Titan Books are publishing Rhonda Mason’s THE EMPRESS GAME in paperback and eBook format on 10th July 2015.
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled: that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat. Now the tournament, the Empress Game, has been called and the women of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political dominance for their homeworlds. Kayla Reunimon, a supreme fighter, is called by a mysterious stranger to battle it out in the arena.
The battle for political power isn’t contained by the tournament’s ring, however. The empire’s elite gather to forge, strengthen or betray alliances in a dance that will determine the fate of the empire for a generation. With the empire wracked by a rising nanovirus plague and stretched thin by an ill-advised planet-wide occupation of Ordoch in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top.
The Empress Game is a genre-defying fusion of space opera action and epic fantasy world building, with an original and kick-ass (quite literally)
female protagonist at its heart. Merging near-future technology with Roman-style combat scenes, The Empress Game is an explosive start to a new series that will leave readers on the edge of their seat, desperate to know more. For those missing Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen, there’s a new hero in town…
Rhonda Mason is a debut author of fantasy and space opera fiction, based in the US. Rhonda’s dark urban fantasy short story was published in the anthology Modern Magic. She has an M.A. from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program where she focused on writing Speculative Fiction. She is published in short and long fiction, a member of SFWA and RWA, and works as an editor in the financial newswire sector.