Kendro, King of the Aonise, can do nothing to prevent their sun from collapsing, consuming their home planet, Letháo, in a single fiery blast. Running out of time and options, he evacuates the entire population, setting off into the unknown galaxy in four crowded ships. Under constant danger from their ancient enemy, the Zefron, treasonous dissent seeps into his inner circle. Threatened inside and out, Kendro struggles with whom to trust, until a mysterious vision finally brings hope to the distraught king. A new home awaits the Aonise - if Kendro can only unite them long enough to survive the journey.
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"Richly Drawn New Universe"
Dawn Chapman has conceived of a detailed, intricate society with characters that are intense and compelling. Kendro must save his people from a dying sun, an enemy bent on destroying them for apparently no reason at all, and from enemies within his own royal house. In the middle of it all, he has to find the energy and alliances to save his son and hold his number one together as well.
Aonise who seem on the king's side to begin with turn out to be enemies and others who appear sinister turn out to be friends. In the middle of it all are complex family relationships with familial struggles to work out. This is a story science fiction story fans will be able to sink their teeth into. I, for one, will be on the lookout for the next book in the series to see if Kendro can overcome all the obstacles placed before him and find the courage to face his greatest enemy and save his family and people.
Greg Tremblay does an excellent job bringing this universe to life. Each character has a distinct voice that he accomplishes through surprisingly subtle variations. I enjoyed the story much more because of his ability to consistently pronounce all of the exotic words used to create the people and language used to create the Aonise culture and society.
I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
"Science Fiction Starter"
When we think of Science Fiction and space travel, usually we think Star Trek, Heinlein and the like. Humans trying to escape Earth because of impending doom, aliens invading Earth, etc. This story is a bit different.
A new Science Fiction fantasy series, the humans on this interplanetary voyage are not from Earth, though they are human albeit with a few enhancements
Kendro and his people have been forced from of their home because their sun collapses taking their planet with it, thus forcing them to search for a new planet to inhabit. That being a daunting task in itself, their small fleet of ships are also being chased by another enemy, the Zefron. This first book in the series tells the story of the first leg of the journey.
Through a vision, Kendro sees the planet Earth and that becomes their destination. But to make it, they must survive multiple attacks from the Zefron, and the fact that it will take almost two years to reach it. They just don't have enough fuel to make it.
Greg Trembley does a fine job with the narration of the many different voices in this book. (there are multiple characters), and as is the case many times in Science Fiction, strange pronunciations.
If possible, also download the ebook so that you can see of the different words,especially if you are a visual thinker or learner.
Highly recommend, all the more if you are one of those that is always searching for the next best Science Fiction to escape into!
*This audiobook was gifted to me by the author for an honest review.
"Just did not grab me.."
Nothing really grabbed at me, there was a lot of action but no substance. I did not connect or relate to any characters. I read other review and there was a mention of Battle Star Galactica but it did nothing for me.. never watched the show.
Maybe... Battle Star Galactica.. ?
There was no connection for me to the book. Even the different names of all the characters was so foreign to me that I was not even paying attention anymore. Maybe if I have watched Battle Star Galactica it would have made more sense.This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"Slow at first, better the second time around"
Listening to the book twice makes for a better experience
The book is awesome the way it is. It was a little hard getting into it at first, but the second time around was a lot better.
Yes, Greg T gave a great performance, I would be willing to listen to another book narrated by him
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
It was good for a sci-fi type of book. like Star Trek I had a hard time at first getting into the book. but I enjoyed it. as I listened along It's a perfect story if you are into this genre.
"A Fascinating and Unique Universe"
The Secret King: Lethao is definitely worth listening to if you're a fan of science fiction with a bit of fantasy mixed in. It's focused around an alien race with magic-ish abilities who are fleeing to escape extermination.
Overall I enjoyed the story. There is a little bit of everything, from action to political intrigue to romance. It's epic in scope and right from the start you know you're in for an exciting journey.
I really liked the creativity involved with the 'magic' abilities that the characters all have. It operates on a physical and emotional level. It allows for some pretty interesting interactions between the characters. I only wish that there was some more information on the limits and rules of the abilities considering how big a part it can play in the characters overcoming obstacles.
The main characters were all pretty well fleshed out with one character in particular seeing some nice progression. I appreciated some of the moral quandaries that the characters had to deal with. It allowed me to invest in the characters and the story that much more.
Greg Tremblay's narration is well done with excellent pacing. Overall it's a very solid performance.
The decision to give all the characters a similar accent definitely helps to drive home their alien nature. However, I feel that particular production decision may have restricted Tremblay's range when it came to character voices.
It's clear that distinct character voices was not a priority for the narration. I understand that this is a valid creative choice that some listeners appreciate, but I'm not one of those listeners. There were several scenes where I was unable to keep track of which character was speaking. It also added to the difficulty of keeping track of characters across scenes as characters were often referred to by multiple names in different scenes (first name, last name, position, etc). Without a distinct voice to latch on to, I was lost as to who a character actually was on more than one occasion.
In the end, however, it didn't detract too greatly from my enjoyment of the book. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
"Battlestar Gallactica meets Game of Thrones!"
Dawn Chapman has struck gold with this book. It takes the very best of sci fi, a worldwide evacuation in a small fleet due to invasion by an implacable foe, and adds the political elements and intrigues of a kingdom with multiple noble houses. Add to this a King who who is mentally connected with all his subjects, and you have sci fi of epic proportions. With enemies without and withing, the King of Lethao, Kendro, must see his people safely to a new world, all while surviving the plots to bring him down. With a fast paced plot, lots of action and some outstanding characters that you can really get into, this is a book for any sci fi fan looking for a new series.
Greg Trembley's narration is spot on, giving each character a voice all their own, and moving the story along at a consistent pace. I for one can't wait to see where the story goes in the next book.
I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the Author in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Boom.
"Space opera, unfortunately not for me"
I got the audio book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
When I read the synopsis, it sounded interesting, so I applied for a free copy. It's been quite some time now that I did, and still I haven't finished the book. First of all: it took me ages to get an inkling as to who is who and who does what. Not only are all the names completely unfamiliar, but sometimes, the characters go by names, other times by surnames, which makes it twice as difficult to remember them. I had to search through the book to find out. A list of characters would help greatly for this book.
And then, it didn't keep my initial interest. I can't say why that is, it is well written, and the narrator is excellent, but maybe there are just too many characters introduced at once, and too many things happen which I couldn't see the connection of, or guess where they would lead (which, as such, is a good thing, but here, I was overwhelmed).
The book is well written, the language flows smoothly, so the fact that I didn't get into the book is not due to style or topic.
I'll certainly try again at a later time, maybe it was just the wrong book at the wrong time for me.
I will when the next book is out
Yes. The end. Darn cliffhanger
Ugh! the ending was so abrupt. Even so, I enjoyed the book enough to get the next book whenever it becomes available. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
"Fantastic Space Saga"
The whole story was great
Disaster averted, the Aonise are launched into space with their enemy, the Zefron, hot on their heels. It details their voyage through space, and how their people survive this calamity and those to come
No, But Greg Tremblay gave a great performance, I would be willing to listen to another book narrated by him
Yes and would listen to it again
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom
"A great read / listen"
Dawn Chapman has created a fully formed world and for a few short hours you can inhabit it with her. Greg Tremblay's performance is exceptional and he brings her creation to life in a way that insinuates itself into your brain. Highly recommended!
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