If you liked Sword’s Edge, and perhaps have even read Children of the Enaisi, you will probably like the prequel Unlikely Prophet. If you haven’t read the other novels in the series, this one can be read as a stand alone. It has elements of dystopian, alien contact, and colonization sub-genres. Not to mention fun things like living in domes and portals which allow one to walk from world to world. 🙂
Their planet is dying. The people are forced to retreat to living in domes to escape the toxic atmosphere, but between earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, how long can they last? Hope gone, they’ve turned on each other in anger and despair. Security Chief Avadhron struggles to keep order out of a sense of duty, but he has no more optimism than anyone else.
The long-dormant portal activates, ushering in the arrival of an alien. Is he of the race his people call the Elders? The ones who dumped them on this unstable planet and deserted them?
Avadhron doesn’t trust this alien or his offers of help, but reluctantly is forced to back the plan which would move his people through the portal to a new planet, but can they learn the survival skills necessary to live on this new world? And is it already too late? Can they move an entire population before their planet destroys itself?
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that writers are needy people; we crave feedback.
So imagine how happy I was at finding new reviews for the Sword’s Edge Chronicles.
This one specifically is for Sword’s Edge:
I’m not typically a sci-fi reader. Hey, I had trouble with Narnia the first time around. That said, I really enjoyed following Tam as she is lambasted with discovery after discovery about herself. I had trouble putting it down. I wanted to know the secrets surrounding the other characters in relation to her. In fact, there was so much “biography” and “history” to be uncovered in her story, that I found I could follow it easily. I’m eager to read the other books in the series.
And this one is for the whole series (wheee!):
I’ve just finished reading (a few days ago) all three of the Sword’s Edge novels (including the prequel). Bought and downloaded to my Kindle. I thoroughly enjoyed them — they completely blew me away! I’m absolutely amazed at what Loriendill’s written — characterization, creation of an entirely new universe, etc. I want more! Please tell me more is coming!
To both reviewers: thank you so much! I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed my stories. And yes, more books are coming. The next one should be out by fall.
I have mentioned more than once that my newest book, Unlikely Prophet, took over thirteen years to write. (That’s based on the oldest snips of story I can find on my hard drive.)
I have had several people as me, “What took so long?”
Part of it was research. Although it doesn’t show in the book (I hope, if I’ve done my job well), I had to do quite a bit of research on all different topics, and even having My Very Own Physicist™ to help in some areas, I still had a myriad of others to worry about and talked to so many different people to get details right.
Also, I was working on the main books of the series, and wanted them out (or at least some of them; I managed two before caving) before publishing the prequel.
Then – my husband got sick. Through three and a half years of caregiving, and then his death, it was harder to write although I slogged on. But this book was more difficult than the others (for reasons you’ll know if you read it). I finally felt I could concentrate on it and finished it this last year. I’m very proud of it, and have dedicated it to the memory of my husband, Stephen King.
If you have read Sword’s Edge, you know a very little about the mysterious aliens called the Enaisi, also sometimes referred to as the Elders. But where did these aliens come from, and why did they help Tam’s ancestors?
Unlikely Prophet tells the history of the Crossing, answering many of the questions which arise not only from Sword’s Edge but its sequel, Children of the Enaisi.
This prequel, which takes place over 1000 years before Tam’s birth, is now available in print and ebook formats. And fear not! If you haven’t read the other books in the series, this one would make a fun place to start.
I now have three books in front of me. The third book in the Deuces Wild series, the third book in the Sword’s Edge Chronicles, and the second book of the prequels to the Chronicles, which tells what happens after Unlikely Prophet.
Which one do I finish next? Decisions… Decisions…
To quote Johnny Five: “Need input!”
From early feedback on Unlikely Prophet, it seems to follow a pattern I’ve discovered from feedback and reviews of previous books.
I’m seriously considering supplying a warning for my books that they cause strange effects, such as the inability to stop reading and forgoing sleep in order to finish them.
“This is the heart-stopping history of how those who would become the Rangers and the people they defend came to their world even as their former planet was in her death throes and of their initial meeting with the mysterious Enaisi. The characters are interesting, complex individuals, and King makes her readers care about them and want to learn more of their story.”
– P.M. Griffin (SF/F author)