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Huddled in the last bastion of civilization, the battered remnants of humanity rebuild after centuries of conflict known as the Aeternum Wars. Ruled by the all-powerful Patriarch, what is left of humankind now live out their lives under the ever watchful eye of the Ministry.

When his parents are murdered by Ministry Breakers, seventeen-year-old Oren is forced to flee into t
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Published May 16th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 14th 2017)
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Chris Pridmore
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recreance is a thoroughly enjoyable read. The story draws you in with the first pages and very rarely lets you go. This is the kind of book I would take on holiday with me and would have been finished before I got off the plane. The story flows along at a fast rate, with an expert mix of action scenes, plot development and character development.
The story is set in a well thought out world and displays an interesting mix of genres; a dystopian future setting mixed with epic fantasy; a mixture of
Before I review this book I want to go on record saying amazon has customers like me completely figured out on kindle. Long story short, I have about 60 books that I've purchased for 0.99-2.00 on kindle that I plan on reading in between the bigger books that are released. I say that to let you know you'll be seeing reviews from me on books you may have never heard of or seen before. I want to say it's a noble pursuit in finding new and upcoming authors and while that may play a part of it....a h ...more
Happy Booker
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recreance is the first fantasy novel of its series, written about a 17-year-old boy named Oren. His parents are killed by the Ministry Breakers. He flees his home and says goodbye to his best friend, Clementine. Oren’s life is never the same again. Oren befriends a mentor named, Khalil, and learns the truth about the Ministry. He is seeking revenge but above all, his destiny is now in his own hands. As he learns his path, Clementine catches up with them. She has turned into a thief and has taken ...more
*❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*
18/12/17 a re read to an awesome series! I have now the sequel in my hands and I'm excited to know what adventures awaits for Oren and Clem :D

05/09/17 This was a fantastic start to a series. I loved the characters, the action, the setting, the fictional dystopian world, it was everything I love to read in a book.
The plot is very interesting, I learnt so much in this new world, it fascinated me and kept me reading on.

It's starts off with the friendship of Clem and Oren. The characters are perf
Bill Tillman
Exciting tale, keeps you glued to the edge of your seat. Beginning to End! Oren and Clem go from the life of carefree seventeen year olds to the life and death struggle of a world ending. Each going a different way until two years pass, finding each other again only leads to conflict.

Don't miss this adventure.

Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars. DNF. I've rarely read a book so full of repeated "Deus ex machina" plot devices. It frankly was so bad I finally quit at 80%.

So, there are probably spoilers here.

Our male MC is rescued, for no reason, from death in the sole remaining advanced city in the world by the leader of the wilderness-based resistance. Said male MC promptly becomes a master swordsman within two years under this "sensei"! Meanwhile, our female MC becomes a master thief in the previously mentioned city while also i
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating mix of classic fantasy with more high tech components, Recreance combines a gripping fast paced plot with relatable young characters. Quite the cliff-hanger ending, can't wait for the next entry in this series from this new author.
Angela Kay
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After his parents are murdered by the Ministry Breakers, Oren flees New Arcadia to the dangerous Miralaja desert, leaving behind his once comfortable life and his best friend, Clementine. With his mentor, Khalil, he begins to learn the truth of his path and unfolds the devious plans of the Ministry. Meanwhile, Clementine has to survive on her own by thievery. When she performs her latest job infiltrating the Ministry Defense building, she barely manages to escape. Soon, she catches up with Oren ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written, easy to follow, smooth flowing read that captivated me from the start. With all the twists, turns and unpredictable surprises kept me frozen to my seat and eyes on the pages. Definitely a page turner with danger on the main characters head. The characters and scenes are so realistic I got so engrossed that I hated it to end. Ok, I might or might not have yell at some of the characters. Hey, I get into my reading. What good is it if you can't sink into a g
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, it's main characters may be teens but the story will appeal to all ages, and is a wonderful mix of genres, action, adventure. fantasy, high tech skillfully blended and addictive... it was very hard to put down... even when it was the wee hours of the morning! looking forward to more of this story.
Noelle Brighton
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story with genuine characters and incredible action and tension. Highly recommend.
Recreance is a difficult one for me, because while it's a good story it reads like a first novel. Non-spoiler #1: it IS a first novel, and non-spoiler #2: having read the more recently penned Windwalker books, Mr Chambers' writing has become the sort of thing you really want from a YA action adventure. He's created a fascinating and complex science-fantasy futuristic dystopia world, so it's only the awkwardness in the writing that's made it less enjoyably for me personally.

