The Glory of the Empress by Sean Danker

May 16th, 2018 Kimberly Guest Post, Review 32 Comments

16th May
The Glory of the Empress by Sean Danker
The Glory of the Empress
by Sean Danker
Series: Evagardian #3
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
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From the author of Admiral and Free Space comes an exciting military science fiction novel about an eclectic mix of Evagardian soldiers on a mission to test a new weapon, but instead find something much more dangerous.

The war between Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth is at its peak.

The Evagardians have developed a weapon that could change everything, but they can't use it until it's been fully tested. Targeting unsuspecting pirates in a newly annexed system, far from the worst of the fightingsean is supposed to be a safe way to determine if the weapon is ready for live combat.

Everything about the mission is unconventional; the crew of twelve has been pulled from every corner of the Imperial Service, but it should still be an easy tour. After all, a few pirates can't possibly threaten Evagard's elite, especially when they're armed with the most powerful technology in the Imperium.

But it's an unproven system aboard an experimental ship, and there are worse things than pirates waiting in the Demenis System. Far from the front lines, the crew of the Lydia Bennett is about to start a war of their own, and they're a long way from home.

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Please welcome Sophia Rose to the blog today as she shares The Glory of the Empress by Sean Danker, the third book in the riveting science fiction series, Evagardian. I loved book one, so I am excited to see what Sophia has to say. Enjoy!

Sophia Rose’s Review

For this third venture in the Evagardian tales, we seem to be off to follow a separate thread from the first one that was running in The Admiral and Free Space. There is the sensation that it is all connected without a clear line holding them together. I get the tingling feeling that the series is just getting rolling and what a wild, intensely thrilling, and an intriguing story it is set out there among the stars many years into our future.

So, yes, The Glory of the Empress is the third installment of the Evagardian series. It might seem like it would be okay standalone because it introduces a new set of players into the game, but no, I wouldn’t advise it. I really think the two earlier books along with this one are leading up to something big.

The Glory of the Empress opens with twelve strangers recruited from throughout the Evagardian Military brought together to serve aboard the latest cutting-edge technology in warships. Half came from seemingly unrelated fields. They barely get time to introduce themselves before they’re in the thick of things.

The story narration is from one perspective all the way through. He is wry, observant, and intuitive. For someone who has no combat experience, he does well with each new encounter that is challenging and an edge of your seat thrilling. It wasn’t long before I was asking myself, like with the first book, just who is this man and was he really only an immigration analyst before this. Oh, and there was a mysterious event in his past involving his boss that may or may not be taken at face value.

Okay, speaking of face value, I felt this story was so layered. There are the ongoing sci-fi space battle action plot and a few alien creature moments that got my spine tingling that could be just exactly what it is, but there are layers beneath like someone is orchestrating moves on a chess board way ahead. It’s an interesting feeling.

The reader gets to know to a certain extent the players aboard Lydia Bennett (love this little P&P Easter Egg), but there are three main players Commander Mao, the fighter pilot, and the analyst turned bridge team and support staff for the fighter pilot. Then there are the pirates and some refugees to toss into the mix when the crew of the Lydia Bennett learns quickly that their mission is only the tip of the iceberg out in this remote section of space. They’re up against a cunning defector who helped develop and knows all the innovations and strategies for making war with the Lydia Bennett and her tech.

In the end, there are a series of climactic scenes that had me holding my breath and swiping pages fast enough to leave a jet trail on my Kindle. Those who want fantastic sci-fi action and an impressive series building itself toward an even bigger end should not hesitate to pick these books up. Fair warning, there might be some addiction involved if you discover they are to your taste.

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32 Responses to “The Glory of the Empress by Sean Danker”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    Great review, Sophia! Good to know you should read the books in order, and I’m glad you enjoyed this one too! Books with lots of layers can be fascinating.


    • Sophia Rose

      Thanks, Lauren!

      It would probably be okay as a standalone, but a lot of the background stuff and motivations of the two sides makes more sense when it is all read in order. In sci-fis, I like getting all that extra so I understand what’s going on. 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      I’m with you, Ethan. I read an interview the author did and he talked about the fact that he has written several books past this one and knows exactly how it will all work. He hinted at some great twists and surprises as well as things getting even more intense in future books. Can’t wait! 🙂

  2. sjhigbee

    Thank you for a cracking review, Sophia:). I have a really soft spot for action-filled space opera with strong characterisation – thank you for sharing. I’ll be looking out for this author…

    • Sophia Rose

      You bet, Shigbee! The main characters are always something of a mystery, but there is definitely enough there to keep a reader curious. Of course, the action is gripping, too. 🙂

  3. Lily B

    been looking for a great science fiction book, I love that there are a ton of layers in it. Will have to check out book 1.

  4. Heidi

    I haven’t read a good sci fi book in awhile. This sounds exciting. I love a good book set in space!

    • Sophia Rose

      I never used to read space sci-fi at all and then got into it two years ago and now I have to read a half dozen a year. I’m having a good time with this series. It’s action-packed, but it has a lot of wry humor, too.

  5. sinfully

    What a great review! I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, but this one sounds right up my alley. I added the first book in the series, Admiral, to my TBR I’ll start from the beginning as suggested.

    • Sophia Rose

      I giggled when they announced the name of the ship and had a feeling the rest of the story would be fine. LOL

  6. Melliane

    Sci-fi is a tricly genre for me but I was surprised to love the Rachel Bach series so maybe I need to try more

    • Sophia Rose

      Yes, you did venture your pinky toe into the sci-fi world. Hope you find a few more to love, Melliane. 🙂

  7. Debbie Haupt

    Great review Sophia Rose and yes i knew it was from you before I saw it LOL 😉 I’m so glad you’re enjoying these exciting reads and right up my sci-fi alley too!

    • Sophia Rose

      It was fun. Lydia Bennett is such a great name for a ship and crew like this. I could see Austen’s Lydia having a grand old time in this story. 🙂

  8. kindlemom1

    This does sound like there is a lot of depth to it. Glad you loved this so much, wonderful review Sophia!

  9. Silvia

    It sounds like a pretty exciting sci-fi book! I love there were a series of climactic scenes that had you holding your breath and kept you engaged like that, it definitely seems like the author did a brilliant job 😀

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