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- Print Length: 332 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JTPAJWK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Shield of Drani (World of Drani Book 1) Kindle Edition
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By using several points of view we get to see many parts of this well thought out universe and the various peoples that inhabit it, while making you care about them.
As the title is Shield of Drani (World of Drani Book 1) it was apparent before opening it that there is more to come, and I can not wait to see what happens in book 2.
Taymar is a complex character- she's smart, tough and has a knack for getting herself into and out of sticky situations. As a dual-talent Arlele, she has people that want her dead, people that want her enslaved, and people that want her to help them take over the world. She has some tough choices to make and the ending made me really want to get started on the next book.
I recommend this book to people who like sic-fi or want to try it out for the first time. Great job.
Typically I find Sci-Fi to be slow building and kind of confusing. I didn’t feel that way when reading Shield of Drani. It was well written and engaging. The world building was not confusing at all and I feel like we got enough background to understand what was going on without getting lost in the details.
I would highly recommend this book!
The Alliance and the Shreet each want to dominate Dran and claim its resources.The Dran and the Arlele want to remain free.
Taymar, an Arlele, is telekinetic, telepathic, angry and deadly. The Dran want to control her. Nevvis, a Dran and high-tech telepath, is supposed to be managing Taymar and a planet on the verge of war with the Shreet. The story was interesting, but slow to get into due to several alien cultures and their agenda being introduced - each with alien features and some particular language. The holiday chaos plus shifting points of view made the story easy to put aside. The plot eventually started to interest me when the Shreet captured Taymar. The Dran then worried that, "With well-placed questions, even an empath could learn too much about our technology, our society, our limitations, our weaknesses." Thus, Taymar had to be found.
The majority of the story is about getting Taymar back and understanding her abilities as well as why anger and hostility seem to be her 'go to' emotions. While I believe that a good cause is worth fighting for, her perpetual desire to fight wasn't something I generally look for in a heroine.
Nevvis also made a questionable hero - for me - because while he had many fine qualities, he seemed to be stuck in a pattern of thought/action when it came to Taymar. Thus, in many ways, he would treat her more like a disobedient animal than a thinking/feeling human.
Despite the plethora of confusing cultures and shifting settings, I look forward to seeing how this series progresses.
Shield of Drani is a well crafted, space adventure. The characters are somewhat interesting but shallow. The science is flawed but entertaining. Perhaps as the story continues we will learn more of the characters motivation and the background of the many galactic societies and how they are so closely connected. It leaves the reader looking for the next installment to answer some of the questions.
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