Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Review: Risen


By:  Laura Jennings

Publish Date:  April 28, 2011

Format:  eBook, 73pgs

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  2nd in Highsong series; 1st Book ~ Highsong

Recommendation:  If you enjoy ocean reads and a connection with whales & dolphins, yes. A little science blended in as well.

Nearly two years after surviving the incident on Ptaal, the unique psychic abilities of Harp Hess and his dolphin companion Sia have captured the attention of the Ninth Democracy. Isolated from his mother and trained at a secret facility to battle the alien threat of the Viciss, Harp is reluctantly on route to his first real battle.

But an ambush leaves Harp and Sia stranded, in the company of a ragtag militia desperate to save a doomed planet. As Harp struggles to form an uneasy alliance, Sia realizes this time, their greatest enemy may come from within ...

First Sentence:
The Akos in hyperspace streaked the stars.

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**I read this book for an honest review from the author.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Harp and Sia are on the ship Arkos, taken away from his mother by the Ninth Democracy to be trained and tested. The Viciss are becoming more aggressive, attacking the ships Harp is on. They know Harp is there and he's the biggest threat to them, before the Risen species. Once again Harps ship is attacked, but he's already on his way out in an escape pod, as he feels a prisoner here. He's heading toward an unifested planet they recently passed, however the Viciss are all around and Harp's pod is pulled off path to Kaimana - a planet that is to have no human life and the Viciss nesting. Harp finds there are humans that are left, and Risen.

Sia's and Harp's relationship has grown. They both need each other to accomplish things they come across. Sia also is Harp's guardian against a Viciss Onesong attack, to help keep his mind stable. But their friendship will be put to the tests they would not have thought would come. Sia will have to face that another Risen can help Harp, and it's okay to have support. Sia can't do it all alone and there will be times when her and Harp are separated. A good growing lesson for both on this world.

I feel Laura's writing has improved from the first book to this one. I seem to have a better understanding of the Highsong of the Risen. It's easily explained here and we see it in action once again. Actually, we learn there are different songs that can be sung. It's neat to see the variety of Highsong between the Risen species depending on the water mammal using it.

Harp has warned those that he finds on this planet what he is capable of, but they don't believe a young blind boy. There is trouble brewing with the Viciss and one that will betray them all... Maybe Harp can help them, but who does he trust?

Things are growing deeper in this world. The Viciss are aware of Harp now and after him. Nice growth in the world and the Risen.

Very much enjoyed this second book. The ending is complete, but I feel there is more to come. The war with the Viciss is not over, and now that they are aware of Harp and his ability, it's just starting for Harp. I look forward to reading more of Harp and his aquatic mammal support.


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    1. Blodeuedd, I wasn't sure about this cover until I read the book. It actually fits it perfectly. :)

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    1. Sweet Vernal Zephyr, Hey! Hope you are doing well. :) Glad to see you by. And glad you enjoyed the cover. :) Thank you!

  3. Love that cover. :D

    I like that the series is really moving along. I'm also so happy that there is no cliffie! Don't need one to make me want the next either! Great review.

    1. Melissa (B&T) I found the cover is very relate-able to the story, after reading. I liked it much better then.

      No cliffie, but it's open for more to come. :) I like that.

  4. ah Sci-fi...I'm glad you liked it but I'm not sure it's for me but I'm glad you liked it.

    1. Melliane, :) It's okay. I know scifi isn't for everyone. But if you want to give it a try, this is an easy on. :) Thank you!

  5. Hmm, the cover sucks but the blurb has me interested.

    1. Jennifer Bielman, I wasn't a huge fan of the cover to start, but after reading it relates wonderfully with the story. But the blurb is important. Glad it sounds interesting for you! :)

  6. I might have to try this series. I've always been drawn to books about dolphins, since I first read Arthur C. Clarke's Dolphin Island. Come to think of it, I ought to re-read that one...

    1. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard, these are really quick short reads. And light feeling. If you give it a try, I hope you enjoy them. :)


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