Summary

In the 36th century, humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems. The Galactic Empire, modeled along Prussian lines, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance are at war, and the fate of every human being in the universe hangs in the balance.
This classic Japanese space opera, adapted into a legendary anime, is finally available in English for the first time.
After a coup d'etat erupts in the Free Planets Alliance, military strategist Yang Wen-li is ordered to use his tactical wizardry to put down the rebellion, but the ringleader holding the capital is someone he once trusted deeply. Meanwhile, in the Empire, Reinhard will soon face a new trial, as in the wake of the emperor's death he stands amid an intensifying power struggle among the aristocracy. The unbeatable magician and the unstoppable genius: The decisions these heroes make will send shock waves across the galaxy.
©2016 Viz Media (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By FP on 19-06-18

A study in causes and effects of Ambition

Very aptly named seconds part of the series. While Dawn set the stage and major characters, Ambition details the even more meteoric rise of Reinhard and Yang as central figures in Empire and FPA while facing civil war and rebellion.

Dawn felt somewhat impersonal and antiseptic focusing solely on high level of tactics, politics and philosophy, I think this outing is more visceral and personal on the effects of war and violence down to the individual level. In my opinion this makes the writing more engaging and well rounded. It drives the point that you can get caught up with your ego or cross fire of egos even when you have the best of intentions.

You also get to learn a bit more about Phezzan and get a glimpse of the maneuvering going on behind the scenes. Being familiar the overarching story, no doubt that will take a few books to fully to take full shape.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sailfish on 31-07-18

A Fantastic Continuation!

The war between the Empire and the Alliance is in cessation while both the two factions are busy quelling the uprisings within their own territories while a third, yet undeclared faction continues to work insidiously in the background with intent on the ruin of both.

This book is much more invigorating than Book 1 in that there are many levels of intrigue, betrayals, subterfuge and more than a few poignant and emotionally-charged scenes where friendships are called into question and the loss of a few likable characters seem to drain not only the affected characters but the listener, as well.

I also enjoy how the author spends the time to explore personalities of even the 3rd tier characters and the local battles play out. In many instances, it adds a fuller understanding as to how despicable these aristocrats were and how likable and interesting other, less fortunate, were.

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