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Eric Olafson is a creative midshipman who has always longed to become a Starship captain in the Union fleet that protects the numerous allies against unfriendly threats. Right now Eric is hoping to pass graduation in a few weeks — if he can stay out of trouble and live that long! It seems that trouble follows Eric… or he finds it. Fortunately, he has an unusual group of classmates who This is great sci fi with wonderful world building, fascinating characters and plenty of action!

Fortunately, he has an unusual group of classmates who are usually nearby to help him face trouble with their remarkable skills. As one of the Admirals explains to Eric midway through the book: Wetmouth is a science whiz. Narth is a from a planet of psi-mind readers who used to keep to themselves.

But he has developed a bond with Eric and is determined to stay by his side and learn and share all the feelings humans have. Cirruit is a cyberunit who adds his own techno skills and subtle humor to the group. He is longing for the upgrade that will allow him to experience things like taste and other senses.

The friends repeat, on more than one occasion, how important their friendship is and how their lives are enriched by knowing each other. They fear being separated when given their new assignments. The first third of the book focuses on Eric as he is kidnapped and forced to escape and survive on a hostile planet.

Eric has to dodge hostiles until he is aided by Mother Superior, a leader of a society of women who are shape shifters, extreme courtesans and sometimes spies. Eric is the first male allowed to enter their community, learn many of their secrets and train under the master teaching of the leader. Eventually Eric is reconnected with his ship and warmly welcomed by his companions.

It appears that nothing is going on and that prior accidents have been due to extreme boredom. But we know how appearances can be wrong! Once again, the action picks up as Eric and friends attempt to stop pirates from accessing supplies on the base. I love the "team" and how they contribute their talents to face the enemies. The world building is wonderful with a great variety of characters and surprises all along the way.

There are some social points made by the author through the story and I also appreciated that the story has minimal rough language. This is apparently part of a series and alludes to prior adventures. I strongly recommend this to readers who enjoy science fiction with detailed world building, creative characters and lots of action.

I received an ARC from Inkitt for an honest review.

Mar 14, Valerie Roberson rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. This is a 5 star book in my opinion and anybody who loves a good Sci-Fi, would love this book. There are many factors that make this a 5 star book in my standards. First, the author starts you out at the Forward, giving you background and up to date information on the book.

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Since it is the ninth book in the Galactic Chronicles and fifth in the Olafson Saga, you are coming in right smack in the middle of a series. This filled me in so much, that when If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. This filled me in so much, that when I started the first chapter, I did not feel like I was out in left field and not knowing what was going on.

This right here earned a star from me. Being that I haven't read the rest of the series, it was nice to have some background. This also sucked me into the book and I was hooked. Second point that earned the 5 stars is the Prologue. This explained that the person telling the story was the author and these were accounts that really happened in his life.

I had to stop and remind myself that this was fictional and not real. At the end of the Prologue, I was so deep into this book, that I read until my eyes went blurry. Third point that earned this book 5 stars, is the storyline. If you take Star Track, War of the Worlds, Star Wars and a little of Space Balls mixed in, then this just about gives you an idea of what this book is like. It doesn't exactly live up to it's name. Yes it is all about Eric Olafson and his adventures and yes it is kissed with space pirate, but it is so much more.

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You will see what I mean when you read it. And that brings me to my fourth point that earned this book 5 stars. The history that Eric learned along the way. It was so fascinating and I loved every word of it! Mother Superior told the history of each planet as they landed. It was a history class that was way more fun then in High School.

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I found that each planet, some how over the thousands of years, all connected together. I think that was my favorite part of the book. Now this brings me to my fifth reason I would give this book 5 stars. The characters are amazing! Never would I have thought that all these aliens being brought together would work. You are talking about humans, robots, spiders, giants and so many more.

But the author did phenomenal job with that. Eric's secret was handled with love and care, not something you expect in a pirate story. How his friends became so close to him and respected him to no end and how they all knew his secret before he had the guts to say anything and stood by him when he did. Each character was so different in it's own species way, but added so much to the story.

Eric and his main friends blew me out of the water and made me wish people here in real life would do the same as his friends, maybe there would be less bullying. Now you know my reasons for giving this book 5 stars. It lived up to many standards, that it deserves at least 10 stars. Vanessa Ravencroft is a new author to me and I'm so honored to be asked to give an honest review. I enjoyed the story way more than I thought I would. Vanessa is a very talented author. She sucked me in and held me there to the end, which the Epilogue prepares you for the next book in the series.

She wrote this as a series, but this book could've been a stand alone book. Now I have to get the next book to see what happens and you will want to also. Mar 19, Aoife rated it it was ok Shelves: I received a free copy of this book from Inkitt Press in exchange for an honest review. Eric Olafson is about to graduate from space academy when he is abducted and almost killed.

