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One world, two cultures, and a mystery - four thousand years in the making.

When Nolan Hayes crashes his borrowed (don’t say stolen) ship on Janusia, he finds a planet split by a river of epic proportions. Fast, deep, and deadly, the river is home to three kingdoms and a cable system left behind by people from the stars, who left no clues as to its intentions. Now, the river and all it’s connecting ports are controlled by a single guild.

Night after night, ships fall from the sky, breaking apart and scattering bodies across the wide plains, the empty southern ocean, and the warring kingdoms. Some of these ships have survivors, and some of those survivors aren’t victims at all, for their arrival on Janusia is anything but an accident. As Nolan unravels the intrigue of a world at war, he’ll gather powerful allies on his march to the river and to a meeting with destiny - Corra, the woman chosen to lead her people in a fight for justice.

It’s a fight against greed, evil, and a hidden truth that will change history itself on a world at the end of the galaxy - a place where ships die, the river rages, and war is never-ending.

©2021 Terry Maggert (P)2021 Terry Maggert

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Wonderful mix of high-tech and fantasy

I was skeptical as to what I was getting into with this book. However, it drew me in and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Nolan is a very Han Solo-like hero in that while he likes to make it seem like he is only out for number one, he does have a moral compass.

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Plenty of characters to love or hate!

I have enjoyed a lot of Terry Maggert’s books but this is next level. I knew Lost Kingdom would be good, but it was most excellent. This book was a joy to listen to! Action, sharp-edged snark, captivating characters, advanced tech, & medieval castles – lots of dynamics going on.

Nolan and his AI Cherry crashed on this planet. Nolan spends the first little part of the book trying not to die, either by some enemy, the planet, or his own folly. It was pretty entertaining to watch him scramble around. Cherry, of course, saves his butt several times. I love her practical nature & dry humor. I was already hooked into the story by immediately liking these two and rooting for them. Then there comes Crow, and later Avina. Haha! I loved how Avina and Nolan met – so much promised violence, if either one turns out to be a jerk. But luckily, they are both good people at heart and they figure that out and a much-needed alliance was born. I also liked Crow and his self-assigned mission to save and protect kids whenever he finds them.

There’s also plenty of jerks on this planet too. Most of them are dangerous. In fact, our first introduction to some of them is an ambushed wedding party, most of whom are floating dead in a river. There’s also some indigenous sentient life on this planet, or at least I think so, the underwater river dwellers. I look forward to learning more about them later in the series. There’s also a witch and some very dangerous weapons.

Cora, once a drowning princess, arises from flame and muddied waters as a endangered queen. She has some loyal followers but needs an edge if she’s to regain her lost kingdom. A first, I wasn’t sure if I was really going to like 16-year-old Cora as it felt like a little worn-out trope but by the end of the book I was rooting for her and looking forward to seeing what she can do in the series.

In short, it’s a lot of fun with plenty of characters to love or hate. The mix of tech and brutal hand-made weapons is a winner in my book! Definitely looking forward to the sequel. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Zachary Johnson is always enjoyable to listen to but he’s doing something exceptional with this book. Maybe he enjoyed it as much as I did, maybe he’s upped his overall game a notch. His voice was immediately engaging. I loved all his character voices; variety kept each character distinct & his female characters sounded like ladies. The pacing was perfect. Johnson was on point with the humor and also captured the myriad of emotions the characters went through in this book. There were no tech issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Amazing!

Lost Kingdom by Terry Maggert was a great audio book! I really loved how the narrator brought the characters to life before my very ears.
Nolan Hayes quickly became my favorite character with his ability to survive such unpredictable situations. Overall this book quickly became a Science fiction favorite of mine!!

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Terry's back with a new world to explore

Terry Maggert is back with another world you can get lost in and visualize from the very beginning. The first line of the blurb "One World. Two cultures. And a mystery four thousand years in the making." pulled me right in to the need to want more. Then I saw Terry's name. This was right up there with what I needed. There was something new and different around each corner. Nolan Hayes finds that he may have just gone a little too far or maybe he needs to go a bit further. Janusia had much to share and even more that was hidden. I want to share more but I think that would give away something. Not doing that. I would say that Corra is not the only interesting character along the way. Nolan becomes part of the world that he crash landed on. Along the way he finds a band of intriguing friends/foes/allies to help in the fight to the secrets of a world not his.

Zachary Johnson did not disappoint. I find that his voice suits very well to the science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, genres. I felt right at home with to familiar artist (author Terry Maggert and narrator Zachary Johnson). The blend it very much a complement to the work produced. I feel as it there is more to come.

