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- Publication date : November 11, 2018
- File size : 4041 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 379 pages
- Publisher : IronAge (November 11, 2018)
- ASIN : B07KFKMSBY
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #259,963 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Review written by Katelynn Williams
Arixa, the talented leader of the Dawn, leads her war band through a series of dangers. Arixa runs into aliens, whom explain to who her planets true history. While caring the weight of her world on her shoulders, can she keep her people safe and together? Is she ready for the challenges she must face?
This talented Barbarian war band leader, born a princess, but a fighter at heart. With the complete trust of her band, and her incredible abilities, she is a powerful, talented leader.
The amazing Barbarian, Ivar, has a unique storyline. Between his past with his foreign homeland, his new home with the Dawn, and his connection with his leader, Arixa, Ivar is an incredible part of this book. He is incredibly loyal to Arixa, he has a humorous personality, always lighting up the mood, and is overall one of my favorite parts of this book.
Arixa’s loyal war band is filled with three hundred and sixty men and women ready to follow Arixa to the ends of the earth. While it’s hard to give more than three hundred people personalities, Mr. Lentz does a fine job of making sure many have a important role in his book.
So if you want a book filled with a interesting space adventure, get the Scythian Dawn. Thank you P.K. Lentz for this incredible book!!
The book takes place largely on a back water planet, with little sci fi elements to start and then starts to slowly bring them in bit by bit. The main character is themselves ignorant to the world off their planet and we as the readers learn as they do. This is a fantastic world building method, but what is truly unique is that the planet they live on is also unlike our own in many ways. The main manages to teach us about their world and the world of the stars using two different methods at the same time. An impressive feet that works fairly well.
The action is not entirely campy, but the outcomes seem to be fairly one sided. While at first this is okay, the story starts to fall apart a little in how well things always work for the mains, but not their advisories. At first this can be explained away by technology, but near the end it starts to get very implausible. The lack of true sense of danger is in part because you don't know or care about many of the characters, but this makes a lot of the action lacking in suspense. Even the main can at times feel a little flat, though she is far and away the most fleshed. This makes a lot of the hooks grow stale as you stop caring if they win and who dies in the process of trying to win.
A big problem with the world is you're left in the dark about a lot. For most of the book you will be thinking the nay sayers in the story are right. The quest of the MC is very foolish and could not possibly succeed. While it does, mostly this is due to a combination of plot armor and you the reader not knowing what the main knows. She makes a plan based on future information you are not privy to but she is. Recall that you learn about the sci fi universe with the main, so when the main uses information about that universe to win the day it is a little bit of a let down to the reader who should have learned about that with her. For those who read the book, I am referring to the stage point stations used to bypass FTL travel.
The next problem with the suspense is as the book progresses the technology difference should have been wiped away, but the main character and her party seem to be more protected by tech than her advisories who should at least have the same level if not stronger tech on their side. The only real explanation for why this is overcome is plot armor, but that is hardly satisfying to a reader. Ultimately the end feels rushed, where as foreshadowed outcomes are not fully done, glossed over completely or missed for the sake of expedience.
Perhaps the author is merely setting the stage for a larger story and certainly that makes sense given the character driven pitch of Conan in space. Still, to rush the introductory book assumes that the rushed book will still be enough of a hook to get a reader to continue into book two. Me personally I'm still a bit on the fence.
The characters are entertaining and well-drawn. The heroine is by turns charming and likeable, hot-blooded and wrathful, and one at least one occasion, pretty cold. I found her memorable. She acclimatises to the strange, sci-fi world that she is thrown into perhaps a bit better than an ancient scythian might, but that's all part of the fun. The story is completely preposterous and as such extremely entertaining.
I won't say there are really any surprises, but it's a great time getting to the end of what is essentially a giant prologue (but the main arc of this first story does conclude satisfyingly.) It's one of those books where you don't want to go to work because you just want to keep reading. Recommended. Book 2, here I come!
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That doesn't distract from this book which is well written, plenty of action and some good characterisations. I look forward to the next book in this series. The historical bits are fairly accurate enough to stop me groaning and the nasty aliens are quite well rounded out. Enjoy, I did.
A princess warrior and her warband fight an enemy, that has never been beaten. The Jir are far more advanced then The Dawn of Scythia, ( her warband ) but the Dawn don't just fight for themselves, They fight for everyone who has been trampled by the Jir. Even if this means taking the fight to them, the Dawn are ready.