The Neumarian Chronicles Blog Tour Author Ciara Knight with my reviews and a giveaway

 

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The Neumarian Chronicles Blog Tour

Title: Weighted

Series: The Neumarian Chronicles

Author: Ciara Knight

Publication: August 18th, 2012

Pages: 42

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Synopsis

The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the

Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is

really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep

hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the

Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If

the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

 

 

My Review

4 Stars

Really liked this book. This is the first steam punk book that I have read and i am finding it refreshing to read something a little different. The poor girl in this book has to suffer some pretty harsh things but she finds a friend in a very unlikely place. The idea of replacing body parts with mechanical parts is fascinating. I am looking forward to reading the next book Escapement to find out what happens next. This author has gotten me hooked on this series and I NEED to find out what happens to these characters.

 

Title: Escapement

Series: The Neumarian Chronicles

Author: Ciara Knight

Publication: February 26th,2013

Pages: 337

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Synopsis

Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In

celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated

into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m

captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance

of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

Escapement Excerpt

The door swung open and four guards entered before Dred stormed in. “Malvak orders ya all

to the platform now.”

My stomach flopped. “No. It hasn’t been an hour.”

“Malvak’s orders changed.”

“You said they’d be spared,” Ryder argued.

“They be ordered to watch.”

Dred’s words stung like a laser through my heart. “No, please. You can’t. It’s too soon.”

Ryder still clutched one arm and wouldn’t let me go. “Semara, listen to me.”

“No, I won’t. This isn’t going to happen. I’ll tell Malvak who I am and order your release.”

“Not wise.” Dred shoved the key into Ryder’s cell door.

I had to do something, anything to stop this.

“We need you, Semara. You’re the only one left in this war-torn world who can protect

Raeth. Please, I promised my folks before they were murdered I’d take care of her. Once I’m

gone—”

“Don’t say that.” Tears stung my eyes and I wanted to pull him against me and disappear.

Ryder reached through the bars and held the back of my head so our foreheads touched.

“Once I’m gone, you are her only family.”

“Enough, it’s time,” Dred ordered.

The guards rushed into the cell, bound Ryder’s wrists, and dragged him from the cell. One

guard grabbed Raeth by the arm and did the same to me. Dred stood at the outside of my cell,

door open, waiting for me to exit.

“I did all I could,” Dred said with a heavy, deep tone. He bound my wrists and stepped back.

“Sorry, Malvak ordered—”

“You could do more. Trust me, you’ll regret this later. You’ll go to sleep each night with

Ryder’s face haunting your dreams. I’m still tortured by making a wrong choice when I was only

twelve.”

I shoved past him and went out to the center of town. Acid rose in my throat at the sight of

the noose hanging from a wood beam. It had to be wood. If it had been metal, I could’ve melted

it and bought some more time.

Maybe I could try Ryder’s plan and incapacitate Dred before he stopped me, then get his

gun and take a few down. If we could find cover and some metal we’d have a chance.

I watched Dred out of the corner of my eye as we approached the platform.

“Don’t try it, pretty face. I’ve trained for years to be a faster draw with me powers. Ya don’t

stand a chance. All you’ll accomplish is ya own death.”

I lifted my chin, determined to fight. “I can’t stand by and watch him die.”

“Ya don’t have a choice. None of us do,” Dred insisted.

“You do. Let me use my powers and the three of us escape. Otherwise, you’ll have innocent

blood on your hands.” I pleaded.

Wind whipped through the village. Creaks echoed from the skywalks. Water swished

through the steel waterways above. Cannons and barbed wire lined an exterior wall. It was a

fortress.

Mother had been right to fear them. Even if I freed Ryder, how could we get out? I

suspected the walls were electrified. Maybe I could short out the wires, but I’d need Raeth’s help

to demolish the wall.

Even if we managed to break through the wall, then what? We’d have to get a ship and

figure out where we were.

There had to be a way to save him. I had to be missing something.

A horn sounded and people came out of homes and buildings, flooding the street to watch

Ryder’s execution. Didn’t they see they were no better than the council?

I wrung my hands and pulled at my rope bindings that rubbed my skin raw.

The smell of animals and desert sand carried on the wind.

A tall man appeared on one of the skywalks with a fluffy cape of animal fur lining his

huge frame. I couldn’t make out his features, but he definitely had a tattoo running across his

forehead. A reflection of sunlight off his face indicated some piercings.

“This here Neumarian is charged with bringing the council’s wrath to our land. Do we wish

to sacrifice our way of life and be enslaved to the council?”

“No,” the crowd yelled back as if in a trance.

“Terminate the prisoner and send his body as a gift to the queen.”

“No!” I cried out and ran for the platform. “You’re wrong. We only wish to go in peace. The

queen doesn’t know we’re here. We brought a gift!”

I ran up the steps, but a guard snagged my hair, knocking me down so hard the wood

cracked against my shoulder. A pain shot down my arm. Ryder shouldered the man and raced to

my side. “Semara, please, don’t do this.”

