Praise for Rhonda Mason's debut space opera, The Empress Game:
"A fascinating merger of galactic exploration and deadly competition ... immersive and intriguing." -Publishers Weekly
"A brilliant science fiction epic." -Starburst
"Modern space opera at its finest!" -Rachel Bach, author of Fortune's Pawn
The Empress Game Trilogy
"Fully Awesome Space Opera" -Kirkus Reviews
The Empress Game
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled, that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat in the ancient tradition. Now that tournament, the Empress Game, has been called and the females of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds.
The bloody tournament to determine the new empress of the intergalactic empire may be over, but for exiled princess Kayla Reinumon, the battle is just beginning. To free her home planet from occupation, Kayla must infiltrate the highest reaches of imperial power. But when a deadly nanovirus threatens to ravage the empire, it will take more than diplomacy to protect her homeworld from all-out war.