Monday, March 16, 2015

#REVIEW and #GIVEAWAY: The Empire and The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang

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The Empire All Adrian Stannis wanted was a quiet corner of the galaxy where he could work on his beloved scientific experiments, but unfortunately, he was born into a world at war, where his people are struggling for survival against a vastly superior alien invasion force and he is a genius who was trained for the very thing he hates, the creation of deadly weapons. Not to mention, he appears to have been genetically mated to a telepath by his government and he doesn’t find her…uninteresting. In fact, she appears quite intelligent. So what will happen to this solitary man when his peace is shattered in every way possible and there is nowhere left to run? Buy on Amazon | Kobo | B&N | Smashwords

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed reading this sci-fi book of political intrigue, possible love, and military warfare. Adrian reminds me closely of a friend of mine, so socially inept that its painful, and yet, when he's brought out of his shell, he certainly tries.Kali's abilities are slowly growing as she is forced to use them more. I would love to see them advance even more, of course, I am partial to psi powers and empaths. Bryce was by far the best character in the book, witty, sarcastic and loyal to a fault, even if he tries to act as if he isn't.
I had a large problems with the book. First was the speed of the book and the action. It seemed to go so slowly at times. It was enough to keep me hooked, but barely. The part that really had me hooked was probably the last 25 pages, which I flew through. The second problem I had was the relationship between Adrian and Kali. I just wasn't feeling it. I couldn't feel the emotional connection between them.It just seemed to be on a purely 2 dimensional plane, just words. I felt more between Bryce and his love interest, then Kali and Adrian. There was more of a spark there.
Beyond that, the writing was good, the book could stand to be looked over by a line editor again, as there were some small problems with it (referring to a male character as "she" on one page, for instance). However, once those were overlooked, it was a relatively enjoyable sci-fi book.

  The Rebels Adrian, Kali and Adrian’s personal assistant, Bryce are finally free of the oppressive Empire. They hide on a planet called, Orasis, a tech-4 world on the Outer Rim whose only usefulness is a low-grade source of Tri-Iridium ore. Not the kind of place to find the most advanced weapons scientist in the galaxy. Things go well, relatively, and Adrian and Kali finally have time to develop the relationship they didn’t think possible. Adrian and Bryce even start up their own fix-it business. Then a stranger arrives on the planet. Buy on Amazon | Kobo | B&N | Smashwords

  About the author: Elizabeth Lang is first and foremost, a geek with the obligatory love of science fiction and fantasy. She spent most of her life in the computer industry designing computer systems for world domination the mundane industry of life insurance, which is surprisingly, not as exciting as it sounds. Now she creates enchanted worlds of magic, explores the human condition in the light of future technology and civilizations, and dreams about world domination. Or at least, some of her characters do. Her first book, The Empire was fortunate enough to be a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and she has never looked back.   Author Social Media Webpage: Facebook: Elizabeth Lang Twitter: @Elizabeth_Lang Pinterest: Elizabeth Lang

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