The isolated planet of Tao is a house divided: the peaceful Daysiders live in harmony while the pale Nightsiders pursue power and racial purity through the violent ritual of the Combat. Edmon Leontes, the gentle son of a ruthless warrior noble and a proud Daysider, embodies Tao's split nature. The product of diametrically opposed races, Edmon hopes to live a quiet life pursuing the music of his mother's people, but his Nightsider father cruelly forces him to continue in his bloody footsteps to ensure his legacy.
This is one of those books that just punish the protagonist over and over again. I like the main character, and I did listen to the whole book, but his story was a bit of a train wreck. You might like it if you like the 3rd - 5th game of thrones books though. It has that only bad things happen to good people theme.
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Throughout the story, he gets better, more capable and competent, yet he doesn't learn. I'm not even sure he grows as a person, just gets tougher and latches on to the same obstinacy.
He keeps trusting people that have lied and betrayed him. And the justifications for why he won't kill the person who is responsible for his torturous existence is thin. I won't kill him because it's what he wants?!
It reads like the author wanted certain things to happen to the character and came up with the justification after the fact. You'll find yourself yelling in your head "You're trusting the guy who publicly beat your mother the first time you met him, then tortured and maimed her, after he says one thing nice to you?! Who does that? This kid who has been brought up with violence and betrayal happily gets on a boat with his father, a bunch of his fathers guards and his pregnant wife because Dad says he'll be nice this time? After years of being awful? The reason he gets in this situation is because the father says he wants to talk in private. Really? So you go on this "private" boat with Dad, the guards, Dad's assistant who has screwed you over multiple times and your pregnant wife? The only people not in this meeting are the ones who might help protect you!"
So you have to do some mental gymnastics to let stuff like that go. I leaned heavily on thinking the kid was a bit stupid when it comes to certain things.
I did enjoy it, the main character had an internal monolog that was engaging, and his life was interesting, but it falls flat at the end. No triumph or epiphany at the end, even though it would have been simple (kill dad and then destroy what he built).
I'm running out of titles on Amazon Unlimited though, so take that into consideration.
To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.
The story was good, interesting characters and dialog. I was disappointed with the main character's part. She was basically a victim who lucked out in the end. She really didn't have much influence on events.
Battle-weary after a desperate fight to save Earth from the Drasin alien onslaught, Confederation Captain Eric Weston is tasked with a perilous new mission. He and the crew of the Odysseus must hunt down those who unleashed the hellish attack on his homeworld and that of Earth's Priminae allies.
Great overall, but Stephanie sounds like an older Texan than the younger protege he used to be. Remember, Steph was a kid who kept breaking into the double A program. That'd make him 5 years younger at a minimum (Since the captain had been in the marines and then done black ops for a number of years.)
Natalie Barns is falling apart. Since returning from Fourline, she's tried desperately to focus on the world in front of her - the one of classes, money, and family. But the wound in Natalie's shoulder from her final encounter with the Nala radiates pain constantly throughout her days, while her nights are tormented by terrifying dreams of the Nala - and of Soris, the rebel fighter she failed to protect.
Good book, but the protagonist is accepting responsibility and guilt for things that were not only not her fault, but clearly the responsibility of those giving her grief. If that byplay was removed it would be a great book.
She's a really strong character in other situations, so it doesn't make a lot of sense for her to be craving the approval of someone she actively dislikes.
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The Earth died when aliens rained thermonuclear warheads on her cities and sprayed the surface with a bio-terminator. A deadly poison drifted to every corner of the planet, threatening the last survivors with annihilation. For a soldier like Creed, there is only one way to keep breathing untainted air. He must bury his hatred of the extraterrestrials and join the Jelk Corporation as an assault trooper, leaving the planet for outer space. In return for his and other people's services, the corporation will house the last humans for as long as the assault troopers keep winning.
Too bad the rest of the audiobooks aren't on kindle unlimited. Wish I knew if it was Amazon or the author's choice.
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Wallie Smith had been dying on another world when the Goddess transferred his mind to the body of the barbarian swordsman Shonsu. Then She gave him the great, magical Sapphire Sword of Chioxin and sent him on a mission. All he had to do was to lead the arrogant band of swordsmen to destroy the sorcerers and their Fire God. Now Wallie discovered that he'd already tried it - and been hopelessly defeated.
Unsatisfying conclusion. Lots of leaps to cause struggles and emotional turmoil that didn't make sense.