An award-nominated mythic sci-fi adventure
Twelve years after his mother's disappearance, Zahn makes his annual hike up to Zikhara Peak to sleep above the clouds - only to be awoken by a monstrous roar. He watches as an extraordinary object thunders down from the sky and impacts onto the silvery beach below, changing the course of his young life forever.
The object is far more than a mere meteorite, and Zahn is swept up into an adventure to the galactic core. He encounters a stunning pilot, fifth-density creatures of light, and an ancient chthonic evil bent on consuming every star in the galaxy by tearing the fabric of space-time itself. Only the Tulari, a stone that can heal these fissures, offers any hope to Zahn and his new friends. Unfortunately, it's been missing for aeons.
The Truth Beyond the Sky is the first book in the Epic of Aravinda - a transcendental, sci-fi action-adventure series.
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Straight forward SciFi.
No real surprises there.
This was the first book I had listened to that was read by Jeff Hays, but he did an amazing job. It really sounded like the characters were done with a full cast, not by a single person.
Well, that would be a spoiler.
- Doug Warren
When he travelled, he made sure to bring his towel
The narrator of the audio version made it feel more like a play than a novel. He was excellent in his reading, the different characters easily distinguishable in their dialogue. The addition of an occasional soundtrack was unexpected but definitely added to the experience. However, the slow speed of the narration only seemed to heighten the feeling of unreality and, by half way through, I was getting impatient to move on. Whether this was due to the reading or the book itself I'm unsure so would try another by Jeff Hays if the subject matter appealed.
Predictable and sacarin sweet
I didn't really like any of them. The main protagonists were just all too nice it felt totally false. A few outbursts of anger or fits of pique or nasty acts just because things were overwhelming would have been a refreshing change and infused more character
To be honest, it already felt like a not very action packed series of Dr.Who episodes but without the excitement of Daleks: even down to the crystal grown, living octagonal spaceship which was bigger on the inside than it appeared from without.
I moved between ebook and audio and, whilst it was more convenient for me to listen, I think I might have enjoyed the book more had I simply read it. I am not in the target age range but feel that, even so, the whole was more directed at children than young adults. The overall concept was good but the story adventures and, especially, the main protagonists were unconvincing. More like gentle fairy tale myths than science fiction.
- Norma Miles