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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fantastic Books Publishing (2 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909163864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909163867
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 983,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Drew Wagar was born in Canada in 1970, but has lived in the UK since 1972. He was educated at the university of Brighton where he studied Computer Science. Drew published his first novel, 'Torn', in 2011 and followed this up with a short story in the anthology 'Fusion' in 2012. Drew has written one of the official novels set in the universe of Elite: Dangerous by Frontier Developments. This book, 'Elite:Reclamation' , is now on Amazon worldwide. EMANATION is the first book in Drew's upcoming 'Shadeward Saga', hardback editions will be available from October 2015. www.drewwagar.com

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Before I get into the review proper, I have a pet peeve I need to vent. I'm really not a fan of made up phrases to set a scene, and the technique is used a lot in this book. Now it's generally a style choice, but in my opinion it adds a barrier when reading a sentence. For flora and fauna, or anything else local it's not too much of a problem, however when it's used for familiar concepts then it breaks the flow of reading.

With this book the big issue for me was the labels for time. Now there is a very good reason the author chose this option (in fact, it's described in detail at the end), but for me it disrupted my pacing as I read the story.

And don't even get me started on made up swear words...

As I say, it's a pet peeve of mine, and is the only major issue I had with the book. The world building is well constructed, with some detailed research evident. The basic premise might be a familiar one, namely that of a civilisation long after a cataclysm, but the setting brings something different to the tale.

For the most part it reads like a fantasy novel, but there's some deep sci-fi in here as well - this is most evident at the beginning and at the end. It follows three main threads, two sisters who are long separated, and unaware of each other's situation. Their lives follow very different paths, and there was a point about halfway through the book where it clicked as to how their threads interconnected. I think I might have been a little slow realising that point, but when I did it added another level to the story.

I've already mentioned that I appreciated the world building, and part of that is the history of the world. There's a lot of mystery here, and pieces are unravelled as the three threads progress.
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Drew has created his usual blend of intricate and detailed setting plus fully rounded characters who leap off the page at you. It's always a risk creating a world where the common references we take for granted aren't used and where the language has diverged, but Drew strikes a good balance of usage that doesn't jar the reader. Including a glossary was a great idea but I think it would have been better to include it at the front - especially for those of us reading this as an ebook!

That's my only complaint though. The story is an engaging and thrilling ride with Drew's ability to move the plot along at a good pace again being evident. Never rushed but never plodding, the story develops well and starts to draw in the sci-fi elements gradually rather than all at once.

I'm writing this as the next volume downloads. Oh wait, it's finished. Bye...
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Having read Drew's previous book Elite: Reclamation I was looking forward to his new book written in his own universe. I wasn't disappointed, I had to force myself to put the book down as I wanted to find out what happened to the characters and what was occurring on the planet Esurio, in orbit around Lacaille. A believable background has been built for the players to perform against and you can understand their motives and actions. The pacing of the story is just right and when I turned the last page and read the last words I wanted to know more.

Hurry up with the next book please Drew ;)

Write on Senator.
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Typical Wagar science fiction this. I have been a fan of Drew's work since his early fan fiction of the computer space trading game Elite. Great plotline, some interesting and unexpected twists and all based in the typical hard science fiction mould I have come to expect from this excellent SF author. When I finished the book I then discovered it's the first of a series. Best news my to read pile's had for a while!
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I think Drew is fast becoming one of my favourite sci-fi authors, and Emanation is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why.

What a story. That perfect combination of science, technology, nature, primitive culture and characters which come alive and you truly feel for.

So looking forward to the next chapter of this incredible saga. Which... is next month!!!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, remained engaged through to the final pages and the moment I finished it downloaded and started the next in the series. This book reads a bit like a fantasy novel in a science fiction wrapper but successfully avoids tropes from either genre. It’s easily as original as anything by Cixin Liu or Kim Stanley Robinson and has a consistency, authenticity and plausibility which betray a thoughtfulness and intelligence to the writing, for example how to deal with the passing of time in a world of perpetual daylight. I very much liked the way that there was very little exposition and the reader is left to infer much and come to their own conclusions drawn from the actions and dialogue of the characters. I should also mention I’ve already ordered some extra copies as Christmas presents.
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I had previously read the enormously contrasting earlier novels by Drew, those being Torn and Elite Reclamation and had rated these highly.
Those two works proved to me that Drew is a very versatile author indeed. Contemporary and sci-fi genres seem to roll just as easily to him.
Upon the release of the first installment of the Shadeward Saga, Emanation I was keen to experience more of the same page turning vigor as I had done before. I need not have worried.
This is a remarkable work of sci-fi which is free of the constraints of the Elite Universe which slightly hindered the natural flow of Reclamation.
As ever, the characterisation in Emanation is sublime and the most important aspect in any of the novels that I have read of his.
This opening salvo in the saga has real science, politics, discovery, Intrigue, betrayal and love intermingled with mystical phenomena in abundance.
I am itching for the second installment!
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