When Netherea is struck by a cataclysm that destabilizes its core, its inhabitants immediately start to evacuate their entire population from the planet. Räz Numera and his colleague Langruff, both from the Ninth Circle of Windmasters, are sent down to assist with the evacuation and investigate the cause of the disaster.
Shortly after the cataclysm strikes, the elemental balance is affected galaxy-wide. A young Earthmaster student named Grummus and his mentor, Tryu, are stuck on the planet Saridia, where Grummus was undergoing his Rite of Ascension. Tasked with guarding a seed of life, Grummus desperately tries to get it back home safely before it withers.
When the true reason behind the cataclysm is unveiled, it becomes evident that a plan has been set in motion by a race thought to be extinct. The Shaedon have begun their resurgence.
Het Engelstalige The Fall of Netherea van Jeffrey Debris is het eerste SF-boek in het fonds van Celtica Publishing. Het boek vormt de start van een SF-trilogie die zich afspeelt tussen de sterren.
De trilogie The Shaedon Resurgence is geschreven voor volwassenen maar kan zeker ook gelezen worden door young adults vanaf zestien jaar.
M. Reubzaet –
The mix between science fiction and fantasy in this series works really well. The number of characters is quite big, but they have enough depth to enable the reader to follow their inner workings. This makes the story logical and allows plenty of speculation about future developments.
This series is intended to be quite dark, and the dark affairs in this book are definitely darker than those in many other books. Those who cannot handle explicit descriptions of bloody scenes should be warned that this series contains a couple of those.
The story is captivating, and the ever-changing composition of the groups of characters in focus makes it even more interesting how the story unfolds. The climax of this book is definitely one to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
Philip Fontana –
With “The Fall of Netherea,” Book I, author Jeffrey Debris launches his exciting and captivating trilogy, “The Shaedon Resurgence.” The race is on to save the destabilized planet Netherea which will be destroyed in a matter of years along with its inhabitants if they are not soon rescued. The story is told encompassing a fascinating array of characters, some human and often not and techno-altered or outright creatures, celestial destinations, mind-blowing technologies both futuristic and ancient, magic, space vehicles and space stations.
And so the Shaedons are the enemy and the Xoron Windmasters as defenders make their stand to save Netherea. Lovable Grummus, a Scarowyn, wins you over preserving and protecting his Seed of Life, assisted by his mentor, Tryu, an avian specie. The cast seems endless with standouts Raz, Landgruff, Rombilius, Philbin the Master Tinkerer, Sedora, Serra, Captain Xer’xis, to name a few. – – Special mention for Sha’hasra, the Shaedon who inhabits the minds of others, and a bow for NTT-36, the android Philbin creates.
The reader travels to planet Sardia and planet Wyngaya before taking on Netherea itself. Along the way are great places such as Herzenflag, Saridia, where the author has a bartender treat us to a reminder of human and earth experience with Scarowynian root beer! – – Then the memorable homecoming of Grummus’s Seed to some sort of gigantic tree complex on his home planet, Wyngaya, overseen by Elder Leafbread!
All this must rely on space vehicles, landing pods, and a space station with a nightclub, of course! And mysterious environs like a seemingly bottomless tower must be challenged with magicka and an orb used by characters you will have to discover as you read this adventure of a 395 page tome. At the book’s end, that will not suffice author Jeffery Debris to save “The Fall of Netherea.” To do so the reader must continue the series, “The Shaedon Resurgence,” with Book II, “The Zar’aranos Deception.” – – Clearly the marvelous conception of the talented, brilliant, creative mind of author Jeffrey Debris. (review from Goodreads)
Let’s start by saying that SF is far from my favoriet genre. I’ve recieved this book as a present and therefore decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. I must admit I was pleasantly surprized from the very first chapter! Besides the fact that every new chapter was more interesting than the previous one, the book is written in such an illustrative way that I had no troubles picturing the characters, places and events.
The first couple of chapters are introducing the characters, not in the boring way of only "telling their story", but by immediately placing them deep in the story line. In the beginning I had a bit of trouble finding the connection beween the characters and remembering who-why-what, but as I was reading further, the plot was becoming more and more tense, and I had trouble letting the book out of my hands.
It’s a perfect combination of SF, action, crime and detective genres, including very-likely-to-happen futuristic elements. For a first book ever read in this genre, I was very lucky to come across "The fall of Netherea" (and this comes from a person who never had the patience to even watch the "Star Wars" movies).
I cannot wait for the second chapter to come out!!!!
Excellent, very engaging book from Jeffrey Debris, who combines different genres seamlessly and takes you on a thrilling adventure.
It begins small… in a field and Jeffrey takes time to make a proper introduction of each the characters involved in this "Fall of Netherea". Jeffrey took me on a great journey with this book, and it all ends with… well, I guess you just have to read it yourself!
I love the characters and after reading the book a couple of weeks ago, still knowing their names and the things they have gone through makes this book stand out from all the others in the same genre.
Looking forward to the next chapter.
Very impressive debut and well worth your time reading it!
Alan Ackerley –
Over the past 60 years I have read countless books of Science Fiction, Science Fantasy and Fantasy from Aasimov, Clarke, Wells to the modern authors such as Feist, Sanderson,Jordan etc. and it is always nice to see new authors emerging.
I found the book extremely interesting and the writing style very good, the syntax and grammar were correct in all respects which is not always the case in books written by non-native English speakers or books that have been translated.
The concept of Earthmasters, Windmasters and seeds of life is good enough on its own, when invisible mind controlling entities are added to the equation then things begin to get very interesting and the inclusion of lost civilisations and magicka brings the pot to the boil.
Thank you for letting me read and review this book, I look forward to reading the rest of The Shaedon Resurgance when it becomes available.
Een heerlijk fantasy sci-fi verhaal, met heel veel rassen en planeten. Alsof ik in een mix zit van star wars, star trek, guardians of the galaxy, avangers en avatar. Love it!