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Very intricate world building!

Nolan, a not-so-good guy in a stolen spaceship, gets sucked into a planet’s pull and crash lands among the oddest cows you’ve ever seen. With the help of his AI, Cherry, he manages to survive and finds himself in the midst of a planetary power struggle. Nolan is still rough and tough, but he aims the nasty at the nasties and unveils a surprising heroic side to those in need, picking up sidekicks along the way.

I’m amazed at the in-depth world building in this book! So many details, so many cultures, and an incredible ability to knit what appears to be unrelated events into the same story, This world is dangerous and harboring really big secrets that the majority of the characters are unaware of, except for those few who do know. Nolan navigates these societies and their cultures with the awareness of a guy who hasn’t always been on the up and up, a good trait for this world, with an ability to sniff out who to trust and who to just shoot.

The story is great fun and humorous at times. I dropped a star because the switching viewpoints made it hard to keep up with the story at times. You catch on soon enough, but I preferred the story when in Nolan’s point of view, the other viewpoints are necessary but a bit harder to follow. Overall, the story is entertaining, and that’s my goal when I read or listen to a book.

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A beautiful creation !!!



The Author Terry Maggert have created a masterpiece.
A beautiful imagination, every character is needed for this beautiful story which mixes the future and the past into an awesome science-fiction creation.
And by choosing Zachary Johnson one of the best narrator that I’ve ever heard of for narrating this book wraps the whole thing into a perfect audiobook !

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  • Alan Preece
  • 11-27-21

Its Really Just A Matter of Taste

Nolan Hayes is a thief, and he is unapologetic about the fact. With his only companion an AI called Cherry, he has travelled across the universe picking up job after job, always moving further from the slums of his home world This is until he encounters an uncharted wormhole that deposits him on a remote and desolate world that finds itself on the brink of civil war.

Barely escaping the crash of his stolen ship, Nolan becomes embroiled in the growing conflict, discovering that - even though this may be a backward world - the conflict affects worlds much further afield than he could have imagined.

Terry Maggert's Lost Kingdom is the first book from this writer I've experienced, as well as the first time hearing its narrator Zachary Johnson, and - at least to begin with - I was extremely pleased with both. I found the dialogue between Nolan and Cherry a little too "cute" at times, and the profanity seemed out of place to me, but overall I found the characters instantly engaging and Nolan's situation one I wanted to follow.

The story alternates between Nolan's predicament and the machinations of the various factions vying for control in the worlds kingdoms, but I did find Nolan's story the more engaging of the two, the other feeling more of an information dump at times. But this is somewhat necessary, as there is a lot of information to be outlined in preparation of the two world colliding halfway through the book.

For me things ticked along rather nicely until five or six chapters in, and then things changed with the introduction of a character that I disliked instantly. For the remaining book she didn't seen to do anything to earn her inclusion, and it just took attention away from Cherry, who I saw as the books female joint lead. The moment also seemed to signal a change in Nolan's character, moving him from someone who is a lovable rogue to someone who is more cold-bloodied. Personally I didn't like the change in his character (or - at least - how I perceived his character), and I slowly saw less and less of a difference between him and those he fought against.

I think much of this is due to the fact (even though this is not obvious) that this book is the first of a series. So I can only assume certain things are being seeded in this book that will become more pertinent in later books, and this might be the reason I became less engaged throughout the book as I don't tend to read series, I don't mind sequels that develop organically but I usually avoid preplanned series.

Zachary Johnson, on the other hand, does not seem to put a foot wrong for me. His ability to differentiate characters almost puts him in the same league as Sean Duregger (my personal favourite narrator in terms of character), and his ability to do this creates something less like an audiobook and more like a one man play. His narration is always clear and runs at a good speed that give you time to absorb what's being said. Honestly there's nothing I can say negative about his performance, and he is certainly a name to put on the "positives" list of any projected he's connected with.


Overall my opinion of Lost Kingdom is a little middle-of-the-road. I did not hate it but I did not like it as much as I would have hoped, and I think much of this is because I avoid books of its type because of my dislike of series. I do think the structure of such books are different, their use of pace and character designed - necessarily - to encompass several books rather than being self-contained, necessitates a different structure.

If you like books of the type I think you'll probably enjoy Lost Kingdom quite a bit, or at least you'll enjoy it more than I did. Terry Maggert writes engaging characters and - mostly - keeps things light. He can - in my opinion - be somewhat uneven in tone, sometimes the violence becoming a little more than I'd expect in an adventure tale, but again this may be just a matter of taste.