Karda: Adalta, Vol. I

Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Series: Adalta, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.3 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A new series for fans of Avatar and Eragon:

On the beautiful world Adalta, a lost colony from Earth is about to come under attack by a forgotten enemy. To Marta, Adalta is just another planet to spy on for the massive trade ship that hides in the skies. Her tough-girl shell cracks when Sidhari, one of Adalta’s majestic flying horses, chooses Marta as her rider, and a soul deep bond begins to form. Still undercover, Marta trains to join the Mi’hiru, the elite all-female Karda guard.

Assigned to handsome nobleman Altan’s quadrant, they fight a growing attraction. She has her iron-clad rules - no relationships, no friends, no lovers. She’s not staying on this planet. He’s destined to marry for politics, not love. Flying on patrol with Altan, they spot a village under attack by marauders with smuggled weapons she recognizes from her ship. And she is thrown into a battle between brothers that threatens all of Adalta.

©2014 Sherrill Nilson (P)2019 Sherrill NIlson

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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.

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A fun science fantasy adventure

I received a free audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. A fun science fantasy tale in which Marta, a spy, lands on a remote former colony of Earth (Adalta) which has lost their technology over the centuries. Expecting the people to be backward, she finds they are anything but, arriving at a time when a war is on the verge of breaking out. There's a lot going on for a relatively short book, with the war, political intrigue and a dash of will she-won't she romance for good measure. Marta's an engaging lead who at first struggles to keep her identity a secret, then later has to dissuade her employers from following her to Adalta. The narrator does a good job of mixing up the characters voices, and keeps the pacing ticking along.

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A Wonderful and Different book!

I thought this story was different enough that I was not reading the same story others have written. Author did a good job with the characters and the Narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life.

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Well...

I like the way that the author writes. I like the way the narrator reads. I didn't like where the story was headed so I quit at chapter 28 of 39. I didn't like the audio quality (and I am set for 'Enhanced') as it sounded muddy. I was given this audiobook for free and have voluntarily left this review.

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Kept me Guessing

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not sure what to expect but I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this. Diving into a new world with new mysteries as Marta tries to figure out what is going on. Then you have the added confusion of what is happening to her. This is an amazing book. For those that like fantasy and new worlds this is definitely a book for you.

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Intense

Very intense. This was another that I was up and down on. Could not decide if it was story or narrator. it just did not keep my attention after the first couple hours and struggled to finish this. This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review.

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Engaging and interesting

I was given this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I enjoyed this book and the narrator. I must admit that I liked the story a bit more that I liked the narration, but I still feel the narrator was good and so I gave the performance 4 starts as well. I think any qualms I have about the performance are based solely on my own personal preferences and not on her talent. The audiobook was produced very well too. The story is good- I was drawn in right away and I really like the main protagonist. There's a lot of traditional fantasy and YA elements to the story, but there are also a few novel aspects to the plot which I liked. I also liked that we were introduced to everything as the protagonist was- she's not native to the world she's on and so she's as clueless as we are about the magic system. So, we learn with her. The pace of the story was good- sometimes I wanted things to move a bit faster- but that was mostly just because I was excited and engaged. I also thought the romance was well done, and (an important factor for me)- there wasn't a ton of intense angst, huzzah! There are some fun sci fi elements to the book too, but I would mostly categorize it as a fantasy novel. Only word of warning is that there are some references to rape and torture that could be triggering for some readers. It's no more violent than most fantasy novels though. Less violent than many. Overall, if you like fantasy, YA, honorable protagonists, and animal/nature connection magic I think you'll like this book and series.

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Great Start to a Fantasy Series

Karda is a great fantasy novel. It has everything I could want: strong female character, interesting animals populating the landscape, and deep mythology. Adlta is a very intriguing world that I cannot wait to revisit. Marta is a strong character who also isn't afraid to show weakness or fear. The karda are such interesting and deep animals that I immediately found myself drawn into their story and world. I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.