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Rise of the Prince

(Pearseus #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Justice without compassion is but tyranny

The series that has reached #1 on Amazon!

The handful of humans that crash-landed on Pearseus three hundred years ago have by now colonized a large part of the planet, rebuilding their civilization from scratch. In the process, they have created a dystopia for themselves, splitting into three competing factions: the Capital, the
Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published November 18th 2013 by CreateSpace
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Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, scifi
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

With Rise of the Prince, Nicholas C. Rossis does an amazing job of combining a science fiction setting with ancient Greek history to create a Dune-like story, filled with political scheming, mystical creatures, psychopathic murderers, and personal tragedies. The novel proving yet again that self-published works are just as good and just as professional as the traditionally published works.

Here the setting is an alien world . . . Well, it once was an alien
N.N. Light
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An ominous prophesy, a ruler influenced by a wicked adviser sends the son of her loyal General to his death. Now, on the brink of war, she begs the General to save the kingdom and her. What would you do? Would you save the woman to murdered your son? In the same vein as Game of Thrones, betrayal and revenge are front and center in Rise of the Prince. Rossis breaths life into his characters with such description, you'd swear they were real. I found myself gripping my e-reader as Rossis spun his ...more
Greg Spry
Overall, I enjoyed parts of Rise of the Prince (Pearseus #1) by Nicholas Rossis but ultimately felt that the novel struggled to come together as a cohesive story. I finished reading RotP a month ago. Given my recent move across the country, I haven't had many free moments to write or read, let alone write reviews. Now, I'm finally getting back to it. Here's what I recall.

The story was well-written and flowed well. Rossis knows how to write dialogue and prose.

Personally, I found Rossis' focus to
Dave Higgins
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Combining a well-realised twist on devolved civilisations with a firm grasp of the power of emotional and spiritual factors in shaping action, Rossis creates a possible future humanity that seems plausible on both a logical and visceral level.

When the colony ship Perseus crash-landed only a handful of humans survived. Three hundred years later humanity has spread to cover much of the planet they named after their ship, pushing the previous inhabitants, the First, into the wilderness. Riven by
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To start with I will shamelessly admit some bias: I know Nicholas Rossis since we were seven, albeit we were never really close friends. Frankly though, I am very proud of his achievement writing this book.

Ancient Greek mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and bits and pieces of political philosophy blent in an exciting plot exploring the theme of the "reboot of human society" - with a twist. How ideas shape choices, how choices are defined by the past, how the past shapes the future, and how
Celine Jeanjean
Although Pearseus, Rise of the Prince is a Sci-Fi novel, its focus is very much on its characters, and the complex relationships and alliances (or feuds) between them. The characters are well drawn out, complex, and never just black or white. The result is a story populated by a wide and varied cast that feels real in their flaws and desires, and therefore very relatable.

One of my favourite aspects of Pearseus was the influence from Ancient Greek culture. The mix of Ancient Greek culture and
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a surprisingly good Dystopian Sci-Fi book. I enjoyed the different characters, different Point of views, and different themes. This book kept me reading all the way to the end. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Effrosyni Moschoudi
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A book of wisdom and mastery of language!

This book speaks volumes (excuse the pun!) for the fine qualities of its author. It’s a highly imaginative story with philosophical wisdom stitched into it with supreme skill. The reader can’t help but surmise that Nicholas Rossis is not just a fervent supporter of the ideals of truth and justice, not just a highly spiritual human being, but also that he’s widely read. I loved the way that Pearseus speaks about the human condition so eloquently, despite
Lisa Hapney
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book benefited from the bump that I give anything I would give a half star since I also post these on Amazon and Goodreads. For me, it was a solid 3.5 stars. The story was unique enough to keep my attention. There was a decent amount of action and it was an interesting story of the good versus bad variety with some alien help for both sides. In a lot of ways this story seemed like a study in what motivates humans and how they can be influenced especially on an emotional level.

