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The Quest

(Sanshlian #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Eleven years ago, my life was ripped away from me. My father, my brother, my humanity. Everything. I was thrown into the Kamps, created to be a mindless machine. But I fought against it, not letting them take away my memories of the past.

And I succeeded.

It has been seven years since I was taken out of the Kamps and made into the Emperor's Shadow. Now I only take orders f
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published May 11th 2015 by Hear Me Roar Publishing
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Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a child Arcadia was raised by her father until the day the empire came after him for rebelling against them. Arcadia's father was killed and her brother managed to escape but Arcadia was caught by the guards and taken to a place known as the Kamps where they try to break down the prisoners and steal their memories.

However, after four years in the Kamps the Emperor rescued Arcadia and brought her into his close trust where she became known as the Emperor's Shadow. A sometimes brutal killing m
Bobbi Radford
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was from my husband and yes it is his first review!

I am a big fan of Sci-Fi style books (primarily the Star Wars series) and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is also the first (full) book that I've read electronically. I found it hard to put the book down, as it was a very exciting and good read. I would spend my lunch at work reading, and even clocked in late at times as I didn't want to put the book down!

The story line was well developed, and very believable in a futuristic a
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've always been fond of the "syfy family drama" genre. But this one went beyond that. Does that sound gushy? Well, it's true!! 'The Quest' by Dani Hoots is the story of a girl named Arcadia, who is torn between family and loyalty to the Emperor. It was interesting to see how a innocent but brave girl came to be in a strong position. I was rooting for her from the beginning, especially since everyone wanted rid of her. When her brother shows up they both go in search of a lost planet named "Sans ...more
Dee/ bookworm
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Quest by Dani Hoots was incredible! Most of the time when you get a science fiction/ fantasy book romance plays a key in it. This book was all science fiction with a hint of romance. The main character was a great heroine, she knew herself well enough to realize she had blood on her hands, and while not good, it was her job and she didn't justify herself. It was refreshing to read her "real" character insights.

I really, really can't wait for the next in the series, and I will warn you, ther
K. Peterson
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an action packed scifi. It kept my attention from beginning to end. It left me wanting more.
Rachel Stiehm
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

This was an adventure! It has elements of Star Wars, James Bond, and National Treasure. There were action packed scenes balanced with tender, thought-provoking scenes about Arcadia's next move. Arcadia was a well-crafted and complex character which added to her relationship with other characters and the plot. The last few pages ended the book with surprise and wonderment that left me excited for the
Tiffany Rains
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy Hangover!!! I CANNOT wait for the next book in the series. Wow! This book had me riveted to the pages so much I couldn't even set it down at work (don't tell the boss lol). I loved this book and will read it again just to make sure I didn't miss anything. There were hints along the way for some of the twists and turns but not all of them. Dani has to have a lot of talent to go into this much detail and keep the story flowing along with all the unexpected happenings. I would definitely give ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love YA books, especially fantasy. I’ve never been a big fan of much sci-fi, especially aliens. However, I do like Star Wars, so I gave The Quest a chance. It was a bit hard to get started, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised! I love Arcadia. She’s a wonderful & complex character. When the story caught my attention, it held on, which is difficult. And the ending??? What a cliffhanger! Can’t wait to start the second book! Curious to see where the story goes.
Chelsies Reading Escape
This sounds great. I wish I had a review copy.
Katie Carson
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of The Quest by the author, Dani Hoots, in exchange for an honest review.

Eleven-years-ago, Arcadia lost everything when the empire killed her father and dragged her off to the Kamps to be tortured and used for experiments. While in a fight to the death, Arcadia managed to impress the visiting Emperor himself and won herself a place as his shadow- the Emperor’s secret assassin. But when her brother reappears after so many years, she no longer knows where her loyalty lies: to t
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great cyberpunk story with a strong and very complex female lead in Arcadia. There's very good world building and the story makes sense. The characters are layered and have emotions/reactions that are realistic. I love the complexity of the lead, as a reader I was rooting for her from the beginning, yet she doesn't seem like a really nice person. In spite of that you get a connection with her, understand her motives (helped by the insight in her thought process throughout the book). The plot is ...more
Karla Kay
This book is an adventurous "space fantasy" with a world built in an intergalactic setting.

Plot: A sister and brother separated as children. She now defends the Emperor and fights for the empire her brother seeks to destroy.

The Author has created a well developed strong female lead with an intriguing arrogant and sarcastic nature. The characters connect well to the premise of the story.

I am rating this book 3.5 stars as it has more of a dynamic geared to the teen genre.
Which I feel that age
Carlynne Toomey
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book by a new to me author, Dani Hoots. It starts out like most sci fi books and you think it is going to be another same old, same old and then it twists and turns into something completely different! I found the story world to be very believable and the characters well developed - two criteria that are absolutely essential for me in any book. If you like sci fi and want something a little different, I highly recommend this story!
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Many years ago a young girl had her life ripped away from her while running from the Emperor one faithful night. Arcadia watches as her father is shot dead right in front of her eyes and her brother Rik runs away leaving her with her captors. Arcadia is taken to the Kamps to where she they teach her to be a killer.

A few years later Arcadia is seen by the Emperor himself and likes what he sees in her. The Emperor takes her away from the Kamps and secretly has her trained to be an assassin better
Alex McGilvery
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Arcadia is the Emperor's shadow. She goes out to eliminate the people who plot rebellion and cause unrest. It has been two hundred years since the Imperialists wan the war, but there are still those who continue the fight. She gets home from her latest mission just in time for the semi annual formal ball for the rulers of the planets which make up the Empire.

Arcadia hates dressing up, but this time, that will be the least of her problems. Her long lost brother shows up and tries to kill the Empe
I actually reviewed this book on my booktube channel so you can watch the video here:

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by the author. This review is spoiler free.

As a huge fan of everything scifi/space related, I was really excited to read this book. The premise sounded interesting (long lost siblings, a rebellion, and space travel is an instant "must read" in my opinion), and so I definitely wanted to give this one a try.

Debra Morgan
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story follows a brother and sister who were separated as children and now are on opposite sides in a bitter war. Now they must work together to find the mythical planet of Sanshli. Will Arcadia betray her brother Rik or will she help bring down the Empire she has served most of her life?

The author does a good job of developing the characters and maintaining a storyline. The book has a good premise and a surprise ending that I definitely wasn't expecting! The only bad thing I can say about it
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Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
this book had a very slow beginning..... some of the descriptions were a tad confusing but over all there was a good story line! I didn't think I would like this book, however after finishing, I really want to know what happens next......... ...more
I DNF'd this book and won't be leaving a rating as a result.

I picked this out of my Audible TBR while waiting for Aurora Burning to come through from my library. Honestly, The Aurora Cycle series is what this book strives to be and falls far short.

The premise of this book sounds great, but the actual story is somewhat ridiculous and unbelievable. Let's use The Aurora Cycle series as an example. In that series, authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff lay out why a bunch of teens would hold such i
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Dani Hoots is a science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult author who loves anything with a story. She has a B.S. in Anthropology, a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning, a Certificate in Novel Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Herbal Science from Bastyr University.

Currently she is working on a YA urban fantasy series called Daughter of Hades, a YA urban fantasy


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