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Adamant: The Alliance Series Book One by [Adams, Emma L.]
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The Alliance series reading order:
Book 1: Adamant - available now
Book 2: Nemesis - available now
Delinquent: An Alliance Novella - available now
Book 3: Collision - available now
Book 4: Divided - available now

About the Author

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing urban fantasy and young adult novels. When she's not immersed in her own fictional universes, Emma can be found with her head in a book or wandering around the world in search of adventure.

Visit emmaladams.com/ to find out more about Emma's books, or subscribe to her newsletter (smarturl.it/ELAnewsletter) for new release alerts and a free short story.

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  • File Size: 5927 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 099313193X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00STHB17M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Really superb story! The premise is very original, and the characters are well fleshed out – i really cared about what was going to happen to them. All of the action followed logically - I never had a, "Where did that come from?" moment. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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This is an abridged version of the complete review as it appears (http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2015/03/adamant-by-emma-l-adams.html) at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV.

This is book one of the ‘Alliance’ series, and I have to report that this author impressed me on two counts of my pet peeves: She wrote the first volume in a series and had not one, but two first person PoVs and I actually liked it!

Down to details! This is a universe where a system of tunnels or passages connects multiple worlds. An Alliance has sprung up to police these worlds and prevent illegal transition between them, but there’s a rebel faction which smuggles people between worlds, and one of the two main characters is a part of that,having been smuggled herself a long time ago. The work is dangerous because in addition to being caught by the Alliance, there’s also the risk of running into strange alien “monsters” in the passages, as this girl does. She goes by the storied first name of Ada and the mutinous last name of Fletcher! I love an author who can put great names to their characters, and I think those two particular names were chosen wisely in Ada's case.

The chapters alternate between Ada and Kay Walker, on opposite sides of the legal fence. Ada is helping illegals to come to Earth to escape problems on their home world whereas Kay is a new graduate working for the alliance. Their first encounter is a very fleeting one as Kay sees Ada running fast from a storage area, from which Ada’s just lifted some bags of bloodstone – an alien substance useful for disguising illegals. And for other purposes as you shall discover if you read this!

There's not only sci-fi here, but also magic.
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By Lola on March 5, 2015
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Once I read the blurb from Adamant I knew I had to read this. Adamant is easily my favourite book by this author, even though her other two books are also really good, Adamant is even better. It has magic, some almost sci-fi elements and an interesting story. It also has a rich world and it had me captivated from the start of the book.

Adamant has a fast paced story, with lots of build-up to the big event towards the end of the book when everything falls on it's place and makes sense.There's even some murder mystery part going on, with related murders and at the end we find out who the murderer is. There is a plot for this book and most gets resolved at the end, but there are also storylines that are set up for the whole series. Some issues where resolved a bit too easy at times, but the story went smooth and the easy solved things didn't bother me too much.

This book is told from two different point of view,s there's Kay and Ada. I was a bit confused which gender Kay was at first, but I guessed a boy, which turned out to be right. I liked how the author choose for the dual perspective of telling the story and it worked quite well, at the beginning of each chapter it is announced who's point of view it is, so I was never confused. Both are great characters, Ada was a bit too confrontational for my liking, but she had a reason to be. There was also some character development over the course of the book. Both characters have a past which continues to interfere with their current lives in a certain way. While I liked both main character there was also a nice cast of side character, I liked Ada her brothers and Markos, but there where also some less likeable characters.

The world building is magical.
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3.5
Bad language. Some hints at adult things.
The back and forth scenes between Ada and Kay worked fairly well. They sounded pretty similar; though they reacted differently to situations. Their meetings were quite coincidental but no less fun. A few actions felt slightly contrived (why did Walker take her to his place? Why did he let her family go?).
The ending did not fulfill reader promises. I think this because I still don't understand the magic system. What are the backlashes, and why do they only sometimes hit the mage? Are there levels above three? What in the world is anti-magic?
Also, I kept assuming bloodrock was the experimental magic substance and only realized later there were several kinds (adamantine?).
Oh, and I'm convinced Nell is bad. I'm sure she was working with the Alliance soy/murderer person. Especially with how much Nell takes over and is so controlling without explaining anything.
It felt too easy. There was often danger, but it took little effort to escape or get away. Captured? Wait until they leave the door open and lower their guard. Twice. Faced with bad monsters? A few gashes won't slow us down. Need an international law changed? Give us a few weeks. You broke a bunch of laws and act suspicious? We'll press no charges.
I also wanted more sensory details about the Passages. I picture them purple hyperspace sort of tunnels, except with doors? And stairs? What are the levels? Why does a "two hour walk" through the passages later only take twenty minutes?
Kay is too self-sacrificing. I normally like that, but there wasn't much else to his character. Sure, the hidden past and a one-page conversation about books, but what else?
Ada was okay.
All characters kept the plot moving forward and tried different things, making guesses and speculating with each other or giving each other clues.
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