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(The Neumarian Chronicles #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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 peopl
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Published by Smashwords Edition (first published December 2nd 2013)
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Semara, Ryder and Raeth have been in the rebel ship for 6 months fleeing for an alliance with the European council. Semara wants to discover the truth about her past and to learn more about her gifts. But the trio do not know who to trust and they do not know who will actually help them and not turn them in.

Pendulum was the enjoyable second book in the Neumarian Chronicles, however, I did not find it as captivating as the first book. This book was well written with twists, action and romance.

Jan Niblock
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: c-knight
I just could not put this book down. This story is very well developed and there are so many twists and turns, you are not sure who to trust and who is on who's side. I love stories that keep you wondering what will happen and not just a "canned plot". I was shocked by some things and relieved to find answers to questions brought up by the first two books.

Ms. Knight paints the scenes so well you feel like you are there watching them, especially the battle scenes. This book would make a great mov
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
my rating is 4.5

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This story takes place aboard the Rebellion Ship, Freedom, two months after Semara and her friends have been rescued from Acadia Beach. Ryder, Raeth, Bendar and Penton all have jobs as well as Semara. Semara’s job on the bridge is to track, target, and obliterate the enemy. Dred was badly injured at the end of Escapement and remains in a coma when Pendulum begins.

Half of the story takes place on Freedom underwater as Semara works to get more answers in order to figure
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank Ciara Knight, author of Pendulum, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this awesome book of hers.
In this second instalment we are taken back into the dreadful and dangerous journey of Semara and Ryder where they are within a submarine which is headed towards Europe. Semara is learning more and more about her gifts and she is trying her best to control it. T
Rachel V.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
I still love this series after reading the second book and I can’t wait to dive into the third book. Since I have been introduced to steampunk I have found that I really enjoy it and it is fast becoming one of my favorite genres. This series is also one of my favorites as well.

The world that this story takes place in is in the middle of a war. The author has continuously written this world so well that the minute you start reading it you are immersed in it. While I am sure I would not want to
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, steampunk, dystopian
This book begins where the last one left off. So, beware that it is NOT a standalone!

In this installment, Semara, Raeth, and Ryder are journeying towards the ENR headquarters in hopes that they can join the rebellion against Semara's mother, the Queen. As all three learn to harness their gifts together in the true fashion of the Triune, they discover lies, treachery, and hope. The goal is to survive long enough to best the Queen and save those persecuted under her rule. Semara and Ryder must nav
Maranda Raven
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I waited a while after downloading pendulum to read it. Over 3 months to be exact. Escapement which is book one was still to fresh in my mind. I'm glad I waited for the sake of getting to relieve some of the action scenes & memories that are revealed in book 2. Ryder & Semara of course are my favorite characters as well as Bendar. I enjoy all the others but the main three listed just make the book all worth it. Bendar has a spunkiness about him that I can't get enough of. Kinda reminds me of the ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Reasons this book got 4 stars:
- It had an exciting dystopian plot that was shockingly very realistic
- It had just the right amount of mushiness. Enough romance to make you go 'aww' but not throw up - literally a perfect balance
- LOVED the characters, they were executed very well, and had believable dialogue
- I was able to relate to the characters, and emotion was put across very well

Reasons this book didn't get 5 stars:
- The ending. Personally, I
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
This book was awesome! Anyone who starts this book should expect to spend the whole day or stay up all night to finish it. It's the second book in this series and so many secrets come out in this book and explains a lot that wasn't covered in the first. The relationships in this book develop so much and it's an easy book to follow. The ending will leave you dying for more. If you didn't read the first book in the series Escapement I suggest you do. This is a don't miss series. I would definitely ...more
Lindi Peterson
Ah!! Ciara Knight has captured our hearts once again with the second book in the series. You won't want to put this down after you start. Semara, Ryder and Raeth are joined by Penton (love this addition) as they journey not only physically to Middle Europe, but emotionally through love, joy, anger, and confusion. The love story between Semara and Ryder (be still my heart!) is amazing. Action, adventure, and emotional heartstrings are tugged during this read. I can't say enough great things about ...more
Green Butterfly
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This book takes you through the journey of Ryder and Semara as they try to reach and join the rebellion. IN book two, secrets are revealed, allies turned enemies and Ryder and Semara fall more in love. Ciara does a wonderful job of creating a vivid world you love to get lost in. I highly recommend this book, as well as Escapement (book one). My only disappointment is having to wait for the next book. The end of Pendulum will leave you begging for more!
InD'tale Magazine
If there is anything better than an epic battle for good, millions of readers since Tolkien would be quite surprised! Ciara Knight carries it off with style-and the story hasn’t even gotten to the most exciting bit yet!

Read full review in the 2014 February issue of InD’tale Magazine.
I would like to thank both NetGalley and Ciara Knight for granting me the chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influences this review.

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 opportu
Online Eccentric Librarian
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, dystopian, ya

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Pendulum is the second in the Neumarian Chronicles and fills in even more on the mysteries and secrets of the first novel. It does end on a cliffhanger but also completes a satisfying arc.

