In Her Name: Redemption by Michael R. Hicks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In Her Name: Redemption is the omnibus edition of the first three novels of the In Her Name series and to put simply these stories confirmed to me that there was a world of great storytelling to be had outside of the shelves of bookstores. Yes my exposure to these books and others went hand in hand with my first Kindle purchase and to this day I eagerly await the novels of Michael especially the final book in The First Empress Trilogy released August 2015.
The three novels (Empire, Confederation and Last Battle) basically recount the story of Reza Gard a human boy caught up in the final events of a century long interstellar conflict between the human race and the Kreelan Empire. Through the books we see him grow from the terrified but brave young child who saved his own life through his courage and then surrounded by those who view him as nothing but an animal both survive and prosper raising himself to a point where the future of two sentient races hangs on his love for the society that birthed him and the one that raised him.
These three novels combine some great characters with an incredible amount of world building and a very healthy amount of both ground and space combat in which courage, sacrifice and honour go hand in hand with scifi technologies which never take away anything from the individual.
Highly recommended as is the five novels that came after this trilogy and no doubt the sixth which is just over the horizon, yep I am reading the whole series once more to prepare for the next novel :)
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