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The Fated Sky

(Transgressor Trilogy #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  51 reviews
One man's fight against fate shapes the destiny of an entire world.

Caer's breath hissed between his teeth. For some reason he had assumed that offworlders would be frail, with weak, puny bodies. From all he had heard they were feeble, using machines they had invented to do the work of their muscles. But this one was strong and his body was built like any ordinary man. His
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published May 11th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
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Stjepan Cobets
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Sci-Fi and Fantasy
The first part of the trilogy The Fated Sky (Transgressor Trilogy # 1) book is well written and with pleasure, I read it. Author E.M. Swift-Hook with an excellent story captures the imaginary world of planet Temsevar. The writer has created the world that survives on the edge of a familiar universe in which not yet fired fingers of the Coalition. But this world is all that perfect, ruled by the rulers of the desirable power, slaves are a normal thing, and life is worth less than the grain of dus ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans
Note, Dec. 3, 2016: I've just edited this to correct a couple of minor typos.

At present, none of the books of my Goodreads friend E. M. Swift-Hook's Transgressor Trilogy are available in paper format (though the author's intention is that they eventually will be). Ordinarily, I don't read e-books; but I got this one when it was temporarily offered for free on Kindle (an offer that's since expired), in the hopes of liking it enough to support a friend's work with a review and to put it on my list
S. Thomas
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying the writing is good! This is something I scrutinize since I do a bit of critiquing and self-editing. At least three times I had been so swept away with the prose that I had to set my Kindle Paper-white down and make the statement. Not that people in a car dealership waiting room cared! My wife seemed mildly interested, but only reads the fiction I write. That smarty pants…

There is a fair amount of political maneuvering and mental chess going on with a couple key characters
Florian Armas
The Fated Sky is an intelligent and wonderfully convoluted fantasy novel, enchanting the reader on a well-built far away world through the thoughts, emotions and memories of two triangles of characters. The settings are extensive enough to create a plausible world and background for the story. There is an inherent complexity in the characters’ interactions as none of them is entirely good or bad, and there are many hidden implications that the reader is incensed to discover.
We start with a trian
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
When at its start a story needs only who and what to submerge a reader into the immediacy of its world, a powerful writer has you in her grip.

The Fated Sky introduces a novelist whose storytelling skills, at once masterful and wondrous, create a world of magnificent scope and vivid imagery. Avilon Revid has crash landed on a human world centuries behind the FTL civilization hunting him. Now he must reach the planet's other side to its only spaceport if he hopes to escape. And the adventure begin
P.S. Meraux
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A merchant-class, horse-drawn, wagon caravan salvages what it can from a space ship that crashed on the primitive planet. They also found and saved the life of an offworlder from the ship not for any altruistic reason mind you, they’re profit minded and plan to sell the captive into slavery. But that seems to be only one worry as Avilon could just as easily end up in the gladiator arena fighting for his life. It’s against this backdrop that the story of The Fated Sky unfolds.
It’s well written an
L.N. Denison
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The fated Sky is a well conceived, well written Space Opera, left on a bit of a cliffhanger, or so I thought. The story follows Avilon, an offworlder, who crash lands on what I would call, a primitive planet, backward in technology. He is captured by a Zoukai Captain, by the name of Caer, who takes him back to the caravan he is guarding.

As the story progresses, more characters begin to want a piece of Avilon, mainly, Durban Chola, who takes an interest in 'Kashlihk', the name that Avilon has bee
Jennifer Withers
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Although out of my scope of my usual genre, I was swept up and became engrossed in the meticulously laid-out world Swift-Hook so deftly described. Featuring a cast of characters from differing worlds and backgrounds, I enjoyed the pace of the story, and the jump from one viewpoint to the other.
I particularly enjoyed the way the characters were drawn – Jariq, for instance, has a terrifying legacy of indiscriminate killing of innocents like women and children, and yet
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
E. M. Swift-Hook's Fated Sky is a gritty Space Opera set in a far-flung periphery of the galaxy in the distant future. After being ambushed by Coalition forces, Avilon Revid's space ship crashes on the technological regressive, almost forgotten planet of Temsevar. Badly injured, he is captured by a Carvanensi and sold into slavery to a powerful warlord. He needs to escape and get to the planet's only spaceport on the other side of the world. Not an easy task as Avilon finds himself embroiled in ...more
Matt Parker
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
From the offset, I liked the premise of this book; a periphery back-world, tenuously linked to the wider universe, with a fairly primitive civilisation and, of course, the most brutal sociopaths holding all the power. Though it is largely a hand to hand, horseback riding kind of world, there are certain aspects of high technology in circulation, which definitely makes this my kind of book in terms of being an interesting genre mix. Having said that, most of the tech we see in this book takes the ...more
Frank Palumbo
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Fated Sky: The Transgressor Trilogy Book One, by E.M. Swift, E.M. Swift –Hook; 1 edition (May 11, 2016) 408 pages. Reviewed by Frank Julius Palumbo.
The Fated Sky introduces us to a primitive world, Tamsevar, lying on the outskirts of a galaxy, where rebel forces have launched a coup attempt against the current rulers, the Coalition. Offworld affairs are a mystery and items from other planets and salvaged bounty falling from the sky in the form of crashed ships is highly prized. Caravans, cr
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Fated Sky, book 1 of the Transgressor Trilogy was exactly the kind of book I enjoy reading best. It is epic in scope and takes the reader on a long journey across a foreign world. During that journey Swift-Hook weaves an intricate tapestry rich in color and depth. Each pass of the shuttle through the warp of this primitive world reveals more about the world and the characters inhabiting it.

