Empress of a Thousand Skies – Rhoda Belleza


518n-p0pbxl Empress of a Thousand Skies – Rhoda Belleza, Razorbill, (9781101999103), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Science Fiction

What did you like about the book? Sixteen-year-old Princess Rhiannon Ta’an was the only survivor when a tragic space accident killed her family shortly after her father signed a peace treaty ending the Great War. Rhee has bided her time for the last ten years intending to exact her revenge on the person she believes to be responsible: her guardian, Prime Regent Seota. Before she can do this, she is attacked by a trusted servant and must flee for her life. Rhiannon’s tale alternates with that of Alyosha, a Wraetan soldier who is being hunted for Rhiannon’s supposed murder. This space opera describing their flights across the galaxy in an attempt to thwart the real villain has potential, but ultimately misses the mark. Numerous unresolved plot lines indicate that a follow-up book is planned.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The first few chapters contain a data dump of background with too much unexplained vocabulary.

To whom would you recommend this book?  I can’t think of a situation in which I would recommend this.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries aiming to provide a comprehensive selection of YA Science Fiction.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in general fiction or with Science Fiction if you have genre shelving.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/4/17

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