What a crazy and interesting book. The ending was just WOW, but it also made me want to punch Malkor. Kayla is a fighter through and through and when she’s given the chance to protect her younger brother, her il’haar, she jumps at the chance. Her mission; to take princess Isonde’s place in the fights. When a tragedy hits, Kayla’s world is turned upside down and her life changes forever.
The Empress Game had so many twists and turns, unexpected allies and enemies, betrayals, hurt, pain, joy, and protection. This book had it all. Kayla shows you the true meaning of protecting one’s family and doing what’s best for them regardless of how it affects her. As ro’haar it is her job to be the protector by any means necessary. She is a great defender and I would be lucky to have her by my side in a fight as would anyone. Kayla knows the meaning of sacrifice, but she also knows heartache and the cost of hard decisions.
I truly loved this book and have no problems recommending it. I hope that this is not the end of Kayla’s adventures and journeys to give herself and her il’haar a better life.
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.
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.