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From Chaos Born (The First Empress, Book 1) (In Her Name: The First Empress series) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Michael R. Hicks

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For long millennia, the Kreelan race has been ruled by war. Countless civilizations have risen amidst bloody conflict before falling back into savagery, with total annihilation averted only by the unnatural powers of the warrior priests and priestesses of the ancient orders.

And then one day a mysterious warrior from a brooding fortress deep in the Great Wastelands began her bloody rise to power. Syr-Nagath, known as the Dark Queen, began a new war of conquest, secretly planning to destroy the ancient orders and resurrect the dark ways of the apocalyptic past.

What she did not anticipate was the birth of Keel-Tath, a child unlike any other. Keel-Tath's birth was foretold in an ancient prophecy, and was destined to wield the great powers of all the ancient orders to unite her race across the Homeworld and among the stars.

But she could only fulfill her destiny if she lived...

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 In Her Name: From Chaos Born By Michael R Hicks 19 mars 2012
Par Tom Stronach - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
This is the seventh book in the In Her Name series from Mr Hicks and when you think he must surely be running out of ideas he comes back just as strong as before.

In the previous books we discovered that the Kreelan were a female warrior race mysteriously linked through a mystical connection to their Empress and in some cases to each other. We learned that they were a technologically advanced race, however when engaged in battle they only used technology that matched their opponents, in the later books that was us, the Human Race, but in the eyes of the Kreelan, we were nothing more than animals to be exterminated or culled as we did not have the `soul' that they possessed. Millions of people on hundreds of planets were annihilated before those wars came to an end with the `one' who could save both races and so that should have been the end of it, sadly for us the followers of the In Her Name Series.

But, sneaky Mr Hicks had other plans, thank goodness. He has sat down at his PC/Mac or whatever he uses to write his books and in between fighting for control of the keyboard with his cats he has written a book that goes back in time on the Kreelan Home world. Hundreds of thousands of years, when humanity were still existing in caves, the Kreelans had existed and reached out to the cosmos.

We knew that all Kreelan Warriors were female and Hicks did inform us in one of the novels how this came about at the time that it did, but what we didn't know was how the Kreelans got to that point, and the epic tale that led up to the point of becoming a Female dominated race.

Many authors, having six best sellers on their hands, would probably leave it at that, but luckily for us, Hicks has found his feet as a full time author and so, having nothing better to do with his time, has decided that we should learn just where and how the Kreelans evolved into what became humanities worst nightmare (but from a readers perspective a thoroughly engaging species).

From Chaos Born, begins to explain this to us and Hicks's imagination and creativity is once again spinning a web of Love, Honour, Duplicity, Intrigue and War. Instead of killing other humanoids, they are killing each other in single combat but as is usual for an In Her Name novel, also in graphically depicted and detailed battle scenes.

We know from our previous sorties into his stories, that there are mystical priestesses who guard and protect `The Way' for the Empress and these Priestesses come from `holly' orders that are as old as the Kreelan peoples but that only a few of them exist in the later books. Again, Hicks is beginning to tell us about the Seven Orders that existed and of the Priests and Priestesses.

The male warriors that coexisted and fought alongside their Consorts, it's all there and more and it reads so easily that you once again get caught up in all of it you end up losing losing track of time.

In Her Name: From Chaos Born charts the birth of a new child, a child so different that a Queen needs to kill her. A child so different that a priest defies, threats of a fate worse than death itself from his own kind , his High Priestess, and literally takes that one step over the threshold of the shrine, to lift the child from the safety of its dying mother's arms.

In Her Name: From Chaos Born shows the Loyalty, Love and Savagery of Warriors who throw themselves into the path of death, to save a child who has been born different.....

And then that bugger Hicks does it again...... leaves us waiting for the next instalment There are some people you just want to slap and he is hitting the top of my list for this, not to hard of course just enough to say WRITE THE DAMMED BOOKS AND PUBLISH THEM SO WE CAN GET ON WITH IT

If you haven't read any of his books, this is the order of the In Her Name Series they are worth the effort and once you start reading it takes effort to put them down

