Time's Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia - Part One (Volume 1) Paperback – September 14, 2014
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- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0992883687
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0992883683
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.87 x 7.81 inches
- Publisher : GWL Publishing (September 14, 2014)
- Language: : English
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The pilgrimage across the desert in search of a way to save their world was an added bonus for me as I love stories set in rugged environments, desserts, snow country, tropics.
The author’s hard sci-fi approach should appeal to fans of The Martian and books of that ilk and should encourage girls to pursue lucrative careers in science. Reading this story made me wish I was twenty years younger; I’d surely have gone into astrobiology or the like myself.
The fact that the heroine is trained something like a Jedi master (forgive the Star Wars reference) as a means of surviving the desert and overcoming extreme obstacles that would break most humans without the training was yet one more facet of the story that was loads of fun. It should resonate well, moreover, with a YA audience who loves anything vaguely superhero-like as a rule.
I also enjoyed reading sci-fi written in the more classic vein that was something besides the relentlessly dark dystopian fare that floods the market these days. I enjoy that genre also, but it’s easy to get oversaturated with it. Moreover, these literary gems are getting harder to come by due to voguish fashion in the sci-fi community governing what gets published and what doesn’t. So if you’re looking for hearty sci-fi/fantasy action adventure that’s equal parts mystery, look no further.
The story begins as we are introduced to the protagonist Taya, the youngest graduate of a state-sponsored school that teaches their contractors elements of physical and mental balance, and creates an elite corp of workers to be contracted out with the knowledge that these generalists can easily become specialists due to their training and abilities. Taya, of course, is discriminated against by employers because they look down on her youth. Obviously, someone so green and young can't possibly do the job right. But Taya ends up in a contract with someone she cannot stand, which she must fulfill in order to save people she doesn't know from a quixotic trip into a dangerous desert.
Don't let the initial impact of a non-human races and a different planet keep you from the meat of the story, here. Keep on, you'll find the book delivers as you go through all the twists.
I look forward to reading the second book in the series.
M. J. Moores brings us this tale of fantasy and her use of description of place and development of characters held me to this story. She is a writer who knows her craft and she is well on her way to giving us more.
Moores jumps into her tale feet first, relating an ambiguous atmosphere through the eyes, thoughts and words of her main character Taya. We learn, `Three weeks ago, when I'd learned that Professor Denali registered with the office for a Contractor to fill a three-fer, a position equal to three lab technicians, my radar for the unusual triggered. Less than a year ago, the professor had been discredited in court and his ecological research into the stability of verrin, the life-sustaining liquid for all Xannians, was deemed compromised, due to report falsification. The scientific community ostracised him. Only the Facility knew he'd reactivated his research into the natural sources of verrin and the liquid's chemical makeup. I capitalised on his request for a Contractor willing to enter the Expanse on a daily basis. The controversy surrounding the work, and the man himself, bothered me from the start.'
It is this kind of immediacy and edge of the seat writing that fills every page of this well-scribed novel
Because this is Part 1 of the chronicles of Xannia the author's plot synopsis opens a door onto this venture's beginning: `Embarking as a guide into the death zones that are the Deserts, Taya leads a group of civilians who blindly follow a prophet obsessed with preventing the planet Xannia from environmental self-destruction. Here, Fate and Destiny wage war propelling an epic search for truth amidst 2000 year old lies, in opposition to a government bent on burying ancient secrets and anyone who goes looking for them. As Taya desperately attempts to keep the prophet and his followers alive, this journey forces her to grapple with the circumstances of her past which have aligned to hurdle her into her darkest memories; making choices she never wanted to consider; learning truths she was never meant to know.'
This is the mixture of fantasy, science fiction, introspection and choices that almost always guarantee a successful YA novel. It seems as though M.J. Moores has entered a successful new arena! The next installment should give us a stronger idea of her direction as an author. Grady Harp, January 15
Top reviews from other countries
Lies, truth and authority cover-ups are uncovered both personally and affecting the world they have left behind, making it even more dangerous to return. An emotional bond developing between Taya and Dezmind, the prophet she is destined to protect, all adds to the nail-biting novel, which I enjoyed to the end.
To all Sci Fi enthusiasts out there I am sure you would love this book, but I can also recommend it to anyone, especially book groups, who enjoy a well written, excellent tale. I look forward to the next episode – I’m hooked.
I love conspiracy theories, so add in science fiction, prophecies, destiny and a fight for the truth, and it equals one grand adventure. One which is too good to miss. I found myself immersed in a new world, and life on Xannia was extraordinary. The hierarchy is well established in the beginning, introducing the Kronik and their own brand of government. M.J. describes the world beautifully; the descriptions are well written and the colour she provides is exquisite.
The novel is told from Taya’s point of view and I really loved her character. It’s not only her strength and resilience, her sense of authority. It is her quirky ways and the fact she has real heart – that’s what really draws a reader in.
Taya is a government contractor who accepts a mission to guide a prophet and his followers into the Deserts. What begins is more than a journey of discovery. The group face danger at every turn, but within the danger, the conflict and the quest to find the ultimate truth, there is a deep sense of connection. In its essence, it is a beautiful love story.
The relationship between all the characters is engaging, often electric. The first time Taya meets the prophet, Dezmind (face to face), I could feel the power in them, and the more time I spent with them, the more I grew to love them. But I liked getting to know each member of the group as they journeyed together, fought for each other, and drew on each others strength. I can’t say too much about what they faced in the desert, without giving too much away. I enjoyed it so much I don’t want to spoil it for you.
I said it earlier – this story is too good to miss.