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Escapement (Steampunk): Book I (The Neumarian Chronicles 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ciara Knight
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Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen's reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother's empire. When my own erratic powers surface I'm captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

About the Author

iara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy and paranormal books. Her debut novel, The Curse of Gremdon, was released to acclaimed reviews, securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Also, released in 2012 is her young adult series, Battle for Souls. Book I, Rise From Darkness, won July Book of the Month at Long and Short Reviews. When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling. Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska. Ciara is extremely sociable and can be found at Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and her blog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939081017
  • Publisher: Defy the Dark Publishing LLC (5 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BC1H1I0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Ciara Knight writes to 'Defy the Dark' with her young adult speculative fiction books. Her most recent Amazon best-seller, Escapement, book I of The Neuamrian Chronicles, released to acclaimed reviews securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from InD'Tale Magazine.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She's backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

Ciara is extremely sociable and can be found at Facebook @ciaraknightwrites, Twitter @ciaratknight, Goodreads, Pinterest, and her website ciaraknight.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 17 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book in return for an honest review.

Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen's reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother's empire. When my own erratic powers surface I'm captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

Well I started this book without expecting much – it was my first steampunk dystopian book ever. That being said, I actually found Selema an interesting character. She wasn’t the typical ‘woe is me’ heroine. Instead, she takes charge and admits to her mistakes in the past. Ryder is interesting, too. He seems to have a very black and white view on the world, though the longer he spends with Selema, the more he sees shades of grey. His sister, Raeth, is a damaged girl, much tormented by what Selema’s mother, Queen of the Kantians and tyrant. Together, can they unite all the races of humans, Kantians, scavengers and Neumarians? I need to read the next book to find out, and so will you!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't help but root for the main characters! 25 July 2013
By Christine (The Bookish Daydreamer) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not usually drawn to "steampunk" stories and typically stay away from them. When Ms. Knight contacted me asking for a review, I thought I'd give it a shot. The premise sounded interested and I wanted to see what would happen to Semara, given that everyone hates her.

The story had a shaky start. I wasn't sure what was going on, how the groups of people were distinguished from one another, and how this world was structured. I'm a big world building fan and we didn't get much of that at the beginning. The copy I received for review was an eARC copy and the point of view tended to shift mid paragraph. ESCAPEMENT is told from Semara's point of view but then it would switch to third person, using the word "she." I think this may just have been because I received an unpolished version.

After Semara refuses to sacrifice a "parasite," as her mother, the Queen, calls the Neumarian people, she is thrown into a prison cell to become a slave. She is rescued by Ryder and is brought into the Mining Territory to freedom. The Queen's wrath is imminent and Semara, along with Ryder, and his sister Raeth, are forced to escape the Wasteland and get overseas. They are the Neumarians only hope for freedom and rebellion from the Queen's tyranny.

I must admit, after Semara was rescued, the story did pick up a bit. I became more interested in what was going on and I actually could understand everything that was happening. The writing got better. The details surrounding the people and the town were clearer. Ms. Knight found her flow, so to speak. This novel was very action-packed. It seems like every time the trio thought they were safe, something bad happened again. The Queen is bound and determined to capture her daughter and destroy everything in her path. The reader becomes so engrossed in the story, you lose track of time! Some scenes were a bit underdeveloped and occurred too quickly. But overall, this was an edge of your seat kind of story.

I really liked the three main characters. Semara grew up under a horrible, horrible person but it never broke her down like you think it would. She was strong and would do anything to save her friends, even if it means becoming someone's slave. I thought she had a great voice, despite being a little too trustworthy. Ryder is one of those conflicted characters you wish would just figure out his shit already. One minute he despises Semara for the family she was born into, the next he was all over her. You could tell that his up bringing made him leary of people, but for good reason. I'm glad he opened up and accepted things he normally would not have. Little Raeth, I loved her! After being tortured to insanity four years ago, she is always on the brink of shutting down mentally. When she was completely there and focused, she was a fantastic character who believed the best in everyone. She has awesome powers and has incredible determination and strength. I always felt so sad when she got too overwhelmed or stressed and reverted to the mind of a 5 year old. She would bring out a red ball and start bouncing it. Luckily she was alert and ready to fight when needed.

Despite the minor flaws in writing at the beginning, world building, and some underdeveloped scenes, ESCAPEMENT is a thrill of an adventure. You'll find yourself rooting for Semara, Ryder, and Raeth to escape from the Queen's evil ways and relentless army, and hope they get to their destination to eventual freedom. With interesting abilities and strong characters, it's hard to set this book down.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't expecting Steampunk 27 Aug 2013
By ECARRION - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The year is 2195, ten years after the great war of 2185 that killed everything and left the land dry and inhabitable. The queen's reign is being threatened by an uprising from those that are mistreated and less fortunate including humans, Neumarians and Kiantians sympathizer. In celebration of Kiantian Princess Semara's 16th birthday, it is her duty as a princess to sacrifice/kill a slave in order to be initiated into the ruling council and solidifying her crazy mother's empire. When her own erratic powers surface, she is captured and tried for treason and of course her mother is the judge, jury and executioner. Semara is found guilty and ordered to undergo an extremely painful procedure. Slaves hate her, her crazy mother wants her dead and her only chance of survival rest in the hands of a young very handsome and fit Neumarian man, Ryder, whose sister, Raeth, was tortured and sentenced to death four years earlier by Semara.

