Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review - Awakening by: Raymond Bolton

Title: Awakening
Author: Raymond Bolton
Publisher: Raymond Bolton Author
Series: The Ydron Saga #1
Pages: 368
Format: Kindle
Source: Received from author for review


How does a world equipped with bows, arrows and catapults, where steam power is just beginning to replace horses and sailing ships, avert a conquest from beyond the stars?

Prince Regilius has been engineered to combat the Dalthin, a predatory alien species that enslaves worlds telepathically, and to do so he must unite his people. But when his mother murders his father, the land descends into chaos and his task may prove impossible. Faced with slaying the one who gave him life in order to protect his world, he seeks a better way. Set in a vast and varied land where telepaths and those with unusual mental abilities tip the course of events, Awakening goes to the heart of family, friendship and betrayal.

My thoughts: 

First things first: the world Bolton creates in Awakening, the first book in the Ydron Saga is unique, original and somewhat bizarre. There is a planet under fuedal rule in the steam engine era, and although the humans seem to have the power, there is a different race out to take them down. These "creatures" who mostly walk around in human form, but they have different abilities i.e. being able to talk right into people's brains. 

Prince Regillus, who goes by Reg, is warned by his mentor Ai'Lorc that he and those close to him are in danger and that the only way they can stay away from it is to hide. We follow the story of him, his elders, and his friends Danth, Leorar and Ered as they try to figure out how to keep themselves and their kingdom safe. In Awakening, there are creatures who visit other worlds, an army of people that have become rapists and robbers under the current circumstances, the evil Dalthin that want to harness humans for labor and breed them for food.

As Reg tries to build a wall between himself and the evil, we, as the reader, are in for a story full of adventure and action. I especially recommend this to those who want to escape into a completely different world for a while.
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