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The Magic Wakes [Kindle Edition]

Charity Bradford
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Since childhood, scientist Talia Zaryn has been haunted by recurring dreams, visions of an alien attack on her planet Sendek. Each time it ends abruptly with Talia’s death in the capital city Joharadin, a city that she has spent her life desperately avoiding. Talia keeps these dreams a secret, hoping they are nothing more than childish nightmares. But when she is unexpectedly transferred to Joharadin she is convinced that the conflict, and her own death, is at hand.

As Talia’s nightmares occur with increasing frequency, they reveal the imminent invasion of a half-dragon, half-human race called Dragumon, bent on the annihilation of her world.

In Sendek, magic is dead and science rules, forcing Talia to keep another secret, one that could cost her everything if it were known. Now, in order to save her planet, Talia must awaken the powers within her and rely at last on the magic that is her true inheritance.

“Charity Bradford creates a hybrid book, weaving science-fiction and fantasy into a unique vision.” --Liz Gruder, author, Starseed

“I fell in love with the story, the people, and the world. The hero is yummy and complex and the heroine tugs at your heart while still being tough and brave.” --Cami Checketts, author, Dying to Run

“I LOVE aliens. All aliens. My favorite Sci-Fi movies are the ones where aliens try to take over the world. And Magic Wakes is a perfect fit for me and my Geekery! Not only does it have aliens, but magic and connecting minds. How cool is that? How awesome is that?!!!” --Waiting on Wednesday

“The mix of science fiction (teleportation, multiple suns, and many more) and magic (mages, demons, dragons and Dragumon), made this hard to put down. The world building in this book is just amazing. Bradford truly has created her own unique blend of elements and it works very well. Highly recommended for sci-fi and fantasy fans alike.” --Offbeat Vagabond

Editorial Reviews


"The writing is fluid, the editing flawless, I can't recommend this book more for lovers of science fiction. I think those that love Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game would be wise to look into Charity's offering. It has that same flavor of one person outwitting and destroying a race that is bent on human genocide." --Michael Offut, sci fi author, Slipstream and Oculus

"Charity Bradford offers. . . a very good mixture of Science Fiction meets Fantasy meets Romance, and it was blended beautifully." --Alicia Rivoli, MG fantasy author, Mere Enchantment

About the Author

Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th grade teacher introduced her to the world of books. She is the mother of four kids that keep her on her toes, reminding her that imagination still makes the world go round.

Her preferred writing genre consists of a mix of science fiction, fantasy, adventure and romance. The Magic Wakes, her debut novel, is the first in a series about the planet Sendek.

Product Details

  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WiDo Publishing (February 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read; intriguing world February 22, 2013
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The Magic Wakes blends sci-fi and fantasy elements to build an intriguing world and interesting characters. Talia's world, Sendek, is richly described and is a sound backdrop and foundation for the story. Talia is a strong, capable heroine, but she is also a relatable, very human character: brilliant without arrogance, brave in spite of uncertainty and terror. Landry was a hunky and competent hero. I felt like their relationship skipped a few stages (from fighting to kissing to being desperately in love--the switches just felt too stilted), but their dialogue and camaraderie were enjoyable to witness and they were both well-written, strong characters. Jaron was somewhat of an anti-hero but was probably the most sympathetic of them all--he was the most complex of the characters but the least developed. I would have liked to hear more of his story.

I thought the author did a good job with the ethical dilemmas inherent in the story line; they were addressed if not resolved. Each of the characters and races had depth and driving force. With the exception of one character, there was no "absolute" good or evil--to an extent, each character was multi-layered and wrestled with the good and evil within themselves.

The reason I only gave the book three stars is because, while it was an engaging and enjoyable read, there were parts that were clunky and sequences that had rough edges. In some ways it read more like a draft than a polished novel: there were a few conflicts that resolved far too easily, the romance occasionally felt forced, and the story lacked a certain smoothness--the events didn't always flow naturally.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Science Fiction Romance March 28, 2013
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I found this book to be a fun science fiction romance that especially shined with scenes involving Landry and Talia. The author is skilled at bringing out the chemistry between these two, which at times was sizzling. The blend of science fiction and fantasy is interesting. This story includes various humanoids, dragons, mind reading, self-healing, space ships, spacesuits, airlocks, trams, mages and demons. I think it's best described as futuristic fantasy.

