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Dark Empress (Tales of the Empire) [Kindle Edition]

S.J.A. Turney
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The desert nomads have a saying:

"When something is broken it should never be discarded. So long as the pieces remains, the whole can be remade."

A time of trials, war and terror is coming to the desert city of M'Dahz, the Empire's southern bastion. As the Empire's government falters and crumbles, the people suffer.

But Samir, Ghassan and Asima, childhood friends and citizens of M'Dahz, are about to discover that while people change the world, the world also changes people and that the best and worst of folk are forged in hardship.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149747082X
  • Publisher: Victrix Books; 1 edition (11 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DJ9O0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live with my wife, my son and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where my wife and I both grew up, surrounded by friends and family. A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of the country, I cannot envisage spending my life anywhere else, though my anchor is sometimes tested as the wanderlust hits and we travel wherever I can find the breathtaking remains of the classical world. I have a love of travel and history, architecture and writing and those four interact well enough to keep me almost permanently busy.

Since leaving school and University, I have tried a great number of careers, including car sales, insurance, software engineering, computer network management, civil service and even painting and decorating sales. I have lived in four counties and travelled as widely as time and budget allowed and find myself, on the cusp of my fortieth year, back where I began and finally doing something I love.

Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a lover of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of classical history. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum, my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome. Since then, the success and popularity of both has spawned sequels to each work, with three tales in each series so far and more planned.

As well as my own website at http://www.sjaturney.co.uk I maintain a website detailing the Roman sites I visit and photograph at http://www.roman-sites.com, and blog at http://sjat.wordpress.com. I am an almost terminally chatty person. That's just a due warning if you feel like contacting me (via my website.) I am always happy to speak to people and have just put together an FAQ gathered together from things I have been asked previously.

A last note on reviews: Although I am currently a self-published author and there are a number of similar folk out there, some of whom I count as friends, the reviews I make on Amazon are in no way weighted toward them and I review work as I see it, although I do not review books that I did not like, except when they are part of a series with other, better reviews - so do not expect to see many 1-3star reviews. In the same way, I hope the reviews I recieve will be based on an individual's personal experience with my work and not biased for or against by outside influences. Please be fair with reviewing - I do not endorse nepotism.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting turn 15 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I eagerly await all of the books from this talented author and this book was one I overlooked, somehow, but as soon as I spied it, this was ordered and devoured.

The book is slightly different from his other books as the main plot is focused almost entirely on a seemingly small area of the world which he has created from Interrugnum and Ironroot. It took me a while to get into the story as normally the characters which SJA Turney use are people of some note and importance within their world however this starts off completely focused on people of relatively unimportance and obscurity, however the plot twists slightly and doesnt allow you to become complacent in who or what will happen.

Different change of pace and tone from Mr Turney and something which didnt grab me straight away but worth the wait as the plot grows and your interest grows in these characters.

I look forward to more novels from this talented author
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lagging behind 28 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In my opinion, this is the weakest of the Tales of Empire series, but this in no way detracts from the story. It is still an enjoying enough read, and continues on with the turbulent times of the Empire in the years after the civil war within the Empire, telling us more about the troubles that occurred in Pelasia.

I particularly like the idea of a fictional Empire, based clearly on the Roman Empire, and the relationship with her bordering nation of Pelasia, which is no doubt based on the Parthian Empire that gave Crassus and his fellow Emperors so much trouble years ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark empress tales of the empire 18 Dec 2011
By rosie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very good series of books....this one a tale of three people and the adventures that befall them as they go through life...a real adult type fairy story...I found it difficult to click off my kindle and come back to reality. I like the way that the author has entitled each new chapter giving you an inkling as to what the outcome could be further on in the story....I will look for more books from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is well worth reading 28 Aug 2011
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Another winner from S J Turney.
Again despite the self publication the books improve with every publication, the characters grow, the plots expand and become more intricate.
Yes there are still a few errors and there is always room for improvement, but he is by far one of the best self published authors on the amazon market. If you have not tried one of his books i suggest starting with Marius Mules and following them and seeing the growth yourself.

This is well worth reading, full of pace and action and intrigue...and all for a couple of pounds how can you lose.

Product Description (From back of book)
The desert nomads have a saying:

"When something is broken it should never be discarded. So long as the pieces remains, the whole can be remade."

A time of trials, war and terror is coming to the desert city of M'Dahz, the Empire's southern bastion. As the Empire's government falters and crumbles, the people suffer.

But Samir, Ghassan and Asima, childhood friends and citizens of M'Dahz, are about to discover that while people change the world, the world also changes people and that the best and worst of folk are forged in hardship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story but niggling typos everywhere 10 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of a series where you get to know the characters well. I have read many of his books but I wish he would get them proof read as the misspellings and occasional wrong words or grammar make it look unprofessional.
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