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Your family lies.
Your enemies tell the truth.
Do you remain loyal or rebel?

In a dystopian future, the Dominion tyranny rules over an oppressed civilization. But it also protects them from the dehumanizing DRK virus…or so they claim.

Vale Olander, a telepathic Dominion heir, knows he isn’t his father’s favorite son. Living in the shadow of his charismatic twin brother, Vale m
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Carla
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite


The Poet Heroic by Sunshine Somerville follows the story of twin brothers Vale and Cruelthor in the Dominion, who despite their similar look, could not be less like each other. Vale is telepathic, and while this would probably make him a better candidate for rulership of the Dominion, his brother Cruelthor is chosen when their father, the current ruler, passes away. Not only that, but Vale’s brother has him exiled once he moves into a rulership po
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Michelle Stanley
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Poet Heroic: A Kota Short is a young adult science fiction story by Sunshine Somerville. Vale Olander, born a telepath, is the rejected son of an unruly Dominion ruler. Cruelthor, Vale’s twin brother who also has special skills, becomes ruler after their father dies and is even more tyrannical and repressive. He feels threatened by Vale, who is caring, logical, sympathetic to the citizens’ needs, and a mind reader.

Cruelthor falsely accuses him of
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Kayti Raet
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Poet Heroic is an action packed short story by Sunshine Somerville. Set in a post apocalyptic future after an insidious virus has turned the afflicted into gruesome zombie like monsters. The Olander family taken control of the world. Keeping those afflicted at bay and ruling everyone else with an iron fist.
In The Poet Heroic, Vale Olander is the younger twin and far from his father's favorite son. He is a telepath and is used to empathizing with people, the opp
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Sharon
I consumed this story at one sitting. The well-developed characters and the exciting storyline kept my interest and pulled me forward. The idea of each of the twins being the representations of good and evil is worth considering in view of today’s world. Is the world controlled by greed unhampered by conscience? What harm can leaders with no moral center do? Is the good doomed to be forever on the run? Can a person of honor and sense of responsibility do the right thing and rescue others in the ...more
Miranda
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novella. Vale is a great character—thoughtful, kind, and empathetic. I mean, he should be empathetic as a telepath, but we see in other stories the horror of that power in a man with no conscience (Kilgrave in Jessica Jones comes to mind).

Vale operates from a moral center that makes it impossible to root against him. While arrogance fuels his brother, Vale has a relentless optimism that sees change as possible—in both individuals and society—and that power can be used to save.

This
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Sunshine Somerville
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Reviewed By Barbara Fanson for Readers’ Favorite

What a great story in only 50 pages. The Poet Heroic by Sunshine Somerville is a short but captivating read that will keep you spellbound with turns and twists on every page. Vale’s life turns upside down with the sudden death of his father, the Lord High Commander of the Dominion. Unfortunately, the reins of power are passed onto his evil twin brother and Vale; but the lead character is exiled from the country. Not only driven out and alone, he is
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Michael Stern
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Poet Heroic, by Sunshine Somerville is a peek into the foundations of THE KOTA series, and as a prequel of sorts, sets the stage for the story that will come. Having already begun with the first book and the other Kota short story, The Woman of the Void, I am comfortable saying that I know you will enjoy this fantasy adventure. Characters that you can root for and against, a good vs evil plot, and plenty of action combine to make a compelling read. Looking forward to the next one. Which is g ...more
Michael Mardel
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Poet heroic by Somerville is a fast-paced punchy novella looking at the opposite ends of two brothers. It has shades of a fairy tale but we are not left in a good place where they all live happily ever after. The character of Vale, the good empathic twin, is reviled by the rebels and the underground and all the citizens of the Dominion where his brother, Cruelthor, reigns. I like short stories and the author has packed it full of description as well as feeling.
Jason
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
ugh, this needs a lot of work.
High school kids' first attempt at writing?
First chapter read by professional, then chapter 3 starts, and it sounds like it was recorded in someone's kitchen.
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Sunshine Somerville is a Science Fantasy author who loves blending genres. She has a degree in English Literature and self-published her first book at the ripe old age of nine.  Originally from the beachy side of Michigan, she now lives in the Detroit area with her husband, two fur babies, and one human daughter. 
The Kota Series is a Science Fantasy epic based on youthful obsessions with X-Men, St
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