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Siege of Praetar

(Tales of a Dying Star #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The red giant Saria is dying.

Praetar, a sand-blown planet, lies occupied. Its people are buried and beaten, forced to toil for the Melisao Empire that prepares to flee their star. Hyken, a Sentinel pilot in orbit around the planet, is faced with a moral dilemma that forces him to choose between his co-pilot and their mission. Mira, a factory worker on Praetar, struggles to
Published March 30th 2016 by Smashwords Edition (first published December 25th 2014)
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David Kristoph
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my own book. I [subjectively] think it's swell.
Eddie D. Moore
This book allowed me to escape reality for awhile and it will do the same for you. You will be glad you don't live on Praetar!

My only complaint is that I would like to have known what happened to a few characters who slipped from the story. I will not write spoilers but read and see for yourself.
Charles Nall
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic read.

The work is split into three different stories, three different perspectives of the harsh world of Praetar. The characters are well-written with realistic motivations. David Kristoph has a real talent for world-building; he has created a real, living place. The red star of Saria is dying, and the Empire is on an exodus to elsewhere. The inhabitants of the war-torn Preatar also want off their destitute planet, but the oppressive Empire has other ideas.

Part One: The Senti
Stuart Thaman
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tales of a Dying Star is split into three installments, each of which looks at the same conflict from a different perspective. The Sentinel, part 1 of the series, shows the life of a soldier serving the Empire and enforcing a blockade of the planet Praetar. While it can be slow moving at times, the characters are very realistic and The Sentinel sets up the conflict beautifully. Part 2, The Mother, is where Kristoph really shows his skills. The world of Praetar, wonderfully reminiscent of Frank H ...more
Michael Mammay
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I approach reading any self published book with a little skepticism. With Siege of Praetar, my fears were completely unfounded. Let me say up front, before I even talk about the story: This book is professionally done. Very well written, very well edited. It reads at the very high end of self published works, and even better than most traditionally published books.

The book itself breaks into three parts, each featuring a different POV, each related in the end. The first section is good, but the
Mark Gardner
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
One of the best things about Science Fiction is the ability to tackle real-world social and political issues without riling up the various ideological camps on said issue. We live in a world with corruption, greed and some of the worst behavior humans are capable of.

These issues and one of morality are addressed in this book, and that’s wonderful. Any story that can get a response from me is a worthy story to read. After all, that’s what books are for: challenging the reader’s world view by taki
Sara Best
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siege of Praetar was an exciting introduction to what could develop into a great space opera. It took a little while to get oriented into the new world I am still not sure where my loyalties will lie in the politics of Praetar, as I identified and felt empathy for multiple, diverse characters. I was happy to win this book through Goodreads "First-reads" and I look forward to following the development of the series to see what comes next.
Casca Green
Siege of Praetar is excellent and vivid; the characters are believable, and some of them I love to hate. Parts of the book read like a space age Les Miserables, but that's no insult. I definitely wish the novel had been longer, and I'd love to read more by this author as he continues his career. I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a gritty space opera with high energy and great writing mechanics.
Carl Jarrett
Loose Ends

I was becoming interested in the story, but then it ended with way too many loose ends. I'm not sure I would give a sequel a look.
Alex Telander
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the story about a star coming to the end of its life and what the civilization surrounding it does to survive. The Siege of Praetar gives a brief overview with how the Melisao is evacuating and preparing to save those it can, and then focuses on three specific characters and how they are coping with these end times.

In the first part, “The Sentinel,” there is a ship of the same name hovering near orbit on guard. It’s duty is to watch freighters leaving Praetar that have to be a specific w
Aaron Anderson
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was barely novella length. It was just barely interesting enough for me to try to continue. In the next book or two (if they're so short) I'll figure out what I really think.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

David Kristoph
CreateSpace (2014)
ISBN 9781503128088
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (09/15)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Siege of Praetar’ by David Kristoph on Blogcritics.

“Siege of Praetar,” Book One in the Tales of a Dying Star series by David Kristoph, is an intriguing science-fiction tale about the people of the planet Praetar. Praetar’s star, Saria, is dying, and the Melisao Empire is making preparations to flee the planet. The story follows three people, e
M.J. Moores
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humans survived a dying sun once before and now the decedents of this race of beings face this challenge a second time, many millennia in the future. What happens when the genetically superior plan an exodus only for the elite and bash heads with a religious sect determined to exterminate the non-believers? These and other tales are a part of The Dying Star series keeping your eyes glued to the page and your thumb twitching to click to the next page!

