The Sun Chronicles

by Kate Elliott

Unconquerable Sun

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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.

Furious Heaven

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Non-stop action, space battles and intrigue abound in the second in a galactic-scale, gender-swapped space opera trilogy inspired by the life of Alexander The Great.

The Republic of Chaonia fleets under the joint command of Princess Sun and her formidable mother, Queen-Marshal Eirene, have defeated and driven out an invading fleet of the Phene Empire, although not without heavy losses. But the Empire remains strong and undeterred. While Chaonia scrambles to rebuild its military, the Empire’s rulers are determined to squash Chaonia once and for all by any means necessary.

On the eve of Eirene’s bold attack on the rich and populous Karnos System, an unexpected tragedy strikes the republic. Sun must take charge or lose the throne. Will Sun be content with the pragmatic path laid out by her mother for Chaonia’s future? Or will she forge her own legend despite all the forces arrayed against her?

My Take

This series is definitely plot driven. I did like the characters though they don’t grow or change much. Sun is the supposedly the center of the story and yet she’s oddly absent a lot of the time. The worldbuilding includes an interesting set of cultures that I’d like to hear more about. It felt vaguely Asian to me without being specific to any country or culture in particular. (I confess I know little about Asian cultures.) Either I missed the comparison to Alexander the Great before I started, or I forgot. So that wasn’t top of mind while I was reading it but the comparison made sense thinking back on it. I’m glad to see another book is coming. There was no cliffhanger at the end of the second. (I hate it when there are cliffhangers and I have to wait for the next book. I’ll often wait until that next book is out if I know there’s a cliffhanger. )