Empress of a Thousand Skies
Author: Rhoda Belleza
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Released: February 7th 2017
Review Source: Razorbill
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.
A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.
The world-building of Empress of a Thousand Skies is incredible, the characters are unique and easy to follow. The story itself is intriguing, but most of all, I loved the twist. If you pay close attention, you will put them together while reading, nevertheless, when the truth is revealed... you'll get so happy and say "I KNEW IT"!
If you're a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, then you know the world building is a major topic. Thankfully, Rhonda made this so easily. It was flawless to read about this world, or should I say galaxies. Rhee and Aly's history and background will definitely keep you reading, well it surely made me.
Told in two point of views, one is able to follow along with the characters. I try to stay away from multiple POVs because most of the times it is hard to follow the story, but there're very few authors that knows how to make each of their characters stand out. And Rhonda is one of them.
A Princess in search of revenge? Yes, sign me up! Rhee is one with many characteristics and all she wants is revenge for her family. The family that was taken away from her at a very young age. It is understandable for her to be confused, yet full of anger and determination. I liked how she slowly is developing because it makes it more real... real that she is truly broken. She's bewildered, she is curious, but willing to learn the truth. I really liked her and I cannot wait to see her character development.
Overall, there is so much going on that you cannot put this book down. The book is well written and will keep you turning those pages. So if you're a fan of YA science fiction, then you should most definitely pick a copy. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.