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Publisher's Summary

She is from the past, locked inside a world within a world. He is from the future, haunted by her death.

A sensible young nobleman and his fiery sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life.

All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf's head. Now, everyone in their quiet town is suspect. Risking banishment, the siblings search for clues, leading them to Fillion Nichols, an Outsider with a shocking connection to their family. Their encounter launches Fillion into battle with his turbulent past as he rushes to decode the many secrets that bind their future together - a necessity if they are all to survive.

Cultures clash in an unforgettable quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love.

Are you ready to discover what is real?

©2014 Forest Tales Publishing (P)2017 Forest Tales Publishing

Critic Reviews

"A captivating YA hybrid of sci-fi and medieval fantasy, mystery, and romance, Legacy opens The Biodome Chronicles series with divergent worlds on a carefully planned collision course." (Chanticleer Book Reviews)   

 "...This book was beautifully written. It was detailed, immersive, and had a subtlety that I cannot help but be impressed by." (Kookie Krysp Reviews)

"This is a fantastic launch to what promises to be a vivid and engaging series." (Pure Jonel Book Reviews)

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Great world building, intriguing characters . . .

Can I just say, woooooooooooooooh. I don’t really know what say or how to say it. This was a fantastical ride with adventure, action, intrigue, mystery with touches of sci-fi, fantasy, dystopia, and fairytale. I found much here to make this a fantastic adventure. I went on a ride with first Leaf and Willow, then latter adding Fillion. There are many others that you get to know, some you like other you just don’t care about and others you just right out hate. The world that takes shape around each and every chapter change was intriguing. The writing had an element of something more. There were things I did not understand and other that I became comfortable with as the story went on.

I could not just sit down and listen to this in one setting. After a few hours, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed or underwhelmed it depended on where I as in the story. I applaud those that were able to do this in one setting it just did not work for me. There was much to take in with each session spent listening to this world become more and the characters become richer in depth and concise.

Narrator Review of . . . LEGACY (The Biodome Chronicles, #1) . . . Sunil did a good job. The richness of his voice. The diction. The accents. The pitch. All came together to provide a listening enjoyment. I took the time to listen with more than just my ears. This was a full senses experience. I was captivated by the vivid imagery that was conjured with his voice.

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A world of of the past set inside the future

When Leaf and Willow's father suddenly dies, they are adrift as to what will happen next. Little do they know, but they are really part of a bigger secret- ​with too many lies and hidden purposes that the siblings may not be able to live up to. On the outside of their hidden world, Fillion is disinterested in his life, just waiting the days until he will be sentenced for his hacking crimes. But instead of jail time, he is informed of a secret, one he will now be part of. These three teens from very different worlds will soon cross paths even though they don't know it yet.

​The story was interesting and very complicated, with some surprise twists and secrets. The author has a poetic writing style, very descriptive and flowery, creating a vivid imagery that came to life for the reader. Everything was so descriptive, yet at times I feel like the detail overwhelmed me and the plot transitions were lacking. The idea of the book was also really creative and unique, a simple society with no technology or advancements bubbled safely within a futuristic society with the most advanced of technology. The clash between the two elements made for some interesting interactions and ideas that I had never thought of before.

The narration in the story skips between three character: Leaf the practical and reliable son of the Earth Element who has lived his whole life in the dome, Willow aka Oakley the fiery impetuous younger sister to Leaf, and Fillion (named after the actor who just so happens to star in one of my most favorite show- Firefly- I loved this random reference thrown into the story!) the rebel hacker who lives adrift in the futuristic world. I found Leaf to be a very one dimensional character and not very interesting, his parts felt more like am ambivalent narrator watching over everything instead of a part of it. Oakley was intense and slightly crazy, giving hormonal girls a run for their money for sure with her out of control mood swings and hot anger- she was 100% unpredictable and headstrong. Fillion, ah, Fillion, my favorite. He had so much depth and thought put into him I could not help but be intrigued.

