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- Publication Date: July 17, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LX9UUIY
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Loosely based on the 5th BC Persian Wars, Pearseus mixes science fiction with epic fantasy and paranormal elements. From a grieving father who faces his darkest choice between revenge and honoring his vows, to a terrified boy struggling to find his way home, our heroes must overcome politics, murder, and betrayal as they become ever more embroiled in a war against an ancient enemy. A war that threatens to destroy the whole of humanity.
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This is one of those tales that balances nicely between science fiction and fantasy. Though many of the beings and events have a fantastical feel to them, they have alien versus magical origins. Earth technology still exists, but is limited and barely understood. I enjoyed the occasional resurfacing of Earth artifacts, wisdom, and colloquialisms.
The overall feel of the trilogy reminded me of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. The sweep of the story is epic in nature and new people, beings, information, technology, and weapons routinely come into play, modifying the scope of the protagonists’ goals and challenges, and upping both the dangers and the means to overcome them.
One of Rossis’s strengths is his meticulous world-building. Pearseus is a planet claimed by three different sets of inhabitants. Refugees from the Earth spaceship, Pearseus, seized the world from the First, who previously usurped it from the native creatures and terraformed it to their liking. This layered history of conquest serves as a major source of contention in the plot. At the same time, Rossis gives the current nations of the globe distinct political and cultural identities with a realistic smattering of political maneuverings, back-door alliances, and betrayals.
The trilogy has quite a bit of philosophical discussion as the varied cultures play against each other. These unhurried moments are interspersed between great action scenes, and they lessen as the plot picks up speed and zooms toward its conclusion. Action descriptions are skillfully done, effortless to follow, and frequently bloody. The main characters and supporting cast are well-rounded, believable, and easy for the reader to identify with. Teo, a despicable power-monger, is particularly engaging and I looked forward to his scenes.
All in all, a great choice for epic fantasy and science fiction readers.
In the not so distant future, a space ship crash lands on a far away planet. It seems like an accident, or was it? However they got here, the survivors from Pearseus are left to set up a new civilization, if they can work together. And for a while, they do.
But the possession that seems to have brought them here is never so far away. And the whisper in the dark just adds to an already corrupt human nature... right? So when everything crashes, the civilization splits ... and we have the schism that creates Pearseus.
Schism is a shorter book that opens up the world and sets the stage for the drama that is about to unfold on the new planet Pearseus.
Book Two: Rise of the Prince
Three hundred years have passed since that first split that created distinct empires on the new planet Pearseus, not to mention the native First. But the whispers in the dark never did go away.
There's now three main Newcomer factions, plus the First. Not to mention the shadow war between the Orbs and the Whispers. We meet characters from each of these places as they struggle to keep the peace, stay alive, and win wars. Leadership changes, friendships are born, and battles won.
Rise of the Prince isn't a story about a single character or hero, but the story of a world struggling to find peace. The dynamics and alliances are constantly changing, and through it all, we have to decide for ourselves who's in the right and who's not.
Book Three: Mad Water
Cyrus now rules in the Capitol, but the wars aren't over. Less and less in the shadows, the history of the battle between the Orbs and the Whispers comes into dramatic light. Not to mention the Iota, another native species from time almost unremembered.
Some of our heroes are dead, and the next generation is left to take their place. But the battle isn't so straightforward, and our new leaders must find their own balance in the world. Alliances and declarations of war aren't so simple anymore, because first each person must determine for themselves exactly what it is they fight for.
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This is an epic fantasy series, that has strong tones of science fiction, as well as Greek myth. What a feast.
Book One opens with an explosion on spaceship Pearseus, and the escape pods land on a new planet that the settlers name Pearseus. Shortly after, there is an encounter with one of the natives: a First. Due to the confusion of one of the captains, this doesn't go well, and the First move away from the humans over time. 18 years after landing, a schism develops amongst the survivors.
Books Two and Three span a further 300 years, and show the political intrigues and upheavals that beset the settlers. There is more to the planet than the humans had at first realised, and they have to deal with the "Whispers", the "Orbs", and the "Fallen", to name but a few.
The plot, pacing, character development, and world building are all done very well. The book would benefit from a further proofread, as there are words and punctuation missing in places, and also extra words in others. Some of the sentence constructions are clumsy, and delaying action with "started to/began to" is overused. The writing is passive in places, but on the whole is tight.
I found this an easy read, and very entertaining. The book held my attention throughout, and by the last quarter of the novel I really cared what happened next. There are many threads expertly woven throughout the tale, which all add to the enjoyment of the read. Book Three doesn't tie any of them off, but leaves them loose ... so now I am avidly awaiting the release of Book Four.
Readers of sci-fi and fantasy will love this series, and I can heartily recommend it.