Lord Scott Oken, a prince of Albion, and Professor-Prince Mikel Mabruke live in a world where the sun never set on the Egyptian Empire. In the year 1877 of Our Lord Julius Caesar, Pharaoh Djoser-George governs a sprawling realm that spans Europe, Africa, and much of Asia. When the European terrorist Otto von Bismarck touches off an international conspiracy, Scott and Mik are charged with exposing the plot against the Empire.
Their adventure takes them from the sands of Memphis to a lush New World, home of the Incan Tawantinsuyu, a rival empire across the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing Quetzal airships, operas, blood sacrifice and high diplomacy, Ramona Wheeler's Three Princes is a richly imagined, cinematic vision of a modern Egyptian Empire.
This was different, I do like the what if stories. Some take in a few things, some go really deep. Here we have an Egyptian Empire that never fell, oh and took over a lot of land. Cleopatra and Caesar lived happily and the rest is history. Europe is a bunch of states with princes under Egypt. Truly a mix of cultures.
But across the ocean the Inkas, The Aztecs, yes everyone got to flourish in their own ways so they are empires of their own. They can also fly, so the can rule the skies.
But what is the world without some evil guys? Here in form of Bismarck, Victoria and Albert.
To the story, Lord Scott, an Albion prince spies for his Empire and is sent to the New World with his friend Mikel, a Nubian prince and a scholar. I will not say what they look for but oh they got ideas across the ocean. The first travel through North Africa and then we get the new world. Everything so unfamiliar and yet yes so could have been.
Still...well it just could have been better, something was better even if it worked. Just..something. So I liked the what if the best.
An interesting what if story.
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Tor Books