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25 September, 2014

Book Tour: The Numarian Chronicles - Escapement by Ciara Knight

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Synopsis book 1 - Escapement:

Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

Synopsis book 2 - Pendulum:

Haunting memories.
Terrifying dreams.
Crippling lies.

Trapped in a world of deception, my sanity rests with the love of Ryder Arteres and our renegade friends. Six months of scouring the ocean floor in a rebel ship fleeing our homeland, delivers us to a possible alliance with the opportunistic European Council. Our only hope is to utilize our forbidden gifts to free our people from slavery, proving our worth. But when a trusted ally turns traitor and a new breed of the queen’s weaponry is revealed, I’m forced to face the terror of my past to save our crumbling future.

Synopsis book 3 - Balance:

Life on a war-ravaged Earth is a dying experience. Finally, after years of tyranny, the rebellion rises. Once I rescue my fiancé Ryder Arteres, I, and the rebel general, will fight to free our people. In a war where alliances shift and friends betray one another, will the final battle prove the truth of the prophecy the queen has so feared—her death—or will I lose everyone I love?


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AUTHOR BIO

Displaying Ciara.jpgCiara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her young adult speculative fiction books. Her most recent Amazon best-seller, Escapement, book I of The Neuamrian Chronicles, released to acclaimed reviews securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from InD’Tale Magazine.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

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Review

Series: The Numarian Chronicles #1
Release Date: 5 February, 2013
Publisher: Defy the Dark Publishing LLC 
GenreDystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult

ASIN: B00BC1H1I0
Edition: eBook
Rating: 
Review Written: 25 September, 2014




In a world very much unlike our own, Princess Semara Valderak finds herself in a very difficult position. She must sacrifice a slave to secure her place on the council within her mother's rule; the catch is, she has to not be caught for her own errant powers that are surfacing. Sadly, she's caught with said powers and she's set on trial.

Despite the high hopes I held for this novel, some of it fell a bit flat with the action of the first chapter setting a bar that wasn’t constantly met or pushed. While the idea was admirable, the story slowly sank from action and adventure into a love story with former Princess Semara and her helper, Ryder Arteres. With every right, he should hate her and refuse to help since she did leave his sister to die, but the two work together with the help of a little dwarf to escape and survive.

Knight’s book looks as if there’s something there that could be built upon, and perhaps the subsequent novels are of a better quality. It might be worth a read if you want something more akin to a Romeo and Juliet story than an actual adventure.

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