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- Print Length: 297 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 13, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TK6VVX7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Best fantasy ride of the year, I was hooked at chapter 1... the action scenes were so vivid you felt like you were there... I truly give it all the stars, and I Highly Recommend!"
Kay J, Goodreads
"[P]raetorian Rising is full of rich detail and twists and turns that kept me engrossed until the last... has elements of The Hunger Games, Tolkien, Star Wars, Divergent and The Shannara Chronicles- but is wholly it's own."
Rebecca E, Goodreads
"Wow! Wow! Wow! Praetorian Rising exceeded all expectations... a beautiful mix of adventure, love, and self-discovery.
I read the book in like two days! I couldn't put it down!"
"I found myself carried away to a video-game-esque reality filled with epic battles, tragic backstories, and terrifying intrigue. The story transports you to the captivating world of the unknown..."[P]raetorian Rising" is a blend of fantasy and sci-fi that accurately shows the skilled hand of the author...[A]s a debut novel from this author, it is especially impressive and leaves me wanting more. If she produces work of such high quality with her debut novel, I am only more intrigued to see what future titles may hold. I highly recommend this book!"
Jillian, Amazon Review
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In reading this novel, I found myself carried away to a video-game-esque reality filled with epic battles, tragic backstories, and terrifying intrigue. The story transports you to the captivating world of the unknown. This fantasy world is a creation unique to the author's imagination and startlingly realistic. The language is beautifully vivid, painting a picture of fantasy and sparing no detail in eloquent imagery. The characters are complex and multidimensional, ensuring a natural connection with one another as well as with the reader. I was especially impressed with the immense detail of the battle scenes, to which the author's careful detail was evident in every jab of the protagonist's sword. The author clearly had an end goal in mind and developed every aspect of the carefully woven plots into a spiderweb of intricate design. There were no gaps in the story and ample room was provided to allow for a thorough extension of the plot in several more volumes of the series. In new authors, it is very rare to find such precision maintained from start to finish, but this book was consistent throughout. "Praetorian Rising" is a blend of fantasy and sci-fi that accurately shows the skilled hand of the author. As a debut novel from this author, it is especially impressive and leaves me wanting more. If she produces work of such high quality with her debut novel, I am only more intrigued to see what future titles may hold. I highly recommend this book!
There is something captivating in how the author has written this novel. Upon reading, I was immediately drawn into the story as Vesyon carries an unconscious woman, escaping some unknown danger with only Neeko, a small feline, as their companion. Vesyon is leaving the unconscious woman, Camille, with someone who is going to not only help hide her, but will also get her ‘ready’ in a year’s time. Although we aren’t quite sure what all ‘ready’ entails at this point. The only problem they are both concerned about is how much damage the induced amnesia has caused.
Even before the first chapter is complete you are aware that in this world there is not only danger and a potential rebellion, but that there is plenty of political intrigue as we learn of those with high rank are, of course, power hungry, but that there is something amiss with the High King because he hasn’t been seen in quite a while.
The main character, Camille, does indeed end up with pretty significant amnesia, which is what I like and didn’t like at times. I knew going in that there would be a memory issue given as it is in the description and part of the fun when reading the story is discovering important facts along with her. But, there were also times where this worked against the book too (for me) as I grew frustrated about not knowing who her companions were to her or if I should trust one more than the other or trust any of them. I went back and forth on this subject while reading the book wishing I understood more even when knowing half the fun is in the discovery.
Overall, it is a well written story that is easy to fall into. There is also a lot of danger awaiting our characters along with plot developments to keep the story moving. Even though I had a little difficulty with feeling as if I didn’t know enough of Camille’s past, I do believe that there are many who will love all the questions of who she is and what she brings to the rebellion. All in all, I am certain many will definitely enjoy this start to a new fantasy series.
Rating: 4 stars
This novel - which I was ecstatic to hear was only the first in a new series - has elements of The Hunger Games, of Tolkien, of Star Wars and Divergent and The Shannara Chronicles- but is wholly it's own. McSpadden adds her voice to theirs, and I for one can't wait to hear what she has to say next.
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McSpadden's Praetorian Rising is clearly the first installment of a proposed series with the cliffhanger that brings, but it carries enough plot mystery and intrigue to make it an entertaining pageturner.
I enjoyed the tough, yet vulnerable Camille and information arriving in memory flashes was a clever device, but I wasn't as drawn in by the two love interests. There is, however, great scope for development in future books.
A rip roaring 4 stars.
For my personal taste, there was a little too much of fighting elements and I'm not entirely sure I like cliffhangers to be honest.
However, Jessie is a master of manipulating words to the point that I somewhat enjoyed even the elements I personally don't normally like.
I would recommend if you'd like to submerge yourself into a whole new exciting and dangerous world with many unknowns.
Praetorian Rising is an enjoyable romp through a well thought-out world known as "Aspera". The world is the book's strongest selling point (apart from the cover), complete with enough similarities to our world that we feel right at home.
The story is interesting and full of enough mystery to keep the reader hooked throughout. Sets up beautifully for future sequels.
I found the writing very easy to follow and read, not weighed down with too much complexity.
Only two criticisms I have (apart from the romance, but that I am leaving out of my review/rating as it is my fault for researching beforehand), are the pacing and the psuedo-modern world.
The pacing, particularly at the end, felt out of place, ending on a placid cliffhanger, rather than the aftermath of big conflict.
Whilst Aspera seems to be set in an older world, the author introduces a few modern technologies - such as guns and electricity. I did not find they added anything to the world, and instead subtracted from it, tacked on. Perhaps it'll become more important in later books.
Overall: an easy read that is enjoyable for any casual reader of Fantasy - bonus if you enjoy romance!
Once the necessary plot establishment and world building has begun, the novel kicks off at steady speed, culminating in a fast-paced final quarter halting just long enough to set us up for a sequel. Admittedly at times the action was so frenetic that I needed to reread pages for clarity, yet—amongst the sword swinging and explosions—it’s the quiet moments between the characters where McSpadden really shines here. She juggles backstory, motive and sexual tension with ease. The chemistry between the leads Camille, Theo and Vesyon leaps off the page, and this was definitely the most enjoyable parts of the book for me.
I look forward to seeing where the story takes these characters. A very solid start to a promising series!