Empress of a Thousand Skies: Empress of a Thousand Skies (Book 1)
by Rhoda Belleza
“Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.
The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.
Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.
Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.
The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.”
I knew nothing about Empress of a Thousand Skies, except for a few things on Instagram and Goodreads until I received it in my February FairyLoot box.
Rhee has managed to slip her guards and is out in the town trying to find her best friend Julian, before she is forced to leave Nau Frama. But once they find each other it is not long until they are separated by Julian’s father (Rhee’s trainer). Rhee boards her spaceship along with Veyron and Tai Reyanna, however something is not right. Alyosha is part of a star duo, who are on a mission from UniForce as punishment, from The Revolutionary Boys. Cameras came aboard their spaceship to see how the boys were getting on, when they found a great pairing with tv value. Vincent (the other member of the duo) is the driver and has found a rogue spaceship so latches on to the chase, while Aly is trying to fix the grav beam.
Wow, I cannot sit still since finishing this book. I did not think it would be something I would necessarily enjoy, as I do not normally read space books. However, within two chapters I was hooked, I loved all of it and I did not want to put it down. I was shocked, happy, sad, laughed a bit and almost cried a few times.
I think my favourite characters are Alyosha, Pavel, Rhiannon, Dahlen and Kara. Aly is so much fun and so cheeky. I love Pavel, even if he is a droid, as he can think for himself, his bits are funny. Rhiannon has been protected and is trying to find out who she really is. Dahlen has a mysterious past, but this does not detract from his character, I really felt for him when he was dealing with Rhee. Although we do not see Kara much, I really like her.
My favourite part has to be a lot of it, there were a few little bits where I was getting angry at the characters, as we know more than they do. However, that did not spoil it at all, but I did not want it to end…
Empress of a Thousand Skies does end on a cliffhanger, this is because the series continues in a currently unnamed book out next year (I’m guessing).
While reading this book, I described it as a princess escaping for her life with a ninja monk, while a reality tv star is framed for her murder and he also has to run. I would recommend to anyone. 5 out of 5.