The Empress Game

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Not that far off the word ‘Princess’ is it ? I’m going to download a sample tonight. But it does look pretty Sword and Planet. Granted that can be a lot of things (and should be) this might be be The Hungers Games on Mars or Tattoine or something completely different.  The cover art certainly has enough triggers to get my attention in the book store – two suns, swords/knives, dusty desert world and arena, the words ‘space opera.’ It’s certainly not a high fantasy type anyways. – Jeff

Empress Game: The Empress Game Trilogy Book 1 by Rhonda Mason

Titan July 14, 2015 Trade Paperback

One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled, that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat in the ancient tradition. Now that tournament, the Empress Game, has been called 71UgP0Cb0qLand the females of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds.
The battle for political power isn’t contained by the tournament’s ring, however. The empire’s elite gather to forge, strengthen or betray alliances in a dance that will determine the fate of the empire for a generation. With the empire wracked by a rising nanovirus plague and stretched thin by an ill-advised planet-wide occupation of Ordoch in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top.


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