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(The Ydron Saga #1)

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How does a world armed with bows, arrows and catapults, where steam power is just beginning to replace horses and sailing ships, avert a conquest from beyond the stars?

Prince Regilius has been engineered to combat the Dalthin, a predatory alien species that enslaves worlds telepathically, and to do so he must unite his people. But when his mother murders his fa
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published January 9th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
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Phillip Stephens
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diversion
If anyone actually sat down to create a formula certain to sell a fantasy novel I imagined it to be Raymond Bolton after reading Awakening, the first book in his Ydron Saga. Take the standard potion of swords and sorcery, the traditional displaced prince looking to regain his throne, his band of loyal cohorts and mix in alien body snatchers, mind control, a plot to overthrow the planet and the occasional Shakespearean theme and the pot spills over with Awakening.

Surprisingly, it works.

Let me admit, I grew
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Simay Yildiz
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First things first: the world Bolton creates in Awakening, the first book in the Ydron Saga is unique, original and somewhat bizarre. There is a planet under fuedal rule in the steam engine era, and although the humans seem to have the power, there is a different race out to take them down. These "creatures" who mostly walk around in human form, but they have different abilities i.e. being able to talk right into people's brains.

Prince Regillus, who goe
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Lauren Lynne
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awakening is unlike most books on the young adult shelf today. Book one of the Ydron Saga follows young Reg as he discovers that he is more than just the king’s son. Raised in a world of horses and ships, he soon discovers that the life he knew is about to change forever. It’s not just the death of his father but the fact he lives among aliens that puts his life into a tempest. Bolton has a fascinating way of telling a story from multiple perspectives without the reader losing where they are in ...more
Catherine
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on Goodreads and as I read the first few pages, I wondered where it was going and I wondered if this was a book I want to read… a few chapters in and I was totally immersed in this story. The book is highly original, the story very creative and the writing very descriptive. I ended up reading it over a few nights and really enjoyed it and hoped I wouldn’t dream about the Dalthin. Raymond Bolton really draws you in to the world of Ydron and you can vividly imagine the characters a ...more
Roberta
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who reads High Fantasy
Shelves: first-reads
This book is definitely a good read. The author wove an intriguing tale where greed for power thrusts the characters into what seems to be unforeseeable events with insurmountable odds. The author weaves and endearing story where we learn we might have more control over our fate and who we become. This book is told from multiple characters points of view so you gain much perspective of how each character moves within the world in which they were born and how the deal with what they have be thrus ...more
Danni
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second fantasy read of the week and I think I struck it lucky because they were both great books. The Awakening was particularly descriptive and I loved the way author Raymond Bolton builds his world. If I closed my eyes I could imagine myself there. I also liked the telepathic angle which he introduces which I thought was highly original and worked very well.
James
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to thank the authour for choosing me to be a first read...I was drawn in at the first few pages a bit to sci fi for my taste i am usually a magic and swords fantasy read but this but did open me up to the sci fi/ fantasy genre. it was a pretty decent read i would recommend it for people who are new too the genre since it didn't overwhelm you with too much scientific jargon
Mica Andrade
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
Not gonna lie, it took me a lot to read it because college but what can I say? ITS AN AMAZING STORY! A whole new world and experience! As I'm from Argentina, I've the spanish version as one of the first reads and I'm so thankful for that! You should all read this beauty!
Barbara
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book that I have won via GoodReads. So far, the best one. It is written from several point of views. Nevertheless, I did not skip any sections to read ahead. Engaging book, which I really enjoyed. Though I did wonder why the aliens allowed this one person lived so long.
Diane
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book by Raymond Bolton. Original and imaginative, his world building is excellent, his characters are vivid and bold . I love it when an author adds originality to an established genre and this is exactly what he has done. Next one please!!
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Heroic fantasy without magic! It's highly original and nice to see an author arrive on the scene who not only writes well but is will to push the boundaries of an established genre. There is no doubt in my mind that this the start of what is going to be a hugely popular series!
James Murphy
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Awakening" was a fun read! An intriguing storyline, likeable heroes, detestable villains... what's not to like? I hope this is the first book of a trilogy, as I would like to see what happens next in the land of Ydron!
Jena Colon
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I dont want to put it down.
Riley
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book!
Craig Freshwater
A great read, the YDRON SAGA takes you back to a time lost. Fun to read!
www0rds
La valoración exacta es un 3'5.
Me ha parecido un libro con partes muy entretenidas pero por otro lado, partes muy flojas, lentas y aburridas.
He de decir que la idea de fusionar ámbito histórico con ámbito alienígena me ha parecido una idea muy original y le ha dado más salseo al libro.
Da la sensación de que no ocurre gran cosa pero es totalmente comprensible ya que es la primera parte de una saga y lo que se busca es situar y explicar primero el mundo para desarrollarlo en sigu
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Naiara
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
El despertar es un libro que tiene una trama, desde mi punto de vista, interesante y que llama la atención. Hasta aquí todo bien, y el libro lo empecé con muchas ganas, pero desde el primer momento, me sentí un poco perdida en la historia, desde los nombres a los lugares y a veces el vocabulario un poco técnico en cuanto a navegación tampoco ayudaba si no eres al menos un aficionado a ello.
Creo que hubiese sido un buen libro para mi si el desarrollo hubiese sido de otra forma, o la traducc
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Bobibooks
En general me ha parecido una historia buena y novedosa, pero esta mal desarrollada, aún así la recomiendo.
Harry Fox
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heroic Quest Beneath Two Suns

