- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Splashdown Books (Nov. 25 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781927154458
- ISBN-13: 978-1927154458
- ASIN: 1927154456
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 463 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
The author of multiple short stories and novels, Andrew M. Seddon writes historical fiction, science fiction, and horror. "Wreaths of Empire" is his eighth book-length work of fiction, following "The DeathCats of Asa'ican and Other Tales of a Space-Vet", and "Ring of Time." He lives in Montana and Florida, and when not writing can be found running marathons, training his German Shepherd Rex, and hiking with his wife Olivia.
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Humanity has been at war with the Gara'nesh for years, but they're finally sitting down for peace talks. There's just one problem. Somebody doesn't want the peace to go ahead. This leads our hero, Jade, on a quest to uncover the truth, and prevent the war from escalating beyond repair.
The thing that sets this story apart from other military sci-fi is that the quest was not for victory, but peace. This was refreshing and a lot of fun.
I loved the protagonist, Jade. She is strong, intelligent and compassionate. She has some personal issues to overcome as the story progresses, but she is likable from day one.
I recommend this book to all lovers of space opera.
Our main character isn't a kick ass marine or a daring captain but an intelligence analyst.
Her adventure may not involve epic space battles but there is action. Mainly her trying to escape death :P
She also does catch the evildoers with their pants down in the end XD no major spoiler that.
1) An original universe with interesting sociopolitical structures on the human side and a really alien race. I mean alien. Not humans with bigger eyes and blue skin or something like that.
2) The main character is well fleshed
3) An interesting cast of distinct side characters. They may be a bit on the one-dimensional side but they are all distinct and colorful.
4) The actions and reactions of the cast are consistent with each character's background and worldview. The author doesn't cheat to move the plot that way.
5) The conspiracy ( yes there is one :P ) is pretty involved and interesting.
1) The technology is mostly glossed over but that wasn't the problem. The "super-weapon" is so utterly above what we know they can do that goes beyond ridiculous. I don't want to provide spoilers so just trust me. It's ultimate endgame weapon.
2) The pace at times is a bit slow.
3) The Deus ex machina escape at the end should not be possible.
An enjoyable read. Was worth the time.
Andrew writes high-quality historical and supernatural fiction, but it's probably fair to say that his literary first love is science fiction. A medical doctor, his training and experience in the life sciences gives him a predilection for the genre's "hard" tradition, in which science is handled accurately and the speculative element builds on credible extrapolation from actual knowledge. Wreaths of Empire stands in this tradition; it's also a work of "space opera," set in a far-future galaxy with far-flung human settlement, against the background of "a clash of civilizations," humans vs. aliens in a high-stakes interstellar war, with battle scenes, intrigue, and plenty of action. In its roots and for much of its history, this tradition tended to be associated with shallow characterization, a simplistic "us against them" orientation, and heavy concentration on description of hardware and display of technological and scientific speculation to the neglect of the human element. Happily, none of those features have ever characterized Andrew's work, and don't here. This is a novel where the key element is people (whether they're human or alien) and the choices they make --people and choices we come to care about greatly.
Readers of Andrew's earlier novel Iron Scepter will recall that there we find the malevolent Hegemony, which dominates human space, plotting to gin up a war against another space-faring race, the Gara'nesh, in order to use fear and hatred of an outside enemy to solidify its own control over its hapless subjects. This new novel is set in the same universe, like much of Andrew's SF. (Despite the broad chronological framework that ties them together, though, these books aren't a "series;" they can each stand alone and be read independently.) Here, though, our setting is much later; the bloody Gara'nesh war has dragged on for decades, shaping the lives and attitudes of a whole generation that's never known anything else. When we meet Jade Lafrey in the prologue, she's an ensign in the Hegemony's space fleet --an ensign who's destined to make a crucial choice that will have far-reaching consequences, for the galaxy and for two sentient species.
Earlier this year, I was asked if I could provide a blurb for the cover copy of this book. I can't think of a better way to finish this review than to quote it. "Top-notch SF author Seddon creates possibly his best novel yet in Wreaths of Empire, bringing a new depth and freshness to the space opera tradition. A wonderful heroine to cheer for; a well-crafted, character-driven plot; some of the genre's finest writing; excitement, suspense, and food for thought --what more could a reader ask for?"