Got Empowered Vol.9 in the mail this week, and it almost immediately cemented itself as my MOTW book.
Empowered is an excellent series and I highly recommend it. It keeps getting better with every book. This volume resolves both events from the previous book and a plot thread that's been left dangling since book 4, and
Emp herself gets a couple of absolutely amazing moments, especially towards the end.
One small bit I really liked (minor spoilers from earlier volume 6 as well):
One of the many, many supravillains that crosses paths with Emp this volume is Deathmonger, the creepy undead necrotech super-scientist who was the big bad of volume 6, revealing that he was not destroyed as the end of that book suggested - "I am rather notoriously difficult to kill... in part, of course, because I am already dead." However, he makes no attempt to capture or kill Empowered, out of what Deathmonger calls "A token - if temporary - measure of suprahuman solidarity between two misunderstood ladycapes" revealing that he is, in fact, a she, and that everyone simply assumed she was male.
A minor point in the face of all the other events of the book, but it made me giggle gleefully for a good 3 minutes. I like that Empowered now has something like a female arch-nemesis, and she's one of the most feared and lethal characters in the series.
As with every volume, there was a big dose of world-building and tons of wacky new characters. And yes, more than a couple shots of Emp being tied up, super-suit shredded, barely concealed caboose on display. There's a mid-book intermission story where she has a few things to say about that
sort of thing, and those who might find themselves a little too
focused on it.
Honestly, the story is so good that I really don't notice any of the explicit sexy stuff anymore... all that