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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,411 ratings  ·  165 reviews
An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires ...more
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Published July 20th 2011 by DarkSide Publishing (first published January 13th 2011)
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Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Two kingdoms fought a war and one lost - one of the fighters always does. Three kids from the loser side were taken to be raised in the royal court as a sign of peace between two nations. Lianne - the main heroine - is one of these kids. She grew up to be a handmaiden to the queen of victors. She was in love with a boy (another one of the trio) while all but ignoring the last taken boy who happened to be somewhat handicapped as a result of an accident.

Nothing out of the ordinary keeps happening
Aug 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yad
Poor storytelling, world building, and character development made this story hard for me to get all the way through. Too many developments seem based on a single conversations, or action, or seem to come out of the blue. The main character comes across as flighty, insecure, and weak instead of strong and capable.
Sleepers is a political tale set in a fictional world of Fithia. Lianne is one of three teenagers who were adopted from the losers of war years ago. The Dalagans are redhaired while the Fithians are all round and dark haired.

Lianne is a maid to the queen whom is her secret best friend. Their king is the Henry VIII sort who presides over executions and has his wives executed.
On her sixteen birthday, she discovers a hidden power from her homeland. The Fithians claimed that Bryden, Lianne and
Sleepers is an enjoyable middle-of-the-range freebie YA novel. It has a very similar tone to Anathema and in many senses is that book's big sister. Although both have the potential to be developed into much heavier/more adult works because of their subject matter (Anathema - slavery, Sleepers - betrayal, rebellion, execution, forced-marriage and associated rape) they are kept fairly light and only touch on these issues - presumably because of the age of the audience (Anathema, I'd say would be ...more
Tayla Robichaud
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book had a great plot and storyline however...
It was waaaaayyy too fast.
It wasn't even long enough for me to actually develop feelings for the characters.
I wanted to be happy or sad for events that took place but it was way too fast I couldn't. I like I would have if there was more background to the story and each character. And the scenes to be slower.

It really does have such potential
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

non-existent. world building ...non-existent... character development...non existent. All around this was a very poor work. That will teach me not to buy based on a beautiful cover!
May 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh my god, this was painful. it read like bad fanfiction.
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Original review:

When I read books, I try to read from the perspective of a reader and not from an English teacher’s perspective, or even an editor’s perspective. Sometimes I fail. Sleepers was one of those books that I couldn’t stop my inner editor from coming out. There were a lot of simple and compound sentence constructions, and I felt this often made the narration stilted. The bulk of the story takes place through dialogue between characters or
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Exactly how does one write a review for a book that has them in the corner of their room, rocking back and forth, sucking their thumb . . uncertain of everything they have ever known? (ok, everything they though they knew/understood about the book they were reading)

Let me say this:

I got this book yesterday and I began reading it last night. By the end of chapter one I was seriously HOOKED! This isn't a good thing to have happen
Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy, #1) Lianne was one of three babies given by her defeated homeland to the land of Fithia as a peace offering after a great war. All her life she has been raised to believe that her homeland is magic less, defeated and weak, until her 16th birthday when a spell placed on Lianne as a baby ends and she discovers that much she has believed to be the truth is actually a lie.

With those supposed to guide her through her awakening dead, she must rely on fellow adoptees Kellan
Erin Danzer
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is the second book by the wonderfully talented ladies at DarkSide Publishing that I've finished today. ;)

Anyway, the review.... WOW! This was a mind blowing experience. I always love reading anything from the girls at DSP because I know I will be entertained with a quality read. Sleepers was no different. I spent the first part of the novel falling as in love with Kellan as Lianne had, but then Bryden... well, Bryden was the surprise I wasn't expecting. To be torn between two equally
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, dystopian
Having read The Initiate as well as the Cloud Prophet Trilogy, I went into Sleepers with expectations, which, in general, I try to avoid doing, and because of this, was a little let down. The dialogue was clunky, often generic, and even more often unrealistic. At times it seemed Jensen was going for a period historical feel, and at others, minus the smartphones and emoticons, I felt as if I was reading a contemporary novel.

As far as the story goes, stepping away from the writing altogether, it
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
My take...
Sleepers is a story about friendship and the things we would do for those we love and trust. It is about being true to who you really are and not letting anyone tell you otherwise. Sleepers is about trying to figure out what is right in a world that is so wrong. Sleepers is all of this and so much more.

