Empire Reborn (Taran Empire Saga Book 1)

A Cadicle Space Opera

Fiction - Science Fiction
388 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2021
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Author Biography

Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author A.K. (Amy) DuBoff has always loved science fiction in all forms, including books, movies, shows, and games. If it involves outer space, even better! She is most known for her acclaimed Cadicle Universe space opera books, as well as the Nebula-nominated Dark Stars trilogy. As a full-time author, she can frequently be found traveling the world while writing timeless science fiction, science-fantasy, and comedic sci-fi. When she's not writing, she enjoys wine tasting, binge-watching TV series, and playing epic strategy board games.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

A.K. DuBoff’s Cadicle Space Opera kicks off with Empire Reborn in the Taran Empire Saga Series. She has created a space opera reminiscent of the works of E.E. Smith. Take a step into the Cadicle Universe where Tarans are the dominant race and humans are their genetic offshoot. Jason Sietinen has worked hard to become a Tararian Selective Service officer in his own right and has gotten used to his parents occupying important positions in the TSS. Jason is assigned to investigate a mysterious attack on the salvage hauler Andvari. Further investigation reveals a tentacled leviathan was responsible for the attack—creatures made from ethereal energy and without physical form. A shadow faction of the Taran Empire has opened the Gates in an attempt to disturb the peace. As war looms, Jason must find a way to unite the worlds and restore peace.

As a new space opera, Empire Reborn puts emphasis on the game of space politics. But it is a political allegory that goes beyond escapism, as it points your consciousness to contemporary cultural politics and how it might undergo changes in the far-off future. Empire Reborn counters the grand expectations of optimism in the age of great advancement. It may sound cynical, but inequality appears to persist as those who reside within the Outer Colonies are in want in affecting change. I like how the TSS agents are gifted with telekinetic and telepathic abilities, which in its own way has a political purpose, as they use it to leverage their traction in the hierarchy. The plot has a perspective that fixates on re-envisioning privilege and hierarchy. Perhaps this is why the book has such a sense of narrative richness. It is a story that balances dialogue and characterization, as we get to know more about the cosmic threat based on every interaction, and you believe the danger as it lurks. Discovering its resolution will make you want to read the next installment.

Bep Hvilsted

This book is everything the reviewer says and definitely deserved 5 stars!

Rob Ballon

This is an awesome new installment in the Cadicle series by A.K.DuBoff, it takes world building to a new level and as the reviewer said is very allegorical in nature to what could be envisioned in the future. It is a rich tapestry entwined with action, drama, romance, space opera political agendas and so much more...she’s covered 3 generations in this ongoing saga! I’ve been reading since the very beginning but this is also an excellent jump off point...it is very poignant in nature with the strong character driven development...I encourage you to read this if you haven’t already!!