- ISBN: 1250197244 : HRD
- ISBN: 9781250197245 : HRD
- ISBN: 9781250197245
- ISBN: 1250197244
- Physical Description: 528 pages ; 21 cm
- Publisher: New York : Starscape, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2020.
Princess Sun has finally come of age. Growing up in the shadow of her mother, Eirene, has been no easy task. The legendary queen-marshal did what everyone thought impossible: expel the invaders and build Chaonia into a magnificent republic, one to be respected--and feared. But the cutthroat ambassador corps and conniving noble houses have never ceased to scheme--and they have plans that need Sun to be removed as heir, or better yet, dead. To survive, the princess must rely on her wits and companions: her biggest rival, her secret lover, and a dangerous prisoner of war.Take the brilliance and cunning courage of Princess Leia--add in a dazzling futuristic setting where pop culture and propaganda are one and the same--and hold on tight...
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In this exhilarating series opener, Princess Sun is eager to follow in her mother's footsteps by making the Republic of Chaonia a major player among the star systems connected by an ancient network that allows efficient space travel. Surrounded by loyal companions drawn from the leading families of Chaonia, Sun has the ambition to succeed in a place where constant surveillance--often in the form of popular broadcast Channel Idol--is the norm. But the queen-marshal seems unable to give her daughter praise, much less a military command. When one of Sun's companions is killed and replaced with his sister Persephone, subsequent events indicate treachery targeting Sun. Sun, Persephone, and the rest of their group have the opportunity to prove themselves during a daring attack from a rival power--they just have to survive. Elliott's addictive, character-driven space drama is a stirring found family narrative grounded in competence. Told from multiple viewpoints, the fast-paced narrative includes high-stakes space battles, political intrigue, clones, assassination attempts, sea monsters, lovers, creepy telepaths, and antagonistic empires in one irresistible package. Fans of Lois McMaster Bujold and N.K. Jemisin will find this a candidate for instant re-reading as soon as the last page is turned.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Elliott (Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest) launches a space opera trilogy with this impeccable coming-of-age adventure that draws inspiration from classic sci-fi, pop-culture, and the life of Alexander the Great. When 20-year-old Princess Sun, heir to the queen-marshal of the Republic of Chaonia, returns to court from her heroic command in battle, she's disappointed to be sent back out on a handshake-and-visibility tour with her Companions, representatives of Chaonia's seven Core Houses. Elsewhere, transportation engineer Persephone is preparing to finish her training at the Central Defense Cadet AcademyÂ--only to have her plans upended by treacherous family drama. Instead of getting her degree, Perse is instated as one of Sun's new Companions. The two women must work together to untangle myriad political machinations among Chaonian society, thwart an invasion from the Phene empire, and regain their personal independence, all under the watchful eye of Channel Idol, a popular streaming news and entertainment network. Elliott gracefully juggles multiple story lines and perspectives while delving into deeply personal themes and probing political issues of power and bias. Rich with history, tongue-in-cheek humor, cultural references, and vibrant characters, this highly entertaining series launch will have readers clamoring for more. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Gosh Literary. (July)
Library Journal Review
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Princess Sun is an accomplished military leader, heir to the throne of the Republic of Chaonia, who struggles to claim the favor of her mother, famed Queen-Marshal Eirene. As political machinations revolve around her heritage and status, Sun must find allies within her circle of Companions, members of the other noble houses who serve as friends (hopefully) and advisers. As secret experiments, assassination attempts, and surprising noble house truths are revealed, she relies on possible traitors and precarious connections to enemy prisoners to keep herself and those she cares for alive. The Phene are determined to take the war to Chaonia Prime. Exciting action and battle scenes are inventively balanced with pop culture elements that places the spotlight on the strong women who are determined to make a name for themselves, beyond their lineage. VERDICT Elliott's (King's Dragon) interstellar novel is an epic space opera that sets this new series off to a promising start. Alternating between the points of view of Princess Sun, Academy graduate Persephone Lee, and Phrene pilot Apama, it gives a nuanced and full-circle view of intergalactic warfare and its powerful effects.--Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton