Brand of Light (Book 1) (The Droseran Saga) Hardcover – December 3, 2019
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“Kingdoms at war. A galaxy full of intrigue. A heroine you can’t help but cheer for. Brand of Light is the exhilarating start of an epic new saga! Kendig at her best!" —Tosca Lee, New York Times best-selling author
"This book has everything: intricate worlds steeped in rich culture and twisted politics, broken treaties, secret prophecies, and heart-stopping revelations that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Kendig delivers a brilliant blend of pulse-punching action, heartache, and hope. Brand of Light is the space opera I’ve been waiting for. A masterpiece." —Nadine Brandes, award-winning author of A Time to Die and Romanov
"From the expansive worldbuilding to the rich cast of characters, I was a goner from chapter one. I loved every second I spent in this complex, beautiful, intense world. Ronie Kendig is a master storyteller, weaving scenes with intricacy, depth, and heart, while maintaining the taut pacing of a suspense novel. Wherever Kendig takes The Droseran Saga next, I'm there for it!" —Lindsay A. Franklin, award-winning author of The Story Peddler
"Complex and compelling, with enough intriguing characters to power several novels. An exciting start to a space opera series that promises action, mystery, and romance to come!" —Kathy Tyers, author of the Firebird series, Shivering World, and One Mind's Eye
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.59 pounds
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 162184093X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621840930
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Enclave Publishing (December 3, 2019)
- Language: : English
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Now for my review:
“To boldly go where no man had gone before.”
“Long time ago in a galaxy far far away . . .”
These are taglines you think of when you think of spectacularly epic, space stories and movies. These lines will also go through your head as you read this book by Ronie Kendig because this will be a spectacularly epic book series, based in space.
When I first heard about this book, I was excited because I’ve read many books by Ronie Kendig and knew it would be powerful and impressive.
I didn’t know this one would top all her other books. It truly has become one of my favorite books by this author.
From the stunning book cover to the last words on the pages, this book is full of colorful imagery which will capture your interest and not let you go.
I completed reading this book in a few days and yet, I needed to let it sit in my brain to know just how to share my thoughts. I didn’t know how to say, WOW, adequately enough to not sound like a teenager gushing over a movie star! But, WOW OH WOW!
I love Ronie Kendig's books, they are always full of action, suspense, drama, and romance. This book is no different, however, add to that a bit of exhilarating space travel, out of this world technology, fun parkour stunts, and you have a book which will keep your head in the clouds. I had a really difficult time working my day job because all I wanted to do was find out what was happening to Kersei and Marco. Now I must wait to read the next book and see how the story continues.
It’s like so many have said before, “Sometimes I forget myself in a book. And when I need to stop reading it takes me a minute to remember where I am. Or who I am.” That’s exactly how I’ve felt since reading this book! You will find yourself breathing and dreaming of this story.
I genuinely enjoyed being introduced to this new series. I highly recommend reading the book. Pick it up and start on the adventure of your life.
I loved so many things about this story, but I’ll keep this review about my two favorite characters, mainly because of spoilers. Marco...you really just can’t help but love everything about him! He’s a bounty hunter who has a heightened sense of smell, so much so that he can smell emotions, like fear or happiness. And, boy oh boy does this set us up for some really...intense situations, especially with Kersei! Speaking of Kersei, she is fierce, tough, immensely likable and perfect for Marco. Some of the things she goes through will just break your heart. I really want to say so much more, but I can’t or I will definitely head into spoiler territory.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this story! It is beautifully written, impossible to put down, and you will be sucked into this incredible world of which you will not want to leave!
From reading previous books by this author I knew that she writes fantastic fight scenes and action. She did not disappoint. The action sequences were intense and well-written. I expected the plot to be totally engrossing and full of political intrigue. It was and more. There was so much going on and a couple of different plots in play with hints of what's to come in the future. I also expected to like the characters. I ended up completely in love with Kersei and Marco, as well as some other key characters, particularly Tigo. I know there are several surprises yet to come in the series and am looking forward to it! I could totally see this playing out on the big screen.
There wasn't a whole lot that I had issues with in this story. There were some places that could have used a little more editing or typos corrected. One thing that felt overdone was that it seemed everyone was trying to assault Kersei, enough that it turned my stomach in a few places. And then at the end I didn't really agree with one woman just going along with things like she did, especially as it felt inconsistent with her character, and a man knowing what was going on - maybe just a little too much for me.
In the end, was it what I wished for? This was definitely a page-turner. Full of action, suspense, danger, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and romance set in a scifi world that was interesting and unique. Definitely worth the read.
Content: Some references to prostitutes, attempted rape, innuendo, references to affairs, and violence.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit and also purchased a copy, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.
All realness here...this book is gold. From the characters to the writing to the adventure, you’re taken on a trip that will remind you of the beauty of Middle Earth and the audacity of the best science fiction. Ronie Kendig has set the bar higher than ever, and you come away from this book knowing it.
I was given an advance copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own
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Each of the characters is so real and grabbed my emotions. They're so masterfully crafted and I loved or hated each character (as fit their role) so fiercely. It was like I was in the story and the intensity of that experience never wavered for a second.
Kersei was so realistic, and a perfect example of what a well-written strong female character can be! I loved her more than I expected to.
Tigo and his squad were so much fun. Their 'motley crew' family-like emotions got me every time, and I loved them.
I have to admit that (as expected) Marco was by far my favourite character. His powers are so intriguing and his personality so engaging. He holds a special place in my heart, and I can't wait to see where book #2 takes his story.
The plot is so intense and complex, but not too confusing! I really appreciated that because some sci fi stories can turn my brain into mush, but this one was the perfect balance of complex but understandable. And OH SO INTENSE.
The action sequences were so amazing, the moments for breath in between were always perfectly timed. And THE ENDING. It left me sobbing and screaming. My actual words as I read the final chapter were "I hate this book! It's the woooorst!" It was such a whirl of emotions, who knows if I'll ever recover. 😭😂
Overall, this book has me floored. I can't wait for the sequel! And all the books after that! The characters and story has absolutely stolen my heart and torn it in two. Definitely recommended! (Mature readers.)