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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Reprint edition (14 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575083271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575083271
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jaine Fenn is a British author, mainly of science fiction, who practices a small but evenly balanced number of virtues and vices. She studied linguistics and astronomy before going on to work in IT, an experience which left her with a distrust of technology unusual in an SF writer.

After having a number of short stories professionally published in the early noughties, she turned her writing virtue/vice into a career when her first novel was picked up by Gollancz in 2007.

The Hidden Empire series are far future SF, with each book telling a discrete story which contributes to the overall plot.

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the world building is amoungst the best I've seen in a science fiction setting, with a rich and vibrant voice, recommended. 4/5 stars (SFBOOK)

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On a mission to expose evil, it's all too easy for the hunters to become the hunted...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
For me, Jaine has become a bit of a guilty pleasure. I love her prose, I really enjoy her characters but perhaps most of all, it's her inventive story arcs that keep me clamouring for more.

Whilst the last offering was more fantasy based with just a hint of sci-fi, this one remains firmly in the latter's bosom which helps keep the tale moving.

It's fast paced with old friends returning and overall it is a very pleasing story. Whilst you can read this without having read the previous novels I'd luckily enough undergone a reread prior to starting this and noted not only the authors style improve with each successive story but I got so much more out of the hidden agenda's as well as character interaction. Beautifully written, artistically creative and an overall story that really did tick all the right boxes for me, makes Fenn a woman to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E. E. Ernstbrunner on 18 Aug. 2013
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This third instalment gives the impression of having written before the first two ("Principles of Angels" and "Consorts of Heaven":

It contains numerous strands that are barely woven together, the writing is far less tight than in the "earlier" two volumes, character motivation is superficial (especially the implausible relationship between Nual and Taro), the intended audience seems to be adolescents (again, both in terms of writing style and content), and the overall sensation one is left with is boredom at a pointless story populated with uninteresting characters. For example, both Jarek (the "Sais" from "Consorts") and Nual have degenerated into caricatures of their previous depictions.

Ultimately, the whole concept (humanity threatened by an age-old enemy with supernatural powers) outstays its welcome.
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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2012
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Taro and Nual are Angels, formidable assassins who have discovered that the Sidhe - the long-defeated former slavemasters of humanity - have secretly returned and are undertaking clandestine operations against human interests. Their attempts to expose the truth to the rest of human society lead them into a meeting with Jarek Reen, a space trader who has had his own run-in with the Sidhe, and the formation of an alliance to bring the Sidhe down.

Guardians of Paradise is the third (of, currently, five) novels in the Hidden Empire sequence. The first two books in the sequence featured completely different characters operating on different worlds, whilst this third book brings them together and sees them pool resources to defeat the Sidhe. You can read either Principles of Angels or Consorts of Heaven first, but you need to have read both to fully appreciated Guardians of Paradise.

Like its two predecessors, Guardians of Paradise is entertainingly-written and is an easy read. Unfortunately, it lacks the dash of New Weird that made Principles of Angels so promising and threatens to languish at the same 'nice but unexciting' level as Consorts of Heaven for much of its length. The bulk of the book takes place on Kama Nui, an exotic water world which serves much of human space as a resort planet. Its inhabitants are restrained from killing (even during wars and political intrigue) by severe social customs, which reduces the level of tension to our characters (lessened even more by Nual's formidable powers) but does increase the plausibility that they could survive the situations they encounter on the planet (especially Taro, who is still green as grass in his role as an assassin).

Characterisation of the central trio of characters is adequate, but also a bit perfunctory.
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