Shadows of Empire

Cadicle Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
552 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2024
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Author Biography

Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author A.K. DuBoff has always loved science fiction in all forms, including books, movies, shows, and games. If it involves outer space, even better! Though most known for the acclaimed Cadicle Universe space opera books, as well as the Nebula-nominated Dark Stars trilogy, DuBoff also co-wrote and executive produced the multi award-winning feature film, Crypto Shadows. As a full-time writer, DuBoff can frequently be found traveling the world while writing timeless science fiction and fantasy. When not writing, she enjoys wine tasting, binge-watching TV series, and playing epic strategy board games.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lexie Fox for Readers' Favorite

Shadows of Empire is a science fiction epic from author A.K. DuBoff which serves as the opening instalment of the Cadicle series. The book follows Wil Sietinen, who must juggle his roles as both an heir to the High Dynasty and as a soldier in the galactic military. Gifted with psychic abilities, expectations of Wil are immense, but when he is captured by the enemy he begins to learn the truth about his future and the world in which he was raised. With the threats against those he cares about growing with every day and a conspiracy that could change the fate of the galaxy ensnaring him, Wil must fight for the future of the Taran Empire.

The scope of the narrative and world-building on show in this novel is exceptional and truly earns the Cadicle series the right to be called an epic. From the first page, I found myself hooked into the web of intrigue, not just between worlds but between the factions on those worlds. A.K. DuBoff expertly guides readers through the plot whilst capturing their interest with exciting prose and compelling characters. Shadows of Empire sets a solid foundation for the rest of the series to build upon with a protagonist you’ll want to root for and beautifully created lore that serves as a stunning backdrop for an ambitious and provocative narrative. This is an unmissable adventure across a dynamic and nuanced galaxy. I enthusiastically recommend Shadows of Empire to science fiction fans in search of their next obsession.