Review: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand SkiesEmpress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publication: February 7th 2017 by Razorbill
Series: Empress of a Thousand Skies #1
Length: 314 pages
Format: Hardcover


The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, RHEE has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

ALYOSHA is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES is a debut young adult sci-fi about a princess who is the last surviving member of her dynasty. When time comes for her coronation she barely escapes with her life as she is almost assassinated. Now in hiding she must find out who wants her dead and how she can make it to the throne alive.

I really enjoyed this debut from Belleza. She takes us on a space adventure with blood, war, and killer characters. I really enjoyed Rhee as a heroine. She was strong, and level headed. She has many enemies that do not want her to take the throne but that won’t stop her from claiming it.

As the last surviving member of her family she knows it is her duty to fight for her people. I really liked her drive. Aly was also an interesting character for me. He is automatically blamed for the assassination attempt on the empress just because he is Wraetan. He brought a certain likability to the story that was hard to find at first.

The plot was well thought out and flowed quite nicely throughout. There were some Asian influences especially Filipino which was great to see. Belleza took aspects of her culture and seamlessly weaved them into her story. I thought it was a nice touch.

Overall I am pleased with EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES. I called that ending though, so I can’t wait for the sequel to take the story to new stratospheres! Highly recommend this one.


jesse name graphic[1168]Jesse is a 20 something college student/server and dwells in Toronto, Canada. He enjoys reading about fantastical worlds, listening to KPOP, and being a couch potato.


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7 thoughts on “Review: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

  1. I have had this book on my TBR for quite a while, but I never started reading it. I think now or very soon, I will. Great review! 💚


  2. One of the many 2017 releases I’m dying to read ❤ But to be honest, it was a total cover buy for me ahaha Don't get me wrong, the story sounds intriguing, but the cover… Oh, the cover! Thanks for your review, Jesse! 😉


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