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Nov 17, Justine rated it really liked it Shelves: read. An excellent follow up to The Empress Game that carries the story solidly and provides some nuance to characters that were fairly straightforward in the first book. Middle books cn be challenging, but I thought this one delivered, including a decent amount of closure for the ending while still setting things up nicely for the conclusion to the trilogy.
Nov 23, Robyn rated it really liked it Shelves: to-read-sff , A LOT happened in this one - though I have zero clue where it is all going! Very enjoyable. Nov 21, Helen rated it really liked it. The snappy dialogue is really quite funny at times and lends itself to the pacy plot. Kayla would be an exciting heroine in a weekly sci-fi, battling new enemies whilst the end-game draws ever nearer.
Dec 05, J. Disclaimer: I attended the same graduate school program as the author and consider her a friend; however, I purchased my hardcopy version of this novel for full price. Often, middle books in a trilogy act as placeholders. Things happen, but mostly just to get the characters from point A the exciting first installment to point B the hopefully epic final book. A truly excellent novel in its own righ Disclaimer: I attended the same graduate school program as the author and consider her a friend; however, I purchased my hardcopy version of this novel for full price.
A truly excellent novel in its own right, with enough twists and turns to make me genuinely fear that the characters might not even make it to book 3. This includes a truly stunning plot twist that I never saw coming. In true space opera fashion, the stakes get bigger in this book, not just for the characters, but also for universe they inhabit. While Kayla is still very much the hero of her own story, other characters in this world never feel like mere secondary supporters.
All of them, from Kayla's love interest Malkor to her twin brother Vayne, have their own interconnecting sagas to play out. While this book was long, it never dragged as I read it. Mason's narrative style flows easily, and each of her point of view characters maintain distinctive voices. I'm excited to see what happens to everyone next, in the final installment of the Empress Game.
Nov 03, Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it Shelves: spaceopera. It is getting intense in this one. The arena fights are over, Kayla won as her princess persona and now that princess is in a coma. Kayla, well she is a fighter, obviously. And she does not have it easy. She had no choice than to fight in the arena. She has to pretend to be the princess. All because of who she was. And it does make me dislike the princess and the ones doing it to Kayla. She just wants her family and her country back. It's not always easy to know who the bad ones are here.
Yes I g It is getting intense in this one. Yes I get that the princess has her plans, and she does want Wyrd space to be free. So she does get that the Empire is bad. But the way she does it, not cool. There is a lot of action. Bad guys, conspiracies, space travel, a big bad virus, yes like I said things are heating up. And it did make it an interesting ride. I tried to check since it does give me a YA feeling, but no one had placed it under YA, so I am unsure.
But it really works both as adult and YA. Adult for the kick-ass stuff, YA because of the simpler way of it all. This series is definitely getting better, the first book was fun, but this was a little more serious, and a little better for it. The plot seems to be coming together pretty well, things both got more complicated, and felt like they were heading towards a plausible, if maybe messy, resolution. Very enjoyable, and I'll be eager to read the third one and find out how it all resolves.
Given certain other books I've recently read, it's worth taking a moment to note that in this series that I can bel This series is definitely getting better, the first book was fun, but this was a little more serious, and a little better for it. Given certain other books I've recently read, it's worth taking a moment to note that in this series that I can believe in and can find respect for, or at least interest in, even some of the characters I wouldn't say I quite liked.
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Complexity, folks. It makes such a difference when you have even a smidgen of it Enjoyed the second book in the Empress Games trilogy. The first book was all about introductions to the characters, the worlds, the gladiatorial games and the reveal of a conspiracy within. Carrying on where the first left off, the second book takes everything and delves more deeply into the conspiracy, the history of the Empire, the Wyrds and Ordoch, with twists and turns, and more games, this time of politics instead of combat, although Kayla does still get to kick some ass!
An excellent space o Enjoyed the second book in the Empress Games trilogy. An excellent space opera series with compelling characters and a suspenseful story.
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Looking forward to seeing how the trilogy concludes. It felt a little difficult to read and follow in parts maybe just because I'm so used to reading teen and juvenile fiction at the moment that my brain was just slower at processing parts and I did find myself rereading a couple of paragraphs here and there, but overall I really enjoyed this second book of The Empress Game and am looking forward to reading the third book.
This was filled with lots of plotting and scheming and twists that were somewhat unexpected. I love the crew of the Yari and It felt a little difficult to read and follow in parts maybe just because I'm so used to reading teen and juvenile fiction at the moment that my brain was just slower at processing parts and I did find myself rereading a couple of paragraphs here and there, but overall I really enjoyed this second book of The Empress Game and am looking forward to reading the third book.
I love the crew of the Yari and the Ilmeneans and I'm glad the story focused on what was happening with them and not just with Kayla. There was some great character development in this book and I liked the tension between Kayla and Malkor after she almost left him behind in the first book. My progress with this book started slow but I ended up pretty much consuming the rest of the book today, not wanting to put it down, wanting to know what was happening, so I read probably just under half the book in one day.
An exciting sequel in this trilogy--once you get passed some politicking in the beginning. The story is split across the POV of four different characters, but mainly Kayla's of course. Kayla is one of my new favorite heroines. Of course, I always like the snarky ones, they're the most relatable. All the characters have their own strengths, even when they're usually in large groups. Very excited for the third book! Oct 05, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction.
It had been a while since I read the first book in this series so it took me a few pages to get my bearings. I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first view spoiler [ as we finally get to see the protagonist freed from her obligations to protect the ongoing charade with Isonde. I look forward to reading the third book. Jun 24, Pamelia rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this 2nd installment of The Empress Game trilogy.
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The book stays on task with action and story progression. I will be going on to read the final book. I resorted to skimming whenever it popped up. The page count could have been trimmed some if the repetition of details had been better managed. Still a good book irregardless. Jun 18, James rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , sf-fantasy-what. You must read the first book or you will be totally lost. Nov 26, Elena rated it it was ok Shelves: sci-fi. Jan 06, Jessica Earl rated it it was amazing. This second book of the trilogy did not disappoint!! So kickass! I cannot recommend this trilogy enough.
Feb 21, D. Rice rated it it was amazing. I love this series!! May 15, Deidre rated it really liked it. Satisfying followup to the first one with additional world building. Cant wait for the next one. Jan 09, Erika rated it it was ok Shelves: space-opera. I know this is a trilogy and so the author has to consider the overall story arch, but this book was poorly structured in my opinion. It felt like Kayla and vicariously the reader had her ass kicked, beaten down to the floor, and stomped on for good measure, with no big triumph to make it all worth it.
The only 'win' she scored was view spoiler [killing Sino after getting beaten twice , and escaping with Malkor which is a given, since she's the main character. But I won't hold my expectations too high like I did after reading the first book, considering the disappointment I had with this one.
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