Engines of Empire by R.S. Ford. A Review Posing as a One-Act

Scene: Driving Home From Thanksgiving. It’s dark in Northern California and everyone in the car is tired. Wife and husband, Samantha and Paul are in the front seat, and eight-year-old Amanda is in her booster in the back.


Paul: Wanna hear about the book I’m reading?

Amanda: Sure!!

Samantha (doing air quotes over fantasy books): Oh, another one of his fantasy books…

Paul (aside): What the hell does that mean!?

Paul: Well, thank you, Amanda for your positivity! It’s about this empire and this other empire who they’ve been warring with for years and years and years… but the other empire sends over an ambassador to broker a possible peace. But, just days into her visit she is assassinated and it’s pinned another royal!

Samantha (mid-eyeroll): OMG, are there dragons now?!?!?!

Paul: Your mother may not like this genre of literature, but she doesn’t not have to poke fun at it. We don’t make fun of pilates? Do we?!?!

Amanda: A little…

Paul: You’re right… Sorry… Back to the story! So, I forgot to tell you that the story focuses on the emperor’s aunt and her kids. One kid is accused of murder, as I told you. Another one is lost in a jungle possibly looking for the potent material that powers machines all over the empire. And the oldest son is off fighting revolutionaries… It’s all over the place! And fun!

Amanda: I wanna read that!!!

Samantha: What are you doing to our daughter?

Paul: Fantasy fans rule!!

Amanda: Yes!!!!!!!

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley, Orbit Books, and the author for an advanced copy for review.

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