The Egg followed Kaden home from the hospital. This glowing shell only he can see transports him across the emptiness between universes to distant worlds, but he's afraid to use it. This strange Egg may have saved Kaden's life once, but it failed to save anyone else he cares about.
Aren's sight reaches deep into the souls around her, seeing more than she wants in her friends and teachers at school. When she turns her gaze on Kaden, his Egg responds by sending them spiraling across space and time to a world where dragons, elves, dwarves, and peculiar gods dwell. Separated, lost, and alone in a hostile world on the brink of war, these teens must come to grips with their unique gifts if they ever want to see Earth again.
Back home, a biotechnology company tinkers with the science of reality, hoping to cure death itself by any means. But their work and the intrusion into the void have awakened something shadowy and powerful, a being imprisoned there for millennia. This dark being intends to break free and devour everything and everyone it touches. Infinite universes are in danger. Kaden and Aren must decide if they can save more than themselves. Can they save us all?
©2014 Charlie Pulsipher (P)2015 Charlie Pulsipher
I have not read the print version.
Lord of the rings, in parts.
This book is part Sci-fi, part fantasy, and part thriller. It reminds me of Lord of the rings in parts and Stargate in others. It's got everything from Elves to Dwarves to Dragons, Gods and an all important evil corporation. I liked the heroes and villains. Great writing by Charlie Pulsipher and very nicely narrated by Keith Michaelson with a good variety of voices.I'm looking forward to book 2 I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.
Sometimes you're looking for a good mix of sci-fi and fantasy. It can be hard to find. Gene Wolfe did a tremendous job in this respect, but not many others. Pulsipher really has my ear now. He's woven a story with hi-tech and wormholes with the mystical creatures that we come to expect with classical fantasy. In that respect, I think this book definitely adds to both genres.
Both protagonists are very likable. I feel like there's a lot more going on and am anxious for book 2. Also, and I'm glad for this, there isn't a lot of fluff. The story is cut well and moves forward with every chapter or POV change. It has an epic feel without being 30+ hours long in audio form. The descriptions are awesome. I loved hearing the descriptions of other worlds, though foreign, but you can easily imagine what's there. The narrator was a good choice for this story. Wide range of characters and didn't have to wonder who was speaking at any point. Solid, consistent performance.
Hope book 2 comes out soon.
"Um, yes, more please"
This book could have been 50% longer. Spoiler: big cliffhanger at the end! I have it on good authority that book 2 (obsidian threads) is close to being done.
Kaden and Aren make a great team, even thought their time together in this first book is limited. Their different paths are in unique and intriguing. I freakin loved the dwaros/dwarf creatures. Their song that and magic is very interesting and pretty fresh! Storytelling was great and enhanced by the narrator. What a voice this one has. Wow. Anyway, cheers! On to the next!
"It's a great one!"
Loved the romantic elements that were here. Tension, but not the focus. Story was awesome! Took a chance because I listened to another book by this narrator and he rocked it.
This book does love pretty quick and doesn't get lost in its nerd-side. I think there's probably enough here to satisfy just about everyone. That's probably why I really liked it. I'd almost say the execution of the tried and true story line is pioneering.
"Fantasy at its best!"
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This story includes different realms, space travel, gods, aliens or creatures, dragons and science. just to name a few of the elements in this book.
I was so enthralled with it I had to get the second book right away and was not disappointed in it either. I am now waiting not so patiently for the third book.
The story starts with a boy in a car accident with his mother that turns his life totally upside down. Meanwhile a scientist gets a new job in another part of the country....
A girl that has always been able to read people well meets the boy and things start to happen. I could not turn them off.
"Sci-Fi Meets Fantasy in a Brilliant Way"
I liked the alternating views of the main characters. I kept waiting and waiting for them to all merge together. That kept me wanting to listen even more. I also loved the world building.
I have to say it's a big toss up between Kaden and Aren. I could relate really well to both of them. I liked the mystery behind Aren's character and I wanted to learn more about her life and gifts.
I enjoyed the elf and dwarf. I loved the different accents he was able to give each character to make them different.
It left me wanting more. Lots more!
This is my kind of read. I really enjoyed all the different scenes throughout the book—it made it almost felt more like a movie than a book. I got to see the point of views of so many different characters it added to the overall story. I really want to listen to the next book because there are so many questions this book didn’t answer. Over all it’s a fun read and very entertaining.
When I was deciding if I wanted to read this book, I read references to StarGate and another show I love. Still, that wasn't quite enough to tell me if I wanted to invest time in a new author I never heard of. Then I looked to see who the narrator was since that can make or break a book for me. Oh, its Keith Michaelson? That made it a no-brainer for me. I was fresh off his Ares Performance and he didn't disappoint here either. He has many voices, all distinct and I still say I haven't heard anyone that gives their villains a better, creepy voice then Keith does.
