Empress of Forever

Empress of Forever

A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy—a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future.

A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision-making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achievement, she's trying to outrun those who are trying to steal her success.

In the chilly darkness of a Boston server farm, Viv sets her ultimate plan into motion. A terrifying instant later, Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future where she confronts a destiny stranger and more deadly than she could ever imagine.

The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider--until Vivian arrives. Trapped between the Pride, a ravening horde of sentient machines, and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind.

A magnificent work of vivid imagination and universe-spanning action, Empress of Forever is a feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars and spiced with the sensibility and spirit of Iain M. Banks and William Gibson.

Title:Empress of Forever
ISBN:9780765395818
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    Empress of Forever Reviews

  • Petrik

    2.5/5 starsPraise-worthy imagination and world-building, but sadly, it’s time to admit that Max Gladstone’s books aren’t suitable for me.Empress of Forever has been on my TBR ever since I first ...

  • carol.

    I requested this knowing that I loved Gladstone's Craft series, and that he can write an engrossing and unusual fantasy world when he puts his mind to it. Empress of Forever starts a bit like a movie ...

  • Rebecca Roanhorse

    Max Gladstone is one of my favorite writers. His imagination is a thing of wonder, and his worldbuilding continuously blows me away. This book was no exception. I saw someone describe this as a "gonzo...

  • megs_bookrack

    Pitched as 'feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars'.I'm like...Yeah.That's me.Hand it over!...

  • Bradley

    First things first: I had a great time. As in, this is a goofy, fast-paced, unabashedly hard-SF, galaxy-spanning space-opera mania that mixes cloud-computing universe-spanning quantum-computing with t...

  • Django Wexler

    Do I get to write the first review? It's amazing!...

  • Lindsay

    Vivian Liao is a Jobs-like tech entrepreneur whose found herself in trouble with the government. While going through her ultimate plan to not-be-waterboarded she's attacked by a bizarre green figure w...

  • Adah Udechukwu

    Empress of Forever is a bit good though the novel is complicated and its length is quite annoying....

  • The Captain

    I am a huge fan of the author's work and so was excited for this excerpt. After reading it, I have to admit that I am ambivalent about this story. I really enjoy the three main characters. But the plo...

  • Em

    This is one hell of a book, and I didn’t want it to end. Fast-paced, fun, empathetic, with a flavor of Douglas Adams, it’s an ensemble space opera adventure populated by brilliant flawed women. Gl...