On Mars, in the distant future, the princess Haydn's arranged marriage cannot save her beloved Republic. Her arch-enemy, the warrior-woman Frane, seeks to make herself Queen while Haydn--the legitimate heir-- must flee for her life.
A reluctant symbol for those who would restore the monarchy, Haydn is too young and unprepared to assume the throne - but determined to become a great Queen. With a bounty on her head, she will make a perilous journey to the realization that - in order to save her world - she must sacrifice all that she holds dear.
©2004 Al Sarrantonio (P)2012 David N. Wilson
"Haydn of Mars is the cat's pajamas...reads as if Edgar Rice Burroughs had been born in 1973 instead of 1873, and just begun writing today." (Science Fiction Weekly)
"Fabulous...an enthralling Martian science fiction tale."(Midwest Book Review)
"Fans of fantasy and SF alike will appreciate this genre-bending space adventure." (Romantic Tiimes)
I love science & fantasy fiction and thus ghastly been a wonderful tale. The narrator does a great job-each character distinct Nd perfect. A couple of things were predictable, but nevertheless, it is a solid story.
It had good characters but stereotyped. Most irritating was the heavy pro-Islamic bias.The idea that cats would be riding horses was hard to bear and I struggled with it so much I couldn't really appreciate the rest of the tale. This was a feminin-centric tale with the queen the only one with brains - oh how original. I was very disappointed in the overall story because it hinted and rambled and got boringly predictable almost immediately. I can see why it was a reduced price book.
Make the creatures not be cats. Remove the Islamic influence. Add some punch and action to the story. Everything progressed so slowly I couldn't finish it.
Use a reader who doesn't make so many pronunciation errors.
New ideas and some semblance of an interesting plot. Not the rehashing of the lost princess plot in cats clothing.
Write like a man.
The narrator does a nice job.
I continue to read novels ostensibly written by men using a female first person to very sad effect!
I am married to the wonderful and amazing woman pictured here. I listen to books to make me a better husband, father and person.
I liked the archaeology ties, but felt that no aircraft we've designed would last the millions of years they believe had passed. Of course, that just makes me want to read the others to see if that discrepancy is explained later. Well done.
Possibly. The dialogue has several very interesting turns and twists.
Yes. The next in this series might by interesting. The table has been set in Book 1.
The narration was quite good for a single voice crossing species and genders.
Absolutely. Otherwise Book 1 is much less interesting.
I thought that the general story idea was good, but all the characters were very flat. there was never any motivations given for characters actions which made them seem stupid or illogical. it felt like I was listening to a shortened version of the book.
I love audible so much that I have two accounts. I'll take listening to a great book over watching TV almost every time.
I enjoyed the book even though cats were characters in the novel, but not in the cutsie purr, purr, purr way of Sneakie Pie. I am a dog person of course. I am an easy listener meaning that I enjoy just about anything, though I can be critical. Here, the characters could have been any kind of being-cat, dog, whatever, and the science fiction blended modern and medieval weapons.
It moves the plot along, but some of the characters are knocked off before fully developed.
Sure--she did a good job.
Look for the second novel in the series.
I think this book was meant for a younger audience.
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