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The Free Prisoner: Book One of Tiamis Series

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You may call him Kevin, but Kevin is not his name. One hundred and forty-nine years have passed since Earth fell apart. The new human settlements, though resources scarce, are thriving in peace. Or that’s what Kevin has thought. Until red flames engorge town after town on one ordinary night—a longtime foe has invaded his empire. Kevin’s escape pod crashes into a hostile You may call him Kevin, but Kevin is not his name. One hundred and forty-nine years have passed since Earth fell apart. The new human settlements, though resources scarce, are thriving in peace. Or that’s what Kevin has thought. Until red flames engorge town after town on one ordinary night—a longtime foe has invaded his empire. Kevin’s escape pod crashes into a hostile kingdom on Earth. Trapped and alone, he must plan to reclaim his empire. He needs to act—fast. But he is being watched. Closely. Kevin must fake his identity, or he might as well kiss his only asylum goodbye. Wary of trusting anyone, Kevin still searches for allies to help him on his mission. With the Empire of Tiamis and his family’s lives at stake, one wrong move may be too much to risk.


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You may call him Kevin, but Kevin is not his name. One hundred and forty-nine years have passed since Earth fell apart. The new human settlements, though resources scarce, are thriving in peace. Or that’s what Kevin has thought. Until red flames engorge town after town on one ordinary night—a longtime foe has invaded his empire. Kevin’s escape pod crashes into a hostile You may call him Kevin, but Kevin is not his name. One hundred and forty-nine years have passed since Earth fell apart. The new human settlements, though resources scarce, are thriving in peace. Or that’s what Kevin has thought. Until red flames engorge town after town on one ordinary night—a longtime foe has invaded his empire. Kevin’s escape pod crashes into a hostile kingdom on Earth. Trapped and alone, he must plan to reclaim his empire. He needs to act—fast. But he is being watched. Closely. Kevin must fake his identity, or he might as well kiss his only asylum goodbye. Wary of trusting anyone, Kevin still searches for allies to help him on his mission. With the Empire of Tiamis and his family’s lives at stake, one wrong move may be too much to risk.

41 review for The Free Prisoner: Book One of Tiamis Series

  1. 4 out of 5

    Astrid V.J.

    The Free Prisoner is a great concept. I liked the post-apocalyptic scenario where the Earth has been destroyed and humans have formed colonies where they can within our solar system. I also really loved the plot. I found the characterisation lacked depth. Arco/Kevin behaves really arrogantly and selfishly which I don't quite see fitting with him being an orphaned refugee dealing with psychological trauma. Even with his imperial background the stupid things he does for purposes of the plot seem fo The Free Prisoner is a great concept. I liked the post-apocalyptic scenario where the Earth has been destroyed and humans have formed colonies where they can within our solar system. I also really loved the plot. I found the characterisation lacked depth. Arco/Kevin behaves really arrogantly and selfishly which I don't quite see fitting with him being an orphaned refugee dealing with psychological trauma. Even with his imperial background the stupid things he does for purposes of the plot seem forced, not a natural outcome of his character and social upbrining. I just don't see someone versed in diplomacy and negotiations being dumb enough to openly show "forbidden techniques". He'd be more astute than that. I did quite enjoy the development of the sibling relationship between Canti and Arco/Kevin. The pranks were excellent and Canti's behaviour, reactions and escalating pranks were great fun to read about. This was an intriguing read, but the style didn't do it for me, especially not the info-dumping. Nevertheless, Rugova has a great concept and her style is sure to improve with experience. I will certainly give the next book in the series a chance.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Em

    Little Miss grew on me! A. L. Rugova does a great job creating depth and growth in her characters--especially Canti. When we first meet the eight-year-old girl she is spoiled, bratty, and obnoxious. In fact, I thought she was the antagonist. But, as the story progresses, it is slowly revealed why she treats Kevin so badly. And then she grows and changes... won't say more because—spoilers. The point is, we never know what's going on inside someone else. People who are angry, bitter, mean, and even Little Miss grew on me! A. L. Rugova does a great job creating depth and growth in her characters--especially Canti. When we first meet the eight-year-old girl she is spoiled, bratty, and obnoxious. In fact, I thought she was the antagonist. But, as the story progresses, it is slowly revealed why she treats Kevin so badly. And then she grows and changes... won't say more because—spoilers. The point is, we never know what's going on inside someone else. People who are angry, bitter, mean, and even bullies, have had their share of hurts. By showing them kindness anyway, no matter how they may treat us, we can change them for the better. There are some good lessons to be gleaned from this young adult fantasy. There were a few sentence structure issues... but having just learned that English is not the author's native language, I'm very impressed! Well done!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joy RS

    With some good character development and an intriguing plot, I found this debut YA fantasy an easy read. The protagonist must find himself and achieve what he needs to do, but in a situation where nothing is familiar, and he is entirely out of his depth. But that’s not all. Even worse to my way of thinking, he’s been saddled with an irritating and obnoxious eight-year-old sidekick-come-brat. I was impressed with Kevin’s tenacity and self-control as he reaches deep within himself to survive or di With some good character development and an intriguing plot, I found this debut YA fantasy an easy read. The protagonist must find himself and achieve what he needs to do, but in a situation where nothing is familiar, and he is entirely out of his depth. But that’s not all. Even worse to my way of thinking, he’s been saddled with an irritating and obnoxious eight-year-old sidekick-come-brat. I was impressed with Kevin’s tenacity and self-control as he reaches deep within himself to survive or die in the attempt.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Corina Douglas

    Rollicking Read This is a refreshing twist on YA sci-fi. The main character is a young boy and the story follows his tumultuous relationship with his precocious adopted sister and his desire to take revenge on his home planet. There is a lot of intrigue and a sense of continual danger throughout the story. This all culminates into a fast-paced finale.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Great post apocalyptic YA sci-fi I loved the premise and the world building! It was a quick and easy read! Looking forward to Book II.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte leffler

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    Leslie Fennell

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    John McGehee

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Morrison

  13. 5 out of 5

    S.L. Harpel

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dolores Olsen

  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Griffiths

  17. 4 out of 5

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    Sean Cunningham

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Frank Kelso

  21. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    OldBird

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark Boivin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Larry Wilson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  27. 5 out of 5

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    Gayle Williams

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  38. 4 out of 5

    RMK

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    Tara M. Paine

  40. 4 out of 5

    Steve

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    Nancy Jones

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