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The Worker Prince (Saga of Davi Rhii #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
What if everything you thought you knew about yourself and the world turned out to be wrong?

For Davi Rhii, Prince of the Boralian people, that nightmare has become a reality. Freshly graduated from the prestigious Borali Military Academy, now he's discovered he was secretly adopted and born a worker. Ancient enemies of the Boralians, enslaved now for generations, the worke
Paperback, 1st Edition, 326 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Diminished Media Group
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R. L. Copple
Oct 11, 2011 R. L. Copple rated it really liked it
If Moses had led his people out of bondage in the future rather than the past, it might look something like this story. While at several points the story touches upon elements of the classic Biblical story of Moses leading his people out of Egypt, it doesn’t stick to that story, nor is that the only plot line running through this science fiction, space opera style tale. One of the problems when people depict, either literally or by analogy, a Bible story is the predictable ending. That’s not a w ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, sf-fantasy
Currently reading an ARC of this!

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The Premise: Davi Rhii has it all: he's graduated from the military academy with top honors, he's handsome, he's got loyal friends and women throw themselves at him. And, oh yes, he's royalty: the son of the sister of the High Lord Councilor of the Borallian Alliance and next in line for what amounts to a kingship. He's also got a secret even he doesn't know about: he's adopted, the child of slave workers from the planet Vertullis who sent him of
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Diminished Media Group for giving me this to review

Davi has been raised as a prince, but unknown to him, he was born a worker. After Lord Xalivar decrees that all first born worker sons must be killed to stop one of them deposing him and taking over the throne, Davi is sent by his parents in an unmanned courier, and is found and adopted by Princess Miri, Lord Xalivar’s sister. He is assigned
Benjamin Love
Feb 04, 2012 Benjamin Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
A very well written book, and a story very well told. It's nice to read a book where the heroes are heroes and the villains are villains. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of the Moses story with the Sci-Fi themes (although, the Moses story only involves the premise--it is by no means a mere retelling). The allusions to "Old Earth" gave the story a good grounding and a rich history. It's also nice to see a first-book-in-a-series that is able to work as a stand-alone novel. My only complaints: ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Worker Prince is a cozy adventure. Being a retelling of the Moses story, the first part of the book leaves you looking back, tilting your head, as if you heard a familiar tune but can't quite place it. While simultaneously walking into the new world of the Boralis Alliance. The prologue, what it takes to launch this young child, provides a neat entry into the world. After that we catch up with the adult Davi, Prince of the Boralis Alliance, and recent graduate, but an all around good guy. It ...more
Caprice Hokstad
Jan 24, 2016 Caprice Hokstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

I give this book a 3.75 out of 5.

The first third of the book is a close parallel to the story of Moses. I couldn't help but cast the hero, Davi Rhii, as a young Charlton Heston in my mind. However, the antagonist, Xalivar, didn't seem to fit the Yul Brenner mold. I stopped trying to draw comparisons after that and let them develop as new characters in their own setting.

The last two-thirds of the story are solidly space opera
Sep 23, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Davi Rhii was raised in the luxury of the royal house and received rigorous military training. Upon graduating as a top pilot, he goes to his first assignment and discovers not only the darker side of his uncle's reign but also the truth about his own origins. The rest of the tale is about reconciling himself to his true identity and correcting his uncle's unjust leadership.

The tale has heavy allegorical links the life of Moses, which makes the story rather predictable in some parts, but it does
Raymond Masters
Oct 22, 2011 Raymond Masters rated it it was amazing
The complete review can be found at my blog:

This past week, or so, I've been reading Worker Prince by Bryan Thomas Schmidt to be prepared for the author's blog tour push. I first volunteered for a spot in the tour a couple of months back. At the time, I only did it because it sounded like a fun way to help out. I really only knew Bryan from Twitter and his weekly chat sessions there. I have really enjoyed the atmosphere on his #sffwrtchat author spotlight
Bryan Schmidt
Nov 06, 2015 Bryan Schmidt rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Made Barnes & Noble's Best SF Releases of 2011 as an Honorable Mention:

This review is from Author Dana Bell and can be found separately online at:

Why Not Question' - Book Review - 'The Worker Prince' by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
To be released October 4th, 2011, 'The Worker Prince' by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, uses the story of Moses to tell the adventures of Davi Rhii, a child saved from the murder of infants on a slave
Sep 17, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Original Not A Review:

I'm not going to rate this book because I couldn'tt finish it...

Though I didn’t finish The Worker Prince, I do recognize that it is an exciting, fast paced story with quality writing that will serve to quickly absorb many readers in the tale being told. The Worker Prince is the first book in a trilogy and, I’m sure that fans will be hooked and anxious to read next book in the series. While I felt that the book lacked emotion, had some out-of-place technology and was over-t
Gary Olson
Nov 18, 2011 Gary Olson rated it it was amazing
Davi Rhii is a prince of the Boralian people and a newly-minted military officer, but he's about to find he's much more than that. After discovering his roots as the son of Workers (people on another world enslaved by the Boralians), he is forced to decide to which side to support--and is drawn into a solar-system-spanning battle for freedom. Along the way, he has to face down his own entrenched cultural assumptions, and finds a new faith by embracing the one God of the Workers.