What follows is a sci-fi space adventure where Olafson has to don a number of different disguises, battle slave traders, man his own crew and just try and keep himself alive. This book was pitched to me as a stand alone novel but it's actually the fifth book in the Eric Olafson series.

Despite this, I did find myself alm I received a free copy of this book from Inkitt Press in exchange for an honest review. Despite this, I did find myself almost able to keep up with everything though tehre were definite things mentioned such as past events and characters that the reader was evidently suppose to already know about and I didn't.

I have to be honest here, and it's a shame I feel this way because this book was kindly sent to me for review. This book is not good. It's badly edited and even more badly written.

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The book, in my opinion, needs several more rounds of editing before it's even fit to be read by a wider audience and while I expect some mistakes in proof copies I'm not even sure if the copy I have is a proof as it doesn't state on it but this was jam-packed full of grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors that had me cringing. But not even all the editing in the world could fix what is, in the end, a badly written story - most sentence structure was off, the conversations didn't seem realistic and neither did a lot of character reaction.

This is a book I would normally DNF after a few chapters given the state of the writing and the more than a little confusing world and I probably would have DNF'd if it was a Kindle book but there was something about the story that kept my interest peaked and I wasn't ready to let go of it yet. So I read it all. Even though the writing in this book is terrible, I think the bones of the story are actually full of potential. It just needs a lot, a lot , of work.

Eric Olafson is one of these characters I hate and love at the same time. He's brave, loyal and kind and I have to love that but he's one these characters that always has something happen to them but always miracuously gets out of it and is the best at everything while doing it. And that gets a bit boring after a while. There was also a lot of mentions of Eric's dual sexuality. He seems to struggle a bit in the book and keeps mentioning this female side that comes to the forefront when, in several points during the book, he has to disguise himself in a female body.

I'm not sure if this was a play on transgender issues, or gender fluidity and while I like that it was touched on, I don't think it was developed enough and just left me feeling a bit confused about the whole thing. There was also something a bit misogynistic said at one point in the book - I think by a female character - that had me feeling all sorts of wrong. At the end of the day, unfortunately this is a book I cannot recommend to anyone. The only reason this is a two-star instead of a one-star is the fact that I actually wanted to finish the book rather than just DNF-ing it.

Mar 09, Anna Zollinger rated it did not like it Shelves: I received a free copy of this book from a representative of Inkkit in exchange for an honest review, and I'll be honest I agreed to it simply because the synopsis was so far out there that I had to know just how bad the book was. For comparison, here is the original synopsis I received when the offer was made: The majority of the known civilisations have formed a multi-cultural mega organization called the U I received a free copy of this book from a representative of Inkkit in exchange for an honest review, and I'll be honest Eric Olafson, struggling with a secret desire to be female, leaves the traditional and inward looking society of Nilfeheim to fulfil his dreams of becoming a Starship captain.

I will say that I was not disappointed; I have been wracking my brain for months now trying to figure out how on Earth this made it past editors to be published, let alone how it managed to become one part in an apparently large series of books. I've genuinely never seen writing this poor actually get published before. Now don't get me wrong, 50 Shades of Grey had issues and it's one of the most poorly written books I've read to date from a publisher.

But this book has actually managed to take the 1st place prize and run off with it. And I know line editing is quite possibly the worst job on the planet regardless of whether it's the author editing their own work or a paid editor doing it But honestly, the bare minimum that I expect from a book is that I can actually read it. With this book, though? Sentences, paragraphs, grammar, you name it and there is a significant problem with it- one so large and glaring that the book is almost unintelligible. On one hand, this is the author's problem as it showcases their lack of skill in writing.

And I do mean a lack of skill; it took a while to actually find the information, but I did confirm that the issue with the writing likely isn't a language barrier issue. The author, Vanessa, is from the United States at least according to her Twitter. While that doesn't guarantee that English is her first language, her publicly available Fiction Press account provides significant evidence that she is no stranger to it.

As such, the only thing I can think of would be simply that she does not have the skill level to write well or effectively. On the other hand, however, the fact that this made it past editing in this sort of a state-without having been polished for basic literacy on even a structural level- speaks to Inkitt's editors themselves. Story wise, there really isn't much to say. The foundation of the book is pretty much a weird rip off of Nordic Except what they ripped off, they got horribly wrong in every way imaginable.

I may have found it more enjoyable if it was actually intelligible, but in general it's incredibly unimaginative and was a rather boring read to boot; outside of getting a good laugh at the absurdity of it and the horrible quality, there is really nothing special or interesting about it.

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I do want to note, though, that I can't say whether or not the finished product being released soon is better than the version I received. I hope that it has. I pray that it has. But with the quality that I received originally, I doubt it; in all honesty, I feel like it would take a miracle to make this book worth actually publishing- and that miracle would probably include a different editing team and a different author entirely. Mar 15, Charlie rated it liked it. First of all I have to say that I was contacted and given a copy of the book in return I was to give an honest review.