In the beginning, the main character, Talia Zaryn has frequent nightmares about being killed and she is often in fear of this coming true. For this reason, she came across as a believable character because anyone would worry about that, however at times, she seemed a bit too fearful of it. However, despite this fear she built a satellite to stop the Dragumon and came to the very planet where she dreams she will die all for the purpose of saving lives. At that point, I saw her as strong person as she still wanted to help others despite her own fears. I think just more of an emphasis on her desire to save people and less on her fears in the beginning would've brought out her stronger side sooner in the story.

Occasionally, certain scenes needed more fleshing out. For example, there was a scene where Talia and Landry are escaping a tram that is being set up to crash by a terrorist. The tram scene lacks details about what is going on with the other people on board. The whole time the tram is speeding out of control there is no mention of them, except at the end when they are dead, and there was a missed opportunity to really drive in the horror of what occurred because there is no description of the dead people. There were a few other scenes that seemed to be missing a few details.

Overall, this is a fun read, I enjoyed it and it left me feeling happy at the end. I look forward to more by this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts out great... April 9, 2013
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The book starts out at a nice pace. It sets the scene, introduces the main characters and nicely sets up the story line. The problem is that when there's about a third of the book left, it speeds up and introduces new concepts and characters way too quickly. It felt like the author had a limit of 300 pages, but a story that needed 5 or 600. The new concepts needed to be explored more, the new characters needed some background, better explanation. It felt extremely rushed. Like here's this person doing this thing, just accept it so we can move on.

I give the story 2 stars, but have to add another star because this author actually had an editor!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I loved the world-building! I thought the romance was okay (not bad, but certainly not anything new). I'm not too much for magic (I'm a scifi girl & that's basically what I read this for) but I loved it here & there were dragons. Dragons! That was a neat twist. Talia was a well rounded character & she was fairly easy for me to follow along with (I loved how she faced her fears & they were huge). Landry took longer for me to get into. There wasn't anything wrong with him by any means but the romantic set up is something that I take as a thing that is a part of so many stories that it's sometimes a little more work to win me over there. I felt the romance wasn't as organic as I like but this is par for the course in many books these days so I was just glad there wasn't exactly insta-love.

Between Talia's nightmares & the terrorist type things happening in Joharadin, I was pretty easily wrapped up in this story. I loved all the tech & descriptions of the city but would have liked maybe a little more patina on the people who populated this world (other than our mains). I don't know if there will be a sequel but this was tied up so well that I would be satisfied if this is a stand alone. I will read a sequel if one comes along.
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3.0 out of 5 stars magic ex machina
Action packed and fast moving. The heroine had a believable set of fears and uncertainties. Those kept her from being a Mary Sue. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Clifford Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars
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I really enjoyed this book once it got going, but I had to knock it down a couple stars because of a few... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book from a new author.
A great book from a new author. I hope you write many more. Including a sequel to this book. Good luck.
Published 4 months ago by dragonsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
I liked the overall story. The magic system was interesting. I think the author did a good job of combining science fiction and fantasy. The characters are likable.
Published 5 months ago by fernajen
5.0 out of 5 stars Transporter
A good book. Takes you away from whatever is going on in your life. It was very hard to put down. A new talented author! Leaves me desiring more.
Published 5 months ago by crm
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I was lost in it from the very first page! I can't wait to see more from this author.
Published 5 months ago by SaraT3
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great sci-fi book. I loved Talia and following her struggles to the point of overcoming. Lots of details that painted a vivid world. Great read!
Published 5 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
I especially enjoyed the descriptions of each character's thoughts and emotions. They were plausible as well as realistic, making it easy for the reader to identify with the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by I.A. Wilhite, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Wakes
Loved it. Well written. Good plot. Lots of action. Not predictable. Romance but clean. Want to read more about these great characters.
Published 6 months ago by judy baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly good book.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book in that it mixed science and magic into a thought provoking event of romance in the old style.
Published 6 months ago by Misfit2431
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More About the Author

Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys. She soon lost herself in the worlds created by Card, Bova, Asimov, Bradbury, Nagata and Niven. That's when she knew that one day she had to become a writer.

Her preferred writing genre consists of a mix of science fiction, fantasy, adventure and romance. She also enjoys reading detective novels, YA in all styles, and will check out whatever a friend recommends.

She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her hubby, four kids that keep her on her toes, and a dog named Chewy (short for Chewbacca!)

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