2012

In Her Name: Empire by Michael R. Hicks

Book Review

Title: In Her Name: Empire
Author:Michael R. Hicks
Format:Kindle
Price:Free
My Rating:10/10
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In Her Name: Empire by Michael R. Hicks is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure set in the distant future, circa 25th century. The story follows a young boy named Reza Gard through the first 20 or so years of his life. The story is set in the human Confederation, a vast ‘nation’ of planets entirely comprised of humans. The Confederation is at war with an alien race of warriors known as the Kreelan Empire. The aliens are portrayed to be similar to Sparta in our history, a very war and combat oriented society that finds honor only in fighting for their Empress. Their empire is vast and, perhaps most surprising of all, entirely comprised of females. I won’t go into the gender relationships, you’ll have to read the book to get that little morsel.

The first quarter of the book follows Reza, first as a child when his parents are killed in a Kreelan attack, and later in an orphanage on the planet Hallmark. The later part of the book focuses on Reza’s live in captivity, after Hallmark is raided by the Kreelan empire. Reza must use all his wits and cunning to survive with any attempt of returning home.

I found this a great read and have often compared it, at least for me, to Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Another great SciFi book!). However, what really distinguishes Empire from so many other books in the genre is that it is truly a Science Fiction – Fantasy book. All the great elements of SciFi – photon weapons, faster-than-light travel, spaceships and battle armor – are mainstays of the story. On the other hand, the level of detail with hand-to-hand weapons combat (think swords and pikes) is astounding and really makes the reader feel like they are in an organic universe. Being an avid Fantasy reader, who loves swordplay and pitched battles, I sometimes find it difficult to come back to rifles and lasers and space flight. Not so with Empire, which had me on edge to the very end with it’s killer cliff hanger. All in all, I have no difficulty giving this great book a 10/10.

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    • buschwc profile imageAUTHOR

      buschwc 

      6 years ago from Campbell, CA, USA

      Thanks, TToombs, hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Very good, well written review. I'll have to add this to my ever growing list of books to read. Voting up and then some! Nicely done.

    • buschwc profile imageAUTHOR

      buschwc 

      6 years ago from Campbell, CA, USA

      Thanks B. I hope you'll check out the book.

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      Brian Leekley 

      6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      A helpful, well-written review.

    • buschwc profile imageAUTHOR

      buschwc 

      6 years ago from Campbell, CA, USA

      BraidedZero, glad you enjoyed the review. This is the first book in the series and is free in ebook format as I noted above, so it's a great steal. I read the first book, somewhat hesitantly based on the description, but really enjoyed it. Let me know if you do read it and what your thoughts on it are.

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      James Robertson 

      6 years ago from Texas

      As I was reading your description in the beginning the first thing that came to my mind was Ender's Game. So funny that you mentioned it at the end. I like the Sci-Fi meets Fantasy Fiction. Traveling through the stars but still using swords.

      This book sounds really amazing. I have never been huge on Sci-Fi books but I loved Ender's Game and Card's subsequent books. I am huge on Fantasy so that definitely is right up my field.

      Great Hub I will definitely check the book out.

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