What I love most about Kristoph’s universe is
Jamielee Prue
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far I have to say that I am addicted to this story and can not wait to get to the next part! My only complaint being that the first installment was way to short!
In the first book you literally follow three different characters and get a feel of them and who they are. You have the loyal empire servant/pilot, the desperate mother and the kingpin Godfather type.
The stories of the three individuals intertwine just a tad in this book but I have a feeling they are going to be woven a little more
Daniel Chong
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Great Book!
I am a big sci-fi fan, especially books that is set in a dystopian world. A friend had referred me to this book so I thought to give it a try. The cover of the book immediately caught my attention. I started to read. It didn’t take me long to get into the flow since the book is very well written. Soon, I was hooked.

David is an engaging storyteller. He has created an unequivocal cast of characters with exquisite imagery of a forsaken planet engulfed in sand. The barren landscape is vividly paint
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I am so glad that I won this book. The characters and plot are original and the way the story is presented through the eyes of three individuals, each with different interests and motivations, is amazing. The Siege of Praetar is story about the miserable planet Praeter whose sun is about to die. The Empire of Melisao is the ruling government in this universe. They control the lives of the extremely poor people on Praeter. The story is told throug
Will Bowron
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristoph has introduced a grand cast of characters in his debut novel. Three people, all unrelated, find themselves at the mercy of an empire's overbearing will. The novel was divided into three sections, lending itself to a voraciously quick readthrough.

The biggest flaw in Kristoph's writing is that he's too damn good. The prose is fluid, the story is tight, but it leaves me wanting more. Who are these extra characters we don't delve into? How did Praetar come to be the way it is? How does the
S. Nileson
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you're just waiting to get your hands on book II and hoping the sucker gets it!

As one who was conscripted himself to the military, I can safely say that David captured the mood of conscription perfectly in his opening scene. The same dilemmas faced by conscripts - basically civilians in uniforms - with a twist of sci-fi. This got me hooked.

I'll try to put this as spoiler-free as possible while giving the gist of it:
Part I made me anxious
Part II made me desperate for the protagonist of the p
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kept me up late reading.

I like the way David integrates his characters into his story. He goes into each characters story and where they are in the story. When I read a book I'm always wondering what the other characters are doing, how they fit into the story David does a good job of giving you those answers. Love the complexity of the plot to, its not just one simple plot. The only reason I deducted one star is some more editing could be done. If you're into sci-fi and or futuristic stories gra
Margaret Moore
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what I needed

Well developed characters whose motivations fit the premise. I was drawn in by the challenges and different motivations to escape a planet that appears to be near-dead. And action galore. I immediately bought the next book in the series and am plotting my next "me time" where I can escape husband and doggies to read it uninterrupted . . . and then rejoin my pack for some earthly activities
Rachel Sharp
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crisp, concise, emotionally satisfying science fiction with excellent world-building detail. Each set of characters provides a different perspective on the same incident, with smooth transitions between them. The little specifics are imaginative. As other reviews mentioned, it is on the shorter side, but stands quite successfully on its own as well as serving as an introduction to the larger story of the series. If you're looking for new spacefaring sci-fi, pick it up
Russell Andresen
While my rating says 2 stars it is actually closer to 1 1/2. This was a mildly entertaining novella that jumped around in an attempt to keep the reader guessing at a plot that wasn't particularly difficult to figure out. I am not ruling out reading the other novellas in the series but I think that boredom would probably lead me to do so.
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy, enjoyable read. The characters were well conceived. The book began to build a world that leaves me thinking about it. I look forward to the next books in this series.
Henry Gale
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully interconnected, I loved how everything came together at the end. I also loved the Red Sox easter egg hidden in Mira's storyline!
Jim Hardison
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Very enjoyable. Excellent characterization and pacing.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*sigh* Yet another series that has captured my interest. More books for the wishlist. Even though its shorter then most books I read the povs of the different characters were quite fun and engaging.
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