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The Golden One (Chronicle) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicle (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441005616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441005611
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

A dramatization of the first part of a trilogy by romance novelist Chester, this story might best be described as The Jungle Book meets Star Wars. Its protagonist is a warm, furry feline who gradually learns the cruel extent to which the reptilian Viis rulers oppress her race. Although the recording lasts only three hours, the story unfolds so slowly that one almost welcomes the periodic blasts of loud music. However, those who do stay alert will not be rewarded, for the story ends just as it starts to get interesting. One may well skip this part altogether and wait for the second and third installments. Recommended only for libraries whose patrons prefer movies to books.AR. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Jungle Book meets Star Wars. -- Library Journal

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This book is a good read for any sci-fi (or fantasy!)
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Events will chill you, thrill you, make you smile, make you cry, make you cringe, make you want to reach in and personally beat down some of the crueler characters.
humanbeldot
This new universe immediately grabs you and keeps you riveted; the characters are intreguing and story engrossing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald K Moore on January 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall, I can't find a single thing I didn't like about this book, though I did spend a lot of time wondering when the two storylines would connect....
The author didn't rely on fancy spaceships or technology to further her story; the development of the characters and their changing views of life were the main driving force and it suited the story perfectly. A near perfect blend of fantasy and inner character struggles. Ampris's story was believable and tragic, and sets the stage perfectly for the next novel, which so far is just as good. This does not work as a stand-alone book, but it wasn't meant to and I'd be pretty ticked if it was a stand-alone because I would want more. :)
I've been looking for a good non-Star Wars fantasy book for some time, and I definitely found it in this book. It took me forever to pick it up because I was both absorbed in Star Wars and fearful the series would suck and be a waste of money. I was wrong. I will definitely be disappointed once I finish reading this story, because I'll hate to see it end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robyn MacKinnon on December 27, 2000
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This is one of those creations that comes along every so often and blows you away. The author uses characters as diverse and fascinating as the backgrounds they come from: Ampris is an Aaroun and the heroine of the trilogy, who begins her life as both abiru slave (abiru is the word the Viis use for all other races) as well as pampered pet and best friend too the Viis princess. She is later to play a major part in the overthrowing of the tyrannical Viis empire - Isrei is the spoiled Viis princess to whom Ampris is both pet and cherished friend, and who will later become ruler of the Viis empire - Finally there's Elrabin, a young Kelth who learns about growing up on the streets the hard way, and who will later join Ampris in the fight of her life. Their story is set in a captivating world unlike any other, and the plot that brings their lives together is an inspiring story about a struggle for freedom. If you are the least bit interested in science-fiction, or even if you're not, this book is sure to make a lasting impression.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cara on March 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Golden One", the first in the trilogy that Deborah Chester has written is fantastic. I read "The Crimson Claw" (2nd novel) first, because I spotted it in the local grocery store. "The Golden One" is an impressive novel because the intertwining stories of Ampris, Israi and Elrabin helped me get a very clear view of the Viis Empire. Israi's father, the Kaa, is a very interesting character as well, and I enjoy seeing him ignore the fact that his empire is crumbling and indulging the sri-Kaa (Israi). I think the artwork on the back of the book is very good, for I enjoy sci-fi art. I once tried reading Star Wars books, but it was just too much for me. There's too many of them, just like Star Trek books! Anyway, I hope you enjoy "The Golden One" as much as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By humanbeldot on April 17, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first picked up this novel and read the back, I thought it was just another fantasy series with a slight sci-fi spin. Finding myself a little interested, I began to read it. Within the first ten pages, it had me hooked, and I devoured the trilogy within a week.

The Alien Chronicles: The Golden One tells the story of an Aaroun cub named Ampris, who is taken from her mother at an early age and sold on the black market. Through a twist of fate, she is bought by the Viis sri-Kaa, eventual heir to the Kaa's throne. The reptilian Viis were once a beautiful and proud race, whose empire spanned countless words by way of quantum-based jump gates. In recent centuries, however, mindless spending of the budget and a plague known as the Dancing Death have reduced to Viis to a dying, though not yet obviously so, race and spawned a line of Rejects - Viis chunen (children) deemed too ugly to be gazed upon by the general populace. Ampris is raised in the imperial palace, enjoying a pampered life, while in the city's ghetto, a lone Kelth named Elrabin is barely managing to survive. Their paths, eventually, will cross, and their lives will be changed forever.

Although the novels hold the "LucasFilm" label, they are not at all related to Star Wars except for the fact that the all-alien races are based on rejected SW species sketches. The characters are vibrant and range from sympathetic to ruthless, understandable to straight-up monstrous, with descriptions and personalities that set them light-years from the majority of today's characters. Well-rounded and well-thought-out, you will alternately hate and love them, all at the proper times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Udell on October 20, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book could turn some off by the chincy cover and meoldramatic clichéd back. However, the book is nothing of the sorts. It's a great read, and you'll be able to gobble it up quickly.

Regardles of the LucasFilm's brand, it has nothing to do with Star Wars, and the only resemblence is that it's Science Fantasy. The characters are incredibly well-drawn, and if you react to the book the same way I will, you'll want to keep reading.

The plot moves quickly, and is really two plots, because it follows the lives of two characters who don't meet until the end of the book. One, Elrabin, is a poor, homeless street thief who runs away from home at the age of seven, and Ampris, a member of a race deemed subhuman by the Viis Empire (the badasses of the book) who is bought out of poverty and into royalty to be the pet of the Emperor's daughter. So, a nice ying and yang scenario is set up.

This book is really a medophor I think for the stupidity of biggotry and class distinction in society, but it's still a fun, light read. Buy this book knowing that it's not an importan piece of Science Fiction literature, but knowing you'll have a good time.
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