“I can’t watch you die,” I managed through sobs.

The guards tore us apart and placed Ryder on top of a box.

I fought with all my strength and drew heat from my core to my hands, but the mind

splitting pain made me collapse. I lay on the floor of the platform forced to watch the noose

being secured around his neck.

“Proceed with the execution.”

The guard kicked the box out from under Ryder and the rope snapped tight around his

throat.

 

 

My Review

5 Stars

What an awesome story. All the action and drama. This is the first steam punk series I’ve read and I love it. This author writes so well that you feel yourself being pulled into the story, as if you are right there. You feel for the characters, with all that they have to go through, all the pain and emotional trauma, but this book has good moments too, the budding romance is so refreshing to read amongst all the trauma. I can’t wait to read Pendulum the next in the series. It’s a good thing I bought it before I started reading the series.

Title: Pendulum

Series: The Neumarian Chronicles

Author: Ciara Knight

Publication: December 2nd,2013

Pages: 364

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Synopsis

Haunting memories.

Terrifying dreams.

Crippling lies.

Trapped in a world of deception, my sanity rests with the love of Ryder Arteres and our renegade

friends. Six months of scouring the ocean floor in a rebel ship fleeing our homeland, delivers us to a

possible alliance with the opportunistic European Council. Our only hope is to utilize our forbidden

gifts to free our people from slavery, proving our worth. But when a trusted ally turns traitor and a

new breed of the queen’s weaponry is revealed, I’m forced to face the terror of my past to save our

crumbling future.

Pendulum Excerpt

Ryder tipped my chin up and pressed a kiss to my forehead. At feeling his suppressed

desire and longing, I nuzzled his neck, seeking more, wanting to touch him, not through his

uniform but his bare skin.

“Shh. You need sleep. Nightmares have been keeping you up. You’re exhausted. Wish

I could be there to hold you through them, but we should arrive at the ENR base soon. It’s been

too long.” His hand slipped to the nape of my neck. “Once we reach land, no one will keep us

apart.”

Heat surged to my face and I leaned into his hands. “Nightmares? How did you…oh,

your sister. Great. Guess Raeth can’t keep a secret.” I knew Raeth only told her brother out of

concern, but I’d still chastise my best friend when I got back to my room.

“She just confirmed what I’d felt through our bond.” Ryder drew a circle around the tip

of my nose with his. “What you been dreaming’ about?”

His closeness weakened my resolve to keep it from him. He’d think I was crazy.

“Tell me,” he urged, brushing his lips across mine in a feather-light touch.

My breath hitched and the memories of beatings and torture faded when his thumb glided

down my cheek. “It doesn’t matter. Kiss me.”

His lips claimed mine with a too long-suppressed urgency. He needed and wanted me as

much as I did him. If we didn’t make it to land soon, they’d have mutiny on their hands.

I inhaled his scent, absorbing it into my soul. Even after all this time beneath the sea, a

hint of Earth remained and I savored the aroma. He’d always smell the same to me. A musky,

earthy smell, with a hint of freedom. The aroma wrapped around my body like a shield of

strength.

Steps thumped down the corridor and he broke the kiss. “Tell me. Before we have to go.”

I panted and shook my head. From the moment we’d met, he twisted me up inside until

I’d share whatever he wanted to know. “Images mostly. My mother, my father. I never see his

face, but I see hers.” I suppressed a shudder. “None of it makes sense. It’s almost like I feel

physical pain, but I can’t see the memory.”

Ryder’s eyes narrowed. “What’s Gordon been doing to you during those sessions?”

“Gordon? Nothing. He’s been helping me remember things. He says I’ve been

reprogrammed. He’s trained in opening the mind back up and he thinks I could remember

something that would help the rebellion.”

Ryder glanced down the hall. “Maybe so, but I don’t like you suffering. Mighty easy

for him to push you into helping. But you need to know when to back off. You been training so

much and been working with Captain Gordon, you haven’t gotten any rest.”

“Maybe that’s because I don’t want to.” I stared up at him. “I’m frightened, Ryder.

Terrified my mother’s programmed me into being some kind of weapon.”

“I won’t let that happen.” He kissed me again then rested his forehead against mine. “We,

just the two of us, need to find some time alone.”

I struggled to stay calm, to not let my frustration and jealousy out. I failed. “The last time

I tried to take some time off, you were busy with Mart and her training. Can’t you train with

someone else, like me? Why does it always have to be her?”

“Jealous?” The side of his lip quirked up into a teasing grin.

Yes! “No! No more than you are of Gordon.”

He straightened, his hand moving down from my neck to my lower back. “Let’s not do

this. It’s late. I don’t want to argue.” Hugging me, he lifted me into the air until I was at eye level

then he nuzzled my neck. “Rather do other things with you than fight.”

A giggle slipped from my lips.

