I admired and adored Felice in “Dignity”. Now I have absolutely thrown myself to the marble floor in complete subjugation.
To backtrack a little bit, “Majesty” is the second installment in the “To Be SInclair” series. The first book,” Dignity” introduced us to Felice, the future Empress. Now, in “Majesty”, she is Empress. WIth a capital “E”.
How do I start off with how awesome Empress Felice is? She’s smart and naive, she’s sexy and kinky, she’s ruthless and humble. She is everything I want in an Empress. She is your ultimate “strong, female” character, just to lend a nod to the mainstream debate.
After I finished reading this novel, I sat back and laughed in utter amazement. I was astounded at how epic this was. It certainly upped the ante on female characters. I would definitely add her to the same level as Aeryn Sun and Zoe Washburne (to name a few).
Yes I am utterly gushing about Felice, but this was alllllll about her. The Emperor was nothing but a shadow to her shining, powerful fireball of Badass. Emperor Victor only nodded his head and took care of the political mumbo jumbo as the Empress wrecked it. Literally. She annihilated a whole battalion with her super secret deadly weapon. With no casualties on her side.
Yeah. She just sat there and went “pew-pew-pew” with her weapon and out they went. It was the best anti-climatic brief war. If I was sitting in the ship watching her, I would thank my birth parents that I was allied to the right side.
Oh, that’s not bad ass enough for you? Ahem….
I can’t even explain why that’s so jaw-dropping awesome. It just is. An Empress that can create stargates is an Empress that I will swear my life to. I don’t want to be on her wrong side.
And just to add another notch to her bad-ass belt, she bitch-slapped the Council with mathematical statistics. Let that wrap around your mind for a bit. They were trying to tax her stargates so she would “supposedly” end up giving them more money. Turns out they were wrong. Oh so wrong. I have to admit, I could not follow her mathematical reasons. But she has a planet killing weapon, so sure 2+2=6. Whatever you say my Empress.
Okay, I did gloss over some important uses for the Emperor. He was able to drag her away from the computer so she could eat and pay attention to her children. And he did relieve her guilt at killing the invading battalion using some S and M. That’s actually the sexiest thing in this book. There are some quick references to how hot they are for each other and the constant sex, but it’s definitely done behind closed doors.
It’s just….ugh he’s such a wet blanket. I had to roll my eyes when something triggered his emotional breakdown. I felt a little bad when more details of what happened to his parents came to light, but the major mental damage points went to the Lady who runs the girls academy. And she’s dignified as hell.
In fact, all the women in this universe are dignified. Even the crazy killer ones. The men are bumbling, whiny brats. As a person who shows every emotion on their face, it freaks me out not knowing what the other person is thinking behind a poker face. Very, uncomfortable.
There is an interesting tidbit regarding the children being made in the Sinclair family. As previously discussed in their wedding agreement, a gestation chamber would be used for the conception of ten children (Yup. The agreement was for the couple to produce 10 children). So the Empress uses fertility drugs to increase her chances of viable eggs and then they grow them in test tubes. MM hmmm. Test tube babies. There is a nod to the society debate over natural birth and gestation chambers. I have to side with my Empress here. I have a loooooooow pain threshold so I’m all for the gestation chamber.
I have to say though, the births are so adorable and touching that I giggled. I giggled and grinned during my lunch break but it was so damn heartwarming.
If you haven’t started on this series, I would highly recommend it even more now. The style is different and takes a bit to get used to, but it makes sense in that world. I would say that the second installment is 95% science/2.5% love and devotion/ 2.5% Emperor.
Genre: Science Fiction/Space drama
Primary Book Format: e-format
Publisher/Imprint: Amazon Digital Services, Inc
Blush Quotient: Invisible
Smart Girls Rating: 5 stars
Can order it here: Amazon
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(Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher/authors in exchange for an honest review.)