Temsevar is a world not so very different from our own, settled by space faring humans then forgotten b
Patricia Hamill
The Fated Sky is the first installment of the Transgressor Trilogy. I’m not exactly sure why it claims to be part of yet another series, Fortunes Fools. It’s all a bit confusing to me.

But the story itself is gripping and exciting. Lots of action and intrigue and plenty of interesting characters, not all of whom are likeable. When told from their perspective, the story provides a glimpse of personal history, inner struggles, and overarching goals. But the perspectives shift, so interesting detai
Bryan Pentelow
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review of The Fated Sky by E.M. Swift-Hook
A faster than light space ship crashes on a backward planet and only one man survives to be taken as a slave by the barbaric inhabitants.
The story follows the intertwined threads of the only female caravan head, her captain of the caravan guards, the off world slave, a warlord and his best general, These protagonists are pushed and pulled often against their wills and against their natures by a smilingly dishonest gatherer and trader in information and r
Aaron Hodges
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Fated Sky was a surprising interesting novel, exploring a rather original take on the traditional space opera scifi novel. The primitive, almost old west world on which the story begins reminds me of the setting in Pern (Anne McCaffrey), another scifi series that begins in a more primitive world (due to the colony being 'forgotten'). However, the similarities end there, when an 'off-worlder' is dumped onto the planet, setting in motion the main course of the novel. Since that offworlder happ ...more
Gloria Piper
Chola Durbin is a puckish joker, a weaver of intrigue, a master manipulator. Many would enjoy killing him, but they need him for one reason or another, as he deals in information and favors. In a way, he is the bright spot in this dystopian tale.

Avilon Revid, freedom fighter, crashes his space ship on the continent of Temsevar on a backward planet where slaves, nobles, and peasants are considered erroneously to be distinct species. He awakens as a slave.

We first see Chola as he appears in the
S.K. Wee
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Danger Around Every Bend

You just never know what may fall from the sky. After a spacecraft is found crashed along their caravans route, Cael, the young captain finds a survivor among the debris. The world that Avilon now finds himself is barbaric. He is captured and branded as a slave. The world of Temsevar has the feel of the Roman Empire meets the wild west. As Avilon goes from one owner to another we are introduced to many new players, all have their own agenda. We meet Jariq Zarengor, the Bl
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Fated Sky

This is a really good first novel. I loved it. It is wonderfully written. The characters are people you want to know more about and the setting is familiar enough to be straightforward to get into and different enough to be interesting.

For most of the book the action and politics is a real page turner. When the pace is a bit slower now and then, that is when the author is putting in depth of detail and character building at those points the story carries you along as you want to kno
Anthony Stancomb
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I have hardly read any science fiction books, so I’m not sure that my judgement counts for much, but this was a rattling read – a real page turner.
It was extremely well written, the imagery was vibrant, the sense of place was skillfully instilled, and the action revolved round the characters rather than the other way round. The narrative was also well handled, with constant developments and new characters introduced throughout the book.
The main characters were easy to engage with, but for me, th
Melonie Purcell
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!

The story is captivating. The world is rich and well built. The characters are wonderfully diverse and well developed. And, as if that weren’t enough, the writing is solid.
The Fated Sky tells the story of periphery planet with few technological advancements in a galaxy ruled by wealth and prestige. An alien who is part of a secret organization that fights the ruling powers crash lands on this backwards little world and is ensnared in its archaic ways as he tries to rejoin his peo
Jane Jago
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish there was a way of giving four and a half stars.

