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The Worker Prince

(Saga of Davi Rhii #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Author's Definitive Edition. WordFire Press proudly presents the debut novel of Hugo-nominated editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt, which received Honorable Mention on Paul Goat Allen's Year's Best Science Fiction Releases of 2011 at, alongside books by Ben Bova, Robert J. Sawyer, Jack Campbell, Ernest Cline and more. What if everything you thought you knew abou ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published October 14th 2015 by Wordfire Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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R. L. Copple
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Moses had led his people out of bondage in the future rather than the past, it might look something like this story. While at several points the story touches upon elements of the classic Biblical story of Moses leading his people out of Egypt, it doesn’t stick to that story, nor is that the only plot line running through this science fiction, space opera style tale. One of the problems when people depict, either literally or by analogy, a Bible story is the predictable ending. That’s not a w ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Diminished Media Group for giving me this to review

Davi has been raised as a prince, but unknown to him, he was born a worker. After Lord Xalivar decrees that all first born worker sons must be killed to stop one of them deposing him and taking over the throne, Davi is sent by his parents in an unmanned courier, and is found and adopted by Princess Miri, Lord Xalivar’s sister. He is assigned
Benjamin Love
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
A very well written book, and a story very well told. It's nice to read a book where the heroes are heroes and the villains are villains. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of the Moses story with the Sci-Fi themes (although, the Moses story only involves the premise--it is by no means a mere retelling). The allusions to "Old Earth" gave the story a good grounding and a rich history. It's also nice to see a first-book-in-a-series that is able to work as a stand-alone novel. My only complaints: ...more
Wendy S. Delmater
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s a rare treat to find a book I'd unabashedly recommend to any parent, elementary school library or middle school librarian. This book has everything a young person could want in the way of great male and female characters they can identify with of various races, plus, action, adventure, intrigue, mystery, and even a little romance. Space ships and battles and great world building? Check. It has s a great plot, too, and does not insult a young person’s intelligence with childish concepts. And ...more
Paul Hancock
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, storybundle
A total snooze fest for me. I can feel the entire story unwinding from the first chapter and haven't found any interesting twists or diversions to suggest that there might be some interest for me to finish the book. 20% is my limit. ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Worker Prince, emperor tyrant Xavilar orders all first-born male slaves killed. One boy gets away – Davi, who is adopted by none other than princess Miri, Xavilar's sister. When Davi finds out that he is the progeny of slaves, and witnesses the slaves' treatment first-hand, he confronts his uncle and lands himself in more trouble than he could have imagined.

The Worker Prince is a story of family, with Davi as an inverted prodigal son. Davi loves his adoptive mother and his uncle, the tyra
Rachelle Sperling
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit of Moses’ story set in space minus the direct supernatural intervention of God. The Worker Prince was both creative and imaginative taking a Biblical story and reworking it into a similar but not identical plot. The author kept the idea of a people belonging to God, but took the spiritual aspects down a notch by placing his slave raised prince character at the center of the conflict, rather than making God the primary character.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It wasn’t a “keep m
Raymond Masters
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The complete review can be found at my blog:

This past week, or so, I've been reading Worker Prince by Bryan Thomas Schmidt to be prepared for the author's blog tour push. I first volunteered for a spot in the tour a couple of months back. At the time, I only did it because it sounded like a fun way to help out. I really only knew Bryan from Twitter and his weekly chat sessions there. I have really enjoyed the atmosphere on his #sffwrtchat author spotlight
Helen Savore
The Worker Prince is a cozy adventure. Being a retelling of the Moses story, the first part of the book leaves you looking back, tilting your head, as if you heard a familiar tune but can't quite place it. While simultaneously walking into the new world of the Boralis Alliance. The prologue, what it takes to launch this young child, provides a neat entry into the world. After that we catch up with the adult Davi, Prince of the Boralis Alliance, and recent graduate, but an all around good guy. It ...more
Keanan Brand
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Below is my eldest niece's review of THE WORKER PRINCE and its sequel, THE RETURNING. She's a teenager, and I'm encouraging her reading and writing habits by bribing her with food and drink for every review she turns in. (mwah-ha-ha) I've already posted a brief review on my blog, so here's what "Jamie" has to say:

"Lord Xalivar's decree had taken the planet by storm. All first-born worker sons would be slaughtered for the gods... Concerning the slaves, his word was law."

To Sol and Lura, this was
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original Not A Review:

I'm not going to rate this book because I couldn'tt finish it...

Though I didn’t finish The Worker Prince, I do recognize that it is an exciting, fast paced story with quality writing that will serve to quickly absorb many readers in the tale being told. The Worker Prince is the first book in a trilogy and, I’m sure that fans will be hooked and anxious to read next book in the series. While I felt that the book lacked emotion, had some out-of-place technology and was over-t
Jaleta Clegg
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davi begins life as a worker child, born to slaves and condemned to a life working where and when he's ordered. For the most part, the high tech society gives the workers a fairly good standard of living, but Lord Xalivar hates the workers and doesn't trust them to keep in their place. They want freedom for themselves and their children. Xalivar decrees all first-born sons of worker slaves will be sacrificed to his gods. Davi's parents steal a courier ship and outfit it for their infant son. The ...more
Caprice Hokstad
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

I give this book a 3.75 out of 5.

