Monday, April 20, 2015

Kidnap: Guy Erma And The Son Of Empire by Sally Ann Melia [3.5 stars]

From the Description:

Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is a new three-part action adventure, set a long time ago on a planet far far away.
I don't want to go! Do I have to go?

13-year-old Teodor knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom, he must help those less fortunate than himself. He must also impress his uncle the Emperor if he is ever to become the Son of Empire. A frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must go - into the Dome.

13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living soon. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to be accepted in the military academy - at the heart of the Dome.

 Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

The Empire of Freyne is a newcomer to the United Races. As a developing race, the thirteen-planet empire is of interest to other galactic races, not all of this interest is friendly. The Dome Elite is a force of space marines whose defensive actions and adventures defend Freyne and its neighbours from hostile alien pirates and acquisitive space brigands, so allowing the inhabitants to sleep soundly at night.

For the young men and women of Domeside, to be a part of the Dome Elite, you need to master the maths and technology associated with space warfare and also to be fierce fighter who can fight in confined spaces with short sharp blades. When you are in Dome Elite, you are the best!

Meanwhile politicians and imperial rulers know that whosoever controls the Dome Elite, who decides their mandate and mission also controls the empire. You have to inspire and lead the men, to have and hold the right alien alliances and legal treaties. When you own the Dome Elite. you are in power!

I received this novel in exchange for an honest review as part of an iRead blog tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. If you would like to learn more about this book, blog tour or the iRead program you can visit the website here.

Kidnap starts out with a bang! The writing is very imaginative and fun for both the young and the young at heart. I really liked both the science fiction and fantasy elements in this book. The tech was well thought out and the descriptions of the landscapes and fascinating creatures are very well done. They capture the imagination and draw you into the story quickly. The characters are interesting and you want to find out what happens next. I loved Karl and Nell, they quickly became my two favorite characters. Prince Teodor seemed to be a normal thirteen year old who would rather have fun blade  training and racing his Goran, the giant racing cats, instead of performing his 'official' duties. The title character, Guy Erma, is a bit confusing. He's the character we spend the most time with, leading me to believe that he's supposed to be the hero of our story. Some of his actions made me question this. I can't really explain that without giving away too much of the story. I do wish that more had been resolved in this book but I do think that the series shows a lot of promise. A solid 3.5 star read.

About the Author:

Sally Ann Melia was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.

In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

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