All the opinions in this review are mine and I am going to try and avoid any sort of spoilers that I can and still try to give a good quality review.

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Admittedly jumping in to this book was kind of like being thrown right into the deep end of a pool and barely being able to swim because this book is part of a larger series, and I mean a large series. Without reading any of the oth First of all I have to say that I was contacted and given a copy of the book in return I was to give an honest review.

Without reading any of the other books I was pretty much drowning right away, all the characters flooded me and I was tying to keep them separate and it was beyond a struggle. I hadn't read any of the other instalments so everything was overwhelming and hard to process as I was reading and trying to establish a clear image. I struggled and continue to struggle with identifying and analysing how I feel towards all of the characters involved in the plot. I mean Eric is our main character and he wants nothing more than to fulfil his dream of becoming a starship captain.

He end sup kidnapped and then basically from there on out I'm pretty much rolling down a hill it was that hard to keep track of everything that was happening. As much as I really wanted to connect with Eric and the other characters, I feel as though that my lack of knowledge on them due to not reading any of the other books really effected that and the only link between me and them was the fact they were in the story, I was nowhere near feeling any emotion or connection between myself and them. I will hopefully be able to put time aside in the future to read the series from the start in hopes of gripping the larger picture and establishing some sort of understanding and connection with the book and characters.

For what I understood and managed to keep a hold on, I loved. The action really pleased me and the level of detail was really awesome. At points the amount of detail was annoying but for the most part its use really helped to get me immersed. At points the level of detail did end up actually pushing me from the book and I found myself unable to read the book for a few hours just because the detail felt overpowering, like the author had tried so hard to immerse the readers and create a believable setting that it just ended up being too much and became overwhelming, almost so detailed and needing to be gripping that you could tell it was a work of fiction, I'm trying to say that at points the level of detail it had stopped it being immersive, so detailed it was obviously nowhere near real.

I must keep it clear that this book is great for those who love Sci. I just really wished I had caught wind of the series a long time ago so I could have followed it all the way and gotten a real addiction to it. However it wasn't meant to be and I was drowning the moment I begun reading but I loved what I read for the most part and I wish Vanessa continued luck with the series. This is an earlier book in the Eric Olafson series, apparently coming right before the Eric Olafson: Captain Black Velvet book I reviewed earlier.

This is another delightful romp through space — again mostly in and on the edges of Freespace. Could use better editing though. In the beginning, Eric and his friends are still Midshipmen in the Union Navy, although they are nearing graduation. When he wakes up sometime later, he finds he has been kidnapped. He spends about the next third of the book escaping from that situation. Every time he escapes from one danger, he and in some cases, those helping him, encounter a new threat. Eric finally returns to a Union base at the edge of Freespace only to have it violently attacked by pirates while he is waiting to be reunited with his friends and receive his orders for his next assignment.

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When they finally arrive after the pirates are driven away, Eric and his friends are sent to an understaffed new base as a temporary assignment. Here they have little to do except extending their training for a while — until the base commander turns out to be a traitor. Once the cadets have taken care of him and his pirate co-conspirators, the commanders of the fleet show up, declare them graduated, and give them their own spaceship on a temporary basis, of course.

They are given the mission of impersonating pirates and immediately set out on further adventures. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book. Mar 15, Lilly Charysma rated it really liked it. I have wanted to read a book by Vanessa Ravencroft since some time now. So I was lucky enough to be considered as a reviewer for this great story. Imagine how happy I was when I saw her name The story is very very complex.

It has a lot of characters, it has a very well developed universe. I absolutely loved how detailed it was, even in the most unimportant facts.

I can easily state that the praise that our author has received is well deserved. I believe this is what actually makes this book fab I have wanted to read a book by Vanessa Ravencroft since some time now. I believe this is what actually makes this book fabulous. There are a lot of different species and the way they were introduced in the story, gave this natural feel.

I loved that too. The plot is as well quite enjoyable. I must say this is a generous book, as it has quite a number of pages. But at any time I did not feel bored or tired. It kept me in there until the end. It starts with Our main character, struggling to understand who wanted him so bad as to stage his death. Trivia The crow had a larger role in the novels. In particular, in The Awakening , before Elena and Damon meet she only sees a " large crow ". In the original series, Damon can be transformed into a crow and a black dog.

Katherine is the only one who can control the fog and cause side effects physical-mental paralysis but in the TV series, Damon controls a crow and the fog. Damon's power to control the crow and the fog are no longer used in the show, because it was considered too supernatural.

Crow actor names are: Lee in Pilot and Elijah 2 , 3 , 4 and 5th episode. What is interesting is that the characters with both names would appear later in the series. Lee in " Bloodlines " and Elijah in " Rose Episode ". The Crow re-appears in in a flashback sequence. Gallery Add an image.