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In Adam Burch's thrilling series debut, a young man must choose between violence and peace in a distant world divided between those who thrive in endless sunlight and those who survive in eternal darkness.

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.

Edmon's defiance will cost him everything...and spark a revolution that will shake the foundations of Tao. His choice - to embrace the light or surrender to the darkness - will shape his own fate and that of his divided world.

©2017 Adam Burch (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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very impelling

on the whole I really enjoyed the book but would like to have had little different ending

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Good story, but. . . .

Too much gratuitous sex. Did the author think it would make the book more sellable? I don’t know. I just know I probably won’t bother reading anything else he wrote. I’m not really into pornography.

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A bit confusing at first, but enjoyable

At first I wasn't sure what I was listening to but by the end of the book I came to enjoy it except I hated the ending.

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Well done!

I don't usually read fantasy or sci-fi, but this story held my attention.
Being read by the author, it was obvious that he knew his characters, and his command of unique voices truly enhanced the performance.
The story line, though quite violent, is tempered with an emotional thread that keeps the reader wondering what else could possibly happen to our poor hero - just as the story takes on a new dimension you didn't see coming, and sweeps you into a whole new venue of conflict while remaining true to the initial challenges the hero faces.
The book is written with intelligence & class not usually found in stories of this type.
Very entertaining & I feel comfortable recommending this book to those who might not otherwise give this genre a chance. Well done, Mr. Burch!

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This author should hire a professional narrator.

For me the Narrator did such a bad job when his characters laughed or coughed it nearly ruined the mood the book had created.

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  • Christine
  • Sandy Hook, CT, United States
  • 12-27-17

Unimaginative Simplistic and just plain bad

The narration is at best tolerable. the story had anachronisms that I just can't abide, such as an amputee Inc a culture of star farers and the use of rockets.
I had only the authors word for it that this story took place in the future as there are no cultural dynamics that suggest anything other than the past and present.

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Edmon takes a licking, but keeps on ticking.

Good book. It was easy to visualize characters. Hope there are more books in series.

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  • Jes
  • Hobart, IN, United States
  • 12-15-17

Space Balls meets The Three Stooges meets Dune

Here we follow a character who is completely unprepared for the life he's forced into because of choices/actions of his parents. As the story progresses it's good for the first half. The second half is where you will wish the story to just end! The main character is trained to use his voice (Dune) as a weapon. He was trained several times in deception (Three Stooges) because he just kept getting slapped by it to the point it became painful to read more! Then once all the training is completed and he's the super fast, super trained being and yet he's suddenly reduced to the bottom rung of the ladder of life. Why? All he went through at this time he should have easily over come! Then he suddenly figured stuff out and we have Lone Star (Space Balls)! To be honest I'm not sure if it was more painful to listen to this book or to realize this was worse than 'Why was want you to be rich' by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki! Great advice to the author is end the story when you have the chance the first time instead of adding more just to reach 300 pages in a book or however many pages there were..

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A good mix of fantasy and sci-fi

This story reminds me of the Red Rising series in the sense that it seems to blend sci-fi and fantasy together appropriately. The author how does an outstanding job narrating his own work, this is probably the best author narrator on the market. Overall it was an enjoyable experience, and I am looking forward to future installments by the author.

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Enjoyable but unsatisfying 3.5 stars

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.