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Review: Empire Ascendant

Empire Ascendant: Worldbreaker Saga #2 (The Worldbreaker Saga) - Kameron Hurley

Don't you just love the cover art on this one? Gorgeous. Will probably make it into the rotation for iPad wallpaper.


I posted a short review on twitter. So you don't have to click through:


I finished Empire Ascendant. Short review: jazzed about book 3, but moar Taigan, please. All Taigan all the time. Taigans across all worlds.


I'm not sure how much longer a review I can write that won't be all spoilers for this and Mirror Empire. 


There was a point in this where things had been so bleak for so long that I just started laughing. I'm not at all sure I was laughing at things intended to be jokes. But as Valentine pointed out to 14 year old me, we laugh because it hurts so much. Laughing is the only way to make it stop hurting.


And also because that scene where we know the difference between what Nasaka thinks and what is true is fucking hilarious - or is it? Shit, I'm not even sure.


Empire Ascendant: for people who liked Mirror Empire, but wished it hadn't been so optimistic.