The world is broken. The powerful machines that once ruled over land and sky fought and died, leaving humanity in a primitive age of swords and monsters. But that was long ago, and only legends of the Schism remain.
Enoch has never been frightened by these tales. He sees things differently from the other youth in Rewn's Fork, and that makes him an outcast. Where others see crops and weather and flocks of sheep, Enoch sees numbers and patterns.
When he accidentally awakens a powerful artificial intelligence, he discovers the truth behind his peculiarity - Enoch is an Etherwalker, the last in a long line of powerful technopaths who can control machines with their minds. Without knowing it, he has triggered the ancient Hunt, and now legendary monsters are hungry for his blood and bent on his extinction. They know he has seen the truth behind the broken world, and, if he survives, he may have the power to shatter it...or to make it whole again.
©2015 Cameron Dayton (P)2016 Tantor
Out of the countless audiobooks I've listened to, this is definitely one of the best.
The wonderful thing about Etherwalker is that it is so unlike many sci-fi or fantasy books. It has the characters story structure of many sword and sorcery stories, and a post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting.
I don't know if anything can top a reader's imagination in terms of experiencing a story; but Kirby does an excellent job lending different voices to all of the characters and he has an excellent sense of timing, knowing when to pause to let moments have the impact they need. He's probably the best narrator I've heard since Stephen Fry's reading of Harry Potter.
Enoch's autism keeps him from easily understanding others, so it's really a joy whenever Enoch is able to connect to or begin to understand the characters around him.
It's so rare to find new spins on either the sci-fi or fantasy genres that this book has been genuinely refreshing. Great settings, loveable characters, and a good story; what more could I possibly ask for?
Dayton's visual way with words will keep your imagination engaged. The characters are inventively quirky and he is not afraid to explore uncomfortable relationships. Great one! Pick it up.
This book is a science fiction story with the feel of Epic Fantasy. The world is a captivating mystery in the early chapters that makes you feel as if anything is possible and all of it wonderful. The character of Enoch is endearing, the portrayal of his autism giving a clear description of what it is like to live with that and making him empathetic even to those who have never experienced what he does. The story lagged a bit in the middle, almost losing me while Enoch stayed in Babel, but soon enough picked up and was engaging again. As a whole I feel the book was a little bit too long but deeply enjoyable. I will definitely be continuing the series and I recommend you give it a try as well.
This story was not what I expected. Given the anime style cover art I suppose I should have. The story woven here is much akin to what you could find on a blockbuster anime series, complete with unique hero powers and an eclectic mix of characters, each with their own contributions to the journy. My only problem with this yarn is the lack of explanation, the world is fleshed out, but why it is the way it is now is only briefly touched on, as are the many monster's and other inhuman characters. I can only hope that future books in the series will build a foundation for the very intriguing world the author has created. Highly recommended.
This isn't a bad story but I feel it should be listed as a young adult novel. Maybe it supposed to be obvious but I always find it annoying to find out the book I've chosen has those slight changes that really simplify and make a story with a neat concept into 15 hours of "ooh my feelings, who am I?"
I've never listened to a book like this one. The world, the characters... Everything about it is the product of true creativity. Easily one of the best books of 2015.
I love this title. The setting is fantastic yet disturbingly familiar. It is sword and sorcery with a basis in advanced technology. Trolls, angels, medusa, and many other fanciful beings fill this story.
In particular I enjoy the character Rictus the specter.
It might seem a little bombastic, but this is the most creative and inspired thing I have read since Dune.
If you like fantasy, check it out.
If you like Sci-fi, check it out.
"What a pleasant surprise!"
Bought this title on a whim. What a nice change from the standard fantasy recipe.
Fun and funny characters, great world building. Love Rictus, his guitar and the lifebeat that keeps him going.
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