Empress of Forever
A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy—a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future.A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision-making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achievement, she's trying to outrun those who are trying to steal her success.In the chilly darkness of a Boston server farm, Viv sets her ultimate plan into motion. A terrifying instant later, Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future where she confronts a destiny stranger and more deadly than she could ever imagine. The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider--until Vivian arrives. Trapped between the Pride, a ravening horde of sentient machines, and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind.A magnificent work of vivid imagination and universe-spanning action, Empress of Forever is a feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars and spiced with the sensibility and spirit of Iain M. Banks and William Gibson.

Empress of Forever Details

TitleEmpress of Forever
Author
ReleaseJun 18th, 2019
PublisherTor Books
ISBN-139780765395818
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction

Empress of Forever Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    I had the pleasure of meeting Max at the Goodreads Power Users summit in 2017, and I've been itching to try one of his books ever since. "Feminist SFF akin to Guardians of the Galaxy"? YES, PLEASE, AND THANK YOU.
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Pitched as 'feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars'.I'm like...Yeah.That's me.Hand it over!
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
    January 1, 1970
    Max Gladstone is one of my favorite writers. His imagination is a thing of wonder, and his worldbuilding continuously blows me away. This book was no exception. I saw someone describe this as a "gonzo Guardians of the Galaxy" and that's totally fair. It's a space adventure with a rag tag crew of misfits and it is massive in scope and scale. But it's also very Gladstone, which means it's philosophical and mathematical and lyrical and, honestly, just beyond my ken sometimes - but that's okay. I li Max Gladstone is one of my favorite writers. His imagination is a thing of wonder, and his worldbuilding continuously blows me away. This book was no exception. I saw someone describe this as a "gonzo Guardians of the Galaxy" and that's totally fair. It's a space adventure with a rag tag crew of misfits and it is massive in scope and scale. But it's also very Gladstone, which means it's philosophical and mathematical and lyrical and, honestly, just beyond my ken sometimes - but that's okay. I like the challenge. It won't be a good fit for everyone, but it's ambitious and wild and worth your time. Also, Suicide Queens is my new favorite thing and if I ever start a band, you better believe that will be our name.
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  • Django Wexler
    January 1, 1970
    Do I get to write the first review? It's amazing!
  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    That's A Cover...also apparently this is gay, so
  • The Captain
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of the author's work and so was excited for this excerpt. After reading it, I have to admit that I am ambivalent about this story. I really enjoy the three main characters. But the plot is confusing me. Multi-worlds. Weird empress. Dead worlds. A cloud that seems to control this world. I am not adverse to finishing this book to see what the payout might be. But I can't say that I be excited to do so either. I will be interested in seeing what the reviews of the full book will be. I am a huge fan of the author's work and so was excited for this excerpt. After reading it, I have to admit that I am ambivalent about this story. I really enjoy the three main characters. But the plot is confusing me. Multi-worlds. Weird empress. Dead worlds. A cloud that seems to control this world. I am not adverse to finishing this book to see what the payout might be. But I can't say that I be excited to do so either. I will be interested in seeing what the reviews of the full book will be. Arrrr!
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  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    'The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought.' WELL, DAMN. ALSO, THAT COVER EXUDES A DON'T-FUCK-WITH-ME BADASSERYMore reasons I want this in my life: 'a big, planet-smashing space opera, set in a majestic and mysterious universe, with a cast of fierce and driven characters at its heart.'Source
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  • ♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔
    January 1, 1970
    **Update 05/03/2019**A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MOTHAFECKIN MONEY
  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    This is one hell of a book, and I didn’t want it to end. Fast-paced, fun, empathetic, with a flavor of Douglas Adams, it’s an ensemble space opera adventure populated by brilliant flawed women. Gladstone has written a universe full of beautiful, weird, original worlds and species, and his prose is stellar. Also it’s super gay.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    The Empress of Forever - Preview Excerpt by Max Gladstone is well written and funny, with a little bit of clever sarcasm so it stays far from sappy. I love the character Viv but want to know so much more about her. Show me what she is thinking and feeling, lets go deeper into her backstory. I hope the novel continues in the same writing and tone as the preview because its great!!! Toss around a few classic sci fi novels with Gladstone's action packed dynamic characters and what do you wind up wi The Empress of Forever - Preview Excerpt by Max Gladstone is well written and funny, with a little bit of clever sarcasm so it stays far from sappy. I love the character Viv but want to know so much more about her. Show me what she is thinking and feeling, lets go deeper into her backstory. I hope the novel continues in the same writing and tone as the preview because its great!!! Toss around a few classic sci fi novels with Gladstone's action packed dynamic characters and what do you wind up with? Success and a book you can't dream of putting down.! I will definitely be reading this novel We start off with Viv who is off on a secret mission and has the experience and resources to go off grid. I do not know exactly what she is planning but she and a friend break into a big old computer plant and start hacking the servers inserting special code into the internet. This will wind up overthrowing the government or something even better (insert crazier here)....but just before the countdown is finished, Viv is accosted by something weird that she has never seen before. Something foreign.. something alien.... then she wakes up and the pace picks up really fast introducing new characters and new danger. So now the excerpt leaves me with too many questions and the release date is June 18,2 019 and why haven't I read Max Gladstone before this?(4 stars until I can finish reading the excerpt, but I have a feeling it will be 5 once more things make sense to me!!!)
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    "A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars "Say no more... I am so here for this.Someone please add the blurb and cover:see here
  • Elinor Master of Gifs
    January 1, 1970
    i'm ready for my future favorite book
  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    More like a 3.5 in terms of my actual personal assessment, but rounded up on account of some wicked cool worldbuilding and my fetish for one specific aspect of the book that would be a massive spoiler to share here.
  • Mykhe
    January 1, 1970
    More a novella with an undetermined finish, but worth it, given how Gladstone writes.
  • Carysa Locke
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE this book. It's described as "Star Wars meets Guardians of the Galaxy". But I find shades of Firefly, Killjoys, and honestly this is some of the best SF I've read in years. It has galactic spanning adventure, humor, vivid storytelling, unforgettable characters, and deep and imaginative world building. The prose is right up there with Willam Gibson or Frank Herbert. Intellectual, lyrical, huge in scope and somehow deeply emotional. This is my first book by Max Gladstone, but Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE this book. It's described as "Star Wars meets Guardians of the Galaxy". But I find shades of Firefly, Killjoys, and honestly this is some of the best SF I've read in years. It has galactic spanning adventure, humor, vivid storytelling, unforgettable characters, and deep and imaginative world building. The prose is right up there with Willam Gibson or Frank Herbert. Intellectual, lyrical, huge in scope and somehow deeply emotional. This is my first book by Max Gladstone, but it won't be my last. I see why he was nominated for a Hugo. I am so glad Netgalley gave me to the opportunity to review this book, because I might not have given it a chance as a new-to-me-author at full price, but I'm telling you right now: it's worth every penny. Right now, Empress of Forever is my favorite book of 2019, and it has propelled its author onto my "must-buy" list. There is SO much I want to say, but I can't because I refuse to spoil it for anyone. Do yourself a favor: if you're a SF fan, buy it. Read it.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Had never read anything by Gladstone but this fun literate sci if thriller preview makes me want to read more
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