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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Tons of Fun

I’m excited about Deathstalker. I really enjoyed book 1. Recently I’ve had trouble finding solid sci-fi fantasy novels, there’s a lot of crap out there. Deathstalker is no Hyperion, but then nothing is. No spoilers here, but this is the beginning of a very promising space opera. I will continue with the series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

A very good conclusion

I've seen a few reviews that said this novel was sexual. Nothing could be anything further from the truth. It is a YA series, and there may have been arguably a few pg-13 depictions of relationships that began in the first novel that grew deeper in this novel, that's it. I rarely ever read anything YA, but I enjoyed this duology very much. Carve the Mark was better, but the Dates Divide answered many question and provided an enjoyable conclusion.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

What a gem

I’ve only written a few reviews. I seem more motivated to review a novel that either surprises me, or is poorly reflected by others words. This novel and it’s predecessor are nothing short of fantastic as all the reviews indicate. The Arc of the Scythe which has more to come is categorized as Young Adult, and I would have loved to read the series when I was younger and be able to reflect on what I took out of them then in comparison to what they inspire in me now. They are compelling fast paced and easy to read while managing to be insanely thought provoking. Like everyone else I cannot wait for more.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Magnificient

It's hard to see poor reviews from people who claim to be Sanderson fans, who claim to be Science fiction fans. The general complaint is that the story didn't go the way they thought it would, it was unpredictable. This novel has the best pace of the three, we learn more about the main characters, yet it retains its complexity. Yes it leaves you wanting more, it's incredibly lengthy for one credit, it's the best book in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Wow

I really wanted to like Expeditionary Force, and maybe one day I will if I read it if. Listening to R.C. Bray is like listening to a smoker grating teeth on a chalk board. He’s perhaps the worst narrator ever and of ruined Alanson’s previous work for me.

This story is magnificent and for once I agree with some of the reviews in that it’s also frustrating. The fact that it’s intended to be frustrating helps Alanson pull it off. The characters in this novel are magnificent and i cannot see what happens next.

It is a book where characters are constantly tested by misunderstanding and the inability of people to pass messages well and yet that’s a fact of life. The details of a message often change drastically from the sources mouth until it eventually reaches the ears of the intended.

This is a gem, worth a few small minutes to review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

A daring step, superb story, and rare accomplishment

Health issues have resulted in me having more spare time than I would like. I read a great deal, but in recent years audible has been my prefered method of enjoying a story. I have listened to countless books, put in thoudands of hours, and would put my collection up against anyones. All that is simply to set up the fact that i cannot remember the last time i wrote a review. I should commit to doing them, but this novel by Veronica Roth in tandem with the performance Austin Butler and Emily Rankin left me compelled to comment.

I enjoyed the first Divergent novel, but was not enthusiastic about the next two novels in the trilogy. When I saw Veronica Roth's name on a novel that was reaching out to Star Wars fans, I was both skeptical and intrigued. Its been a while since ive listened or read something truly epic. Im talking Kingkiller Chronicles epic, or Game of Thrones epic, or even Star Wars epic. When I saw the description for Carve the Mark, i did not wait for my monthly audible credit, I purchased it, started it, and marathoned my way through it in under 2 days.

I dont want to risk any kind of spoiler. I want to simply highly recommend this novel whether you read or listen to this stellar performance. Be patient through the first two or three chapters they are a tad confusing. You will be rewarderd with a tale full of remarkably developed characters, a new and exciting world/galaxy, and a unique magic system that definitetly should intrigue Star Wars fans. While there are parallels between the "force," and the " current, " the ladder is original enough to atttract the rare population of science fiction and fantasy lovers who are not Star Wars fans.

This novel is nothing at all lime Divergent, its far more mature, and has infinitely more depth.

I loved it. It was the epic story I had been craving.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Fantastic

All the makings of an epoch scyfy saga. Alien threat, endangered humans, government, fanatical religion, and war.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

fantastic

A well told entertaining story. Quality sci fi & fantasy all in one. I'll eagerly await the sequel, and check out Daiglish's other work.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-16

Simply Fantastic

I used to tear through a four to five novels a month. Health issues contributed head aches that destroyed my concentration. Then I discovered audible and I Consume more novels than ever before. Every now and then I hear something truly special like Rothfuss and his King killer chronicles where waiting for the rest of the story becomes painful. I think when will I find a story that special again, one that will provide a vacation from the troubles of reality. In Dawn of Wonder Renshaw accomplished something truly rare. He told a remarkable story, developed a new world and gave life to characters that were fascinating and thought provoking. He also is one of those writers like Rothfuss who makes words sound beautiful. Now I am finished and begin the painful wait for a sequel. I will search for something, anything to fill the time, but it's hard to imagine another novel living up to Dawn of Wonder anytime soon. It's that good.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-16

A Necessary Review of a Masterpiece

I have neither written many reviews nor read many. At times it seems futile. I've always found it simpler to read the summary to see if I'm interested and see how many people enjoyed the novel by checking out the star breakdown.

I broke habit with this novel and I saw some ludicrous things. No review of this novel should include any comparison or even mention the name Dan Brown (I am hypocritical in order to make a point). There is nothing about this novel that resembles any work Dan Brown has ever done. Sure this is material that would fascinate Brown, but this novel provides a different type of magic.

I love Dan Brown , he's my favorite airport author. I'll grab his latest before boarding and travel on the edge of my seat.

But Caldwell is no airport novelist. His novels especially this one are cerebral, packed with adjectives and emotion. The religious conspiracy is actually the secondary topic. This is a novel primarily about complex family relations. A father and son, an uncle and nephew, an abandoned husbands attempts to cope with the reemergence of his wife and his sons glee, and more than anything its about two brothers.

There is no basis for comparison. This is a novel I had to work through along with the fantastic narration because there was so much more to it than I expected. Why?? I read reviews that prepared me for a Brown like novel. This like Caldwell's other work was so !such more.

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