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The Mirror Empire

(2014)
(The first book in the Worldbreaker Saga series)
A novel by

 
 
An ambitious tale of magic, war, and parallel worlds that pushes the boundaries of epic fantasy—from a two-time Hugo Award winner

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past . . . while a world goes to war with itself. 

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. At the heart of this war lie the pacifistic Dhai people, once enslaved by the Saiduan and now courted by their former masters to provide aid against the encroaching enemy.
 
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war; a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family to save his skin; and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father's people or loyalty to her alien Empress. Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself. In the end, one world will rise—and many will perish.

Stretching from desolate tundra to steamy, semi-tropical climes seething with sentient plant life, this is an epic tale of blood mages and mercenaries, emperors and priestly assassins, who must unite to save a world on the brink of ruin.

File Under: Fantasy [ Orphaned Child | World at War | Blood Magic | The Fluidity of Gender]

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"There's a powerful yet elegant brutality in The Mirror Empire that serves notice to traditional epic fantasy: move over, make way, an intoxicating new blend of storytelling has arrived. These are pages that will command your attention." - Bradley Beaulieu

"Smart, dark, visceral and wonderfully, hectically entertaining." - Lauren Beukes

"With vividly inventive world building and a fast-paced plot, The Mirror Empireopens a smart, brutal, and ambitious epic fantasy series. Book two is already on my must-read list." - Kate Elliott

"For me [The Mirror Empire] did all the things a fantasy should do - holding our own societies up to the light by reflecting off worlds that are very different. Add in a magic system where the users are only powerful some of the time, and semi sentient vegetation that is possibly more of a threat than the magic users, and I happily sank into this book with a satisfied sigh." - Francis Knight

"Taking epic fantasy down challenging and original paths. Thoughtful and thought-provoking with every twist and turn." - Juliet E McKenna

"Bold, merciless, and wildly inventive, Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire begins an epic tale of worlds at war that will linger long in readers' imaginations. If you're looking for original and challenging fantasy, this is definitely the series for you." - Courtney Schafer

"The Mirror Empire is epic in every sense of the word. Hurley has built a world - no, worlds - in which cosmology and magic, history and religion, politics and prejudice all play crucial roles. Prepare yourself for sentient plants, rifts in the fabric of reality, and remarkable powers that wax and wane with the stars themselves. Forget all about tentative, conventional fantasy; there's so much great material in here that Hurley needs more than one universe in order to fit it all in." - Brian Staveley

"The Mirror Empire is the most original fantasy I've read in a long time, set in a world full of new ideas, expanding the horizons of the genre. A complex and intricate book full of elegant ideas and finely-drawn characters." - Adrian Tchaikovsky


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Paperback Editions

August 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mirror Empire: THE WORLDBREAKER SAGA BOOK I
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
ISBN: 0-85766-556-1 / 978-0-85766-556-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2015 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga 1
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
ISBN: 0-85766-564-2 / 978-0-85766-564-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga) (Worldbreaker Saga 1) (The Worldbreaker Saga)
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
ISBN: 0-85766-555-3 / 978-0-85766-555-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Mirror Empire, The (Worldbreaker Saga)
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
ISBN: 1-5318-4225-9 / 978-1-5318-4225-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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October 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga, Book 1
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


October 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga, Book 1
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga, Book 1
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga, Book 1
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga 1
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
Publisher: Angry Robot
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


August 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Mirror Empire (The Worldbreaker Saga Book 1)
Author(s): Kameron Hurley
Publisher: Angry Robot
Availability: Amazon UK