Baird, a fresh new voice in the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley, follows up "The Stone of the Stars" with this second installment of her Dragon Throne trilogy of adventure, magic, and mythic beasts....
|Title||:||The Empire of the Stars|
|Number of Pages||:||656 Pages|
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The Empire of the Stars Reviews
Ailia, now named the Tryna Lia, knows that a battle will happen between her and Mandrake, the servant of an evil God. Homesick, she longs for everything to return to the way it once was; however, that cannot be so, and deep inside, she knows it. As Ailia learns about her heritage, her enemies, and the universe--she also learns what it means to be a leader and to make your own decisions.This was a solid four stars and a good sequel to the first book. It's a bit slow at first (when Ailia is in her kingdom), but really picks up about halfway through. Baird writes beautiful descriptions and has a wonderful, rich mythology (part of me wonders if the books are an excuse to show it off :P). These books are a seamless blend of science fiction and fantasy, with different planets and technologies blended with sorcery and dragons. The characters are well-developed, and although Ailia is a little passive and a little goody-goody, she has her own form of bravery and does make her own decisions eventually. Even Mandrake, the antagonist, has believable motivations and we are made to feel sympathetic for him.I'd recommend this more to fantasy fans than to science fiction fans; despite the blending of genres here, it reads with more of a fantasy feel.
A thrilling sequel...you never know what may happen next!
This was a really great continuation of the first book. It's a great mix of science fiction and fantasy. I was a little worried at first with that badly written plot summary shoved in the beginning that Baird tried to pass off as an academic paper (it was cringe worthy and a very poor idea), but thankfully became really compelling as soon as the story started. I really liked how Baird showed the dark/downsides of being 'Chosen' (for either side). No one cares about you, but only what you represent. People believe they have the right to control their life because others think it's better for their chosen status. Another part of that is the downside of being the people who are meant to be saved. It leads to people being leaving everything up to the Chosen, and it ends badly. The people on Eldimia are so unprepared, dumb, and oblivious, and they're going to suffer because they think 'well, she's the one to beat him, so it's all good. No one needs to do anything' compliancy id going to bite them in the ass...and it does. I also swear to God, this is the first story where I don't want there to be some big confrontation. I want the poor chosen ones, neither who want anything to do with this, to go their own ways and find peace. I want them to be happy, because it seems like everyone is forcing them into these roles, and I just want them to have peace and quiet. I also, somehow, ship it. All of these characters are really compelling. You feel for them all. Their struggles are real, and even when they make stupid decisions, you want it to work out for them. Mandrake is my favourite kind of villain, so reading his sections was a delight.