“Love that sound.” Ryder nipped my earlobe.

“What sound?”

“You happy. Someday, we’ll go to that Resort Territory of yours,” Ryder slid his nose

down the side of my neck, “where we can laugh all day.” His tongue traced the path his nose had

just made. “Swim naked in that lake of yours.”

A guard stomped along the metal grate floor and halted a few meters away. “Hey, you

two. Lights out in five. Don’t make me throw you in the brig.”

My head still spun from Ryder’s words. He gently lowered me to the ground. My knees

shook, but I managed to remain upright.

Ryder scowled.

“Now,” the guard ordered, his face grim and determined.

Ryder growled low in his chest then kissed my cheek. “Until later,” he whispered.

My Review

5 Stars

I’m going to start out saying this I hate cliffhangers. Okay I got that off my chest. Make sure you own Balance before reading this, I have to wait a little over a week and I’m going to go insane. I have to know what happens next. Don’t get me wrong I loved this book and I love the series. This author is a gifted writer and you get so caught up in the story when it ends you’re in shock. Now that I’ve taken a second and calmed down I can tell you this series is awesome.

 

Title: Balance

Series: The Neumarian Chronicles

Author: Ciara Knight

Publication: April 28th,2014

Pages: 266

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Synopsis

Life on a war-ravaged Earth is a dying experience. Finally, after years of tyranny, the rebellion rises.

Once I rescue my fiancé Ryder Arteres, I, and the rebel general, will fight to free our people. In a

war where alliances shift and friends betray one another, will the final battle prove the truth of the

prophecy the queen has so feared—her death—or will I lose everyone I love?

Balance Excerpt

“There is more to the prophecy.” Fallon stated.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“You realize the claim of the Triune is real.”

I snickered, “Yes, I can’t deny that anymore.”

“That leaked from our council during the war, but we were able to keep the rest of the intel to

ourselves. You see, one of the members of the Neumarian Council could estimate future events

based on current trends. It’s sort of a statistical prophecy in a way. Of course, it’s deeper than that.

The one who had the gift also channeled more than just facts, emotions, psychology, the art of body

language and behavior. All the information was churned up and a prophecy was spit out.”

“What is the rest?” I asked.

“Penton must be the protector of the Triune…” He nodded to Harrison and a click sounded in

my head. Fallon leaned close and whispered. “…the one who will risk his life and die to save the

Triune.”

I cupped my hands over my mouth to stop the gasp from reaching Raeth’s ears.

My pulse thrashed at my neck. I slowly lowered my hands to my side. “You think he’s going to die

out there, don’t you?”

Fallon clasped my hands in his.

“Yes.”

 

My Review

5 Stars

Fabulous read! Loved it. Love this series. I am so glad I read this book it flowed seamlessly after Pendulum. I don’t know if I could have waited any longer to read this book I was very anxious after reading Pendulum to get my hands on this one. These characters even though in the midst of war show so much love and endurance. I was glad for the HEA, was sad when they lost loved ones and ecstatic over the outcome of the story. This story just flowed I couldn’t put it down, I kept telling myself I needed to get some sleep but I couldn’t I had to know what was going to happen. This book was so worth the book hangover I had the next day.

 

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Author Bio

Ciara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with speculative fiction books. Her

Amazon #1 bestselling series, The Neumarian Chronicles has received

acclaimed reviews and awards. Escapement, book I, is a Rone award

nominee and Pendulum, book II, scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews,

accolades from InD’Tale Magazine, received a Night Owl Top Pick and is a

Rone award finalist. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls,

received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild, is a Night Owl’s Top Pick

and won Book of the Month at Long and Short Reviews.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary

influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers

and J K Rowling.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s

backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a

helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

Ciara is extremely sociable and can be found at Facebook

@ciaraknightwrites, Twitter @ciaratknight, Goodreads, Pinterest, and her

website ciaraknight.com.

Buy Links

Weighted:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Weighted-Neumarian-Chronicles-Steampunk-Book-ebook/dp/

B008ZTD5BO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406091940&sr=8-2&keywords=ciara+knight

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weighted-ciara-knight/1112558164?

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Escapement

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escapement-ciara-knight/1119370316?

ean=2940045855693

Pendulum

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pendulum-ciara-knight/1117054016?

ean=9781939081049

Balance

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Balance-Neumarian-Chronicles-Ciara-Knight-ebook/dp/

B00K0R7SYY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1406222374&sr=8-4&keywords=ciara+knight

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/balance-ciara-knight/1119319333?

ean=2940045846943

Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ciaraknightwrites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ciaratknight

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5127753.Ciara_Knight

Website: http://www.ciaraknight.com/

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GIVEAWAY

7 winners

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1-Signed print copy of Balance
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1-ecopy of Pendulum

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ciara Knight
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 18:35:15

    Thank you so much for hosting the series tour! You are all sorts of awesome Colleen Everly!!!

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