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Veiled Planet (Hidden World Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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For me, the life of the Marut is much like the American Indians. So my visual picture was this frame of reference.
The love story was sweet and not overly done. The interaction between the very believable.
This book was an easy smooth read. I felt complete are the ending and have to wonder what comes next to make it a trilogy.
As in her other books, Kearney weaves a gentle love story into Veiled Planet and it works--very well.
In other reviews of Kearney's work I've called her a "master storyteller" and a master wordsmith. This novel doesn't disappoint. Kearney has a strong grip on her craft and this novel exemplifies her mastery of the language and her art. The novel is gripping and was hard for me to put down (and I have read it twice). This is classified as a "coming of age" novel for young adults. Don't let that put you off. In my 60's, I was thoroughly satisfied with the book. . This is volume one of a three novel series...thank heavens. This world and its people are amazing and I'm certainly glad to know there will be much more of it to come. Only one thing, Teagan Kearney, PLEASE give us book 2 SOON :) .
What a great book! Ms. Kearney knocks another one out into space!
The beginning 'Prologue' might make you wonder about the rest of the book, but no worries, its just the set up for the story. I actually went back and read it afterwards and it made a whole lot more sense!
I enjoyed the 'rules' that Ms Kearney put at the beginning of each chapter. Whether Colony Settlement Rules, or Marut Proverb. It was a nice way to get to know things.
So, Whats this book about you ask? The Colonists are on the planet Hamarkhis in an area the natives, Maruts, have allowed. The book starts out with Colonist trainee cadet Kara getting lost from her teammates after observing some flora and fauna on the trail. She comes across a kallin bear and in trying to get away from it she rolls down a hill. Thank heavens for her some of the Maruts had been tracking the animal and saved her.
Talk about a fish out of water! Kara is all of a sudden surrounded by the indigenous people of the planet that the Colonists felt were not as civilized or cultured as themselves. Kara finds that not to be true. Although they had not had much contact with the Marut tribes as they didn't allow it. On one hand I can see this, on the other it limits the knowledge each can have of one another. Whether one adopts the ways of another can be decided upon, but strict absence amongst each other brings fear of the other. Mainly because of lack of knowledge. Such was the Colonists and Maruts.
Because Kara was hurt the group takes Kara back to their camp to heal and rest. I think honestly they do not know what to do with her now that she is on their side of the line. On one hand the Colonists are not allowed to delve outside of their boundaries, but on the other it wasn't intentional. So begins the brokering of different cultures.
Kara is an endearing person and you come to love her spirit and affability amongst trials and tribulations within what her people think of as near savages. Little do they realize the Maruts have way more knowledge and understanding of life than they think. Neither do they realize where they originated. But Hopefully that'll be in the next books!
So come join us at the fire and keep warm while enjoying the story.
Just have to wait for the next book! Pout! Could NOT put this down! You've been warned!
The big downfall in this book was the romance. Sure, the story evolved around the relationship between Kara and Rishi and I loved their romance. I loved the struggle between them and the growing love. However, I never really felt 100 % invested in their love story. In the beginning it felt very forced and the only indication that they had feelings for each other was because the author wrote so. I could not see or feel much love between them when I read the story however. It was very rushed from hating her kind, to friendly teasing of her ignorance of Marut culture, till full out blooming love. If the author had taken more time to develop their relationship and personalities a bit throughout the book instead of rushing everything in the beginning, it would have made me more invested and it would have made the relationship a more realistic one that developed throughout the storyline. Instead it was forcefully written in in the beginning. Don't get me wrong though, as soon as the adventure starts with Rishi and Kara alone it gets a lot better and the relationship starts to flow more naturally when the romance is not the sole focus, but rather to survive and find their way back.
Despite the romance being rushed, I actually liked the most parts of the story and even the romance gets better. The idea of forbidden love between two -maybe not enemies, but rather between two conflicting races - made for a great story and an intriguing read. The idea in itself may not be unique, but the writing and the different directions the book takes made it very original and memorable. I can recognize a good author with the way she writes. She expertly built an entire new world in this book, with complex descriptions and different cultures without making it slow paced or boring. I could really tell how passionate she was working on this book and it gave good results as well, both looking at the deep storyline in the book and at the other reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. The only thing she might need to work on is the pace in the beginning and the end. Just as the romance felt rushed in the beginning, the ending was rushed as well. It felt like an abrupt ending going from war to peace in one page. I wish she would have eased in to the ending mor smoothly than she did, risked making it a slower pace in the end and given the reader a more informative conclusion. Other than that, I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
I don't usually read sci-fi or watch sci-fi movies. Not because I have anything against the genre, but mostly because I prefer fantasy and romance. Despite the fact that I found this storyline very similar to Avatar, I actually liked the sci-fi part. It harbored close to fantasy with a different humanoid species and animals such as kallin bears and satyrs. Though I'm not completely satisfied with the romance in the story, it too made the story likable and a fun and exciting read. Definitely worth three stars
Though labeled as "YA/coming of age sci-fi thriller with a romantic twist," I think that all ages will appreciate this book. It's fast paced, exciting, and engaging. I literally couldn't put it down, and ran for the charger when my kindle's power was running out! I highly recommend it, and will suggest your reading other reviews for more detais on plot and characters. I'm more than ready for Book II! I was given an advance copy for a fair review.
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