To me, Sleepers is everything a book should be. It had an incredible storyline with hidden secrets throughout, amazing characters that you felt a need to protect and comfort, and it all
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Interesting idea, the main character flip flops between two men to the extent you want to give her a good shake. The story is not black and white, with the heroine's anger taking over what is right at one point. Some complexity around how emotions can own us and perceptions, with interesting concepts for parents whose teenage children have turned into different people being explored here! Reasonably enjoyable read and I did like the ending. Worth a read.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I found myself so exasperated by the poor storytelling in this book that I hardly read the last few chapters - only enough to understand how the book ended. The character development can't even be called "development", and all the story information is plainly and obviously served to the reader on a dull platter. The concept/plot is interesting, but it seems that the author focused so much on its progression and neglected both the characters and the beauty of subtlety and story-telling.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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*May contain spoilers*

“...magic is evil and led to our downfall. We should never practice it again or face the wrath of their army.”

“I fell asleep afraid.
I woke up with hatred in my heart.”

Sleepers is the first book in the Swarm Trilogy.
I liked this one more than I liked Anathema.

Lianne, Kellan, and Bryden are Dalagans who were adopted by Fithians.
Fithia is ruled by King Rotlar and Queen Magaretta, aka Mags.
Lianne is one of their servants.
It is the day before Lianne's 16th birthday. This
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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When I first started this book the premise seemed promising and I was actually interested in finding out where the story would go, but the more I read the less I liked it. Plot developments stopped making sense and the pacing was just too fast to connect with what was happening. As things sped up, character interactions felt less realistic. Pretty much any climactic moment was shortened such that I need to get a
Kimm Reilly
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, but too short for my tastes

I really liked this first book but the ending is concise enough that I’ll probably stop here. The world Jensen builds is pretty unique and the story is fun. It’s a very lively tale, there are twists and turns, decent themes but it is very, very short.
That is a huge draw back for me, as I’m a very fast reader can’t justify buying something I’ll have finished in an hour. I may check out my library to see if they have a digital copy eventually.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books had some good moments and some interesting twists, enough that it kept me guessing as to who the good and bad guys actually would. In the end, I guessed both right and wrong. But the characters never really seemed to develop to me. So when the MC keeps changing her mind back and forth, it seems less like she’s trying to adapt to changing circumstances and more like she just doesn’t know what she’s doing.

It wasn’t awful, but it never really lived up to its potential. 0% interest in
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Honestly not a fan at all unfortunately. I always hate love triangles or anything similar and I also wasn't a fan of the plot or the writing style. I'm sorry to say I found it overly simple and boring, with many parts that actively annoyed me because of character behaviour. I only finished it because I wanted to know what happened at the end, which I half regret because the ending was my least favourite part of the whole book.
Tiera McMillian
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wow this was a hotmess! It was so extremely rushed that there was no time to add depth to the characters, almost no detail so It’s impossible to see a picture of the setting or even the world, and what little the author tells you about the main character makes her seem flighty and childish. The idea behind this was just really poorly executed. It saddens me to see good, unusual, or unique ideas wasted.
Anna B.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A wonderful and inspiring series on par with Megg Jensen's other series "The Cloud Prophet trilogy". Just like the rest of Megg's book, the human and relatable characters, unique worlds, and beautifully detailed story captivates you, drags you in, draws you under and completely immerses you in a fantasy land you never want to leave, leaving you breathless and wanting more. I cannot honestly wait to pick up the rest of the books!
Laurie Hopkins
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
Very good

I wasn't sure what to expect from this trilogy, after reading the cloud trilogy and trying to figure out how they were connected. It finally made sense the more I read. Even the Inniate, tied in eventually. After finishing this trilogy, all the pieces came together. Lianne is quite the character, strong convictions.
Keith Bornmann
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The characters are lovable, the storyline is unpredictable, the main character has great character, I look forward to reading the next book

The story is clean enough for anyone to read. There is no graphic sex and foul language is minimal if there is any at all. There is a little bit of violence but it’s not graphic.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting storyline

L was a girl who just wanted to be loved. A foster child who was taken in by the people who were at war with her people. She grows up to be stuck between the boy she wants and her childhood friend who never wants to be her friend.
The storyline was good I can't wait to read the next part in this series.
Sue Gangloff
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magic, action and intrigue

Meg, handmaiden to the queen , is fostered by a country that treats her like a servant. Upon her 16 th Birthday she finds her magic. Will it help? Read and find out. This is a compelling read.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting

I love the mystery behind the story. The romance and the betrayal. To think that the love Lianne had for Kellian was all a lie and to find out she's been lied to her entire life by her own people. Good read, loved every bit of it.
Jade Kersey
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Just as I was getting into a scene it would change. Loved the idea of the story, I wanted to be taken away more.
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Megg Jensen is a two-time USA Today bestselling author of epic fantasy.

No stranger to top ten lists on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore, Megg's novels have garnered millions of downloads, attracting fans from all over the world.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, kids, and two insane miniature schnauzers.

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