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The Queen's Advantage by Jessie Mihalik
Narrator: Rachel Dulude
Series: Rogue Queen #2
Published by Tantor Audio on October 8, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Length: 5 hours, 41 minutes
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When Queen Samara Rani decides to repay her debt to Emperor Valentin Kos by rooting out the traitors in his court, she knows his advisors will despise her presence. The unknown traitors hate her because she tricked them out of five million credits, but even his loyal advisors have no use for the queen of rogues and scoundrels.
True to form, Valentin’s advisors want Samara gone, and they aren’t picky about how. When their tactics turn violent, Samara and Valentin race to unravel the web of treachery and lies binding the court before the next attack ends in tragedy.
Finding traitors is not easy when courtiers learn to lie before they learn to walk. To track down the culprits, Samara must delve deep into the underbelly of a court who wants her dead. But the Rogue Queen isn’t so easy to kill…
I really loved Mihalik’s Polaris Rising so I had no hesitation in starting this Rogue Queen series. These shorter books began as a free online serial on the author’s website. The feel is similar to Polaris Rising. It is set in space with various factions, political and action battles between planets and various coalitions.
Samara leads a planet which tries to stay neutral when a war breaks out between two larger powers. She fights for her people and is not afraid to risk herself for others. She is smart, plans her strategies and fights well. In the past, she worked as a mercenary / assassin, which has given her skills.
She continues her relationship with Emporer Valentin Kos. In The Queen’s Gambit she saved him and made a deal to help him ferret out which faction is trying to kill him and why. The Queen’s Advantage is that story and it is a political mess. The time, on his home planet, gives them a chance to work and play together. Both are a bit explosive! lol There is just a bit more romance. I am really enjoying these in audio format. They should be read in order. I hope there will be more in the series.
This series narrator was new to me. She handled both male and female voices in comfortable tones with enough differences in each character so I could discern who was speaking. Most of the dialogue was with a handful of characters which made it easier also. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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