Semara and her Triune (Ryder and Raeth) are on a sub headed to Europe to meet up with the rebellion. She is learning to handle her new talent and it proves surprisingly useful as the group navigates treacherous and often mined waters
Nancy The book junkie
First thanks to netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The "Neumarian Chronicles" is my first experience with Ciara Knight and I have to say it has been very pleasant so far! Her writing style is enjoyable, exciting and you’ll find yourself sucked into the story.
I particularly enjoyed the fact that her character are very well written, most of them have a depth, it’s not just 2-3 characters who are developed like it’s unfortunately common in a lot of
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought Pendulum was terrific! I haven't read the first book, Escapement, but I plan to read it as soon as I can! This book is very interesting, and kept me reading straight through to the end in no time. I like the aspect of having people with different powers, and to read about all the powers and how they work added an unique take on characters with powers, and I like the futuristic, under the sea habitat; it brought interesting elements to the story. I like that the characters didn't act li ...more
Shannan Williams
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! These are my first thoughts after reading The Neumarian Chronicles. These are the first books I have read by this author and will not be the last! I read Weighted, then Escapement right after. I took about a 10 minute break and dove right into this one; Pendulum. I am in love with these books! The emotions ~ feeling for the characters, like I really knew them. I didn't put this book down; read it straight through. This series has completely sucked me in and has me captive; anxiously awaiti ...more
Nadine Bookaholic
Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review

I haven't read the first book in the series but you don't really need to for you to understand what is going on in this book. I will most likely go back and read it though just because I enjoyed this book so much. I was surprised with the turn of events in the last few chapters but it leads you into craving the next book in the series.
This book was well written and quickly pulls you in, I didn't want to put the book down at all!
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Semara and Ryder what a passionate love story.
With all the death, destruction, betrayal, war and hatred they knew how to survive and continue to love each other.
Pentun and Reiyth what a cute couple they make and Ryder protection it’s just so cute.
Now about the whole story this is a second book actually and I didn’t read the first one ( I’m searching for the first one though) because a lot of thing to understand from the first book in order to continue the story for the second book.
But still Pend
Absolutely Wow!!!

I could never give enough praise for this book. I loved it even more than the first. So many twists and turns, that I just could not put it down. I cannot wait to get started on the next book. I want to see if Ciara is going to out do this book. I am proud to have the pleasure of reading this series. I think everyone should read it. Such an awesome book. Well I am off to read the next one, go get this series and enjoy too.
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Dammit - I hate when books end like that and the next one isn't out yet ... hurry up! EEK.
Tammy Theriault
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the ongoing action with twists and turns and past reveals. Suspense has a new level of whoa!
Kayla West
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, this book was a breath of fresh air to me compared to the last one. While the last one started off quite a bit rocky for me and stayed that through most of the book, this one was very well put together. The story was more concrete and worked most of the time. Apart from a few times where contrasting statements appeared this was an all around great second book in this trilogy.

Due to the events ending the first book, this one doesn't really focus on the queen. I mean, they talk about her in r
Krys Fenner
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
After "Escapement" I was eager to see where the story went from there. Semara, Raeth, and Ryder have accomplished their first mission. Now they have to get to the land location of the ENR and stay alive. Unfortunately, that becomes easier said than done. Not only do they have to avoid the Queen's scout ships, they also have to figure out who they can really trust. Sadly, it isn't the council of the ENR.

Like the first novel, "Pendulum" was filled with action and more lip-locking between Semara an
Shayna Varadeaux
Oh. My Gawd! I didn't see that coming!

I am so taken in by this series I had to recover! Cue the book hangover, yeah.

So this book picks up after two months aboard the Freedom under water and I was eerie and leery about Mart and about Gordon too!

Parts of this book upset me. Seriously... I really truly hate some of the characters in this book even though they do their job with the story and plot thickening. My brain was on overload trying to figure things out for myself. Just when I thought I had
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
I applaud Ciara Knight for not disappointing and for creating a book even better than the first book. I don't know where to begin. So much happened in this book that my mind is still thinking about everything that happened.

This story continues right after Escapement ends. Semara and her friends are still on the run, trying to escape the Queen's pawns while trying to survive. Through this new journey, Semara will continue to face sadness, will encounter new people and will keep facing betrayal.
Melissa Rheinlander
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As always Ciara Knight has created an amazing storyline that draws you in and takes hold of you. In this installment of the Neumarian Chronicles the “Triune” continue to fight for the freedom of their people. There are several twist and turns that leads to surprise after surprise! As the storyline continues to grow you continue to become invested in the characters that you are becoming to know so well. Ciara does such a wonderful job of putting you into her stories that you feel you are right th ...more
Tnt Reviews
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book more than Escapement. I'm not sure at this point what to think of all the new characters we've met. I'm not sure who I can trust and who will betray me. Yes, I say me because I feel like I'm a part of Semara, Ryder, and Raeth's inner circle. I hate the way that all the new characters are treating Semara. I suppose I can understand it, but I don't like it. I also hate that Semara and Ryder are being kept apart. I fe
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pendulum is a great read and I finally got some questions answered about the whole Big War. The bitch Queen is even more deranged than I thought!

The story picks up a few months after Escapement and the Triune gang seem to be safe in the Neumarian rebel's submarine... until they find out a few things and and they realise they have to escape the submarine as soon as it docks.

Like in the previous book, our group of friends go from one dangerous situation to another. It's hard to know who to trust c
Colleen Everly
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start out saying this I hate cliffhangers. Okay I got that off my chest. Make sure you own Balance before reading this, I have to wait a little over a week and I'm going to go insane. I have to know what happens next. Don't get me wrong I loved this book and I love the series. This author is a gifted writer and you get so caught up in the story when it ends you're in shock. Now that I've taken a second and calmed down I can tell you this series is awesome.
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Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Maggie award winning author who 'Fights for Love. One Book at a Time'.

Her popular sweet romance series, Sweetwater County (rated for all audiences), is a small town romance full of family trials, friendly competition, and community love. Also, there is a sister series,

A brand new sweet, small town romance is coming in 2019! This one will be set in Sugar M

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  • Escapement (The Neumarian Chronicles, #1)
  • Balance (The Neumarian Chronicles, #3)

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