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Karda: Adalta, Vol. I

Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
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Marta Rowan knows her job. Secretly sent to the planet Adalta from the hidden orbiting trade space ship to assess its resources and trade potential, she knows she can’t get attached - she’s not staying. Then she meets her Karda, the wondrous flying creature she grows to love. And Altan, the arrogant aristocrat with strange elemental powers. It can’t be magic, can it? 

When Altan rescues her from a blood magician’s murder attempt, suddenly Marta can speak telepathically with her Karda, and she hears Altan in her head. Is she going crazy or - It can’t be magic, can it? However hard she fights it, and however often she repeats her mantra, “Don’t get attached”, she does. 

Forced to be together, they face bandits, treachery, revolt, blood-sex-and-death magic - and their growing relationship. Then Marta is captured by the blood magician. Will Altan rescue her? Or will she rescue herself? 

Author Sherrill Nilson used to raise horses. Now she writes about flying horses.

©2014 Sherrill Nilson (P)2019 Sherrill NIlson

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  • Abbie
  • Tulsa, OK, United States
  • 03-14-19

Loved it! Can't wait for the next in the series!

In her role as a covert trade ship representative (read: spy), young Marta is set down on a planet settled by refugees from a destroyed earth. In the centuries since the planet Adalta was colonized, the people - who shun technology - have developed "Talent" - elemental powers that they draw from the planet itself. Marta is on the planet to research ways to open it up to trade with the roving ship she grew up on, but she is quickly drawn into the growing political unrest on Adalta...unrest she suspects is being supported by the greedy leader of her trade ship, who may be supplying weapons that could devastate Adalta. As a Mi'Hiru, a member of the all-female elite guard who patrol the skies on Karda -giant creatures with the body of a horse and the head and wings of a bird - Marta finds herself becoming inextricably bound to this new planet and its people, especially the handsome son of a powerful nobleman. This is a fun and exciting fantasy/sci-fi story with just enough romance thrown in! The characters are well-developed and the world feels very real. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the next in the series.

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Super fun listen!

The combination of sci-fi and old school fantasy make this book so fun to read. As I listened, I kept dreaming of flying with Marta and Sidhari!! Sherrill Nilson and the reader Natalie Naurus brought the magic of Adalta to life. They had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find out how Marta was going to navigate her two worlds and survive the forces building against her.