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Summary

Meet Hail: Captain. Gunrunner. Fugitive.

Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir. But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can't do the one thing she did 20 years ago: run away. She'll have to figure out who murdered her sisters if she wants to survive.

A gun smuggler inherits the throne in this Star Wars-style science fiction adventure from debut author K. B. Wagers. Full of action-packed space opera exploits and courtly conspiracy - not to mention an all-out galactic war - Behind the Throne will please fans of James S. A. Corey, Becky Chambers and Lois McMaster Bujold or anyone who wonders what would happen if a rogue like Han Solo were handed the keys to an empire.

©2016 Katy B. Wagers (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

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Enjoyable enough, somewhat repetitive

I did enjoy the book, but found it dragged towards the end.
Full disclosure, I found it on a list of "books to read after the expanse". I kind of get where they came from in that there is political intrigue, but there is at most a veneer of sci-fi. Actually very little of the sci-fi elements had any real bearing on the story, and had you set this in ancient empire I don't think the story would have been much different.
Aside from that, I kind of felt like this book was a little repetitive and there was a lot of "Oh no, you can't do that, it wouldn't be proper for a princess" which could have resolved the story much more quickly.
Think I'm going to leave the series here...