To low-down: Oren and
M Tuckerbeck
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! I loved it so much I read it twice and am now eagerly awaiting the next book. For starters the character writing is excellent. Clem in particular is a take no prisoners whiz-kid mechanic and nothing short of bad ass. You will likely be sad the book ends because you miss hanging out with both her and Oren, the other lead character. Loved the post-apocalyptic world; hoverbikes, portals into other worlds, and very cool geotech made for an interesting setting. Did I mention the ci ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasant suprise! I got it free from the author and read it through in one day. Don't let that fool you it is not a short book by any means. I just love to read, 8 months into this year and this book was my 200th. I totally believe that most of you who love this genre will totally enjoy this book, the beginning to the series. Can't wait for the next!!! I had to reread the book because I enjoyed so much. Great Reading Everyone!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Recreance
Author: H. G. Chambers
Publisher: H. G. Chambers
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
The Aeternum Chronicles 1
Huddled in the last bastion of civilization, the battered remnants of humanity rebuild after centuries of conflict known as the Aeternum Wars. Ruled by the all-powerful Patriarch, what is left of humankind now live out their lives under the ever watchful eye of the Ministry.

When his parents are murdered by Mi
Jaffa Kintigh
More than a few fantasy series can be described as: a future dystopian society on the verge of social apocalypse with 1 or 2 teenagers stepping up to overcome terrible odds for the sake of all. It's in the differences between this epic and others that makes it special and in the parts that it does particularly well. As the opening installment of a series, the potential is also worth. But the series also owes some explanations left unanswered in this volume.

Humankind long ago overcame aging and n
Recreance is the first book in the Aeternum Chronicles. This story is such a wonderfully written and excellent read. It takes place in a futuristic dystopian world filled with magic and technological advancements. The characters are young, in their teenage years, but the depth and story behind each of them make a compelling story on its own. The world building is another part of the story I love. When an author can pore so much detail into a story without it being overwhelming and not taking ove ...more
Brendan Cooney
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a spoiler-free review
Read on In The Sheets

Recreance, released earlier this year, is the first book in The Aeternum Chronicles and follows Oren as he escapes his home city with a quirky mystery-man after his parents are murdered. - Stay with me.

Together, after reuniting with his best friend after many years in the desert, they have to work to save not only themselves but also the citizens of New Arcadia. - Really, stay with me.

I know what you're thinking. Probably what I was thinking. "Tr
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine let me know about this book a while back. Searching for something to read a few days ago, I decided to pick Recreance up.

The two main characters, Clem and Oren, are teenagers. As one learns, they live in a closed city that is sheltered from the damaged world. The Ministry runs the city, and life is pleasant. Or is it? At the beginning of the story, they inadvertently come across a Breaker - a type of deadly interrogator the general population have no knowledge of. When Oren's gr
"In an insane world, only the insane are truly sane."
Two teenage friends, Oren and Clementine, both desperately and for different reasons forced to flee from the City of New Arcadia into the fearsome desert,, and the unknown, beyond.
Despite the development of Vita Aeternum (Life Eternal) the world's population is small, almost all living within the confines of the city. And government rulings are heavily applied, including the enforced Ascention when someone reaches the age of 150. Beyond city w
Review: Recreance by H.G. Chambers

