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Publisher's Summary

"Non-stop action! Space battles! Intrigue! This is the kind of space opera that I love best - but Elliott does it even better." (New York Times best-selling author Ann Leckie)

New York Times best-selling author Kate Elliott brings us a thrilling new science fiction adventure set in a rich universe full of political intrigue with Unconquerable Sun.

Gender-Spun Alexander the Great on an Interstellar Scale 

Princess Sun has finally come of age. 

Growing up in the shadow of her mother, Eirene, has been no easy task. The legendary queen-marshal did what everyone thought impossible: expel the invaders and build Chaonia into a magnificent republic, one to be respected - and feared. 

But the cutthroat ambassador corps and conniving noble houses have never ceased to scheme - and they have plans that need Sun to be removed as heir, or better yet, dead. 

To survive, the princess must rely on her wits and companions: her biggest rival, her secret lover, and a dangerous prisoner of war. 

Take the brilliance and cunning courage of Princess Leia - add in a dazzling futuristic setting where pop culture and propaganda are one and the same - and hold on tight: This is the space opera you’ve been waiting for. 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books 

©2020 Kate Elliott (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A generous three stars

I am so disappointed. I read so many good things about this book, and in the end I barely made it through. The YA story is probably pretty good, but the narrator's horrible accents, mispronunciations, and truly bad, cartoon-like voices literally hurt my brain. Luckily her normal voice is nice, so there were enough breaks between the farcical chapters for me to regain my strength and move forward.

I'm giving it a three because I think the author did some pretty cool things, though the story is also not perfect and some of the characters fall flat.

Recommended to read in print.

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A Wild Ride

Kate Elliot never fails to entertain. Her new series is a excellent blend of military and political sci-fi.
The characters are for the most part well-developed, and I expect that we'll see more going forward.
There are a host of Easter eggs and nods for both history buffs and pop culture fans. I was smiling ear to ear through the whole listen, aside from the occasional emotional gut punch. Really looking forward to the next volume.
(And as an aside, was really nice to have proper pronunciations for the Chinese names from the VA.)

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A Great Elliot Read Beautifully Read

Kate Elliott is an always-buy author for me and this standalone didn't disappoint. The narration really makes the audiobook version a must have. Truly excellent.

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Good middle Portion

The beginning of this book was just bad exposition for a while. The end of this book was inconsequential and there were no stakes throughout it at all. The middle however was really enjoyable, and provided an interesting story for a good 60 percent of the book. Yet, overall i was left just sad with the story, never living up to as good as it could be.

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Absolutely excellent in every way

I had already read this book before listening to it. I was saving the audio recording because I'm a big Kate Elliott fan and I wanted it to be special. Well, I was totally blown away by Natalie's reading. Superb. She brought this action packed story to life and each of the characters, who were already well developed by Kate, she breathed more life into. I know I will be listening to this again, again like I have with the other stories that Kate Elliott has written. bravo!

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Compelling story!

I enjoyed this book greatly. The 2 main protagonists are female and kick ass. The world building was interesting and the tech was too. Can't wait to read more.

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Confusing timeframes and characters

I read / listen to A LOT of sci-fi / fantasy books! I tried to listen to this one three separate times, thinking that my inability to follow the jumps from one scene/ character's storyline to another was all about me. Finally after 2 hours I just gave up! The narrator, Natalie Naudus, was superb (and is the reason I listened to this in the first place) but the story isn't easy to follow with all the abrupt changes so I found myself tuning it out instead of being enraptured. So sad...

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Wade through set pieces

What a shame. A sino-futuristic space drama with an emperor and family plotting sounds like fun, but I gave up after 5 hours (about 1/3rd way through). Lost interest after multiple set pieces - on a ship, then on a train, then at the station etc etc. The vocal performance was top notch but the story wasn’t sufficiently interesting or attention retaining. Not recommended.

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A Pleasant Experience

This is an excellent story with interesting characters. I could see it as either a standalone or the beginning of a series. The culture and tech are interesting; and while this is no kind of hard SF, the 'left behind technology' trope is deployed sparingly, while relativity is used to great effect.

My biggest disappointment in this production is that M Naudus did not take a credit at the end of the performance, because it was *excellent*. Multiple voices of multiple genders, plus seamless pronunciation of tonal languages.

This was well worth my time.

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My Kind of Space Opera

I switched back and forth between the ebook and audiobook – mostly the audiobook. It was that good. There are so many characters, yet I was never confused. Natalie Naudus is an excellent narrator. I don’t mind a slow or complicated plot, but I did feel a bit distant from the characters. I hope to care more about them as the series continues.