Book Review: Escapement by Ciara Knight

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Title: Escapement
Series: The Neumarian Chronicles #1
Author: Ciara Knight
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult



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The Neumarian Chronicles #1
Ciara Knight
Ciara Knight, February 2013
ISBN 978-1939081018
Trade Paperback

From the author—

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.

I would surely be hard pressed to come up with an opening chapter that is more intense than that in Escapement and, more than 200 pages later, it still gives me chills. The evil that one person can direct at another is chilling and it’s so much worse that a mother could behave in such a manner towards her own daughter. Add in that this young girl feels completely helpless and that her mother’s power is so all-encompassing and you have an amazing story in the making.

Semara is indeed “just” a young girl but her idealism has not been wiped out quite yet…and then things get even worse. Her mother sees the irrefutable proof of Semara’s one instance of defiance and, at the same time, a strange power within Semara shows itself and dooms her to a slave’s existence or, worse, horrific implants to make her compliant. The only person who cares about her at all is a worker named Bendar, or so she thinks, but then a young man named Ryder comes into her life.

Characterization and plot are equally strong in this first in the series. I felt a real empathy with Semara and especially appreciated the friendship between her and Raeth, a friendship that survived incredible odds. At the same time, my natural antipathy for the queen and her general increased exponentially every time one or the other came on the scene while my liking for Ryder, and the attachment between him and Semara, grew as naturally as any reader could want .

The world drawn by Ms. Knight is dismal but rife with questions about just how the aftermath of the war became so despotic and unforgiving and what might lie ahead. The queen’s determination to have complete control and cause such pain to others, her callous indifference, is frightening in its intensity and gave me a good sense of what a true sociopath is. Resistance would seem to be impossible but, as always seems to be the case with humanity, there are those who would see an end to the tyranny. Semara, Raeth and Ryder will discover that they do indeed have reason to hope.

Ms. Knight has pulled me in 100% and I plan to read the rest of the series as soon as I can—I really need to know what will happen next.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, September 2014.


PendulumBook #2
Haunting memories.
Terrifying dreams.
Crippling lies.

Trapped in a world of deception, my sanity rests with the love of Ryder Arteres and our renegade friends. Six months of scouring the ocean floor in a rebel ship fleeing our homeland, delivers us to a possible alliance with the opportunistic European Council. Our only hope is to utilize our forbidden gifts to free our people from slavery, proving our worth. But when a trusted ally turns traitor and a new breed of the queen’s weaponry is revealed, I’m forced to face the terror of my past to save our crumbling future.


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Life on a war-ravaged Earth is a dying experience. Finally, after years of tyranny, the rebellion rises. Once I rescue my fiancé Ryder Arteres, I, and the rebel general, will fight to free our people. In a war where alliances shift and friends betray one another, will the final battle prove the truth of the prophecy the queen has so feared—her death—or will I lose everyone I love?


About the Author

Ciara KnightCiara 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.

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Cover Reveal: Rebellion by J. A. Souders



Title: Rebellion
Series: Elysium Chronicles #3
Author: J.A. Souders
Publisher: TOR Teen
Pub. Date: June 9, 2015



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Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.

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Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was.

But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her feel more and more alone, she can’t help but yearn for that place she doesn’t remember: the isolated city hidden in the depths of the ocean. Elysium. Home.

But she can’t exactly tell Gavin what she’s feeling. Not when he’s the one who helped her escape Elysium in the first place, and has the scars to prove it. Though the doctors say otherwise, Gavin believes that Evie just needs time. And if her memories don’t come back, well, maybe she’s better off not remembering her past.


About the Author

J.A. SOUDERS is the author of the Elysium Chronicles and lives in the
land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and two children where
she spends her time writing about the monsters under the bed, day dreaming
about living in an underwater colony, and failing miserably at playing video games.

J. A. Souders

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1 winner will receive physical copies of RENEGADE and REVELATIONS
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gift card of the same value. International.

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