I *just* finished reading this book and my first thought is "What? Wait! It can't end there!" (and that's the only spoiler you will see from me in this review as I don't like giving out spoilers, as a general rule) This fantasy chronicles the lives of two good friends - Oren and Clem (short for Clementine) and their lives in and around New Arcadia. The story is well written and quite detailed. I could fully envision both the characters and the world in which the
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Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved everything about this book! The history and the society are incredibly detailed, intriguing, and well-articulated. The dialogue, while not futuristic, seems to fit the age group of the audience it was intended for and the ages of the protagonists. The setting is outstanding! It has a futuristic, post-apocalyptic-yet-enlightened feel to it and the features are Earth-like but still unique. The characters, particularly Clementine, have depth and rich backstories. The fighting style outlined ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what an exhilarating read this was, a post apocalyptic dystopic world ruled by the patriarch and his ministry with an iron fist. This book is of the sci-fi genre full of futuristic technology even though the land outside arcadia was like the Sahara desert. In one way the world is futuristic and in another it is very primitive and over run by massive monsters from an early age and in all this we get to meet the great characters, of Oren and Clem the young teenagers, and Khalid and Magdalene, ...more
Michael Reilly
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Overflowing with interesting ideas, startling technologies and breathless action, H.G. Chambers’ Recreance is an enjoyable first novel in his Aeternum Chronicles science-fantasy series.

The storyline contains all of the intrigue and drama of a mystery thriller, with the narrative centred around the youthful Oren and Clementine; two fully realised, relatable and highly capable characters that soon find themselves on the run and fighting for their survival – and that of everyone within their home
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant cross between scifi and fantasy.
I really enjoyed this book. There are elements of scifi, particularly a rather dystopian world, but as the book progresses there are more elements of fantasy. It is a great crossover.
Another thing that I enjoyed was that the story is told from various perspectives - a teenage girl, and a similar boy, who we see become young adults, and plenty of other well-developed characters. As the story develops, more people come into play, with the story being told
Mary T
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After his home and family are destroyed Oren leaves New Aradia with Khalil. They are outside New Arada in Miralaja, the desert. Khalil teaches him how to survive and defend himself. Oren is attacked by a hasai, a low level agent of the Ministry and branded with a hasai amon, a void parasite that saps a portion of your strength each day and upon maturity it will open a gateway to the void and destroying Oren and everything else around him. After this Oren is instructed by Khalil and bec
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Oren's family is murdered by the ministry he leaves behind his best friend and the only home he's ever known.
Clem, seemingly abandoned by her best friend becomes a fierce, awesome thief and learns to thrive on her own.
I don't want to spoil anything because there is a lot of mystery about New Arcadia and the ministry but the world building is excellent. I loved H.G.'s writing though the pacing was a little slow (it picks up halfway through). I especially loved seeing Oren's and Clem's differ
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Addictive and intriguing read mixing elements from different genres and subgenres into one fabulous unit. Advanced technology and dystopian setup intervowen with fantasy elements are a siren's call to my reader soul, attaching my eyes and my heart to the pages and glueing my bottom to the chair. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. The story flew fast, never boring, never distracting, never confusing. Brilliant writing combined with enticing dialogues and characters that were easy to ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Exciting Tale of Growth, Awareness, and Action

The book follows the growth and development of Oren and Clementine (Clem) as their life and world are exposed to a great menace. The story spends time developing their characters as well as leading us through their growth and training. There is plenty of action and more than enough loss of everything that was meaningful.

The descriptions of the world around them and the creatures they encounter are sufficient to paint a vivid picture in your mind.

E Janssen
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of a new YA character building adventure

Two youth from a controlled society learn the world history is not what they were taught in school. When getting conflicting facts they learn to think for themselves and face the consequences of their actions. While running for their lives they developed “magical” powers and learn control under pressure.
Solid world building and consistent plot line
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Harold George Chambers is an award winning fantasy science fiction author. He’s also a dad, helicopter pilot, web designer, musician, and a huge board game nerd. Inspired by the great fantasy sci-fi authors of the past and present, Harold published Recreance, the first book of The Aeternum Chronicles, in 2017. The story continues with Vigilance, released early 2018. Harold makes his home in a smal ...more

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