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Rachelle Sperling
Aug 28, 2012 Rachelle Sperling rated it really liked it
This book was a bit of Moses’ story set in space minus the direct supernatural intervention of God. The Worker Prince was both creative and imaginative taking a Biblical story and reworking it into a similar but not identical plot. The author kept the idea of a people belonging to God, but took the spiritual aspects down a notch by placing his slave raised prince character at the center of the conflict, rather than making God the primary character.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It wasn’t a “keep m
Keanan Brand
Sep 21, 2012 Keanan Brand rated it really liked it
Below is my eldest niece's review of THE WORKER PRINCE and its sequel, THE RETURNING. She's a teenager, and I'm encouraging her reading and writing habits by bribing her with food and drink for every review she turns in. (mwah-ha-ha) I've already posted a brief review on my blog, so here's what "Jamie" has to say:

"Lord Xalivar's decree had taken the planet by storm. All first-born worker sons would be slaughtered for the gods... Concerning the slaves, his word was law."

To Sol and Lura, this was
David Brown
Jul 25, 2012 David Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-stuff
It's not that often that a science fiction story bordering on space opera comes along that everyone will enjoy reading. That's what Schmidt accomplishes with the Worker Prince. Revolving around a recent graduate prince who leaves home for his first assignment only to discover his slave-class origins, the story mirrors that of the Biblical Moses in many aspects.

While the main protagonist, Davi Rhii, does not spend 40 years in the dessert, he does wrestle with identity issues and the status quo of
Jaleta Clegg
Oct 13, 2011 Jaleta Clegg rated it really liked it
Davi begins life as a worker child, born to slaves and condemned to a life working where and when he's ordered. For the most part, the high tech society gives the workers a fairly good standard of living, but Lord Xalivar hates the workers and doesn't trust them to keep in their place. They want freedom for themselves and their children. Xalivar decrees all first-born sons of worker slaves will be sacrificed to his gods. Davi's parents steal a courier ship and outfit it for their infant son. The ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Modulus rated it did not like it
Facile, shallow and predictable.

The plot is uninspired, the characters are almost blank archetypes, and their motivations are given only the barest veneer of plausibility. There are no surprises, conflict is unengaging (even the military scenes!), and there is no real tension due to the flatness of characters and plot. There's nothing good to say about the language, and the effort wouldn't surprise me on a fanfic site but is not up to the normal quality of commercially published fiction.
Phillip Drayer Duncan
Oct 08, 2014 Phillip Drayer Duncan rated it it was amazing
The first thing that I think is neat about this book is that it’s a retelling of the story of Moses, but with a Sci Fi twist. Was that too much of a spoiler alert? Personally I think that’s a really good idea. I think it’s fun when someone takes a common concept and gets creative with it. Of course if they don’t do well with it, it just makes matters worse. In Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s case, no worries.

It's appropriate for all ages. It reads clean and is just an all around fun book.
Feb 02, 2012 Janin rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed how the story was a futuristic sci-fi interpretation that paralleled the Bible story of Moses. I enjoyed the worlds that he created, and there are some touching moments and some funny ones. I didn't mind that it was a parallel future that is an off-shoot from our world and our religions. But I was also caught off guard and pulled out of the story when, almost half way into the book, it unexpectedly started to feel like the book was being used as a venue to share Christianity with the r ...more
Ashley Hill
Jun 19, 2012 Ashley Hill added it
Shelves: unfinished
There's nothing wrong with The Worker Prince -- it's a solid book that's easy to read. It's just not the book for me.

The Worker Prince is Moses in Space, and that's fine; it never pretends that it's something else, and I knew from the moment I picked it up what I was getting into. The setting is interesting, and the ideas are really neat. I was drawn into the world, but I never felt drawn into the characters. In the long run, it felt like a plot-driven story versus a character-driven story; so
Aug 10, 2012 Jaime rated it it was ok
This book is should have been titled Moses in Space, because that is exactly what it is. Even though there are several Alien species in this Federation of Planet’s it is still the Human’s who enslave Human’s. The Human’s don’t even seem to be different racially or in language, so how one can tell a Worker from a Soldier outside of uniform is beyond me. If you’ve never heard the story of Moses or seen the movie, and are curious read this book. If you are a huge Moses fan and love sci fi, read thi ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Lyndon rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Worker Prince is a YA space opera novel with a straightforward and recognizable plot, solid but predictable action and characters, and a clear, if a bit heavy-handed, moral. It's a good first effort by an emerging author (I rate the novel 6 out of 10). Here is a bit of critique interlaced with an occasional spoiler. (Read more at Bloggin' Outloud.)
Nov 02, 2011 Rlbrown rated it really liked it
At first glance, The Worker Prince by Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an unassuming work of science fiction. But as the reader gets drawn into the pages, one will find a wide array of literary elements.

Read the rest of my review at:
Rachel Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Rachel Smith rated it did not like it
I found it to be a very interesting premise and I gravitate to stories like this no matter the genre. It read like a first draft and needed major editing and polishing. I won't be buying anything else from him, unfortunately.
Edwin Downward
Jul 31, 2013 Edwin Downward rated it really liked it
Starting from an intriguing parallel to biblical history, Bryan has succeeded in crafting a compelling story of heroism and faith.
Pauline Creeden
Sep 03, 2012 Pauline Creeden rated it really liked it
A familiar story told in a new and interesting way. Solid Characters, and a fun, thought-provoking read.
Jun 14, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed reading this book and looking forward to the next book.
Feb 21, 2013 Cee added it
Shelves: not-the-audience
Not the audience for this book though others seemed to have enjoyed quite a bit. Did not finish.
Kevin Breaux
Aug 26, 2012 Kevin Breaux rated it it was amazing
review to come.
Ian Donnelly
Ian Donnelly marked it as to-read
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo nominated editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His first children’s books, 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Books For Kids and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter- Land Of Legends appeared from Delabarre Pu ...more
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