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Weighted (The Neumarian Chronicles) (Steampunk): Book 1.5 [Kindle Edition]

Ciara Knight
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

*Warning: Some violence*


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Defy the Dark Publishing (18 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZTD5BO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,055,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 Weighted 26 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Raeth has been captured by the queen and is being held for information she does not remember about her Neumarian powers. Her only friend is Princess Semara, but as her tortures grow, Raeth becomes unsure if Semara is helping her or just trying to gain her trust. Will Raeth be able to escape or die before she betrays her brother and people?

Weighted is a prequel short story to Escapement and it is really enjoyable and gripping. It is interesting to see such an important part of Raeth and Semara's history and adds depth to the first book.

I felt really sorry for Raeth in this book as she goes through so much pain in this book but never gives in especially as she is only 12. I also liked Semara as we got to see how selfless she is but also how conflicted she is between what she can see about Raeth and what her mother tells her.

It was really interesting seeing an important part of Raeth past and the bond that formed between her and Semara. I would recommend to fans of Escapement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weighted The Neumarian Chronicles 3 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a short story, but oh so developed and well written. If you like Science Fiction, or fantasy, this is a story you will enjoy. The characters were solid and individual. The author had me right there, on that ship, on the sand...I really liked this story and look forward to read the series. I highly recommend Weighted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very out the ordinary :) 22 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved it got this for free but bought box set, loved it from first chapter , very different read to what I usually go for . recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars short but good. 19 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was a decent read, not as descriptive as I'm use to reading and it the first steam-punk book I've read but none the less, I enjoyed it.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  59 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ships! Queens! Torture! 22 Aug. 2012
By anaavu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been reading quite a few novellas and novelettes as of late, and I have to say Weighted took the cake. It was ultra-gripping from beginning to end; I couldn't peel my eyes from the page.

A girl has been captured by the Queen's men and taken to their ship. The Queen is terribly evil and uses various forms of torture to get information out of her - namely, to betray her people by divulging what her "gift" (superpower) is. She finds an unlikely ally in the princess and must endure all the Queen's torture and try her best to keep her secret. That might be easier if she could only remember what her gift is...

The story is 36-ish pages long, so I can't give a (too) lengthy review, but overall, Weighted is a part gorrific (that's gory + terrific, see what I did there?!), part escape thriller that ends with a total cliffhanger. The prequel raises a lot of questions about the girl and her people, the Queen and her purpose and the fate of the princess and the rhyming man, so basically, it accomplishes its goal of introducing this world and making readers (including me!) impatient to get our hands on Book 1 of the series.

Highly recommended as long as you can handle a bit of gore including multiple drillings to the head and cutting. There are no graphic descriptions, just small mentions, so it shouldn't be a problem for most people.

The only two problems I had reading it:

Bendar, the riddling guy is unique but I got kind of annoyed with his rhyme-talk. I never really liked Dr. Suess.
Alternating between two different fonts is quite unnecessary. Not at all easy on the eyes. Then again, I'm on a laptop and I have no idea how it would look on a Kindle or a Nook.

*I received a complimentary review copy ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense! 18 Sept. 2012
By Danielle C. Smiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Genre: Funky blend of dystopian, sci-fi and steampunk(not sure yet if this will be a YA series or not) ... Total Awesomesauce!!!

My Review:
One word: intense! More than a bit scary but not "horror" dark (this reviewer doesn't do the real dark stuff). For such a short glimpse into the world of the Neumarian Chronicles, this book is a power punch of freaking amazingness .... okay, maybe not a word, but you get the idea. I loved everything about this book. It's suspenseful. It's mysterious. It's creative. It has the most likable and hate-worthy characters... and we have barely met them! 42 pages and I've not stopped thinking about them since I finished this two days ago. So my only complaint is that book 1, Escapement, isn't out yet. It's kind of cruel to leave me hanging like this. I want more!!!

Cover Art:
Wowie-wow-wow!!! Love, love, love this cover! Likely my favorite cover of 2012 to date!

I won this book in a giveaway and have offered an honest review. See more of my reviews on my blog, Known to Read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!!!!! 13 Sept. 2012
By Rose F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is not my usual genre, but I was pleasantly surprised. The book draws you in from the first page. Ciara is such a great author, I finished Weighted in one sitting and can't wait for more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 3 Jan. 2013
By Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a well-paced novella that read like a novel. If you're looking for long-winded scientific narrative, you won't find it here. What you will find is a sci-fi story that keeps you turning pages in search of the next piece of the story's puzzle. Some may find it a little confusing because key information isn't revealed until the very end, but the story really comes together at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening, exotic, and brilliant! 31 Dec. 2012
By Christine Rains - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Raeth Arteres is at the mercy of the cruel interrogators aboard the Queen's ship. There's information they want, but she cannot talk or it might mean the destruction of all her people. The Queen won't let Raeth go into the arms of her parents in the land of the dead, though. Whatever it takes to make Raeth talk, they will find a way. Raeth's only hope is Princess Semara, but is she truly an ally or is she pretending to be to learn Raeth's secrets?

I was immediately hooked with the first paragraph. This steampunk novella thrummed with tension and kept it tight from beginning to end. I couldn't stop reading. Though Raeth is narrating the story, she's a mystery even to herself, and I was enthralled by her people's plight and her strange gift. For such a short story, I became emotionally invested quickly and ached for Raeth's escape. Semara also fascinated me. She and Raeth are two unlikely friends. If they are friends at all!

A veil of dread covered everything. The setting was frightening and exotic. The writing was brilliant. Such amazing detail! Why was this book sitting on my TBR list for so long? I highly recommend Weighted to everyone. Bravo, Ciara!
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