The Scourwind family legacy brought the empire to the height of its power and prosperity and defended it against all enemies. Now one man’s machinations aim to shift the balance of power—with violent and devastating consequences.
When the trusted General Corian launches a coup against Emperor Scourwind, he hurls the planetary kingdom into chaos. To secure his claim as ruler, Corian will need the strength of the Scourwind name behind him, and he will stop at nothing to bring under his grasp the young Scourwind heirs, twins Lydia and Brennan. Barely into adulthood, the two are thrust into the crossfire. Battling new obstacles at every turn, they eventually find refuge with Mira Delsol, pirate and former member of the elite empire forces.
As the stakes rise, loyalists, mercenaries, and political opportunists rally around the heirs in a desperate bid to unseat the usurper. But if their risky gambit fails, will the empire crumble into oblivion?
This is a sci-fi adventure that, primarily due to the setting, is somewhat different from the usual stories out there. At least from the ones I usually read. I found it very good. It is filled with action, has an interesting setting, good characters and is well written.
The setting is somewhat different. It is clear fairly early that the world where the story plays itself out is a remnant of something much older, much bigger and much more advanced and powerful. The present day inhabitants have lost much of their history and what remains is shrouded in legends and mysteries. They live in a world were the sun never sets and seeing the stars at knight is a unknown concept.
The inhabitants of the known part of their world is ruled by an emperor and his rule is about to suffer a serious setback to say the least. The book pretty much jumps straight into the action and introduces the two main characters. One of them being the lady hero of the story. I have to say that I immediately took a liking to this character. A liking which continued throughout the book. Not that there are a lack of likable, and dislikeable, characters around though.
The technology is a mixture of advanced tech and less advanced ditto. Like trains running on “quantum-locked rails” mixed up with “sail boats” roaming the skies and mentally bonded near magical weapons that are remnants from the past and cannot be reproduced by the technology possessed by the current inhabitants of this strange world.
Throughout the book we get hints as to what this world really is and for the habitual science fiction reader it is soon fairly clear what we are talking about even though the origins and why the current inhabitants seem to have lost the knowledge about their origins is still a mystery.
I found the book very entertaining to read. It has built a great universe for further adventures and I definitely hope that the author will make this into a book series with further books. There are some great possibilities here.