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Kendro, King of the Aonise, can do nothing to prevent their sun from collapsing, consuming their home planet Letháo in a single fiery blast. Running out of time and options, he evacuates the entire population, setting off into the unknown galaxy in four crowded ships. Under constant danger from their ancient enemy, the Zefron, treasonous dissent seeps into his inner circle ...more
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Published September 30th 2015 by TSK Productions, LTD.
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Leserling /Belana
I got the audio book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

When I read the synopsis, it sounded interesting, so I applied for a free copy. It's been quite some time now that I did, and still I haven't finished the book. First of all: it took me ages to get an inkling as to who is who and who does what. Not only are all the names completely unfamiliar, but sometimes, the characters go by names, other times by surnames, which makes it twice as difficult to remember them. I had to search thro
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recap: Kendro, King of the Aonise is evacuating his home planet from a dying sun and an alien race bent on their destruction whilst knowing, through his vision, that not everyone will make it.

Review: At first I struggled with huge cast of characters who use both their first name and surname interchangeably and some of them have additional rank names - not confusing at all! Plus we are told very early on that not everyone is going to make it, so you might think that knowing that would affect the
Richard Southworth
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
It took me a little time to get into this book - I was initially befuddled by the large number of characters and the details of their world - but I'm very glad I persisted, as it's definitely a good one. The story deposits you in the world of the Aonise, with their unique technology, abilities and language, and largely allows you to figure out how things work in this world without any info-dumping: fortunately, the different elements are not too difficult to grasp, though a glossary is provided ...more
Steve Caldwell
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dawn Chapman has struck gold with this book. It takes the very best of sci fi, a worldwide evacuation in a small fleet due to invasion by an implacable foe, and adds the political elements and intrigues of a kingdom with multiple noble houses. Add to this a King who who is mentally connected with all his subjects, and you have sci fi of epic proportions. With enemies without and withing, the King of Lethao, Kendro, must see his people safely to a new world, all while surviving the plots to bring ...more
Mistral Dawn
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Aonise's sun is dying, and they must evacuate or die. But their evaluation is complicated by the Zefron, another race that seems determined to see every last Aonise dead. Their king, Kedro, is their only hope, but even his power might not be enough in the face of such enormous obstacles!
I enjoyed this book, but it was slow to grow on me. It's odd for me to have to say that the beginning was slow because it starts out in the middle of a planet-wide evacuation due to a dying sun. It was a begi
Cameron Kobes
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Excellent space opera, almost flawless. I saw that the story was originally planned to be a TV series, and that comes through the story a lot. It's more or less episodic, following the dramas of a global population who've fled the destruction of their planet and are seeking a safe haven. It ends on a cliff hanger, so I surmise there will be more books in the series later.

*this review contains minor spoiler(s)*
*this is the review of the EBOOK FORMAT, not the audiobook*

I'm not going to lie, this book was a little hard to get into. The writing was EXCELLENT, the imagery and descriptions were EXCELLENT, the author is, probably, one of the best indie writers I've read in awhile when it comes to detail and world-building. That part of the book was, hands down, absolutely amazing.
However, the reason I struggled so
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My original The Secret King: Lethao audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Lethao, home planet of the Aonise is under imminent destruction. Their sun is dying and will soon collapse. Kendro, their King, organizes a total evacuation in four large ships. But they have two problems: the Aonise do not have a destination, and they will have to escape and fight the Zefron, their mortal enemies. Sadly these are not the only troubles Kendro will find, since there is some riv
Kirsten "Ghost Deserved Better"
It is very rare for me to rate science fiction this low, but this took the cake. I just didn't enjoy it that much.

