Empire of Silence (2018) #81

Are you looking for a great new voice in space opera and science fiction in general? Look no further, when it comes to epic space opera Christopher Ruocchio is a master of the craft and bound to become one of the classics of our time. This book will leave you hunger for more, and fortunately for us there are two more books already finished in the series, with three more to come. If you like stories on a grand scale that don’t skimp on the entertainment or beautiful prose then Empire of Silence is the book you’ve been looking for.

Book description:

Empire of Silence is book one of the Sun Eater series by Christopher Ruocchio, published by DAW Books on July 3rd 2018.


Hadrian is a young nobile whose life is about to be turned upside-down.He believes that he is being primed to take over his father’s position in the monarch but dreams of being a scholar traveling the cosmos. His beliefs and dreams are torn out from under him and he is thrust into a life of adventure, complete with alien races, foreign cultures, duels, and all the trappings of royalty. Can he balance these forces in his life and still find a way to travel the stars?

Praise and critiques:

It’s hard to believe that this is Christopher Ruocchio’s debut novel, for he displays all of the talents of a seasoned author. The story is engaging and fast paced, coupled with beautiful writing style. For a book that is 700 pages long I tore through it and did not want to stop reading. A book of this scope usually has a few lulls and boring parts, but Empire of Silence remained entertaining and thought provoking the whole way through. Ruocchio’s world-building and characterization are on point. All of the main characters are fully developed, with believable motivations and actions, unlike many space operas I have read in the past. Ruocchio’s work has been compared to Iain M. Banks and Frank Herbert, the latter being a worthy comparison, however I find his work to be much superior to that of Banks. Normally I stay away from series, but this book was so good that I will definitely be reading all six books in the series.


A must read for fans of space opera and epic science fiction. If you love character driven stories this book is for you.


5 of 5, best book I’ve read in months.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Reviewed by:

Jean-Paul Garnier
Jean-Paul Garnier

Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives and writes in Joshua Tree, CA where he is the owner of Space Cowboy Books.

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