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(The Legacy Chronicles #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Can one woman evade an alien empire to save her son's life?

Gilla and Elias have the perfect life—or as perfect as life can be for slaves living deep in the Esarelian Empire. Elias wants freedom for his precious wife and daughter, and the rest of their people, and he is willing to fight to get it. Pregnant with her second child, Gilla only wants a happy, healthy family who
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Published February 22nd 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Steve Pillinger
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's the first time I've read a re-telling of a specific Bible story set in a completely different historical/geographical/technological context, and I started off with quite a few doubts. How can this work? The story of Moses is so deeply embedded in the whole background of ancient Egypt—won't it come across as rather corny and unconvincing to transplant it into some artificial fantasy world? And we aready know the story: won't that be a massive spoiler right fro ...more
M.H. Elrich
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This epic science fiction take of the story of Moses is compelling in every way-character, plot and setting. The characters are well developed and unique; the plot is powerful and personal; the setting is well described. This book is astonishingly good.


Gilla is supposed to be the main character, but the other characters are well developed enough that they stand on their own as well. Elian, the faithful father, is noble and resilient. Than, the flirt, must learn to be responsible when
Kenyon Henry
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
First, let me start by saying that I enjoyed the book. I'm glad that I read it. The writing is very well done. In fact, I'm a little jealous. The plot is simple enough. It's a retelling of a biblical story, only set in the future and some other part of the universe. Still, it doesn't take too long to realize where the story is heading.

Pros: The characterization is good. There are many characters to like and dislike. Choosing a favorite is nearly impossible. Just when you're about to settle of o
Cortez III
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
'COURAGE' on display in spades within Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel

The science fiction/fantasy novel Courage by Lauren Salisbury deserves praise for portrayals of that courage. Despite the point-of-view of seven different characters, the glue that holds the tale together comes from a brave mother-daughter relationship between Gilla and Mirami, respectively.

In the year 6428, humanity finds itself slaves to the Esarelians, a powerful and brutal race of aliens. Gilla, Mirami, and other humans live on Planet
Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)
Courage is an impressive blend of creativity and research. The world within is impressive for the fact that the reader can identify the ancient Egyptian empire in the Esarelians without invoking a cartoonish stereotype. Furthermore, Salisbury has taken an ancient text and converted the setting into one that is decidedly science fiction at its finest. Impressive technology, including varieties of space craft, are littered throughout. Like most fantasy or sci-fi books, the character and place name ...more
Jes Drew
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know why, but Biblical retelling in other genres intrigue me, and this one was stellar.

Science fiction-wise, it was a comprehensive world, and like great science fiction should, it made me think about the world we have now. Especially the slaughter of innocents, a crime that should never be, yet was and still is.

Character-wise, Thanos is my favorite. He's just such a charmer. Though I also have great respect for Gilla and the rest of her family for the courage they revealed dealing with
Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
*I received an eCopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I found out about this book at the end of last year when the author was looking for beta readers. Sadly I wasn't able to finish it in time, but am excited I found it and had the chance to read the finished copy for review!

It's not often I find a Christian fiction that doesn't revolve around romance, and this one is also the first sci-fi I've found with Christian faith as a factor! I was worried about it being a Chri
Lauren Salisbury
May 08, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I’ve always been in awe of the women described in the book of Exodus. While not necessarily strong in the modern sense, they showed such faith and performed acts of such courage that I’ve been fascinated with them since I was a girl. Unlike their male counterparts, they remain mysterious and opaque in the Biblical account, with very little solid information available about them.

The idea of fleshing out their lives and imagining the gaps left in their stories has followed me for several years, so
C.S. Wachter
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms. Salisbury takes the tale of baby Moses and wraps it in a new Science Fiction package. Though the basic plot points remain true to the real story, she adds dimension and depth by creating characters that draw you into her alternate universe.
I must admit up front, I am not a fan of this type of literature. I find it difficult to read a true biblical story draped in new robes. And yet, I was drawn into the conflict by the courage of Gilla, Elias, Mirami, Than, Menali and their friends. Their st
Angela Kay
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Gilla wished her pregnancy could be over already; her back ached, her feet were sore, and her bump kept getting in the way of fusing the wiring in place.

About the story: Gilla and Elias are slaves to the Esarelian Empire, along with countless of others. Elias is working toward fighting the empire to obtain their freedom. Gilla is pregnant with their second child and wants nothing more for her family than to be happy, safe, and have strong faith in their God of Old Earth. Due to t
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At what length would you go to save your family?

Based on the story of Moses in Exodus of the Bible, Courage is a science fiction novel that captures the strength of a family even amidst the worst conditions. It is emotional, gripping, creative, and visibly related to the story so many of us heard as children at Church.

All of the main characters are exquisitely developed in how they act and react to their circumstances; their feelings and emotions are breathtaking during the proper moments; and t
Katherine M
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Waiting for a deliverer

Lauren Salisbury weaves an excellent tale of a people waiting for God to rescue them while wondering if he really exists. She takes the story of Moses and sets it in an unfamiliar universe. Her characters are so much fun to read, and the plot is tightly knit. I loved Gilla, one of the main characters, and am excited to read what happens next.
Camille Esther
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this imaginative retelling of Moses's family and birth. Ok, I admit it, I cried more than once.
The setting was vivid, and the plot was spot-on. The narrative did feel a little clunky at times, but was not enough to distract from the emotional punch of the story.
I'm assuming there is to be a sequal--I am looking forward to reading it!
E.B. Dawson
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Rounded up to 4

Overall this was a pretty solid story. I loved the strong themes of family, kindness, faith, and courage. It really was a very creative retelling of the story of Moses. There were several storytelling choices I just didn't enjoy so much(POVs rehashing events we'd already seen, thick prose), I had some questions about the theology and how the aliens were supposed to play into that, and I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I wanted to.

I liked Gilla but struggled with a lot of t
Marion Rossiter
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
I have always been fascinated by the retelling of biblical stories in other settings and this did not disappoint. The author has fleshed out the characters in a way that really makes the reader rethink their impressions of them.
The humans have doubts and moments of discouragement as well as faith and hope in a better future. Their struggles are recounted in such a way that you can feel their frustrations. Gilla and her daughter Mirami try so hard to protect the bab
Don W Hunter
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Story!

Loved the characters and the world-building in this science fiction retelling of the story of Moses. Can’t wait to read more of the series!
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book shows a deep and amazing understanding of the egiptian slavery and desperation of the people in the early years of Moses ...more
Anna Tan
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I signed up for: to help a fellow Realm Maker launch her second book with a blog tour. ('Cos I'm all about the blog tours!) And then I was told that to review book 2, I really should read book 1 as well, so here I am.
What I didn't know I signed up for: BABY MOSES IN SPACE.

So yes, Courage is a FANTASTIC science fiction retelling of Moses--well, the first part of his story anyway so far. Actually, if I hadn't known that going in, I wouldn't have suspected it until much, much later in the sto
Marie Taylor
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to put down. A well-written book. The seemed real and believable. It was full of adventure. romance, tragedy and hope. It was also full of faith! I just loved it!
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Here are the basics:

I’m married to a wonderful man who’s encouraged me to write.

I’m based in Yorkshire, England but like to spend winters abroad, following the sunshine and becoming the seasonal envy of my friends.

I was an English teacher for sixteen years, finishing as an Advanced Skills Teacher with an MA (Ed) in innovative teaching methods.

I’m an imperfect Christian and have been all my life.

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