I found the narrator to have a very interesting voice as well as great enunciation and timing, but I was a little disappointed since it was hard to distinguish between voices. The narrator was great at doing one voice but I did not like when there were conversation between the characters because I had no idea who was talking​, there was no differentiation at all between the speakers. It made it hard to follow the story and I noticed myself checking out at times since I was a little confused.

​I thought this book over all was interesting and different, a nice mish mash of worlds and technology to create a new kind of fantasy/science fiction journey. Legacy is the first in a trilogy and there is no way I could even predict what will happen for the characters or what secrets will come out next. ​I am glad that I got the chance to listen to this book and I would like to continue the series, but I think I will read a physical copy for the next installment.

​I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. ​

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SO unique!

If you could sum up Legacy in three words, what would they be?

Sci-fi meets Victorian

What was one of the most memorable moments of Legacy?

The epigraphs giving context to the biosphere and the story

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved getting the back story to how the whole system worked-- technology etc. I think the author did a great job of researching and making it really believable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Choose your world.

Any additional comments?

It took me a little before I could get into the narrator's voice, since most YA novels I listen to are read by young women. I thought the author did a great job of creating two distinct worlds, and making you really think about which future you would rather live in. Two extremes. Really well done.

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Gorgeous!

Such a lovely book! I started reading Legacy in print, and as soon as I saw it released in audio format, I immediately bought it and found my place in the recording. There’s something so moving about the narrator when he speaks Sundin’s gorgeous words. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen!

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Fantastic narration for my new favorite series.


Second place tie between the cover, narrator and character development. First place definitely goes to world building. I haven't loved being inside a story world so much since Harry Potter. However, I don't think the narrator could've done a better job. He was fantastic!

I enjoyed how the epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter are woven into the story and the extra touch they give.

Perfect Blend of old meets futuristic.

Intriguing science without so much that the details become distracting.

A growing mystery with wonderful characters.

I'm grateful that this first story was finally made into an audiobook since I can't currently do any reading due to migraines. I devoured this and will be eagerly awaiting the audio books for the rest of the series. I received a free review copy.

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A fascinating take on the future

The author has created such an interesting world in this story! I enjoyed listening to it. The narrator has a lovely voice.

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Under the Dome

When you think of scifi, you usually imagine something that happens in space, far away from Earth. However, this needn’t be the case. You can write really great scifi without leaving Earth, and that’s exactly what Jesikah Sundin did with her Biodome Chronicles.

If you’ve watched Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’, you get the idea: there’s a community living under a dome — albeit voluntarily — that is, the first generation did. Their descendants haven’t been given a choice, but they seem content enough.

However, something is about to change: Leaf and his sister Willow discover a few things that make them distrust almost everybody. Their encounter with Outsider Fillian sets in motion a chain of events they can’t control.

We have here some great characters, notably Fillian and Willow, and I can’t wait to find out how the story goes on.

As is wont in a good scifi story, there’s a lot of technology involved, none of which seems impossible, even with today’s standards. Experiencing some of it through the eyes of Leaf and Willow makes it seem quite alien and outlandish, though.

I have to admit that I quite like the idea of living in unpolluted surroundings, where there is no technology that could do harm to nature. That said, I guess there’d be numerous things I’d miss, so I’d probably not be as content as the idea suggests, and living in a confined space, however intact it might be, probably would drive me mad after a while.

Sunil Patel’s narration was wonderful, he brought the story to life, and I listened every free minute I had. Although there isn’t exactly a cliffhanger, the ending left me wanting for more. I’m very curious about the future developments, and I hope ‘my’ lead characters will be well.

So, if all scifi you know is set in space, you should absolutely try this story, just to give you an idea that there’s more than space battles to a good scifi story. For everybody else: you don’t need to be a geek, or even understand technology to thoroughly enjoy this story.

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

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An interesting series, a fresh approach

This is one heavy book to read. The audio is a far better way to enjoy it. Wait, I’m not saying that reading it would not be enjoyable, not at all. It’s just that it has so many technological terms, descriptions and world building that it may take a while for the reader to be captivated by the plot. But once you’re there, it’s awesome.