This novel is an unusual take on the theme of an alien invasion. Instead of the aliens invading earth, this invasion takes place on a distant planet. This distant world orbits a binary star system, but is otherwise somewhat similar to earth. The people seem to be similar to humans, like Star Wars, but the level of technology is essentially Medieval. They have developed bio-luminescent light globes and steam power, but this is by no means a steam-punk nove
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Erin
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Son of a complacent king who cares only for his own comfort, Prince Regilius is blissfully unaware of the unrest fomenting from every quarter of his father’s kingdom. All of that changes, however, when he begins to not only see but feel the anger and despair of the people in his own city of Ydron. It all comes to a head, when Regilius’ own mother, the queen, assassinates the king and overthrows the government.

Even as these events transpire, Reg learns of an even graver threat to his
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Jalynn Patterson
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How does a world equipped with bows, arrows and catapults, where steam power is just beginning to replace horses and sailing ships, avert a conquest from beyond the stars?

Prince Regilius has been engineered to combat the Dalthin, a predatory alien species that enslaves worlds telepathically, and to do so he must unite his people. But when his mother murders his father, the land descends into chaos and his task may prove impossible. Faced with slaying the o
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Matt
Awakening had a slow start. The names of places were a little tricky to wrap my mind around. I'm not sure if the characters were flushed out as much as they could have been. That point taken into consideration I think Bolton has created a slew of interesting and unique characters. I just wish he had fleshed them out more. A few of the lesser characters were essentially faceless in my mind.

I really found the conflict interesting. I love the contrast between the technology of the time
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Penelope
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Bolton's imagination is truly unique and rich - his characters feel like old friends, his settings are vivid, and the plot is exciting and well-paced. Perhaps my favorite aspect of his writing is that he trusts his reader to follow him into the world he has brought to life, and what a treat it is! He gives a perfect amount of detail and background so you're intrigued without being lost. I was in turn surprised, moved, and thrilled by this book. I literally could not put 'Awakening' down and ...more
Najwa Warraich
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The world building and the character development was so well done. I loved the sci-fi elements that were included. I really enjoyed the dialogue between the characters, it seemed very real and according the time this book was sent. at times I was confused but as I read further it became clearer. cannot wait to continue on in this series and become more lost in this world
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Raymond Bolton lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, Toni, and their cats, Max and Arthur. Reviewers have been generous with praise, offering such comments as, “Eschewing the more commonly overt manifestations of alien technology and the well toted elements of fanciful magic, Bolton breathes originality into the genre with his singular focus on telepathy.”

His goal is to craft grip
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