When I was younger I loved shows where people had psychic powers and I absolutely loved the original Battlestar Galactica. This story had elements of both of these but they are mixed together which a huge amount of data dumped fake language/syntax, characters that are interchangeable and confusing, and a vague element of existential threat. As a result, it just dragged and, in the en
Kimberley  Jade
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book isn’t a genre I usually read but I am glad I branched out and gave this a go, those who love star trek would thoroughly enjoy this.
This did take me a little bit to get into as there was a lot to take in with the start but it all came together well.
Kendro, the King of Aonise has to evacuate his people because their sun has gone dark. They set off in search of a new home. They only have a few ships but that’s not the biggest problem Kendro faces. There is the ancient enemy who is out to
Heather Osborne
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am not a typical reader of space opera, but when I unexpectedly touched base with this amazing author, and was asked to edit this book, I was immediately captivated by the premise.

The Aonise must flee their planet, under the leadership of King Kendro. Ejected into space, they desperately seek a new home planet. The journey is fraught not only with attacking enemies, but internal betrayal and strife.

I could not put this book down. Not only does Miss Chapman capture the elements of science ficti
C.T. Phipps
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space-opera
I'm in a space opera kind of mood which, if my genre fondness holds out, means I'll probably spend the next couple of months absorbed in the genre before moving on. That means trying to find good examples from both mainstream and independent authors. While the "easy" sources like Star Trek, Star Wars, and newcomer in the Expanse are out there, I wanted to try something which was not linked to a major franchise. Steve Caldwell (The Bookwyrm Speaks) recommended I try out The Secret King series by ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This book bears a heavy responsibility. It is part of a larger team enterprise called The Secret King, which has a website, several book titles, a dictionary, audiobooks, 3D artwork, and a created language associated with it. This book, Lethao (named for the home planet), is where it all starts in more ways than one: it introduces the important characters, their conflicts, and their quest.

Fans of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica will probably enjoy this world, which hints at being as complex a
B.A. Brock
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
THEIR SUN is dying, and Kendro, King of the Aonise, has to evacuate his people from their planet. With merely a handful of ships and resources, the Aonise take off into space, in search of a new home. A space opera, brimful of battles, futuristic technology, and an epic plot, The Secret King: Letháo is the beginning of a beautiful saga.

There are plenty of wonderful things to say about this novel, but for me, the world-building of the Anoise was the most interesting. We get tantalizing tidbits of
S.E. Anderson
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I was given a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the rating.

Their world is dying, and the Aonise must evacuate their planet, heading to the stars in massive ships in hope of finding a new world. But their journey is not without its threats: they are hunted by the Zefron, an ancient enemy who seem hell-bent on trying to destroy them, as well as whispers of treason from within. Kendro. the king of the Aonise and their hope for the futur
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dawn Chapman has conceived of a detailed, intricate society with characters that are intense and compelling. Kendro must save his people from a dying sun, an enemy bent on destroying them for apparently no reason at all, and from enemies within his own royal house. In the middle of it all, he has to find the energy and alliances to save his son and hold his number one together as well.

Aonise who seem on the king's side to begin with turn out to be enemies and others who appear sinister turn out
Melissa Burcham
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
4.5 stars

I was given an ARC book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.


This book was good for a sci-fi type of book. Think Star Trek when you read this book. If you aren't into that type of book then this isn't for you. I had a hard time at first getting into the book. I took off half a star because I felt that there were traits that were common to the species that could have been described earlier in the book. Thi
S.K. Wee
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic world building

The planet of Lethao is dying and King Kendro is working hard to evacuate the entire population. The loading of spaceships is rushed but completed. The population is divided into the upper class houses of Aonise and the lower Heiako who are treated as second class citizens. They are pursued by their enemy, the Zenfron but also face internal dangers. Most characters are well drawn and relatable. The king holds a magical connection to all the houses, especially the head of
Daryl Ball
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A science fiction space opera at it's finest. With their world dying, a King must lead his people to safety through space. All the while they are pursued by another race of aliens. While trying to keep as many of his people alive as possible the King also faces threats form withing as there is quite a bit of plotting against him. The story has a large cast but this is managed by focusing on different individuals each chapter, much like in a television series. There is also a convenient guide in ...more
C. Gonzales
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
As always when first diving into a new world created by an author, there are many questions and catching up to do. I think Dawn Chapman did a good job of explaining her world and characters, but could have done with a bit more detail in certain aspects.

