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Space Knight

Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)
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Summary

In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage.

When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret. Death and betrayal lurk around every corner, and Nicholas finds himself torn between his loyalties to his new crew, or the oath he swore to his queen.

And death no matter which choice he makes.

©2017 Michael-Scott Earle (P)2018 Michael-Scott Earle

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Kinda silly, lots of fun :-)

A careening mix of litRPG, magic space knights, wonderfully over the top and regularly insane characters, mixed with old school fantasy type writing containing more than a dash of Conan. Add in blood, guts, numerous funny moments and endless cliches. Glorious! I enjoyed a lot.

Naturally, this book should be taken for what it is - fun, not too serious. But even with that, the author manages to create successful dramatic tension. My only slight criticism is that the main villain is too, well, ridiculously villainous. But hey, that's the nature of the book! Buying the next now.

Oh and ps, it actually ends fairly conclusively. No stringing the reader on to a sequel, though it naturally leads on it is not forced. I appreciate that.

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gripping space epic

What a stunning book, I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. very highly recommended.

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Good stuff. Reminds me of video games

Reminds me of video games I've played. Love the feel of the story. Performance was good also

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Excellent, keeps you hooked.

I really enjoyed this book, as a big fan of sci-fi, fantasy and computer games this seemed like a perfect synergy. The underlying story evolved as it would you were discovering it yourself. The fights were well put together and I very much enjoyed the imagery or the Knights and their unique characters. Great work from the narrator. Can't wait for the next installment

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I want more!

I never expected space and magic to blend well but I was pleasantly surprised. I look forward to the next book!

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the narrator should get a job as a garbage man

the narrator should get a job as a garbage man because he is very good at carrying the trash that this novel is.

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  • Christopher
  • 21-08-18

MSE writes another almost, pretty good book.

This is the 4th or 5th MSE book I’ve listened to... and if I’m being honest the only reason I risked the credit was that Nick Podehl is the narrator.

I’ve found MSE’s stories to be interesting and compelling, but his writing is often hackneyed and his omnipresent, juvenile, sexual compulsions are always cringe-worthy.

He’s never written a female character that isn’t sooooooo hot. Moreover, he seems incapable of even mentioning a woman in his prose without making sure to add an adjective describing her sexiness.

It gets so repetitive that it pulls you out of the story and I find myself wanting just slap the author and tell him that puberty is supposed to end in your teens.

That said this book is at least free of his overt obsession with harems and disconcertingly bad sex scenes. Though the main character is of course torn between the three women (who also happen to be sooooooo hot) on his space ship.

All in all the story is pretty good despite his big plot twist being obvious from almost the beginning...

So great literature this ain’t, but if you need something entertaining to listen to while you wait for a really good book to be released then this one might suffice.

P.S. Props to Nick Podehl as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-18

Protagonists is too stupid.

It's a good idea to leave room for characters to grow and learn but the main character's line of reasoning was too unbelievable. This book would have been better if there were stronger reasons for the beliefs he had, and choices he made. That way when he learned his lesson the audience could have been surprised with him, and it would have been a big reveal. Instead I was just relieved that he finally figured out what was painfully obvious from the start. That said, Nick Podehl never disappoints, and Michael-Scott Earle has many books on audible that are absolutely worth the listen. Even if you agree with my own assessment of this book, I hope you still check out some of his other works.

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  • Jason
  • 15-08-18

Juvenile storyline

Conceptually a great story but horribly executed. For the MC to have graduated from a service academy, he is a dumbass. Plot holes that are big enough to drive a truck through made it difficult to finish.

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  • JT
  • 08-07-18

Pulpy garbage

Sci-fi Pulp with weak characterization and bad writing. Bounces from one unrealistic combat scene to the next.

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  • Anita
  • 10-07-18

Not a fan

I don't like to leave bad reviews, but I really didn't like this book. The characters were so poorly developed I ended up just disliking them completely. It seemed like all the men were badasses and all the women were attractive placeholders. The story kept repeating itself constantly. The beginning was great though. The first thirty minutes was amazing scene building. Then it just...went downhill.
Nick Podehl does amazing voices and couldn't fault his work.

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  • Cody
  • 26-07-18

Meh...

OK so the book as a whole was ok, the idea of magic fused with tech isn't exactly new bit it's done well here. the narrator did a very good job I thought. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because for pretty much the whole book I wanted to strangle the main character.

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  • Steven T. Voboril
  • 27-07-18

a little frustrating

this is a decent book. I don't want to spoil anything but Nick's blind trust is hard to accept. plus the fact that he thinks he can be a spy without any training...arrrgh so many problems with this. I almost gave up on this book 2/3rds through. glad I finished it. not sure if I will di ish the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-18

Mediocre

The story was mediocre, but I would listen to Nick Podehl read the instruction manual for a dishwasher.

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  • gary m singer
  • 26-06-18

Shallow

Good idea but writing was shallow with little or no character development and dislikable characters. I would say video game level character development but that insults the game developers. Shame too because story had potential.

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  • Kyle
  • 07-07-18

must be some of author's early work

Not as well written as Tamer or the Destroyer series, but entertaining enough. I suspect thIs was an early work of Michael Scott Earle's.The main character is forehead slapping dumb, and the plot is rather predictable, but the narrator does a terrific job, and unlike many sci fi authors these days, at least the characters are each unique. I'm going to try the second book out since for whatever reason the last Destroyer and next Tamer books aren't up on Audible yet, but jury's out on whether I'll stick with this one to the end.

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