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Publisher's Summary

"The Golden Brat", Reinhard von Lohengramm, a military prodigy and admiral of the Galactic Empire, has ambitions beyond protecting the borders or even defeating the empire's enemies. He seeks to overthrow the old order and become a truly absolute - yet benevolent - dictator. His rival, the humble Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, wishes to preserve democracy even if he must sacrifice his political ideals to defeat the empire. Their political and military battles play out over a galactic chessboard in an epic saga 15 centuries in the making!
©2016 Yoshiki Tanaka (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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By BreadlyToastin on 08-09-17

This Space Epic should be loved by all!

If you could sum up Dawn in three words, what would they be?

Militaristic galactic politics

What did you like best about this story?

I will say that at first glance the reader can seem a bit monotone, but that feeling will not last long. His stone cold approach to characters is perfect for this book. His delivery is always spot on and perfectly reflects the stoic viewpoint of the two main characters.

To segway from that point, Yang and Reinhard are just perfect characters, and their situations among their forces grow more and more interesting the longer you consider what they are actually planning with each choice. I was not annoyed by any character and felt that every single second of the book was put to good use. No time wasted at all.

I do not want to gush for too long, but I have never read a book that makes war seem any cooler or more strategic than Dawn. While other stories focus on certain battles and following along the protagonists, Legends shows the whole scope and the grandiose nature of galactic combat, and I loved it for that reason.

Which scene was your favorite?

No major spoilers

The scene with the Patriotic Knights Corps was so interesting in association with Yang.

The very best scenes were of course the unbelievably large conflicts.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

11hrs would be a long time to sit and listen, but I listened intently every day for as long as I could manage.

Any additional comments?

I knew almost nothing about this book or story beforehand. I had seen the first episode of the anime, saw how many more episodes there were, and quit. I found this searching though the Audible library and tried it on a whim, and boy, did that whim pay off.

Possibly my favorite book. Definitely my favorite sci-fi book. "Ambition" here I come!

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By William Liew on 05-24-16

Amazing. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a saint with these

This book is fantastic. Tim Gerard Reynolds really pull you into the world. Both main characters are portrayed so well. The world is engaging. 10/10

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