The first third of the book is a close parallel to the story of Moses. I couldn't help but cast the hero, Davi Rhii, as a young Charlton Heston in my mind. However, the antagonist, Xalivar, didn't seem to fit the Yul Brenner mold. I stopped trying to draw comparisons after that and let them develop as new characters in their own setting.

The last two-thirds of the story are solidly space opera
David Brown
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-stuff
It's not that often that a science fiction story bordering on space opera comes along that everyone will enjoy reading. That's what Schmidt accomplishes with the Worker Prince. Revolving around a recent graduate prince who leaves home for his first assignment only to discover his slave-class origins, the story mirrors that of the Biblical Moses in many aspects.

While the main protagonist, Davi Rhii, does not spend 40 years in the dessert, he does wrestle with identity issues and the status quo of
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davi Rhii was raised in the luxury of the royal house and received rigorous military training. Upon graduating as a top pilot, he goes to his first assignment and discovers not only the darker side of his uncle's reign but also the truth about his own origins. The rest of the tale is about reconciling himself to his true identity and correcting his uncle's unjust leadership.

The tale has heavy allegorical links the life of Moses, which makes the story rather predictable in some parts, but it does
Gary Olson
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Davi Rhii is a prince of the Boralian people and a newly-minted military officer, but he's about to find he's much more than that. After discovering his roots as the son of Workers (people on another world enslaved by the Boralians), he is forced to decide to which side to support--and is drawn into a solar-system-spanning battle for freedom. Along the way, he has to face down his own entrenched cultural assumptions, and finds a new faith by embracing the one God of the Workers.

Bryan Thomas Schm
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed how the story was a futuristic sci-fi interpretation that paralleled the Bible story of Moses. I enjoyed the worlds that he created, and there are some touching moments and some funny ones. I didn't mind that it was a parallel future that is an off-shoot from our world and our religions. But I was also caught off guard and pulled out of the story when, almost half way into the book, it unexpectedly started to feel like the book was being used as a venue to share Christianity with the r ...more
Roy DeRousse
Basically a throwback to the early days of science fiction. The good guys are good. The bad guys are bad. Some interplanetary wrongs must be righted. It's an enjoyable story, but there isn't a whole lot of suspense. The workers say they're going to do something, and then they go ahead and do it. The bad guys are pretty much clowns who end up failing a lot. Most of the characters are very one-note.

The writing style gets old after a while too. For example, how many times do we have to read about t
Ashley Hill
There's nothing wrong with The Worker Prince -- it's a solid book that's easy to read. It's just not the book for me.

The Worker Prince is Moses in Space, and that's fine; it never pretends that it's something else, and I knew from the moment I picked it up what I was getting into. The setting is interesting, and the ideas are really neat. I was drawn into the world, but I never felt drawn into the characters. In the long run, it felt like a plot-driven story versus a character-driven story; so
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is should have been titled Moses in Space, because that is exactly what it is. Even though there are several Alien species in this Federation of Planet’s it is still the Human’s who enslave Human’s. The Human’s don’t even seem to be different racially or in language, so how one can tell a Worker from a Soldier outside of uniform is beyond me. If you’ve never heard the story of Moses or seen the movie, and are curious read this book. If you are a huge Moses fan and love sci fi, read thi ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Worker Prince is a YA space opera novel with a straightforward and recognizable plot, solid but predictable action and characters, and a clear, if a bit heavy-handed, moral. It's a good first effort by an emerging author (I rate the novel 6 out of 10). Here is a bit of critique interlaced with an occasional spoiler. (Read more at Bloggin' Outloud.) ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Facile, shallow and predictable.

The plot is uninspired, the characters are almost blank archetypes, and their motivations are given only the barest veneer of plausibility. There are no surprises, conflict is unengaging (even the military scenes!), and there is no real tension due to the flatness of characters and plot. There's nothing good to say about the language, and the effort wouldn't surprise me on a fanfic site but is not up to the normal quality of commercially published fiction.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, The Worker Prince by Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an unassuming work of science fiction. But as the reader gets drawn into the pages, one will find a wide array of literary elements.

Read the rest of my review at:
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I would have liked more background as to why workers and the rest of the Borali Alliance were at odds - other than "that's the way it's always been." This divide was a eluded to a few times, but never fully explored. This would have added more value to the story. We've all seen movies or read books with this general plot, but I still enjoyed it. ...more
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Made Barnes & Noble's Best SF Releases of 2011 as an Honorable Mention:

This review is from Author Dana Bell and can be found separately online at:

Rachel Smith
Jul 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found it to be a very interesting premise and I gravitate to stories like this no matter the genre. It read like a first draft and needed major editing and polishing. I won't be buying anything else from him, unfortunately. ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit, y2016
I didn't even make it to chapter two. The prologue read like a rehash of Superman's escape from Krypton, and the impossible shape of the shuttle stopped me completely. If the author can't even get the facing of the seats in the shuttle consistent, I have *no* hope for the rest of the story. ...more
Pauline Creeden
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A familiar story told in a new and interesting way. Solid Characters, and a fun, thought-provoking read.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed reading this book and looking forward to the next book. ...more
Not the audience for this book though others seemed to have enjoyed quite a bit. Did not finish.
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt is a national bestselling author and Hugo nominated editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His fourth novel, Simon Says is a page-turning near future thriller. His debut novel, The Worker Prince received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His children’s books, 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Books For Kids an ...more

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