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Publisher's Summary

On Mars, in the distant future, the princess Haydn's arranged marriage cannot save her beloved Republic. Her arch-enemy, the warrior-woman Frane, seeks to make herself Queen while Haydn--the legitimate heir-- must flee for her life.
A reluctant symbol for those who would restore the monarchy, Haydn is too young and unprepared to assume the throne - but determined to become a great Queen. With a bounty on her head, she will make a perilous journey to the realization that - in order to save her world - she must sacrifice all that she holds dear.
©2004 Al Sarrantonio (P)2012 David N. Wilson
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Critic Reviews

"Haydn of Mars is the cat's pajamas...reads as if Edgar Rice Burroughs had been born in 1973 instead of 1873, and just begun writing today." ( Science Fiction Weekly)
"Fabulous...an enthralling Martian science fiction tale."( Midwest Book Review)
"Fans of fantasy and SF alike will appreciate this genre-bending space adventure." ( Romantic Tiimes)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Shelby on 02-23-15

How has this gotten overlooked!

I love science & fantasy fiction and thus ghastly been a wonderful tale. The narrator does a great job-each character distinct Nd perfect. A couple of things were predictable, but nevertheless, it is a solid story.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By richardh343 on 02-22-15

Cats riding horses ruined it for me.

What did you like best about Haydn of Mars? What did you like least?

It had good characters but stereotyped. Most irritating was the heavy pro-Islamic bias.The idea that cats would be riding horses was hard to bear and I struggled with it so much I couldn't really appreciate the rest of the tale. This was a feminin-centric tale with the queen the only one with brains - oh how original. I was very disappointed in the overall story because it hinted and rambled and got boringly predictable almost immediately. I can see why it was a reduced price book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make the creatures not be cats. Remove the Islamic influence. Add some punch and action to the story. Everything progressed so slowly I couldn't finish it.

How could the performance have been better?

Use a reader who doesn't make so many pronunciation errors.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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