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The Queen's Triumph by Jessie Mihalik
Narrator: Rachel Dulude
Series: Rogue Queen #3
Published by Tantor Audio on May 25, 2021
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Length: 7 hours, 1 minute
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Queen Samara Rani knows she’s likely walking into a trap, but agreeing to meet with Commander Adams is the fastest way to get within striking distance of the Quint Confederacy’s biggest traitor and her sworn enemy. Adams attacked her home and destroyed her ship, and if he’s not stopped, he will ruin the tentative peace between the Kos Empire and the Quint Confederacy—and Samara’s chance at future with Emperor Valentin Kos.
Samara is determined to serve up some well-deserved payback, but she is no longer a lone assassin, and despite her protests, her friends and allies refuse to let her undertake such a perilous mission without them. Even Valentin, usually the voice of reason, refuses to stay behind. Samara is loath to put her friends in danger, and taking a team carries its own risks, so she makes plans to keep them safe, no matter what the cost.
When Adams threatens that safety, and everything she holds dear, Samara vows to show him exactly how she earned her deadly reputation—and why one should never cross the Rogue Queen.
I have been enjoying the Rogue Queen series, which 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. These are shorter books and more UF as the romance builds over the trilogy, rather than a new couple in each story.
Samara is queen on a planet which tries to stay neutral when a war breaks out between two larger powers. I enjoy how smart she is with strategy and skills. She worked as an assassin in her past to build those capabilities. But now she fights for her people and is not afraid to risk herself for them.
Queen’s Triumph is focused more on 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. They really enjoy their relationship and look to the future in Queen’s Triumph.
There is less politics and space opera here, and I sort of would have liked more. We have the last bit of political manuevers from factions who want to keep power or continue fighting. But the big powers don’t want to be fight more battles. The negotiations for peace are a bit of work and not everything is smooth but it progresses. Queen’s Triumph is the HEA and a fitting end to the trilogy.
I first heard this narrator on this series, but enjoy her work. She sounds right for both male and female voices with comfortable tones. The voices are distinct so I could tell 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.
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