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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (November 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425719201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425719203
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,755,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

K. J. Wolf resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, where he writes and edits professionally. He received his BA in History and minored in English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After graduate work at the University

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In a distant galaxy, a pair of bluish-white stars whirls slowly around each other, like two sisters in a perpetual dance. For binary stars, Nevron and Kelvron drift relatively far apart, their dance steady, serene, and almost unnoticed. An asteroid belt passes between them, sailing like the streamers of unseen gowns. And skirting each star, two sets of planets circle, their orbits forming halos around each twin. True, most of these orbiting spheres of stone, earth, and molten rock are uninhabitable. But a select few buzz with life, with a music quite unlike the waltz of the sister suns. One of these life-bearing planets, Zavenscikori--better known as Znski--rotates around the Nevron star. A warm world of vast oceans, great deserts, and lush forests, Znski bears many creatures. But by far its most advanced and most formidable is the Lizzardi race, a race technologically sophisticated, yet disparate. All Lizzardis find themselves separated not just by the gulf of oceans and continents, but by heritage, tradition, and age-old enmities. After centuries of ups and downs, two distinct spheres of influence have come to dominate Znski's many voices; the Voshiadda clan heads the western continents while the Clonce family rules the east. And these polar opposites act quite unlike the twin sisters dancing in the celestial heavens. Here on Znski there is no eternal harmony, no peaceful undulation. Only discord. And here the dancers move not with each other, but against.

Chapter One: The Menace

He smelled trouble. Or was it the scent of his sweat seeping between thick rugged scales? Or both? Regardless, too much tension. The old Alagor frowned, his long jawline furrowing at the corners. Could situations sour so quickly? Restless and uncomfortable, Caslimodi Voshiadda scooted his long scaly body atop the heated Soothe Stone, his short and stubby arms and legs vying for a new position. From head to tail, his body stretched over eighteen paw-feet. Faded yellow eyes gazed past three playful sons, into an unseen realm. Questions gnawed at him. Indeed, he had not felt this concerned since the days preceding the Great War of Velzar, nearly thirty hexints before. A whistle whined, and Caslimodi's pointed head jerked toward the doorway. A few heartbeats later, a curtain parted and a palace guard wriggled into the chamber on all fours. The guard spoke, his voice a blend of slurred hisses and clacks: "Sire, the Council of Elders is assembling. Your presence is requested at an emergency session." The old one nodded. Folds of scaly skin creased at the motion, yet his gaze held steady, unfazed. Meanwhile, three smaller Lizzardis ceased their play and waddled over to him. "What's wrong, father?" said the eldest, Staurbajianze. The three youths gazed up at Caslimodi, small eyes inquisitive. They looked upon him as the rest of the Western Alliance soon would . . . expressions bewildered, questioning, seeking reassurance. The old one said, "It's okay. Not to worry. We'll speak later, I promise." He paused, as if contemplating more. But was there anything else he could say to allay their fears without revealing his own discomfort? The guard intervened: "Sire?" Nodding, the old one turned from his sons--his eyes again distant--and then plodded out the doorway. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Remi on March 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
A good sci-fi or fantasy book is one that transports me to a completely different and complex universe, where locations, characters and/or time are unfamiliar to me. Yet, I also don't want to have to think too much about why some characters do what they do. I really liked the universe of this book, just as I loved the universe of Middle Earth or Westeros. I read that a reviewer found the lizard characters too human... I disagree. I don't know how I could describe a non-human emotion... And if one could describe it, I don't know if I would understand it. Whether they are lizards or hobbits or orcs or you-name-it, characters in greatest stories have human behaviors, good or evil, so you get to love them or hate them for who they are and how they behave.

The book conveniently had a map of its own "universe" at the beginning. So as I dived into the story, I enjoyed being able to refer to the map and familiarize myself with this new universe, which I found a bit complex in the beginning. I was quite impressed by the creativity of the author, whose universe is initially limited to a planet, and as many of the characters flee this home planet, suddenly become limitless. The end of the book was very open-ended, and I for one would like to read more and get transported again. I will be following this author...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Miller on April 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Planet Torn Asunder is a remarkable work of scope and imagination. The author has a particular knack for character development and allows the reader to relate to an otherwise alien species. The novel also adeptly merges elements of both intrigue and humor.
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Why lizards?

Planet Torn Asunder is about a war between the Eastern and Western nations of the denizens of planet Znski, the Lizzardi: lizards endowed with almost exclusively human qualities.

So why are we reading about lizards?

The answer is unclear.

The Eastern continent, ruled by the Clonce family, is in crisis. The worst drought in history is raging, and the ruler decides to negotiate peace with the ruling family of the West, the Voshiaddas. The Clonce prince, heir to the throne, feels this would deprive his nation of any autonomy and pride. So he kills his parents, frames the Voshiaddas, and starts a rebellion that leads to total war, forcing the Western Lizzardi to abandon their planet. What follows is an all-too-familiar story of lust for power, the grueling responsibilities of leadership, and several coming-of-age narratives. The book ends just after the final climax of the story so far, suggesting either a sequel or just a tale that feels incomplete. Unfortunately, "why" was a question that kept coming up in all the wrong places. As it turns out, Wolf has difficulty managing his universe, failing to make it credible or compelling.

The novel provides little in the way of justification. It is apparent that the East and West have cultural differences more or less congruous with America and the USSR in the Cold War, but there is no real history as to why they are in conflict. The planet has a guardian god, placed there by Time itself, but we are left in the dark as to what his purpose is and how he functions in relation to Lizzardi society.
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By L. Ramirez on March 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
If your looking for a book with an epic scope, plot twists and high drama, you will find all of that in Planet Torn Asunder. The book begins with a cold blooded murder and slowly builds into an immense inter-galactic war. Highly recommended for sci-fi fans that want something a little different.
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