Book Review: Empire (Redemption Trilogy, Book 1)

One thing I love about ebooks is that the format allows authors to publish their books without the backing of  a strong publishing house. They allow authors to distribute and promote their work even though they have limited resources. Authors can now make those limited resources go much further. One way authors will try to get their name out there is by giving away free ebooks. I’ve decided to write about the good free eBooks I’ve found so you can enjoy them as well.

empireI learned about Empire, the first book in the Redemption Trilogy, by Micheal R. Hicks on the /r/freeebooks subreddit. It’s actually the fourth book in In Her Name anthology. I chose to start here because in the foreword the author says the first trilogy, The Last War Trilogy, is more military science fiction which isn’t too interesting for me personally. Empire, is also the first book the author wrote in the anthology.

Empire starts off in the middle of a battle between the Kreelan Empire and the Human Confederation. It is here that we meet Reza, a young human boy who will become the protagonist of the series. He is thrown tragedy over tragedy and ends up trying to prove to the Keelan’s that humans have souls. It’s a classic sci-fi story. And quite honestly, I’ve been feeling a classic sci-fi void in my life, and this novel helped to fill it.

Not only is Empire the first book written for the anthology, it’s the first full length book the author wrote. And at times, you can tell. There are some descriptions that are a little long winded. Some places where the writing style is a bit off. (I know “a bit off” isn’t terribly helpful, but I can’t put my finger on what I don’t like about it.) The characters and world are likeable though, so it’s worth powering through.

About halfway through the book though, Hicks really finds his stride. You can tell that he’s found his voice. The pacing improves, the dialog feels more natural, and the details he is sharing feel more important.

Overall, Empire is a solid first go by the author and the rest of the trilogy has made it’s way onto my reading list. The mix of sci-fi and romance is a good fit for me. Plus, I really care about the characters Hicks has created and would like to learn more about them.

The book is available for free on Smashwords, as well as Amazon, Google Books, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble.

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