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The Apotheosis Break (Skysail Saga, #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The life of an airshipman is violent and short, but every sailor still breathing in the clouds has a tale of Anton Mikhailovich.

Vasili, his fourteen year old son, never knew the man. The swashbuckling captain died mysteriously when the boy was five, leaving only tall tales and long shadows. His father’s remembrance ever looming, Vasili wants to leave his tiny frontier vi
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Driftwind Writing Services
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Dax Munro
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Apotheosis Break is an adventuristic tale, which follows the journey of fourteen-year-old Vasili Mikhailovich, who lives in his father's shadow. Vasili, a smart and at times clumsy lad, has his bravery tested when he refuses to join the Emperor's army and instead finds himself hopping aboard an air ship with a band of misfits for a crew.

This story is all about expectations, mystery, and fighting for your right to choose your own path in life. The author has a grand and at times sarcastic sty
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome debut! Interesting characters and fun world-building, can't wait to see how things develop further in the next installment. Tons of ideas teased that I'm looking forward to being revealed!
Leola Rutherford
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing character development. Took me on an adventure and left me wanting to read more. Can't wait for the next book to unravel the mysteries hinted at in book 1.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
a fun ya steampunk/fantasy/sci fi mash up

longer review to come!
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, bingo-2017, fantasy
Rated as 4.5 stars.

I was very impressed with this debut. Good worldbuilding, a fresh take on a known protagonist trope, an exciting and at times surprising story - this book was a treat to read.

This book starts off in a way that makes you think you know where the story is going, but slowly starts shifting away. And then at one sudden point, you know you were wrong at the beginning and the authors are on a rather different track.

I enjoy being surprised. All too often certain parts of books pan
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
If you read enough fantasy/speculative fiction, eventually you begin to feel as though you have seen all the general premises. Therefore it is always such a great delight to find a new book with a refreshing premise. In The Apotheosis Break, we encounter a world of flying airships powered by a mysterious substance and used to transport goods and wage war. Our narrator is the son of a military hero raised in a backwater village. What he thinks he knows about airships, the war, the empire, his fat ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received a copy from the Authors, this does not affect my review in anyway)

Review: Where do I start? This has to be one of the best indie books that I have read. Period. Good start? Good then stick with me as I ramble onward and upwards. It started off very much on line with most common Young Adult books. A boy and a girl. Boy likes girl, girl doesn’t like boy in that way. I liked how that whole relationship and part of the story played out. Not everything is sunshine and flowers.
C.E. Clayton
***I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I really liked this book. I just wish the cover was better / different, because it does no justice to the exciting story held within. Rhoades and Rutledge craft a fun story with a wide variety of deeply complicated characters that all feel whole and complete, like if I were to bring Vasili’s mother or the innkeeper aside to have a chat, they’d be able to without floundering for wo
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll begin by saying that I know the author, Mike Rutledge, meaning I'm a bit (positively) biased towards the book.

But in all honesty, and as a lover of good sci-fi, Mike and Josh set up a really wonderful world for the book. It's like steam punk without actually being steam punk. There are multiple cultures, languages, continents, maps and pictures of the ship within the book. It's all really carefully laid out and that shows. The characters are also really interesting and it's easy to remembe
Marie Blanchet
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
You ever experience a story that’s in the wrong medium? I have. The Maze Runner, of which I only saw the movies, should have been a video game. The Cursed Child had no business being published and should have remained a live play only. And The Apotheosis Break is a story fit for a graphic novel. It was obvious to me as I was reading it that I was missing a key component of the story that a visual medium such as a graphic novel would have given me, and many of the weaknesses of the book would hav ...more
Stuart Thaman
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for steampunk fantasy. I'm also a huge sucker for airship stuff. This one delivered it all. The plot follows a boy from a backwoods town who happens to the be the descendant of a legendary airship soldier, and all the boy wants is to follow in his father's footsteps and take to the skies. He jumps on the first chance he gets, but adventure isn't as glamorous as he once thought. If you like rollicking airship adventure, Skysail is sure to please. The characters were wonderful, the wo ...more
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Josh Rhoades leads a life dancing awkwardly between quiet desperation and simple truths. He went to the desert to find himself and came back years later more machine than man; communicating strictly in beeps and boops. Rehabilitation has been slow. Everyone has been commendably patient. Every so often you look into his distant, cold eyes and it’s like there’s something there. Then the flicker is g ...more