Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
Behind the Throne
by K.B. Wagers
Meet Hail: Captain. Gunrunner. Fugitive.
Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir.
But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can’t do the one thing she did twenty years ago: run away. She’ll have to figure out who murdered her sisters if she wants to survive.
A gun smuggler inherits the throne in this Star Wars-style science fiction adventure from debut author K. B. Wagers. Full of action-packed space opera exploits and courtly conspiracy – not to mention an all-out galactic war – Behind the Throne will please fans of James S. A Corey, Becky Chambers and Lois McMaster Bujold, or anyone who wonders what would happen if a rogue like Han Solo were handed the keys to an empire . . .
I tend to try and avoid books about royalty where I can, particularly as someone who primarily reads fantasy and historical fiction because I’d much rather read about the Average Joe. When it comes to fantasy, in particular, I’m a sucker for characters who are con artists or thieves. Weirdly, though, I’m always attracted to sci-fi about royalty and I have no idea why that is. This one sounds like so much fun – in what world wouldn’t I want to read a book described as ‘what would happen if a rogue like Han Solo were handed the keys to an empire’?
Do you enjoy books about royalty?
It’s the final week of Sci Fi Month! I’m really proud with how much I’ve managed to read and review for Sci Fi Month this year; that I’ve managed to cross two novels over 500 pages off my sci-fi TBR, as well as two other novels and a novella, is something I’m really chuffed with.
Last night I finally finished up the beast that is Children of Time, which has been waiting for me to read since I was approved of an eARC on NetGalley four years ago (yes, I am ashamed), but I’m glad I waited as long as I did to read it, because me four years ago would have DNF’d this book. I can’t say I loved it, because it was a challenging read at times, but I totally get why it’s so highly praised – look out for my review tomorrow!
The lovely Natalie @ A Sea Change and I are currently buddy reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but I believe Nat’s much further on than I am! So far I’ve only read the first chapter (I wanted to get Children of Time read and reviewed for Sci Fi Month, so this book had to take a backseat) but now I’m looking forward to getting back into it.
There are other books from my autumn TBR that I’d like to read, and I’d hoped to have read before December, but Sci Fi Month ended up being a lot more successful than I thought it would be so I haven’t got to as many of those books as I’d’ve liked. If I can at least start one more before December then I’ll be happy, but I have some personal life stuff I need to prepare for next week and I don’t want to burn myself out before the end of the year, so I think I’m just going to take the rest of the month slow and see Sci Fi Month out with The Knight Before Christmas on Netflix which looks fantastically cheesy.
The December pick for Dawn of the Read, the horror book club I run with two friends, is NOS4R2, and I’m really looking forward to reading some Joe Hill, so as of right now that’s what I’m planning to pick up next!