This is a bit of a slow burner, though none the worse for that. The world building is such that it draws you in, and you believe in the society and the story is complex enough to have you wondering what will happen next.

The pace of the narrative is a bit patchy, but that is possibly necessary to allow time to build the characters and allow us to see their motivation and complexities.

The author pulls no punches and there are some truly gut-w
Andrew Mowere
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy

This story is well written, with a clear plot twisted by a reasonably simple amount of intrigue. Many of the characters are constantly plotting against one another in some way. The action is deliberate and to the point, as is most of our author's chosen outlets of romance. On some level, its characters roam diverse enough (more on that below). Some interesting debates ensue, as well as clashes of ideology, and the language is drawn to ruler, with a wonderful
Matthew Newnham
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Fated Sky was an enjoyable read albeit a little confusing at times. The first half of the book is well paced and had me totally gripped with detailed characters and a fully believable world and a superb storyline. With hints of fantasy worked into a science fiction Temesvar was strangely and convincingly real, I was absorbed into the world that made the book read very much like watching a movie – this is something that I personally really enjoyed.
There is some complexity at the start of the
Dan Gillis
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fated Sky is a clever mix of fantasy and sci-fi. I enjoyed the take on a culturally and technologically advanced character and placing them in a world of relatively low-tech, where knowledge of humanity in the reaches of space are largely unknown. New tech that comes to the world is hoarded and sought for with great interest. Temsevar is well thought out, politically and geographically. The author takes the time to build the key details into the narrative without detracting from the flow of even ...more
Joe Turk
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had two distinct reactions to “The Fated Sky”. For the first half of the book, I was fully engaged and excited. The detailed world-building, the subterfuge, the struggle for power and position, the quasi-medieval setting—it reminded me, in a good way, of Game of Thrones (with an ‘off-world’ element). I was addicted and turning pages like crazy. The second half of the book, with its protracted journey across a continent where characters mostly talk about themselves between small events, reminde ...more
Kristy Cooper
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This well written and exciting book was an engrossing read. Temsevar is a mostly forgotten world on the edge of colonized space, where the people are living with a practically medieval level technology, with the exception of guns. Transportation is limited to moving on foot or riding animals. Traders move in groups called the caravansi and take long journeys to bring their wares to other cities to trade. They reminded me a lot of the khalasaars in the Game of Thrones series, but in a good way.
Els Boot
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was assigned this title in a book group and was asked to give an honest review.

The Fated Sky by EM Swift-Hook is a fantacy/adventure novel, the first part of a trilogy. And maybe some readers would call it SF. That is not my favorite genre, but nevertheless I liked reading it.
Swift-Hook is certainly a good author! Her writing is 'bright' and not to heavy and complex.
Her characters are well developed. It put me in a 'want to read more' mode. And so I did.
As I wrote, the characters are well deve
Melinda Brasher
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
More accurate rating: 3.5

The Fated Sky has great world building. For the first several pages I really felt like I was in that caravan. And then...spaceships? Awesome. The creative atmosphere and culture continues strong throughout the book.

I didn't really like most of the characters—at least not for the first 90% of the book, but they're well written and it's interesting how perceptions of many of them change—some for the better, some for the worse.

Characters plot against each other, and somet
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fated Sky is a vividly written science fiction novel with an interesting twist that will keep the readers engaged. Having said that I’m not a big fan of this genre and haven’t read much of sci fi books but the nicely paced story-line and interesting interactions between characters kept me turning pages. I liked the characters but it took me some time to get acquainted with their traits and role in the story. I found Durban Cholas and Alexa’s role really interesting.

The world of Tamsevar is very
Scott Spotson
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The Fated Sky is very well written with a narrow narrative that may somewhat constrain the unlimited vision that this book of nomadic tribes--seeking to survive in a harsh world--has to offer. The science fiction angle, with an out-of-planet visitor who has to endure severe hardships and elude mortal enemies upon crashing upon the planet in a spaceship, was very promising but ended up with just a few tantalizing bits. To put this in one perspective, it’s like any one of us from modern Western ci ...more
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E.M. Swift-Hook is the author of the Fortune's Fools dark space opera series and co-author of the alternate history whodunits the Dai and Julia Mysteries.
In the words that Robert Heinlein put into the mouth of Lazarus Long: 'Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.'
Having tried a number of different careers, before settling in the

Other books in the series

Transgressor Trilogy (3 books)
  • Times of Change (Fortune's Fools: Transgressor Trilogy #2)
  • Dues of Blood (Transgressor Trilogy, #3)