If you can't decide whether to go for science fiction or fantasy with your first summer read, might we recommend Empire of Silence.
Like The Fellowship of the Ring, this book is more about the journey than the destination.
It's sci-fi that feels as epic as an epic fantasy does. It feels as epic as Dune.
Blends epic fantasy and scifi.
I really enjoyed Empire Of Silence... it's great fun, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from Hadrian Marlowe's adventures.
An intricate and well-thought-out plot, a propulsive narrative, and a smooth-as-silk prose... an excellent SF story and a book to look out for.
This is, in short, a stunning debut. This is an incredible novel that I took my time to truly enjoy. I feel very lucky to have taken the first step on the journey with this character and his universe.
Space opera fans will savor the rich details of Ruocchio's far-future debut.
One of the most enjoyable SF debuts I've read in a long while. Think Dune mixed with Gene Wolfe's Shadow of the Torturer series, but for a contemporary readership... celebrates all of the joy and the sheer enthusiasm of old-fashioned Space Opera.