Book 1 - EMPIRE
Book 6 - DEAD SOUL
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You need to read this series... 20 mars 2012
Par Tim B - Publié sur
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At this point I have read everything Hicks has written and published. I have not had a bad read yet. I was dubious about this particular part of the series. I've been reading for about 30 years. I'm intense, I read 3 to 5 novels a week, mostly due to my travel for work. Planes and hotels leave a lot of down time. I'm a former Marine and enjoy military sci fi but primarily read fantasy knights and dragons stuff. This is an odd, effective combination of the two. I'm not sure Hicks actually tried to combine the genre's but in my opinion it does and it really works nicely. Having said that I get attached to my heroic protagaonists. Especially when it doesn't come easy to them. I despise my antagonists. Thats why I was dubious about this one. See, my favorite character, Reza, was the main character in the first few books. It appears, dagnabbit Hicks, that his story is done. In this book we were moving into the story of the Kreelan race and some of their more profound mythos.
I have loved what Hicks has written and knew I was going to read it but it was kind of like eating stinky cheese. I didn't like the Kreelans. They were the bad guys. I didnt WANT to like the Kreelans. It made my nose curl up just like that stinky cheese thinking about eating/reading it. I wanted more Reza. I read it anyway and I was hooked. I liked the stinky cheese. I literally read 59% (according to the kindle) on a three hour plane ride from Orlando to Tennessee. I squeezed the rest in between work, a presentation and dinner. I finished the book the same day I started reading it. I'll be darned if I didnt find myself suckered in and rooting for those blue skinned honor bound mass murdering civlization destroying cat-like (I know you modeled them after some cat of yours Hicks)aliens. I feel like I betrayed Reza.
Listen, do yourself a favor, pick up the first book in the series and read it. You'll end up reading the rest I'll bet. You may, if you're lucky, even find yourself with a strange craving for pancakes.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Talented writer, shallow fantasy story 29 janvier 2014
Par RcketScientist - Publié sur
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This is my first Hicks book. It was an offer from Amazon that sounded interesting enough to take a chance on. First of all it's not a sci-fi. It's a fantasy book. It very well could have been sci-fi, but there's an understanding in sci-fi that mechanics will receive at least some sort of glancing explanation. Don't expect anything like that here. For example:

<Mild Spoiler>
At one point a group melts a bunch of bodies and reforms them into siege weapons. The group does so by thinking at them...
Then it's mentioned that it's inefficient to convert to a drastically different form of matter, but not why. Worse still another character dips a dagger into the melted bodies and it melts as well. What happened to the restriction on forms of matter??? It keeps going. They also mention the matter pool is very dangerous, but when they needed to recreate siege weapons at another location the pool either moved or they can use the pool from vast distances with no penalty....c'mon at least put some thought into this. Apparently a little thought can melt bodies!
</Mild Spoiler>

The culture of the alien civilization is a little too hard to swallow as well. All the main characters battle with their opinion of the honor system in place, yet at no point in aeons has a significant group of these outside thinkers considered grouping up and starting their own belief system or rebelling. They also have rejected virtually all technologies beyond weapon making. Why? How does this stance last for aeons? There's mentions of space-faring war recently. How did they defend themselves? It all makes for a bewildering background.

The characters themselves are likeable (when intended) and for the most part interesting. The priests are so god-awfully powerful that there's really no point worrying about them through their trials and tribulations. In my opinion that detracts from the story.

The writing style itself was skillful and I did find myself appreciating the main character towards nearing the end. However, that isn't enough to make me pick up the next book and given that this one ends pretty abruptly I'd say this was a rather poor read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mr. Hicks does it again. 29 mars 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Every time I read a book by Michael R. Hicks I get surprised over that he's so good.
Every book gets better and better, and "From Chaos Born" ain't an exception.
I think "From Chaos Born" is among the best I've read.

Compared to the other "In Her Name" books, "From Chaos Born" is more Fantasy then Sci-Fi, which works just fine for me. It's great to be back at the Kreelan homeworld with all the wonders there.

I won't spoil this for anyone, so all I can say is. Read it! You'll love it!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Just finish the story please! 26 juin 2013
Par MLB - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
So I am also a writer and one things that really tics me off is writers that either don't finish the story the promised to tell or the split the novel because they decided it was too long. This novel was good up to the point where is just kind of abruptly ended without the story being finished leaving you to go search out what should be the next story in the series and figure it out. Now of course with a good author, they can set you up for a story beyond the story but this was quite different with the ending leaving all the main characters dangeling so to speak with all no closing. I guess I would not have minded had this been a free book but when you pay more for a kindle book than an actual paperback and then get stiffed at the end it kind of annoys you
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