I liked it so much! The author is absolutely fantastic. The way she described the two different worlds, showing the beauty, nativity and ugliness in each one. What made me appreciate her more was how she adapted her writing to each character. She transformed into Leaf, Willow and Fillion easily and gracefully. And the character development is amazing as well. Yes!

Now, this combination between uncovering mysteries from Fillion’s past, his ties with the biodome are beautifully weaved in with the romance aspect. When he first sees Willow, he is taken aback by the purity in her appearance. No makeup, no additional items that cover her true looks. I liked how this scene was presented. And from here on, a world of mystery and secrets unfolds and lives will be changed forever.

I was not very comfortable with the narration. Sunil Patel has a lovely voice but it was very difficult to realize which one of the characters was talking. I did not observe any voice acting or something special when it comes to intonation. It was more of a normal reading, nothing out of the ordinary. However, I was so attached to the story that I started not to pay attention to who was reading it, as long as it kept going. The foreign language insertions here and there confused me a little and I think that Leaf’s little sister was as little neglected.

With all these comments, I died appreciate “Legacy” and I can’t wait to read more. I heard that the story keeps getting better and better. Enjoy!

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

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One of the best I've listened to!

Formed around the bond of a brother and sister, we are transported into a world that seems stuck between its future and its past; and the characters must make the appropriate choices to keep everything from falling apart. 

I absolutely LOVED this story! It is so unique and captivating, not only the story itself, but the characters too. The narrator was simply stunning, perfectly capturing the tone of the book and providing the correct emphasis in every sentence. At one point while listening, I caught myself looking to the TV thinking that I was watching a show instead of listening to a book! 

As for the cleanliness of the novel, there always seems to be mild violence in YA novels, so in addition to that, there is a descriptive scene of grieving the loss of a loved-one that some audiences may be able to relate to a little too well and therefor may be disturbed by this scene. Aside from this, I was very pleased with how this book ended and await book two with eagerness. 

Legacy comes highly recommended! 5 out of 5 stars! 

This review was originally published on LiteratureApproved .com. I received a free copy of this book from Audio Book Worm for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

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An Overall Magical Tale

A very well told story that has a lot of magic, wonder & drama. It's a story akin to the likes of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis for a new generation.
The only true problem I have with the audio narration is just ok. Certainly good to listen, but feels rather slow and lack of changes to voice/tone that lets the listener know that a different character is talking or a sudden change of events.
I still overall recommend it to anyone that enjoys all of fantasy literature.

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  • Erin
  • 02-09-18

An Intriguing Saga

Any additional comments?

Legacy is not an action-packed, non-stop-movement kind of book. It has some action, but much of this opening book of the Biodome Chronicles is about the emotional state of the characters and their relationships with each other. Well-written and including marvelous descriptions and beautiful imagery, this book was quite enjoyable, although I could have stood less tension between Leaf and Willow (she may only be fifteen, but her temper seemed rather unreasonable sometimes).

Sunil Patel, the narrator, has a wonderful voice, and it was very pleasant to listen to him. However, I had trouble distinguishing between the voices and therefore was not always certain which character was speaking. I also sometimes felt as if the epigraphs from the Atoms to Adams Daily Show represented his voice-acting better than when he was performing the characters in the actual story and wish the energy from some of those was more prevalent in the audiobook as a whole.

While it started clean, once Fillion and his world gained greater focus, the book developed some language - thankfully, I had moved to listening with the earphones by that point instead of setting my phone nearby and using its speakers, so the little ones weren’t exposed!

All in all, I liked this book a lot (I’ve already purchased and am almost finished with book 2, Elements). I knocked off half a star for the language and half a star for the mild performance issues, leaving it with a solid four stars.

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

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  • garyterzza.co.uk
  • 01-15-18

Compelling

What does Sunil Patel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Fantasy sci-fis are all about creating an immersive atmosphere and the narrator Sunil Patel does this perfectly. His rich, deep voice provides the perfect vehicle for a captivating piece of storytelling.