Being chosen always hurts.
Kare faces a choice - he can inherit his cruel mother's Empire or accept his father's birthright and stand against her, knowing he will incur her wrath. Once made, that choice will threaten everything he holds dear - his friends and loved ones, his family, even his sanity.
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Yes enjoyed it. Will read again when book 2 comes out.
The depth to the characters and I loved the narrator and the female narrator.
Yes I would
"A Dark Tale"
This is an extremely well-written novel that captures your attention from the beginning and never lets go. But it's a dark tale, not a happy one.
The battle is against an evil empress who will do ANYTHING to get what she wants and who commands absolute obedience from her subjects by use of psychic mind control, torture, terrorism, and utter ruthlessness. (I don't particularly enjoy descriptions of torture and had to set the book aside at one point.) The odds against the rebels are astronomical, but if there was ever a just cause, this is it.
So, brilliantly written, with characters I came to care about and an engrossing story. Just be prepared for the darkness.
It's petty, but I knocked a point off the "performance" score because I disliked one of the female voices. When she came into the story I thought she was a child with a crush on the hero, not the military leader she truly is. My prejudices are showing, I know. There's no rational reason why a soft, high-pitched voice can't belong to a warrior.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest opinion.
"Hard to get into, story in there somewhere"
I liked the story...I think. It was hard to get into because of the narration. Wasn't for me, I guess, though the female voice wasn't bad. The difference in volume of the voices was distracting. I did enjoy the development but eventually had to set it aside about halfway through. I'll likely pick it up again. I think I would be more excited to finish if more books in the series were out:)
"Excellent Space Opera"
I really enjoyed this book - it proves that SF with a character focus works very well, and that there's not much, in terms of technology or future-forcasting, which is needed to give it that adventurous
Great depth of characters
Did not read the printed version, Travis did a good job
Gripping with real and believable characters
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher
"Started out good"
Hard to put my finger on it. It started out good but somewhere in the middle, I started losing interest. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
This was a great novel, that's starts out a bit slow, but picks up speed quickly and throws you into a deep story that you hate to see end. I thought the audio actors did well, but had to listen to some parts with head phones because the female voice was so low. Great story and looking forward to the next book.
"Excellent Space Opera"
I really enjoyed this book - it proves that SF with a character focus works very well, and that there's not much, in terms of technology or future-forcasting, which is needed to give it that adventurous, exciting feeling. Jo did a wonderful job with the characters, even the Empress; every one of them have believable motivations, and I was invested in all of them. I'm also looking forward to seeing more of the worlds and systems Jo has created, as the hints were tantalising.
As to the narration, sometimes Travis fell into reading different emotions in a similar manner, but over all, his performance was good. I would, however, advise that the female narrator not use the high, almost Anime-suited voice - it was the only aspect of the narration which truly detracted from the listening experience.
All in all, a job well done - I'm looking forward to more of Travis' narration and can't wait to return to Kare and Abendau.
"Perhaps a smidge too much like Star Wars."
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review from the rights holder courtesy of audio book boom.
The story's enjoyable enough on it's own, as long as you don't think about the plot elements. Twin children of an evil tyrant separated from one another at a very young age. The main character witnesses traumatic family deaths at the hands of said tyrant. A rebel group hiding out in secret bases. Space travel combined with quasi-magical or mystical elements. I don't want to spoil too much, but the Star Wars parallelism is strong with this one. There are some substantial differences of course, and I guess there are only so many ways to tell a science fantasy space opera story, but the parallelism may unduly irritate fans of the venerable franchise. [Then again, there are also some similarities to Simon R. Green's Deathstalker series, so maybe there really are only so many ways to tell this kind of story]. If you can look past that aspect, it's a good yarn with fun characters dodging in and out of trouble very frequently.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."
I listened to this book two weeks ago and had had the hardest time articulating what this book lacks, why did listening to this book feel so arduous. Why did I listen to two other audiobooks between starting and finishing this book? My answer was that this story lacks humour. There is no dark humour, no humour period. See other books that like the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie are depressing, they are dark, but they still have humour.
The story was interesting from a plot perspective, but the characters felt like puppets pulled on strings to get to certain goal posts that the author put up. I feel like this is an overly negative review, but the story was not engaging, and for the most part somewhat predictable.
The “Magic” system set up in this book was kind of interesting, and this explores how those with powers might exploit that for gain and power.
Despite the negative tone of this review, I still finished the book which puts it above other books, and for the most part, I think the book survives only on the plot. The characters don’t really have any humour and fall flat. So, In essence, it felt like a book that has lots of potential that’s missing some Humanity.
Empress with mind powers that rule interstellar empire has children with a seer to create more powerful offspring. Seer escapes with children to get away from the Empress “evil” clutches control. They live with some of the worst rebels I’ve ever read about, are kicked out because they are too afraid of the Empress. While running away Seer and one of the children die. The story is about one of these children grown up, moving away from the shelter.. joining with the crappy rebels again. Gaining their trust being captured by the Empresses minions, get a pretty bad deal with the torture.. This basically turns into an Escape and defeat of the Empress, with great Cost.
"Tautly plotted space opera"
The publishers provided me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I have a weakness for space opera, but it rarely lives up to its promise. Abendau's Heir does; it's a tautly drawn story that balances action, politics and emotion.
There is action aplenty without interminable battle-scenes, plus political intrigue without flabby dissertation, and it's all pertinent to the plot.
I am frequently bothered by space opera in which cities or even planets are destroyed with barely a nod to the lives lost. Not so in Abendau's Heir. The strong characterisation and layered protagonist experience made me see the loss of life and feel the suffering - this is no book for the faint-hearted.
The brisk tone and clear voice of the primary narrator suited the story. I found the Empress's gentle tones disconcerting until I realised how well this matched the dichotomy between her words and actions in the story. My only criticism of the narration is that an unevenness between male and female voices frequently had me reaching for the volume control.
"Pretty good space opera"
Probably not. The book was a little longer than it needed to be, there was a lot of things in the book that didn't need to be there and there was a lot of skimming the more important areas. That being said the storyline was still very good and I did enjoy it.
Probably a mix of Red Rising and Uncommon purpose. There were similar themes in this book.
Probably Kare's cousin. I picture his voice to be very similar to Travis's.
I do not want to spoil anything, but what happens to the main character in this book about 3/4's of the way through made me very angry.
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