Princess Sun has finally come of age. Growing up in the shadow of her mother has been no easy task. The legendary queen-marshal did what everyone thought impossible, expelling the invaders and building Chaonia into a magnificent republic. But the cutthroat ambassador corps and conniving noble houses have never ceased to scheme―and they have plans that need Sun to be removed as heir, or better yet, dead. To survive, the princess must rely on her wits and companions: her biggest rival, her secret lover, and a dangerous prisoner of war.
...a space opera of genre-defying dimensions. Elliott’s largely inactive blog bears the title I Make Up Worlds, a phrase that feels like an understatement when considering the breadth of detail, character development and story-building expertise Elliott displays in this epic tale inspired by the life of Alexander the Great ... Elliott’s stellar world building prowess is strengthened by the attention she pays to imagery inspired by the natural world, as well as ancient Greek and Asian history and culture, transposing the tales of empires, heirs, consorts and conquerors into space. Readers will grow protective and supportive of the three protagonists, but they will also relish the cultivation of relationships between the royals ... [a] breathtakingly thrilling ride and leaving us craving the next installment.
...[an] exhilarating series opener ...Told from multiple viewpoints, the fast-paced narrative includes high-stakes space battles, political intrigue, clones, assassination attempts, sea monsters, lovers, creepy telepaths, and antagonistic empires in one irresistible package. Fans of Lois McMaster Bujold and N.K. Jemisin will find this a candidate for instant re-reading as soon as the last page is turned.
Elliott...launches a space opera trilogy with this impeccable coming-of-age adventure that draws inspiration from classic sci-fi, pop-culture, and the life of Alexander the Great ... Elliott gracefully juggles multiple story lines and perspectives while delving into deeply personal themes and probing political issues of power and bias. Rich with history, tongue-in-cheek humor, cultural references, and vibrant characters, this highly entertaining series launch will have readers clamoring for more.