Weighted (The Neumarian Chronicles, #0.5)
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Weighted (The Neumarian Chronicles 0.5)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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...more
ebook, 42 pages
Published August 2012
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Hildie McQueen
Its hard to review this book without sounding strange. I don't usually like first person, I don't anything care for futuristic or scyfy(ish), but I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Weighted. It drew me in and I did not take a break until I'd devoured the entire story. Then I read it again. In my humble opinion, the best of Ms Ciara' Knight's writing ever. If you read this novella, you will barely stand waiting for the first in the Neumarian chronicles. Bravo! Ciara Knight, Well done!
Jul 18, 2012 Anagha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Anagha by: Ciara Knight
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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...more
Rachel at theJeepDiva
I read the blurb for this book and was hooked so when Ciara offered 5 ARC's to read I jumped at it. I read it and was hooked. I had to know what Raeth’s gift was! Why does she have to keep it a secret? What does the Queen want with her? This story kept me hooked from the beginning and I had to finish it to find out how it turned out. I loved the attention to detail the author showed in this story. She played off of all of your senses which just helps pull you in all the more. I can’t wait until...more
A great start to a new series. A prequel from a slaves' POV. Trust really can change your entire life. A prophecied secret kept below the water. A princess you may just trust. Fascinating and a great read. Gets you pumped up for book #1.
Sarika Patkotwar
Aug 27, 2012 Sarika Patkotwar rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarika by: Anagha
Author Ciara Knight gifted me a Kindle copy of Weighted that I won in a giveaway form Anagha @ BookSpark. I was interested in reading the book, which is 31 pages long, and I finished it in one sitting.
The synopsis itself caught my attention, since the story is set in 2185. Raeth is a Neumarian and possesses a power that the Queen believes will annihilate the human population. Hence, she is captured and tortured. Some of the scenes were quite cruel, but I think that makes it more real. I liked b...more
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Raven Raye
Jun 08, 2012 Raven Raye rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone

I had the honor of reading a YA ARC called Weighted by Ciara Knight. Here's my humble review.

Wonderful short story and intro into the Neumarian Chronicles. Tension is ramped up on page one with the 'tick/tock' of the second hand struggling to reach the twelve. Interspersing the sounds of the clock with descriptions of Raeth's (a young girl and our protag) rising anxiety was an excellent way to stretch the tension. The goals of every character are evident even though the story takes place in the...more
Melissa Rheinlander
First off look at that COVER!! Knight does it again with this little teaser of The Neumerian Chronicles!! I just wanted to keep reading but sadly will have to wait impatiently for Book One to come out!! This is a very interesting story of War and struggles within families. Weighted starts with a bang and ends with one... leaving you wondering, questioning and wanting more!! I definitely recommend checking this book out and any other books by Ciara Knight!!

Disclosure: I received one copy of the b...more
I jumped at the chance to be a beta reader of Weighted by Ciara Knight, and I loved, loved, loved the strong, female protaganists, the scary villains, the excellent prose writing that intertwined character development, description, and action vibrantly!!! I can't wait to buy a copy, and read the next installment!
Cathy  Keaton
3.5/5 stars.

This is a short story prequel to a series of steampunk novels coming out in 2013 called The Neumarian Chronicles. From this story, I can gather some aspects of the world building and that there are two types of people against one another, Slags and Neumarians. I don't know why they fought a war or why they hate each other so much, but what happens to the protagonist, Raeth, happens because of these feuding societies.

Raeth is a Neumarian and seems to be around 12-years-old. She has s...more
Since this is a novelette, it's kind of hard to say a lot about this book without ruining it.

Though I knew the book was going to be intense from the blurb, man was it a bit more dark than I was expecting. Knight definitely has a way with her descriptions. There were multiple times I cringed at what was happening to characters. So you know, warning if you can't stomach a little light gore filled details while reading.

I loved how the story also played with with other senses. Knight including the t...more
Wow, what a stunning beginning to another incredible series by Ciara Knight. Once again, Ciara does not disappoint. This prequel novellete is an introduction to the world of the Nuemarians. They are a race of people fighting for their lives against a vicious queen who fears their extraordinary abilities. The story is fast-paced and full of suspense. The writing is intelligent and fresh. Ciara's alterate reality is frightening and relatable. Her characters will stay with you long after you have f...more
Terri Dion
This book is only a thirty one page prequel to what I am sure will be an amazing series. I entered a two hour contest to win this book and i am glad i did. I truly felt like I was reading a full length novel and by the time I was done I was left wanting more.

Weighted is amazing! It's got alot to offer in alot of different areas. It has paranormal, dystopian, fantasy, and steampunk aspects that all fit together very well.

