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Publisher's Summary

It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom that has been stolen.

Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she's been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn't believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey. But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

War is coming. The only question is this: Which side do you choose?

©2014 K. F. Breene (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Great story, annoying narrator

Fantastic story! The narrator however is very grating and monotone. If you can get past the narration, it’s a mind bending story.

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Long winded.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have listened to other books by K F Breene and enjoyed them immensely. This one, not so much. I kept waiting for it to get better. It didn’t.

How could the performance have been better?

I strongly think that the narrator was a large part of the problem. She did inflections and voices, but it just didn’t flow and seemed halting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed in this book.

Any additional comments?

I will definitely try another book by K F Breene.

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Really great !

Bought book 2 before finishing book 1.
Great story so far, lots of possibilities. If the rest off the series continues to be this good I have hours of enjoyment ahead.

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  • IMEE B
  • Queensland Australia
  • 09-12-2016

A bit long winded

The story has a good beginning and middle but it just drags on and on and why is that the heroine be an absolute bitch for, i know she suppose to be the "Chosen" one but she doesn't have to be acting like a drill Sargent and she seems to enjoy inflicting pain, and the monologue gods it keeps on and on. The only think that save this story for me is The Narrator Caitlin Davies you are a delight to listen too, you remind me of Elizabeth Evans, you make the characters believable thank you x

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  • Edryaidee
  • 03-07-2016

Good read

It was better than I expected, I was a little skeptical when I bought this book, because i was not familiar with this author. But I'm really happy I picked the series to read.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Book Junkie
  • 16-04-2016

Chosen

Great storyline of a strong woman who has lost everything and the journey she must face. Excellent character development, storyline, & plot! I adore the language lessons immensely! Looking forward to the next book!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • ByEqualMeasure - julie
  • 14-01-2017

Potential

The plot could have made a deeply immersive story. It falls short in character development!! Way short. I listened to the entire book, I was even engaged while not listening just thinking about what may happen. I did like the book. It is not a waste of time at all. Its just a bit frustrating in the lack of personal details also the order the author chose to reveal the protagonist's memories seem out of order and illogical. I would say this is a great first book for a brand new, young writter. I do not know if it is a first for the author...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 27-04-2017

Writing is a bit rough but story is engaging

This is the first book in the Warrior Chronicles by Breene. There are six books in this series and all have been released. This was an okay book. Despite some rough writing I ended up engaged and interested in the story by the end. This is one of those books that I know is fairly poorly written but, being that I am a sucker for interesting characters, I was drawn in anyway.

I listened to this on audiobook and Davies did a good job. She sounded very much like I imagine Shanti would and did a good job with male voices as well. I would recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.

There are a few things about this book that make it seem a bit amateurish. The writing here is a bit rough and some of the things that occur in the story don't quite make sense. Some of the things that don’t make sense and are contradictory in the beginning are eventually explained. However, the way it’s put together is sloppy.

Additionally some of the way actions are described are a bit just....off. For some reason Breene has an obsession with telling you how a guy’s balls react in a given situation; the description “so and so made his balls tighten in anticipation/anger/lust” was used quite a bit. This was a unique experience for me because I didn’t realize a guys balls could be so expressive in so many different types of situations (war, general conversations, etc). A number of descriptors were similar (using strange body parts to try to convey a characters’ emotions) and it felt a bit...off and awkward.

Despite the above as the story continued I ended up being very engaged with the characters and this world. I really want to know what’s going to happen to Shanti and Sanders and the rest of our characters. I also loved the world and all the political issues here.

Overall I was surprised by the end how much I wanted to read the next book in this series. If you can get past the slightly rough and awkward writing style this is a pretty enjoyable book. I plan on reading the next one and hope that the writing quality smooths out a bit. I am hoping this is a case of “first book syndrome” and in the next book Breene will have a better writing stride and flow.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Fransmom
  • 09-06-2016

Great fantasy fiction.

It was a little confusing at first. the way the book started out, not knowing the background, it was a little hard to follow but with her memories everything falls in place. I love the action sequences, the humor, sarcasm and sexual tension. Can't wait to read the next book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Leah
  • 25-09-2018

Drama + Complimenting Humor = Win

K.F. Breene does not disappoint. Initially, I was concerned that this would not have the same vein of humor as her other books. Sometimes, I like to step out of the darker novels like those from the Black Dagger Brotherhood or something by Dianne Duvall. When I want to be interested but lighter, I prefer to step into something by this author (k.f.), Darynda Jones, or Shelly Laurenston. When I read the synopsis of this book, I thought maybe she was writing something more dramatic and focused on something serious. On one hand, yes, this is a more serious novel than the others I have read of hers, but on the other, it still has the vein of humor to balance it all out and make me smile. She brings humor and drama as always. I'm so glad I get to binge on this!

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  • Cathy
  • 08-05-2018

Very Enjoyable

I was looking for a warrior type fantasy story. This hit the bill. I will be listening to the next book in this series.
The near ration was very good. She made the characters come alive. I could tell who is speaking before she even said who it was. Well done Caitlin Davis!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Fran
  • 29-03-2018

Wonderful start to the series.

Looking forward to book 2. World and character development way above average. Strong female lead and a matching male lead. Lots of danger and interesting side characters. Audible narration perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Virginia
  • 18-03-2018

some of the best story telling right here.

Breene has a way of creating characters and their story that stay with you. After reading a trilogy she wrote I came hoping to find more and I have. I can't be more pleased that this is the first of six.

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  • Ms. SGM
  • 27-01-2018

Great beginning.

l love KF Breene and got excited when I saw this series. The main character, Shanti, shows the customary grit, fortitude and kick-ass abilities of other Breene creations. However, there is an overhanging sadness and guilt that draws you to her.
Cayan, the leader of a village that comes to her aid, has a secret than be of great assistance or crippling to her resolve. He , along with her assigned " honor guard" are ready and willing to fight at her side; if she would only let them in. But Shanti fears the evil chasing her will destroy them like it did her people. Hilarious, heart warming and spine tingling all in one. On to book 2.

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  • Sue
  • 21-07-2016

new author for me very enjoyable

Good story. Unique characters. Loved it. Every character enhances the plot. Well done. New author for me will be happy to look out for future stories in this series or any future stories.

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  • Dr. J. S. Grimwood
  • 15-03-2017

Poor quality

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better writing, depth and storyline.

Would you ever listen to anything by K. F. Breene again?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

This book was 'chosen' due to the large number of positive reviews, though sometimes I wonder whether I am listening to the same story as everyone else. The story lacked decent writing, depth or characterisation. I had to stop listening quite early on as I really didn't care what happened to the story or the characters. I have no trouble with sticking with slow start epics (Wheel of time series, and the Malazan empire books), but there has to be some spark or element of decent writing that holds you to the end, and make you grateful you stuck with them to the end. I couldn't find it with this book, and I plan to send it back for a refund. I am desperate to find decent new science fiction epics to read.

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  • JanBusson
  • 11-08-2018

fabulous

this story is a great start to what promises to be an exciting adventure.
as always, the author doesn't disappoint

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  • wickedtyger
  • 19-01-2017

Loved it :-)

good book and story very funny in places. a good read or listen for any fantasy lover.