"I love, love, love this book. The Empress Game has everything one could want from a space opera: complex politics, heavy thematic exploration of power and murder, some awesome hand-to-hand combat scenes, and a hell of a female protagonist." - Kirkus
"One of the most fun books I’ve read all year" - Fangirl Nation
"Kayla is the kind of female character that should be celebrated in novels. She’s strong, devoted, independent and intriguing. It’s almost impossible not to cheer for her." - Impedimenta Magazine
"Filled with strong women, fighting, and politics, this is a great novel for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a new universe. I loved The Empress Game." - Mugglenet
“The Empress Game...is space opera done right, powered by impressively complex world-building and an intriguing and endearing heroine.” - Barnes & Noble
‘Power, grace, deadliness defined. Always cunning, endlessly victorious…’
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, and the females of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds. Kayla Reinumon, a supreme fighter, is called by a mysterious stranger to battle it out in the arena.
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 political dance that will shape 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 in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top.
'Kayla was a
. One half of a bonded pair, trained in martial arts to protect her
il’haar— her twin, Vayne—as he protected her with his superior psionic gifts.
A title that meant everything. An empty title now. A title that mocked her.'
The bloody tournament to determine the new empress of the intergalactic empire may be over, but for exiled princess Kayla Reinumon, the battle is just beginning. To free her home planet from occupation, Kayla must infiltrate the highest reaches of imperial power. But when a deadly nanovirus threatens to ravage the empire, it will take more than diplomacy to protect her homeworld from all-out war.