TITLE: Behind the Throne

AUTHOR: K.B. Wagers

SUMMARY: Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

The main character, Hail, is most often referred to as the “gunrunner Empress.” The reason for this is that she ran away from her royal family in her teens and started working for a gunrunner. Twenty years later and she’s still a gunrunner with her own ship and her own fearsome reputation.

Cue the bodyguards (or Trackers, as they’re called) who show up to forcibly take her home.

I really like Hail. She’s snarky and impatient and a wee bit irritable, but she is loyal and kind.  

The best part of the book, for me, was her interactions with people who keep trying to make her look and act more Empress-like. That’s where her snark comes in and it’s always amusing.

The ending was perfect… given that this is the first book in a three-part series. I absolutely went ahead and read the final two books.

When checking out the author’s website, I learned that the books have been optioned for TV and/or film. Pretty cool.

Here’s book #2 – After the Crown

and here’s book #3 – Beyond the Empire

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