If I hadn't read the novella of Escapement, I would have been ...airships..., portholes....mechanical body parts... what the heck?!. But I did read it and was better prepared on what to expect when I started reading "Escapement". I came to the understanding and conclusion that this was a Steampunk, YA, Fantasy Dystopia Romance story. It wasn't mentioned in the summary, nor was it listed under the different Genres, therefore fair warning it's Steampunk ladies and gentlemen. I myself enjoy Steampunk as long as the story/plot is good and Escapement was. For those of you that do not enjoy the Steampunk Genre, then this might not be for you. Perhaps you might want to pick up the novella "Weighted the Neumarian Chronicles 0.5" to see if it might be something for you. It's not very long about seven chapters; therefore you don't invest that much time in case you do not enjoy this type of story.

Semara world was turned upside down when she was removed from the only adult that had shown her love and understanding, her father. The story is moving, it is well paced and I didn't feel at all like the story lacked momentum. I like the romance between the two characters, which is kept very innocent. I could feel the sparks fly between the two and the characters are well established. I did notice that Semara was getting on my nerves at times, but I had to stop and remember that the she is only 16. She's a lonely abused teenager and once I got that in my head, I started understanding her more. I hurt when she hurt and was rooting for her after a while.

There is physical violence mostly from the crazy queen toward the princess. Yes! I said toward the princess! I couldn't believe what I was reading; she would do that to her own daughter?!!! The Queen is truly nuts!! There are a few grotesque experimental queen soldiers; it's an uprising so there is some sort of violence. There are no sexual acts nor is there any foul language just several sections where they kiss. I found it to be a good read for older grade school kids and up.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

Title: Escapement
Author: Ciara Knight
Format: ebook 337 pgs
Length: 32 chapters
Genre: YA Steampunk Romance Dystopia Fantasy Novel
Published: 2/28/2013
Cover: 4 stars
Tense: Present first person
Setting: 2195 Chicago
POV: 16 yr old Samara
Characters: Semara Valderak & Ryder Arteres
Rating: 4 stars
Series: Yes
Recommend: Yes
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YA Dystopian 4 Oct 2013
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The first book in the Neumarian Chronicles, Escapement (all of the books in the series are named after clock parts), is a YA dystopian set in 2190s after a devastating war has leveled modern civilization. The remaining humans are broken down into two major groups: Kiantan (normal but ability to handle tech upgrades) and Neumarian (enhanced psi abilities). The Neumarians are controlled to ensure they don't 'destroy humanity' ever again. Or so Semara, daughter of the ruling Kiantan Queen, is taught.

When Semara is to join the ruling council by 'sacrificing a parasite' Neumarian on her birthday, she will face a decision that could kill her. The girl chosen to be murdered by Semara is someone she was supposed to have already killed - and the Queen isn't going to be happy at the betrayal. Saved by Raeth, the girl she let be tortured to near death, and Raeth's over protective older brother Ryder, Semaria will set out on a quest to overthrow her mother and bring peace back to the land. All the while keeping Ryder in the dark about what she did to his sister. Along the way, she will develop her own Neumarian talent - and discover a history about herself of which she could never have dreamed.

Escapement is an easy read suitable for early teens who like a plucky heroine and adventure/road story. The world in Escapement is imaginative and the author sets up quite a few surprises for our heroes. The read is undemanding and easy to follow. If I have one criticism, there was a bit too much going on - and so character building falls a bit on the wayside. But the author has left a lot of room for more interesting reveals about our character and I look forward to reading Book 2.

Received as an ARC from the author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, passion and a very evil Queen 29 May 2013
By C.M. Stine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In a desperate quest to make it to the coast and to the heart of the rebellion, Princess Semara travels with hunky, kindhearted Ryder and his quirky, mentally damaged (but somehow charming sister) Raeth across a scarred postwar earth. On the way, Semara learns from a confidant that the rebellion might just find it more lucrative to turn Semara in to her mother, the evil queen and Semara's archenemy than to accept Semara into their own fold. This is part of the uncertainty that fuels the tension throughout this perilous journey.
Knight is quite adept at action and battle scenes, and there were many. I particularly loved the terrifying desert critters that slithered up from the sand to startle and bite. Other page-turners were the battle in old Chicago with heat-seeking assassins and a rousing train chase.

The romance between Semara and Ryder was full of passion and switchback twists, and I do like a fiery mismatch between lovers of two different classes.
The most compelling element for me was the hatred of the mother for her daughter. This plot point was so disturbing, and against the natural order that it really got my attention. I only wanted more insight into why the mother hated her daughter so much. I didn't have the benefit of reading the prequel novella, Weighted, which may have explained this more. That said, I highly recommend Escapement to those who love action, romance and sc
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing fast-paced sci fi dystopian! 11 May 2014
By A_TiffyFit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not quite sure I agree with the label "steampunk" for this series of books and it's really a personal thing --- I've come to categorize steampunk for a certain era, usually Victorian, and this one is set in the future with flying ships (not planes)and a cyborgian body modifications. It is more dystopian science fiction fantasy than steampunk to me.

Regardless of what you call it, this series (I started with the prequel, WEIGHTED) is gripping. It is filled with action, tension, suspense, characters you grow attached to, and mystery, as well as a touch of romance.

While the action is fast-paced, this can also be a detriment. I found myself backtracking a few pages because I felt I missed something, but I hadn't...it just jumped that way. I also was hoping for a little more history/explanation here and there as I felt certain scenes were too short and didn't have enough info to satisfy my curiosity.

The novel is peppered with homonym mistakes that made me stumble in my reading (you're vs your, shinny vs shiny (okay not a homonym, but a misspelling and it's a word so their editor didn't catch it, etc). The ending was rather abrupt. It didn't feel like a cliffhanger (it didn't leave me on a precipice, although the quest is definitely unfinished), but more like the writing just stopped.

Despite those errors and the backtracking, this book was really enjoyable and will leave you hungry for more. The storyline is fascinating and I'm eager to learn more about Harrison and his role, Semara and her role, and to watch the relationship/friendship bonds grow between Ryder, Raeth, and Semara!
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