I am really loving the way this story flows. The characters are very quickl...more
Definitely an original idea. I'm curious to see where this goes with the start of the series. The characters introduced are interesting and I know there's some depth to them. I look forward to seeing how they develop throughout the series. The writing is good, though I felt the conflict introduced was made unnecessarily difficult. It was almost as if it was drawn out to make sure some goal was reached. The interrogation scenes could have been shortened to give readers more of a look at the world...more
Julie Flanders
After reading this prequel novella, I can't wait to read the rest of The Neumarian Chronicles! I was immediately drawn into this story from the beginning, and horrified at what happened to the narrator Raeth Arteres. Knight makes the reader care about Raeth right from the start, and also introduces a host of supporting characters who I'm sure will have play a big role in the upcoming Chronicles. The hints about what had already happened to Raeth in the time leading up to Weighted made me very cu...more
Desiree reilly
The characters in the book are great i read the book just now and then wow .Tick Tock is what she hears and what happen in the book the Tick Tock gets louder and louder She going to be killed or maimed she did not know yet Who is it the Princess Raeth. The Queen wants her leg
for her self she metal want to be normal again. What happen in the book will surprise you the Queen want power but she can not get unless kill the princess and then her daughter not going to
let her is she

You will like the bo...more
This prequel novella is one intense, fast read with high tension. There is so much packed into so few pages. I have Escapement on my kindle and am jumping into it next. I had to get caught up before reading and reviewing PENDULUM. Holy moly, I am so glad I picked this up!

I'm not quite certain on the differences between the Neumarians and the Slags other than that the slags have body modifications. There are hints of power and corruption throughout this short novella and I can't wait to explore m...more
Dolce Amore
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Although young Raeth Arteres was hidden by her brother, the Queen of Earth caught her and collared her like a dog. The queen is a bitter woman who wants to enslave all the Neumarians and loves to torture them if they rebel. She knows that they are planning something against her and she has decided to discover all about it.

But young Raeth is not about to give up. Although she is still a child, although they take...more
Christine Rains
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...more
Suzanne Lilly
The artistic cover is what first drew me to this novelette, a prequel to the Neumarian Chronicles. It begins with a Neumarian being held captive and tortured as part of an information gathering mission. A wicked queen requires her servants to inflict gruesome and painful torture upon the main character and her brother.

The hellish scenes, complete with screws groaning and squealing in protest, along with cyborg body parts being appended to the main character are a taste of what’s to come in the u...more
Jan Niblock
This story grabbed me right from the start and could not put it down until I finished it. Now, I have to read the rest. It gave the reader just enough information about the characters, the war, and the gifts that you want to know more about all of that. Also, the ending gives you a great reason to find out what happens next. It definitely has that moral of good vs evil, but is far less graphic than a lot of stuff on TV, so suitable of young adults.

This book has a very interesting concept, both t...more
This is an intense, dark, edgy dystopian story, set in 2185, that tells of a 12 year old Neumarian girl who is a slave aboard a Slag airship. I'm not sure why the Neumarians and Slags are at war. The young girl is subjected to unimaginable torture, as the Queen tries to discover her secret power, that can wipe out the human population.

I'm a sucker for beautiful covers, and this book has a stunning and timeless picture. The clock depicted on the cover, is used effectively in the opening of the s...more
Danielle Smiley
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 crea...more
Donna Harms
This is a great ready by Ciara Knight... Claustrophobic...just a teeny tiny bit...This is a story about Raeth who is held captive and tortured by a cruel Queen. She finds a friend in an unlikely source. Will she tell the secrets of her people that will destroy her family? Will she survive the torture? You'll have to read to find out!
Kurt Bennett
This is the third of Ciara books that I have read and I have to say I was so very disappointed! She is such a great writer and to read this book and realize at the end that it was a short story just about crushed me! I thought I would have days of reading enjoyment only to find out my eyes goobled up this wonderful story quickly.

What? Give me more! As I kept trying to click past the last page on my eReader. Ugh! A real great story with great characters. Steampunk Sci-Fi! I believe Ms. Knight has...more
Lisa Wohlgamuth

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series to find out what happens now. I liked how the grey coat got his comeuppance. Loved Semara and Bendar. Was also glad to see Earth make it back home too. Wonderful book, great read.
An intense introduction to the world of the Neumarian Chronicles! I literally couldn't put down this brief prequel, and now I'm eager to dive into the rest of the series.
Medeia Sharif
Raeth is a young Neumarian woman aboard a Slag ship. The Slags torture her because of a hidden power she has. The queen of the Slags is especially brutal, but Raeth may have one person on her side. The queen’s daughter, Semara, shows compassion and seems to want to help Raeth escape, but can she really be trusted? Maybe Semara just wants to earn Raeth’s trust in order to discover her power. The story is fast-paced and engaging. I was pulled into the future world that took place after the Great W...more
Weighted is the beginning of the Neumarian Chronicles. We meet Raeth, who is a prisoner on a ship. The Queen is determined to extract necessary information from her through any means necessary, especially torturous means. She knows that Raeth has power but is not sure what. The Queen's daughter, however, is against mistreating Raeth and actually befriends and tries to help her. This novella is a great beginning to this series. It grabbed my attention right away and I couldn't stop reading. This...more
very different to what I normally read,might give fantasy gere a go you get sucked in from page 1 with ciara books :)
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Ciara Knight began her writing career in 2008. She writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian books. Her first Young Adult Series, Battle for Souls, will be published by Turquoise Morning press, with her prequel novella, Love’s Long Shadow, releasing in October 2011. Followed by Rise From Darkness (Book I) in March 2012, Fall From Grace (Book II), and Ascension of Evil (...more
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