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The Weeping Empress

The Weeping Empress [Kindle Edition]

Sadie S. Forsythe
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Chiyo Alglaeca was happy in her life. That is, until it was all taken away. Forced into notoriety, stalked by a mysterious cult, hunted by the emperor, and facing betrayal at every turn she clings to the only safety she can find: two enigmatic men and the sharp bringer of death, Salvation. The Weeping Empress explores the devastating effects of loss, the hunt for redemption, and the price of destiny. It questions the true meaning of evil and asks what monster is not also an innocent?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2287 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1257814419
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072W1LJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #367,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sadie Forsythe hails from the Southeastern United States, lives in Northwestern England, and is a fan of all things Japanese. She holds degrees in Anthropology/Comparative Religion, International Criminology, and Social Change. She loves local coffee shops, geek culture, everything bookish, and tea (steaming with milk and sweet iced). She is married with two daughters and an imaginary dog.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Action Heroine 17 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh my God, I'm out of breath! I have literally just finished reading it and boy, am I pleased I did. I started reading this yesterday on a train journey and I haven't been able to put it down since. If this isn't picked up by a publisher, becomes a trilogy, then films and sells by the truck load, then I'll eat my hat. Again.

'The Weeping Empress' begins with our protagonist, a normal modern woman called Chiyo wakes up in her pyjamas in the middle of a battle in what appears to be medieval Japan. She soon finds her inner dragon as she picks up a katana and starts to fight. She travels this new alien time and world with her two trainers and companions, Muhjah and Senka and she has to fight for survival in this world and the pain of being ripped away from her family back in the modern world.

This novel is blisteringly unique. It has an original and bad-ass heroine, lots of action, great characters and a cracking pace. The only thing I would like (apart from a sequel) is a bit more description of the world that Chiyo finds herself in. I understand we need to feel her confusion in this alien land but a bit of background to the oppression of her new home would be good. In the sequel perhaps? If you liked 'Kill Bill', martial arts and Japan, then this is definitely worth a download.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong dialogue, plenty of action. 25 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A strong female protagonist combined with martial arts in a somewhat dystopian landscape give this one an unusual flavour. Naming is unique which can take a few chapters to keep all of the names straight (for example 'Chiyo Alglaeca', 'Kagome Higurashi', 'Senka', 'Muhjah', 'Leoni' etc.

The dialogue is realistic, and helps to build characters however the world building is ambiguous at best. This is very much a character and action driven plot so if you are expecting descriptive fantasy this isn't it. There is some useful real world description on history, combat and geography but this is imported rather than created.

Formatting was a mixed bag. The editorial quality was good, and the linking for chapters is handy but a non fiction 'paragraph then space' approach was taken to the text rather than the typical indent that is customary for fiction work. I did like the use of italitcs to give us insight into Chiyo's thoughts, and this is one of the strongest aspects of the story. It's a very intimate approach that gives an exceptionally developed female lead. She is a tad tomboyish in places which I think is a shame as it detracts a little from making the lead a woman in the first place but given the importance of physical conflict to the book I can see why this approach was taken.

In a way it does feel like a description of a comic strip approach. Dialogue and action are emphasised strongly and well executed, and there is no excess verbage here. Every word is used to propel the story onwards giving it good pacing. This was slightly detracted from by the need to refer to the glossary provided at the back for terms like 'srbosjsek'.

Overall, the slightly machiavellian Chiyo is interesting if not sympathetic, and would make a good lead for future installments in a series.

NB: I recieved a free copy of this title for review purposes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not pass this book by!! 5 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been fortunate to have been introduced to some strikingly good books recently. The Weeping Empress being one of the first of which I read. I have not looked at reading a book such as this since I was a lot younger and was reading a lot of graphic novels. I fear that, because of this, if I had been in a book shop I may have passed it by. A word of warning readers .............. DO NOT PASS THIS BOOK BY!! It's an astonishingly bitter and self-sacrificing read that has been written by Sadie S Forsythe with the most beautiful carnage you can describe.
Our heroine Chiyo is the main protagonist throughout and we stay with her on her journey of pure anger, destruction and self-discovery as she tries to fight her way through a new and harrowing life that she has been dragged kicking and screaming in to. Throughout the book you see a little more of the old her being repressed and the new warrior inside being released. She is haunted by her old life, but what really unleashes her rage when the book reaches its end is the sheer betrayal and usage on her. It begs the question that do we really know what is in our destiny and do we have a hand in it at all. On reflection, throughout the book, Chiyo's character kind of reminded me a little of Frankenstein's monster, in the way that it became what it had been made to be.
It's strange, but when I read a book the images that it conjures up in my mind are always live action, but when reading this I could only see it in anime. It was almost like watching Kill Bill in my head, where it switches from live action to anime and back again.
In all I would highly recommend this book, it's a truly beautiful read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and beautifully written 17 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Weeping Empress is a beautifully written and insightful piece of fiction that explores many different themes including that of gender expectations in a society where the role of the woman was fixed and immovable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to hearing more from Sadie as I think she has a talent for creating a wholly realistic experience for the reader.

I would particularly like Sadie to enter her novel for the Tiptree Award as I think it matches the requirement to write a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands on gender roles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
If I was still a kid I would definitely be up defying bedtime rules reading this book under the covers with my good old Energizer torch. Read more
Published 5 months ago by H. Quadri
2.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated phraseology
I found that the story line and plot showed great potential, but I was put off by the sometimes complicated and wordy adjectives and phrases. Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. R. Bullock
4.0 out of 5 stars Delighted with what I found within the covers!
I have to confess, the names had me a little up in the air. A handful of pages within and I stopped trying to mentally pronounce them as they were written; my brain decided to make... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rea200289
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok book
Chigo Aglaeca wakes up from her cosy life with her husband and daughter to find herself in another time and place and in mortal danger. Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by adele
4.0 out of 5 stars Samurai and swords.
Chiyo is a happily married woman with a young daughter. Somehow or other she finds herself plucked from her secure happy life and thrust into a world of violence and death--in her... Read more
Published on 14 May 2012 by Yvonne Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Influences!
This book is self-published but don't let that put you off. If you like martial arts, epic journeys, fantasy, anime and manga then you should definitely check it out. It brings it. Read more
Published on 26 April 2012 by Anna Clare
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