The book
M.M. Jaye
Three hundred years have passed since a spaceship from Earth crash landed on an unexplored planet, and the survivors' descendants consider themselves its undisputed rulers. However, unable to fight their human nature, soon they want to rule over each other as well. The least of their worries are the fur-clad indigenous people who have no means to stake claims over lands. But is the inescapable fate of all humanity their only guide to self-destruction, or are the unseen, whispering enemies that ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
What happens when mankind is almost annihilated? All the books are gone. No computers, all ancient text of knowledge gone, and nothing is left but intelligent people?- And they must start over, almost from scratch. It's almost like what we perceive earth to be 10,000 years ago. But the people that crash land on a earth-like planet from an exploding space ship and with their knowledge, still had human nature to deal with. Greed, selfishness, super egos and all the competitive nature and ugly ...more
Janice Spina
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have the three-pack set of Pearsus but wanted to review each one separately. Just finished this fascinating and creative book 1, Rise of the Prince. This dystopian sci-fi is packed with action, adventure, magic, mystery, myths, strange creatures such as shadows and whisperers, evil and kind rulers, and many other characters in between that it was mind boggling to keep track of all of them. I found this adventure to be of epic proportions the way that the author devised each storyline to ...more
Marigold Dicer
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was my bedside table book: a slow burn with diverse, multi-faceted characters which, for me, was best consumed in small but regular servings. I reviewed the first book and this sequel blows it out of the water in scope and scale. I could never be sure where this book was heading, save for the nods to the Greco-Persian Wars, but since this was a science-fiction tale I knew I couldn’t rely on that ;). Truthfully, I had trouble deciding who was meant to be the ‘good guys’ or even who the ‘real ...more
Loren Weaver
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Three hundred years have passed since that first split that created distinct empires on the new planet Pearseus, not to mention the native First. But the whispers in the dark never did go away.

There's now three main Newcomer factions, plus the First. Not to mention the shadow war between the Orbs and the Whispers. We meet characters from each of these places as they struggle to keep the peace, stay alive, and win wars. Leadership changes, friendships are born, and battles won.

Rise of the Prince
Flamingcrystal Flamingcrystal
It moved me to tears! I had downloaded Pearseus a while back, but only had time to skim through it, then had the time to read it properly last week. Almost from the beginning, it amazed me. The cruelty of Styx moved me to tears, as did the subsequent feelings of suspense, relief and shock as the story unfolded and the ending drew closer. This is a highly recommended book, that I couldn't put down. I'm now looking forward to the next book in the series.
Yvette Calleiro
This is one of those books that I would probably give 3.5 stars, but it leans closer to four stars. There were aspects of this story that I really liked. The author did an amazing job in created richly developed characters. There was great depth to many of them, and once I got a hold of the various characters, I easily connected with almost all of them. I felt their angst and understood their fears/doubts. I rooted for some and cheered with the demise of others.

I also enjoyed certain scenes a
Lia Papadimitriou
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On the Pearseus colony, city-states are fighting for power. Or rather, their leaders fight for power, and in the meantime ban knowledge and technology, which remain available only to the elite. While conspiracies, war and cruel intentions unfold, you also get to follow politics reflect upon them (every regime is represented in the colonies, from tyranny of an elite to democracy to tyranny of the Justice, and none is black or white), and human qualities and flaws. This is probably what I loved ...more
Eric Klingenberg
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a hard book to summarise without giving away any spoilers, something I try hard not to do. It is set in the future in a world that has been colonised by humans but lost all contact with the home world. For reason I shan’t give away the society has gone backward technologically speaking but still has some advanced objects left. The world is at war with its self as well as mixed up in a war of super natural beings. The book follows the lives of several key characters as events unfold.

Joy Lo-Bamijoko
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading and reviewing the first book in this series, I looked forward to reading the segue, and book two did not disappoint. From the very beginning I could reconnect to the first book, and it simply flowed. The stories are so enthralling that when I accidentally broke my Kindle, I quickly continued my reading on my lap-top. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

Apart from the interesting direction of the stories, it was the deeply religious insights that drew my interest in the book. Some of
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
I wanted to like this story, part one of what is clearly intended to be a large series, a lot more. It failed with me on several levels. With a complex mix of characters, locations, concepts and weaving history, it is essential that the reader has time to engage. Songs of Ice and Fire is a good example which the Game of thrones TV adaption fails to deliver. There is just too much jumping about before the reader has a chance to settle. I have no problem with complexity per se just give me a ...more
C.M. Lance
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if some of the best and brightest of humanity had the opportunity to start over-on another world. Would it result in the development of a Utopian society? Learn from history? What if they had the chance to take assistance from a peaceful species, closely resembling humans. Human nature is explored in the Pearseus series. This book is a worthy continuation of the story begun in Schism, but it has better heroes, better villains, and the world and character development expands.

This is world
otis Teague
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I happen to love Sci-Fi, but not only did this have a well drawn out story, but the characters were also worth following. I really want to say who my favorite character was, but no one likes a bad guy....hahaha just remember it's only a book. Good job Nick!
Thurston Norris
I liked the Rise of the Prince and have moved on to Mad Water Book 2.
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Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The storyline is intriguing. The characters are impressive. Even if this tale presents itself far off in the future, nothing has changed much. Everyone believes themselves justified in their rule of the planet they discovered some generations ago. But the planet was already occupied, however, the new people feel superior . . .

Nicolas C Rossis brings some great philosophy into his writing. I especially loved his introspective into freedom, location 2934 in the kindle edition, it resonated with
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Nicholas C. Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children's ...more

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