Waiting On Wednesday: The Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley
Expected publication: October 2015 by Angry Robot

When the dark star of the cataclysm ascends, one empire will rise... and many will perish.

Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the night sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. Tattered rifts open between worlds; great empires are born, and mighty rulers die. Whole nations succumb to madness. And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with bloody powers.

The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek to destroy.  Now the nation of Dhai is under siege by the same force. Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler warring with his consort and former lover for control of the nation's allegiance.

As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her own Empress's sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with what they hope is the key to the Empire's undoing.

But when the enemy you must overcome shares your own face, who can be trusted?

The Mirror Empire absolutely blew me away last year - it's one of those rare books I'm thinking of giving a reread over the summer - so I'm really anxious to see where Hurley takes the story next.


  1. Crap, I still have to read the first one. At least I have time...

  2. Oh nice! Totally new to me but sounds amazing!

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  3. seems like Oma has been above our planet for ages now...

  4. Sounds like a fun one. I hope you get your hands on it soon.

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  5. I'm definitely looking forward to this one as well! Great pick!

  6. Great pick! I loved Mirror Empire so will definitely be picking up a copy of this one!

  7. I had a hard time with The Mirror Empire, I loved parts of it but as a whole it didn't wow me. Not sure I'll pick this one up.

  8. Hmm, interesting! Sounds like it might be a good one. Hope you get ahold of it soon!
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  9. The first one didn't work for me, so I don't think I'll pick up book two, but I hope you and all the others anticipating this book will love it! :)

    ~Mogsy @ Bibliosanctum


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