Dominion Rising: 23 Brand New Novels from Top Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors
Gwynn White and Others
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The Dominion Rising Boxed Set is this year’s premier compilation of all original Science Fiction and Epic Fantasy.
26 New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling authors bring you 23 sharp, suspenseful, thought-provoking novels of dark and light, magic and adventure, enchanted swords and galactic empires.
A million-word curated collection ranging from hard science fiction to space opera, epic fantasy to steampunk. Neon dystopias and endless nights—aliens, telepaths, starship captains, warriors, vampires, gargoyles, space pirates, hapless mercenaries, street urchins, badass heroines, lost princesses, cyber-enhanced humans, and robots…
Dominion Rising features NY Times bestselling authors Felix R. Savage, Gwynn White, Margo Bond Collins, Melanie Karsak, Tom Shutt and Erin St Pierre; USA Today bestselling authors P.K. Tyler, Anthea Sharp, S.M. Schmitz, K.J. Colt, Marilyn Peake, Dean F. Wilson, J.C. Adrijeski and Erin Hayes; and award-winning and Amazon bestselling authors Samuel Peralta, Ella Summers, S.M. Blooding, Lisa Smeaton, Timothy C. Ward, Daniel Arthur Smith, Tony Bertauski, Rebecca Rode, Cheri Lasota, Ann Christy, Becca Andre, and Logan Snyder.
sure to be a hit with readers who love the genres, and should even encourage those who, like me, are
I’ll be honest, Sci-Fi is not really my thing. But when offered the chance to read Mind Raider, the first book in the new Kalamatra Rebellion series by S. M. Blooding and P. K. Tyler, I was all in: I love Tyler’s facility with words, and she’s never steered me wrong on a read.
Easily summarized by the blurb: this is a story about the one weapon that will bring the world to its knees, and the team that is tasked with stopping it. And we’re off. Building this world, comprised of 4 separate systems that comprise the Black System, the Kalamatra Station sits at the center of one of these four. In worlds that have evolved to comprise class systems, each with their own personalities and physical attributes, we are introduced to the Elite, Families, Military, Spacers, and the Terrans. At first glance, each group brings an expectation of the people within it, and their role in the story to come. And then, everything turns on its side.
Keva is at the center of this story: an engineered soldier that disobeyed an order and was left to die. Rescued and recruited by the Codex syndicate, she is tasked with investigating the new bioweapon, and returning with information. Her own development, and the growth that she shows in this mission: from recruiting an AI that is developing a personality and self-determination (ask Facebook – it happens), to the spacer pilot Hale Reeve and his ship, an Elite woman who is the antithesis of what Keva has come to believe is the norm, and a group of misfits and misunderstood willing participants. In many ways, this was a story highlighting the dangers of stereotyping against the power of a common cause, and those elements stood out solidly.
While not a usual read for me: the story was fast-paced, layered and loaded with moments that mixed idealized intentions of behavior with the realities: squabbles, sniping, friendships and dangers all test the cast of characters as they seek to find ways to achieve Keva’s mission while not losing the communication, trust and opening the world for readers to travel along. Scientific aspects play a large part in the story, but never overwhelms the characters. Strong female depictions, plenty of growth and development of relationships, friendships and personal revelations, as well as a touch of romantic interest. Based on this story alone, this set of 23 Fantasy and Sci-Fi titles are sure to be a hit with readers who love the genres, and should even encourage those who, like me, are dabblers in this world.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the author via InstaFreebie for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Another winner from Becca Andre!
Ferromancer - Iron Souls, Book 1
By Becca Andre
This exciting new series is just what I would expect from Becca Andre - great plot, imaginative yet realistic fantasy elements, all set into a carefully researched real world background.
The story takes place in 19th century Ohio, in the heyday of canal boats as the primary means of transporting large freight shipments. The lead character, Briar, is a strong, independent young woman who captains a canal boat. She has a fiercely loyal crew, and together they struggle against competition from the railroads, and an overbearing cousin who threatens to sell her boat out from under her.
Then an unexpected twist - the appearance of Ferromancers. These individuals, who were supposed to have been completely exterminated in Europe, have the ability to transfer all or part of a person’s soul into a machine, giving that person immense power. Briar rescues a man from a vicious fight and nurses him back to health on her canal boat. But is he really one of the hated ferromancers, or one of their victims?
As with the author’s Final formula series, you never really know who is the hero and who is the villain until the end. You’ll have to read it to find out!
Great Set of Stories and Authors
3.5 stars. If you love Fantasy and SciFi this is a set of stories you have to get! Add in some diverse writers and it gets even better. The variety of authors and storylines will keep you riveted for many hours. Some violence and adult themes so 18+. You cannot go wrong with this set. There are stories for everyone included. There is a combination of short and longer stories.
So far I have only read The Other by Marilyn Peake, Mind Reader by PK Tyler, and Reign of Bone and Steel by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre. But just those story are worth more than the cost of this set.
REVIEW FOR THE OTHER: The past, present, and future come together in this short standalone story. Are they aliens or something else? I want to know more about these characters so I hope that the author writes at least one additional book about them.
REVIEW FOR MIND READER (Kalamatra Rebellion #1): Mind Reader is the first book in the Kalamatra Rebellion series. This can be read as a standalone but does end in a cliffhanger for the next book. Those with power and privilege once again try to make the rest of humanity subservient to them. Can they be stopped?
REVIEW FOR REIGN OF BONE AND STEEL: This can be read as a standalone but ends in a cliffhanger for the next book. Power, magic, and revenge come together for an interesting story. People and situations are not as it seems. There are enough twists and turns to keep readers interested.
- Category: Epic
- Published: Aug 08, 2017
- Publisher: 4xOverland Ltd
- Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
- Print Length: 6149 Pages
- Language: English