The Crystal Bridge, is a big, fantasy/Scifi story with an epic feel. It feels like a big book. And there is a lot going on in it. At first we start off with Kaden, and we see when his egg of power first manifested itself to him. We then get Aren, and she has her own set of unique abilities. Kaden and Aren's world doesn't take long to converge together. We get the feeling they have something in common with these unique gifts but its unclear how it ties together.
This takes us to James. There was a lot done to get James to where he is. Including ruining his reputation in the science community. James story runs parallel with Aren and Kaden but the two never meet for most of the book, until the very end. Through the book you are left wondering about what is it that James is doing that ties in with Kaden and Aren but we are clear that it does somehow tie together.
There are side characters. The Dark god, the Twin gods, the Monks, Vander, James boss. Everyone has a goal or agenda and we get pieces of their story too a long the way.
The writing and descriptions were fantastic, dare I say even magical. Mr. Pulsipher is highly imaginative and prolific. Everything felt unique and new. It was nothing like anything I've read before.
The first book is like a chest board and its setting the players up on the board. All the world building and laying out the ground work for all these characters, slowed down the pacing a bit for me. Just as I thought I was finally going to get answers about how James fits in, the book ends on a cliff hangar.
I usually don't like when books end on a cliff hangar. But Wow this story feels so epic. The parts about Aren and Kaden and how they play into all of this is really interesting and I want to know more. Aren, Kaden and James are all very likable characters and they really pull you in to this story.
There are many unique races/species in the book and they also have a rich, story to them. This world is well fleshed out. There are so many elements to it that I'm surprised any author could keep it all straight but the author does. If you want a unique book that doesn't feel cookie cutter. If you like strange new words, other creatures and imaginative story telling, then by all means this book is for you. I am looking forward to reading the next book to get all those answers finally answered and to see what happens next.
Without a doubt its worth the credit and you can't go wrong with Keith narrating it.
*I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com".
""Science Fantasy" is a good way to think of it..."
This book ranks in the top two this year. Though this is categorized as "young adult", Pulsipher doesn't pander, so it's just as enjoyable for adults. Mr. Michaelson's read was amazing, too, easily moving from one accent or inflection to another, making each character recognizable without having to be labelled. I love it when I start forgetting that the story is only being read by one person.
I really enjoyed the organic world building. Instead of spending thirty pages telling us what everything looks like, the reader is allowed to discover the world as the characters do, thereby making it easier to do so. The characters develop slowly and naturally, which is good since the author throws a lot of them at you pretty quickly. I also loved the blending of science fiction and high fantasy, maybe mixed with a little Lovecraftian weirdness.
The final scene in this book was riveting.
I did laugh, several times. The author has a way with snark and sarcasm for some characters that I relate to, while maintaining a seriousness with other characters and with the story as a whole.
First, this:"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
I also want to stress again that this was not only a fun story, but a really well done production and read. I look forward to more of Pulsipher's stories and Michaelson's reads.
Yes. This is one of those books that you keep in your "favorite" section to read over and over.
Not sure. I felt this book was unique.
He does a great job with his narration. I got lost in his story telling and felt he was the characters. I hope he does the second book.
Sci-fi and fantasy at its best!
I suggest giving this book a try. If you enjoy strong relatable characters, great world building, and an adventure you don't want to stop, this is a good choice for you!
"Excellent Series Start"
This is a truly interesting read, combining modern computer tech with ancient magics. The narration is perfect and brings the story to life. It ended in a cliff hanger at a spot where you will be totally compelled to get the next book.
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"Intriguing. I can't wait for the next one!"
The sci-fi / fantasy mesh concept was something I haven’t really gotten to read much of before, and it was refreshing to read. I will continue following the series, as it left me curious to know more.
The description of the worlds made it easy to picture multiple settings and visualize movements of the various characters. The perspective jumped between several parallel story lines rapidly at the beginning, which leaves you unsure of how they will converge. As the book continued though, the pieces start coming into place and a pretty intricate plot came into focus. Also the perspective changes settle down to a good pace (or maybe I just got used to it?). Oddly enough, as the pieces started coming together, I found myself appreciating the avalanche of plot-lines at the beginning. My brain had been working to figure out how it was all going to come together, which made the story intriguing and kept me glued to the book! This is the first book in a series, so you are left with a lot of questions at the end (and a cliffhanger), but I think the payoff as pieces keep being revealed will continue to be worth it.
Keith Michaelson has a pleasant ‘narrating’ voice, but more than that he has good distinct voices for each of the main characters in this book. One of the characters accents seemed to me to flip a bit between two accents but this was a minor thing. I would put Michaelson into the category of narrators who I would not hesitate to listen to again. A narrator can make or break an audiobook. Michaelson's ability to change his voice and tone helped with the jumping of perspectives, as it gave an extra mental nudge to shift your brain out of one plot-line and into another.
With all the plotlines (I know I started off complaining about them but, like I said, I came to like that aspect of this book); a variety of wonderful relatable characters (my nerdy- and sarcastic-self connected with several of the personalities within this book); vividly described settings; and elements from both sci-fi and fantasy, Charlie Pulsipher has crafted something that would be hard for any reader not to find something to love.
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