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Abendau's Heir

(Inheritance Trilogy #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Kare’s seen planets destroyed by the relentless expansion of his mother’s empire. Children killed. His own family murdered. With her power to manipulate minds she may be invincible.
Only Kare might have the power to stop her. He has to try, or face the horrifying future his father foretold. But in opposing her, he risks everything: his friends, his loved ones… even his san
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 2015 by Tickety Boo Press
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This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

DNF at 27%. The story was okay, if a little elementary, but the narration was the worst I've ever heard in an audiobook. It's so bad that this book is going into the abandoned book pile.
T.I.M. James
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first novel by writer Jo Zebedee and published by the small independent publisher with big aspirations, Tickety Boo Press. As with previous publications there is nothing wrong with the presentation of the book and it would happily fit on the shelves of any reader, or indeed bookshop where it is already finding a home.

Abendau’s Heir is the first part of an epic space opera, the Inheritance trilogy and to say that she has done herself proud is an understatement. For a first novel this
Apr 16, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Guillory
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Abendau’s Heir is author Jo Zebedee’s debut novel. And I’d like to put it out there before you get any further in this review: this was an excellent book. It may be her first release, but Zebedee proves that she can easily go toe-to-toe with many of the pros out there today.

A powerful empress who controls multiple planets, and holds sway over most of the major families is seeking an heir to take her place. She finds a mate who has powers like her own in order to assure that the offspring are gr
Poli Dee
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From tentative purchase to 'wow!': Abendau's Heir is a best buy.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should say that I 'know' Jo Zebedee (in that vague internet sense), through both of us being members of the same online forum; I've also done a bit of early beta-reading on a couple of her other projects.

So, I bought this book reasonably confident of her ability to write, and intrigued, if not entirely convinced, by the blurb. I am very glad I did, for this has turned out to be one of my better pu
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space-opera
I don't normally read this genre, I am certainly glad I did. The Author's confidence in her world allowed me to step beyond my comfort zone and sink into Kare's reality.
It is well written making it visually and emotionally rich as we follow Kare through a world ruled by a less than benign Empress.

It might well be a debut, and from a small press but neither fact impacts the narrative or presentation of the book. The use of familiar tropes is the balance against unexpected events dealt out to th
E.J. Tett
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to read the Abendau trilogy as a beta reader. I can see since how much work Jo has put into the final versions. Ignore the negative reviews from people expecting a hard sci-fi - this isn't that and I don't believe it's been marketed as such. Abendau's Heir is a space opera - if you want to read stories about *people* in a world you can escape to, then this is for you. Strong writing and great characters, particularly Lichio who became my favourite. ...more
Kat Harvey
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't buy into the world and the characters as strongly as I did for Innish Carraig (Jo's other book that I've read) but I still enjoyed it. The plot pulled me along and I found myself reading far past 'lights-out' time. I have bought the other two books in the trilogy and will be reading them soon. Have to know how it all pans out! ...more
J.L. Dobias
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Abendau's Heir (The Inheritance Trilogy Book 1) by Jo Zebedee

This is one of those novels that I wanted to really like maybe even love. It has that potential. And yet, in my enthusiasm I kept stumbling through the first chapters with this odd feeling of disconnect that confused me. I had to read through a second time to try to figure out what my problem was. Style choices the author made might have resonated with me in a rather unusual way. I would have to definitely recommend that others not tak
Andy Angel
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Abendau's Heir is the first in a trilogy (The Inheritance Trilogy) by first time author Jo Zebedee, although you wouldn't believe it to be a first time effort. The general gist of the story is that there is an 'Evil Empire' vs 'Rebels' war in progress. Our hero, Kare, is the key to the future, to victory for one side over the other. His Mother is The Empress, his Father the leader of The Rebellion. They both want Kale on their side but what Kale really wants is to survive.

Just from that synopsi
Michael Gilmour
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jo Zebedee should be proud of her debut scifi novel, Abendau's Heir. From the first page the reader can feel her love of the genre and her love of the characters that inhabit her universe. It’s clear that she has been percolating the story for many years as the depth in the characters and subtle nuances that they display, in a continually shifting plot, are impressive.