That was really the only downfall of the novel though and it wasn't even really that huge of a deal. Other than that the pacing and plot of the novel was very well done. There was plenty of action and it really kept my attention throughout!
Bec Pearce
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was checking a thesaurus for other ways of expressing how I felt about this book and I discovered there just aren't enough superlatives. Dawn Chapman has creatives a rich and detailed works full of characters that you can't get enough of. The plot draws you in and doesn't let go until the final page and even then you lay in its arm unwilling to leave this world.

An absolute masterpiece. A hearty congratulations on a wonderful debut novel.
Elaine Swinney
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book and asked for an honest review. Not my usual type of book, but I liked it. Was a science fiction book. It is well written and I loved the characters. I encourage people who like SciFi to get this one you will not be disappointed. It is worth your time and effort. This is the first Dawn Chapman book I have read but it will not be the last. I enjoyed reading this one.
Bailey Ember
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of moving parts to this novel and a lot of action. I liked the way the characters were relatable even though it was a space and alien type group.

The Sci-Fi aspect is very well done and the imagery and setting is amazing. The Author really brings the world to life through words.

Get ready to be immersed in the world and captivated by the characters she has created.
Erin Bedford
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
An emotional investment

When I started this book I wasn't sure what I was getting into. Aliens, fighting, all that and more. My heart broke with them and I almost put it down several times because I couldn't handle the pain. I'm glad I didn't and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good adventure and emotional ride.
Samantha Bull
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. This book was an amazing book to read. It has so many twists that make it hard to predict. As a Sci-fi lover this book has all of the strange yet so familiar aspects that I just couldn't resist. A book I will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Luciana Correa
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Secret King- Lethao is sci-fi and you can find all the good things you expect in the genre.

The Aonise are strong, good-hearted and caring; the interactions between the ruling families and the rest of their people made me wish I were one of them.
A king who feels in his body the pains of his subjects is refreshing.  Obviously, acting like an irresponsible twit can't happen.

I can assure you King Kendro M'akshaw is amazing. He fights for his family and his people as he spends the years of his l
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easily among the more awe-inspiring and amazing books I’ve read! It’s the incredible world-building of Dune with the steady, expanding character and plot development of an Isaac Asimov novel. The unique terms and character names took some getting used to, but I felt like the context gave plenty of hints as to who/what the words referred to, and with repetition, I grew accustomed to them. Certainly the amateur linguist in me was happy!

It’s not your average showy, flashy, SHINY BATTLES IN SPACE k
S.A. Gibson
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Aonise people must abandon their sun. In spaceships, they flee solar explosion and the enemy Zefron. The Aonise king, Kedro, leads the people amid deep class divisions and conspiracies against the royal family.

After the excitement of the planet-wide evacuation, is much learning about the characters and interconnections between them. As other reviews have mentioned, keeping track of the names is challenging, at first. The action is well paced and leads to important conflicts and resolutions.
A. Nicky Hjort
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story and loved this world!
Book Two just ordered.

I read this epic tale in 3 sittings. Wow! Wow!

I am a huge Star Trek fan and this was so right up my alley.

There is everything you want in sci-fi: complex characters, cool powers, excellent descriptions, remarkable tech, gallant races, and epic battles.... but also beautiful and graceful romance.

Love it! And there is a very useful glossary of terms/ characters at the end if you confused by all the nouveau terms. This is a must read
Christy Mann
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nano-writers
This was a great read. It took me a long time to get through it but that was only because I wanted to pick it up and read it through to the end, but life wouldn't allow that. I'm gonna have to pick it up when I have some time to binge read and read it through again.
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Dawn Chapman has been creating sci-fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. In 2005, her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King (TSK), a 13-episode science fiction television series, with great passion for this medium.

In 2010, Dawn returned to her first love of prose. She has been working with Coach EJ Runyon, who has encouraged her away from fast-paced scrip

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