Empire of Bones : The Empire of Bones Saga

  • by Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by Veronica Giguere
  • Series: The Empire of Bones Saga
  • 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Terran Empire is dead. Long live the Empire!
Commander Jared Mertz, the bastard son of the Emperor, and his half-sister, Princess Kelsey, barely speak to one another. To their dismay, their father seizes an opportunity to change that and sends them on a dangerous quest to explore the fallen Empire.
Separated from home by an impassable gulf and struggling to redefine their relationship, they find themselves thrust into a vicious war. Unless they work together to stop the Empire's deadly legacy, billions face a horrific fate.

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Great Military/Space Sci-Fi

I thought this was a very good example of superior science fiction writing. The universe created by the author was interesting, well explained, and not too complex. The characters all seemed very real and the storyline and general concept were all great.

The story takes place hundreds of years after the fall of the Terran Empire to the rebel forces. Using kinetic strike and EMP weapons, the rebels destroyed nearly every planet in the empire, knocking them back centuries technologically. The son of the then emperor escaped to a distant resort planet called Avalon. It was here that the large population and now emperor rebuilt their civilization and began to expand once again.
The new Terran Empire now inhabits dozens of systems, having absorbed the populations of other planets, some of whom had regressed all the way back to hunter/gatherer societies. Finally ready to explore far beyond their borders, the Emperor orders a long-range reconnaissance mission into the old empire. Leading the mission is his half-son as captain of the lead ship, and his daughter (second in line to the throne) as a diplomatic representative should they encounter other spacefaring civilizations.
The reconnaissance mission uses a newly discovered "flip point" to travel to a far away system, but soon discovers that their path home is unusable. When they discover a long-adrift old empire warship, they are confused by some of the things they find. After making contact with another post-empire civilization trapped in their own system, the New Terran Empire encounters what could be a dangerous new (or old) foe, one that the New Terran Empire is unprepared for.

The narration was overall very good. Great pace, tone, voices, etc.

I was very happy with this book. I thought it was a great example of space/military science fiction. I would definitely recommend for fans of the genre.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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- Striker "Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!"

Wonderful Space Opera!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook for many reasons. First, it is a great story with interesting characters. This first book hints at a bigger story, which has me eager to check out the next book. The audiobook is performed wonderfully, and I am very picky about this. If the narrator can't pull me into the story I will stop listening.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire of Bones?

The big rescue mission at the end.


What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

Veronica does a great job of making each voice sound distinct, especially where it came to narration. I don't like straight reads. I need the narrator to read it as a performance. Veronica Giguere does this admirably.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

When I was forced to stop listening, it was then the first thing I went to when I had time for audio. It even pushed back in my mental queue some of my favorite podcasts.


Any additional comments?

Empire of Bones is the first book in a new and exciting series that opens up the Universe for grand storytelling. A mixture of royalty, bastards, and proper manners is the sauce where the characters marinade for the opening of this exciting new series.

The only criticism I would have is that the story could use some more conflict within the political and social groups that are pushed together. This was minor for me, as I liked the court of manners and courtesy that the societies portrayed. I would just like more intrigue and political manipulations layered underneath those manners.

I can't wait for book two.

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- M. J. Brudenell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-2014
  • Publisher: Yowling Cat Press