An Empire Asunder (Scourwind Legacy #2)

855ef00b77aac6beb7f5b006d1e75319

This review is written with a GPL 4.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at WordPress, Blogspot,, Booklikes & Librarything and linked at Goodreads & Mobileread by  Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission

 
Title: An Empire Asunder
Series: Scourwind Legacy #2
Author: Evan Currie
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 334
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

The Scourwind Twins have saved the Empire from being taken over but it is civil war. Lydia is doing her best to rule and Brennan is growing into his new role as cadreman and warrior.

Corian, exhibiting signs of madness, begins Operation Godstrike, all the while vaguely hinting about some unknown threat that apparently nobody but him is aware of or prepared to do something about.

It is strike and counter-strike as the Imperial forces clash against the Alliance forces. Throw in Mira Delsol, former cadrewoman turned Pirate and you have some serious action.

 

My Thoughts:

For whatever reason, Currie is hitting all the right buttons with this series for me. I enjoyed my time reading this above and beyond the normal. That is not to say I think this is going to be a SF classic or that it will wow you. In fact, I suspect most people looking on would give it 3-3.5 stars.

For me though, it has this: a coming of age story without angst and whines. No crap about “romance” and “feelings” taking precedence over your duty and responsibility. You are a Scourwind and you run the Empire, you don’t whine like a baby. A young lady becoming an Empress. Sure, she might write in her journal, but we the readers aren’t subjected to that or every bloody thought in her head. The story gets told. A young man becoming an elite warrior in the shadow of his dead older brother. He’s not some tortured, broken individual who just needs the love of the “right woman” to “fix” him. Neither of these Scourwinds are BROKEN and Currie doesn’t fall into the trap of making the story about “fixing” them. Grrrrrr, you don’t “fix” people. That pisses me off and I hate that in a story. And there is NONE of that, not even a hint, in these books and I really like that.

The other thing I really liked was the continuing glimpse of the world. With the new ship, Delsol is able to go atmospheric and realizes that humanity is in a box. It is obvious that Corian knows a lot more about the whole situation but in his arrogance thinks he’s the only one capable of facing the situation, whatever it may be. We the readers aren’t privy to it.

Currie’s writing is improving with each book and while his earlier books were pretty rough around the edges, I am glad I started reading him. I was really enjoying his Odyssey One series and I have the next book of that on tap, but I really hope he sticks with this series for a bit and finishes things up before becoming too distracted with other series, old or new.

Finally, I like the covers. They are a huge step up from the first couple of books that had very obvious amateur covers desperately trying NOT to look like amateur covers. These books have the kind of covers that I want in hardcover on my shelves just because I like how they look. Sadly, that is not an option and I’m not going to change my “no paperback” rule for Currie. He hasn’t reached that status, yet. Chris McGrath is the artist and here’s a small list of some other covers he’s done:

  • Aeronauts Windlass
  • Star Wars: Kenobi
  • Alloy of Law
  • Daughter of the Sword (I broke my “no paperback” rule for Steve Bein. Love his books that much)
  • Dresden: Changes

I didn’t do a Cover Love in my February Roundup, but for March’s Roundup, this one is definitely going to be a contender.

 

star45full-custom

 

bookstooge

  1. Review of Book 1

Advertisements

20 thoughts on “An Empire Asunder (Scourwind Legacy #2)

  1. I still haven’t read anything by Currie. This series has caught my eye though (and agree, this cover is gorgeous). I know I only started following your blog recently, but 4.5 stars is probably the highest rating I’ve seen from you so far! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ah yes I hate the “fixing” people trope- if you think a person needs to be “fixed” then go and find someone else (after preferably fixing yourself first!!) Glad this didn’t have that (haha got a bit sidetracked there)

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Nathan says:

    This is a new one to me. But the world building sounds fantastic. So how come I have never heard of the author? Researching through Goodreads now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      He was an indie dealing in MilSF. Only in the last couple of years has he gone to Amazon’s 47North imprint. So if you’re not into indie milsf, he’d probably not come across your radar…

      Like

  4. Interesting series, I never heard about it before and I’m going to look it up soon. Your comments about the coming of age element without the usual, abused teenager fake angst, is a powerful argument for trying this out. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. readwithg says:

    I’ve never heard of this series before but damn does it sound great. I’m adding it to my TBR List immediately, I need to start it! Great review, thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I haven’t heard about this author, but I do agree that the cover art looks slick. Also love the sound of this book; the fact that the whole “need that special someone to fix you” isn’t in it.

    What’s this “no paperback” rule though? Too many, no space?

    – Lashaan

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      Space plays an issue. I also want any books I buy to last and most mass market paperbacks are crap quality.
      I will compromise and buy the softcover editions [hardcover size, in paperback] if there is no hardcover and I’ll buy the MMP if there is no hardcover or softcover. But most books that are ONLY in mmp aren’t the kind of books I want to keep around. That is what ebooks are for 🙂

      Heck, I waited 16years and paid almost $100 for a hardcover copy of Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster…

      Liked by 1 person

  7. […] An Empire Asunder was my most fun and I enjoyed the heck out of it. […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s