Abendau’s Heir is not a book that I would normally pick-up off the shelf and it’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s a dark universe
Steven Poore
Jo Zebedee doesn't pull many punches with this, her first novel, first in a trilogy, and one of Tickety Boo Books's flagship titles. Right from the off the reader is hit with imprisonment, torture, prophecy-induced PTSD, and a stark line in the sand - major characters will die. This is bravura plotting, and the promise of a climactic confrontation does not disappoint.

It would be easy to flag Abendau's Heir as a grimdark cousin to Dune and Star Wars - the scope is just as epic, but battles flash
Cathleen Townsend
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Abendau’s Heir

This review is tough. I really wish we could give fractions of stars—most of the book was three stars for me. But the ending transcended that and deserves four.

I have reservations. The story starts in the POV of the father, and his character is so vivid that his son (the main POV character) never quite came into focus the same way. On the other hand, the son spent most of the story trying to live up to his father. And in that case, it could very well have been intentional on the pa
I realise I started this book in June at the start of the summer and made good progress with it, it is very dark at the start with Kare’s sister, this really took me aback and I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, which kept me going fast.
I flew through Kare’s training with the Banned but then I started to stall: I found it hard to believe in the love story between Sonly and Kare, it just was too easy and I think this is about the time where I closed the book to move on to a new one.

Then about a we
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I've been 'Abendau'd'!

While not as strong as my all-time favourite space opera, Dune, Jo Zebedee's first ever offering is grand enough to have me chomping at the bit to get the other two books in this trilogy under my belt.

Abendau's Heir is a roller-coaster ride of emotions from start to finish; sensitive readers may want to skim over or skip the darker bits as they really are quite distressing. I found the world (universe?)-building a bit lacking, but that's just me - I like an in-depth cultura
Margaret Weighell
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I struggled with the first few chapters but once Kare got older the booked flowed along nicely.

Kare, brought up in secret by his aunt after the death of his father and his twin sister finds his life turned upside down when his mother the empress discovers where he is. Along with his cousin Silom, he flees to the Banned. It brings back a lot of bad memories for Kare, they turned his father and twins away leading to the death of his father and twin. He had to stay, his only protection from the emp
Martin Owton
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story is, I think, Space Opera not SF; indeed the hard 'show-me-the-equations' SF fan will not be happy with several aspects of this tale (e.g. small spaceships that can be piloted by chilren, do interstellar travel and also land on planets). Indeed this story could very easily be transposed to a secondary world fantasy setting as it is a classic coming-of-age, taking up powers and responsibility tale. It's strength lies in the well-drawn characters and their interactions and this is where ...more
Ken Selvia
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Didn't care for the narrator's sing-song voice. ...more
Dave-Brendon Burgh
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed the audiobook on Audible; great read, and I've already started reading 'Sunset over Abendau'. :) ...more
Thomas Tackett
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK! I haven't been "stuck" in a book like this one in awhile. I really didn't want to put it down. ...more
Lily Ponder
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Inish-Carraig and hope this would be just as gripping. The start certainly was, but for me the story extends over too many years as Kare grows up. I began to lose track of his friends and his motives.

Jo Zebedee writing is outstanding, and I'm sure a huge number of readers will love Abendau's heir, unfortunately it didn't make 5 stars for me.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"First ScFi Book I could not finish..."

I hate to admit it, but this is the first science fiction book I was unable to finish for many different reasons which I hope to touch on in the following review.

I really liked the premise and was hoping that things would improve, but over halfway though I could no longer continue. The book had some redeeming qualities, however it was like a bad day of golfing where you cannot hit the ball at all and then you hit one good ball and want to keep playing this
Peter Drysdale
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first novel in a trilogy, Zebedee's influences are clear, sci fi fans will find a lot of familiar ideas and some new ones mingled in with a galaxy-spanning story. ...more
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