The Mirror Empire
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past... while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole... show more
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past... while a world goes to war with itself.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. At the heart of this war lie the pacifistic Dhai people, once enslaved by the Saiduan and now courted by their former masters to provide aid against the encroaching enemy.
Stretching from desolate tundra to steamy, semi-tropical climes seething with sentient plant life, this is an epic tale of blood mages and mercenaries, emperors and priestly assassins who must unite to save a world on the brink of ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war; a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family to save his skin; and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father's people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
In the end, one world will rise - and many will perish.
Publish date: 2014-08-26
Publisher: Angry Robot
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
Series: Worldbreaker Saga (#1)
I don't think I've ever read something like this in all my years of reading fantasy. It's a challenging read, no doubt about it. There are few familiar touch points, few things you can anchor to as you travel through this incredible universe that Kameron Hurley has built. You have to pay attentio...
Series: Worldbreaker Saga #1 I generally expect more from Hurley's books. This was alright but my interest waxed and waned throughout the whole thing. There are some really cool concepts but a lot of stuff I could have just done without, and I wasn't all that keen on some of the characters, partic...
Where do I even start with this book? I first heard of this book on BookTube. I became intrigued by it because of the gender aspects so when I went to the library, I thought I'd give it a go. Well, the gender aspects are about all I enjoyed from this book. That's not true. I also enjoyed the writi...
This book made waves when first published, but it took me awhile to get around to reading it because it is brutal and alien and I have to be in the right mood for something like that.The Mirror Empire will appeal most to those who like high-concept dark fantasy: there are parallel worlds, populated ...
I struggled with rating this. On the one hand, I really didn't enjoy it very much. As in, every time I picked it up to read it I had the urge to go and do something else. On the other hand, I think this is more of an issue with my thoughts on epic fantasy than with the book. Because, let's be ...