Raven Stratagem : Machineries of Empire

  • by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
  • Series: Machineries of Empire
  • 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Captain Kel Cheris is possessed by a long-dead traitor general. Together they must face the rivalries of the hexarchate and a potentially devastating invasion.
When the hexarchate's gifted young captain, Kel Cheris, summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn't reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment - and possessing her. Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev's fleet, which was tasked with stopping them.
Only one of Khiruev's subordinates, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, seems to be able to resist the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao. Jedao claims to be interested in defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev or Brezan trust him? For that matter, will the hexarchate's masters wipe out the entire fleet to destroy the rogue general?

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Talking, and talking, oh and hey, more talking!

I was really looking forward to this book. Ninefox Gambit was a compelling and original take on an interstellar empire.

Unfortunately, this book feels like it was written by a different author. The structure is completely different and the focus of characters is also essentially completely different.

The biggest disappointment for me was how little actually happens. Most of the book consists of conversations. Instead of the characters doing things, they mostly talked to each other about what they were going to do, or what other characters had done offscreen. Several chapters consisted of flashbacks for various characters that didn't really payoff for those characters in the present. It became draining to listen to and I found myself growing more incredulous with each chapter.

It seems structured the way it was in part to reveal a big "twist" toward the end. Quite frankly, by the time it came, I was neither surprised by it, nor did I care. I finished the book as much for completeness as anything. Were it a physical book, I probably would have put it aside.

What the first book introduced as an exotic universe with interesting characters who were human, yet alien - this second book largely squanders.
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- A Texan 2

fell off a cliff

The story arc takes a detour through Game Of Thrones territory, not to the benefit of the story or the reader. Only about three of the first 19 chapters are critical to the story. Chapters 20 - 27 are similar to the first book. Voice and accent used for the undead general is grating. Left me wishing I had stopped with the first book.
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- Ocean State Prime

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books