I actually finished this book 2 days ago, but I've been unable to even think about putting my thoughts down until now. And even now, I know I'm not going to do it justice.
I loved the book and the loved the series! I just clicked with the characters. Or they clicked with me... whatever. *LOL* I'm pretty sure there might be people out there who think Hail, the gunrunner empress, is too perfect, but you know what? She's like my superhero. Yes, she's one of the best gunrunners in the galaxy and you don't get to be that without being pretty damned good at all facets leading, fighting, learning, listening, plotting... well, you get my drift. So Hail Bristol is basically my Batman. :) And you know what else? She's not an uberly-gifted teenager, she's almost 40 years old. Life has battered her around some. Her knowledge and abilities, while some of it is ingrained, a lot of it has also been learned and tried in a cauldron of fire. Anyway... yes, she is my hero.
The action in this last book of the trilogy is pretty much nonstop and the surprises keep on coming as Hail, Emmory, Zin and the gang fight to regain the Indranan throne. People die. And sometimes they die in a most awful manner, but such is the way of war. Even as I was cursing the author, weeping, I knew it was something that had to happen.
There are some quite times thought. Scenes where Hail tries to come to terms with the loyalties and expectations of her people, of her found family and even of herself. Scenes also, where she shares intimate moments with those closest to her, and we get to see the affection and love between them. It's like... so... I've been watching the Olympic figure skating like a good Canadian, and cheering on Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as they won their gold medal, all the while listening to all the speculation about their relationship and are they a couple or not. So... I watch Tess and Scott and I see Hail and her Ekam, her head bodyguard, Emmory. It's a deep connection, it's love, it's true kindred spiritness. They're not a couple - that's Emmory and Zin, thank you very much (and how I wish we could have some stories about their adventures as Trackers.) - but they are very much together, if that makes any kind of sense.
Okay, so, yes, I loved this trilogy so so much. It was so much fun, so much action, so much of all kinds of things I love in my books. There's another trilogy coming in the fall and I'm really looking forward to more adventures with Hail, Em, Zin and the gang. But don't let that deter you, this trilogy can stand alone, honest. :)
Oh, I loved it. So much that I went and joined the KB's Patreon.
(And thank you Renzii!)
Princess Hailimi Bristol is the spare, she decides to run away and have an interesting life while also investigating her father's death. She becomes a gunrunner and changes her appearance. The story opens with her losing a battle and being taken by the Indranan trackers back to her homeland and the news that her family are mostly dead and her mother is dying. She's the last heir from her family. Now she has to survive the random attempts to kill her and find out what's going on and try to accept that she's going to be in charge in a matriarchial society where there's revolution in the air, and another empire who have plans.
I really enjoyed it and passed it on to my husband for him to enjoy too.
Thank you, Blair MacGregor (One of my favourite authors), thank you! Thank you for recommending this terrific book. I enjoyed it SO SO much. I never binge read series - I find I overdose too easily and lose pleasure in the reading - but when I finished this book, I was ready to get the next two and read them right NOW! But... they're a wee bit pricey and I can't be an adult and justify the expenditure. This month.
So we have Hail, the gunrunner, who is in reality one of the Indranan Empire's royal family, and has been away from 'home' for twenty years. The story opens when she is brought home, unwillingly, into a midst of politics and intrigue and family drama.
We have action, we have intimate emotional scenes, we have danger and spying, we have humour, we have heart-warming moments... oh, it's all there in this book. And while the heroine, Hail, seems at times a bit too smart, a bit too clever and capable, you then remember that she's one of the most notorious gunrunners in the galaxy and has come by all those smarts and abilities quite honestly - so to speak. *LOL*
I loved her. I also fell for the whole darned cast of secondary characters (the book is written from Hail's POV, 1st person) and wanted to see more of them. Especially Emmory and Zin, the Trackers who come to find Hail and bring her home and who are so much more than political bounty hunters and bodyguards. :)
Oh, and another BTW, this society is matriarchal. I enjoyed the way the author flipped the traditional gender roles and how that plays into the political shenanigans going on in the Empire. The Indranan Empire is descended from space colonists from India and it's fascinating to see how the author has created a world 2500 years in the future. I don't know a lot about Indian society, history etc... but it felt well done to me. :)
Oh, I enjoyed this book so much. :) I can't wait to read the next two!! And it looks like the author is starting a second trilogy with the same main character. Makes me a happy camper. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Blair! It rocked!!