Sleepers: The Swarm Trilogy, Book 1 [NOOK Book]

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An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ...

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Sleepers: The Swarm Trilogy, Book 1

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Overview

An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940033144778
  • Publisher: Megg Jensen
  • Publication date: 7/21/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,869
  • File size: 313 KB

Meet the Author

Megg Jensen has been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. She co-runs DarkSide Publishing, is a member of SCBWI, and blogs about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids, and their miniature schnauzer, Ace.
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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    So you open the book, and what’s on page 1? An execution!

    So you open the book, and what’s on page 1? An execution! What a way to grab attention. The book is well paced, so your attention is always kept front and center. The fantasy world is neat with a mystery surrounding the peoples and their histories that is kept alive until the final pages.

    In addition to the mystery, we’re also provided with an age old favorite – the love triangle. Lianne is torn between the boy she’s always been best friends with, Bryden, and the boy she’s always had a crush on that’s finally taken notice of her, Kellan. This has no bearing on the story, but I was personally team Bryden from the get-go, just sayin’. She struggles with this throughout the major conflict, and it gets her into further trouble.

    Now, lately I’ve been getting pretty tired of love triangles, but this one is actually done in such a way that I only wanted to smack Lianne a couple times, so that’s a plus! However, there were other times that I felt she was seriously niave, but then had to remind myself that at the age of 16, answers can be staring you in the face and you would still not see them…because teenagers are young, blind, and stupid. Just because the world is such that 16 is older than it would be in our world, doesn’t mean that doesn’t apply. Alas, regardless of age, I still felt invested in the outcomes for all the characters!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

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    I read this book in two days! It's amazing to me how different t

    I read this book in two days! It's amazing to me how different two books with similar themes can be. The last two books I've read - this one and the last one - have been about young women who were warriors and on a journey to return to their homes. Of course they both had love to deal with - should she love this one or that one? But this book, Sleepers, handled the story so much better. The action sped along with twists and turns everywhere. The setting seemed to be medieval, which I love, and the characters - Lianne, Bryden and Kellan - seemed to have the coloring of the Irish, which I also love. I know it's a fantasy, but I seemed to connect with the story and it seemed "believable". And there was love and physical attraction, but no explicit sex. I liked the way Bryden could calm the fires inside Lianne. She was a true heroine and always wanted to do the right thing. It may seem strange to some people, but I liked the way the entire story took place in what seemed to me to be a relatively small space - the castle, the river, the surrounding land - one area. No crossing mountains and forging rivers to a distant land. There are things I wonder about concerning the Dalagans and the Fithians that hopefully will be explained in the books to come. Good job, Megg Jensen! I loved your book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Horrible

    Its a bunch of first chapters from multiple books that finally all end up together and was WAY to hard to follow. Lost interest amd gave up... horrible!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Fantastic!

    Once again, Megg Jensen reeled me in from the very beginning. Lianne is one of three Dalgans living among the Fithians. She is one of the handmaidens for the Fithian queen, who is her best friend. I quickly grew attached to Mags (Lianne's nickname for the queen). I was amazed at everything she went through, even being the queen.

    In the beginning, I found myself loving Kellan, her Dalagan boyfriend, as much as she did. Once Bryden, the other Dalagan boy living in the Fithian kingdom, began speaking to her again, I was shocked at my reaction. Surely this boy was better than Kellan-she had to pick him!

    Lianne's discovery and subsequent reaction to the magic was fantastic. All her life, she had been told that her people no longer had magic. On her sixteenth birthday, she discovered that it was untrue-and that someone had known for many years and hadn't told her.

    The twists and turns of Sleepers will have you page-turning frantically-I couldn't put it down! The ending was completely unexpected. I'm anxiously awaiting book two!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Loved it

    Loved the twist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Loved it

    I read the whole thing in 3 hours and cant wait to read the next in the series

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    3-5 stars I was really hoping this series would have many of the

    3-5 stars
    I was really hoping this series would have many of the same characters from the Cloud Prophet, but we get a whole new set of characters in this series. Once I got over my disappointment, I did really like Lianne and Bryden. Lianne is a strong heroine, and I love this about her. She does need to make up her mind and quit flip flopping between boys, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    good twist, good character development

    This is an interesting story with a great twist. The characters in this book are developed far better than in other teen fiction books. Yes there is a love triangle, but nowadays they are run-of-the-mill. The story is worth getting into.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Not great.

    Waste of my time but maybe good enough for children. Main character was annoying and not much depth to other characters. Not enough here to pique my interest to read sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Okay

    Okay story but only d last chapters. Took too long to get to d point almost didn't finish.

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

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    A 5 Star Fantasy!

    Sleepers is SO GOOD, a definite five star!!! I was hooked from the start and found myself reading late into the night. Megg just has a way with drawing you into a story, she is an amazing writer.

    Lianne is an adoptee living in part of a realm separate from her people after a war between the two. She and two others were sent here when they were babies to live until they turn a certain age. She is content with being the handmaid to the queen, who is secretly her best friend.

    When three men from Lianne's part of the realm show up to speak to Lianne I started wondering what was going on. But they never get a chance to speak to her because they are caught and ordered by the king to be killed. I thought wow this king is ruthless but this is only the beginning.

    Things start to spiral out of control. Lianne's birthday arrives and she is "awakened". She has a burning rage inside her that she can't control. She has been secretly learning to fight for years now and is caught in a love triangle with two guys. For most of the story I was trying to figure out who to trust and who not to. There are a lot of twists and turns that will leave you wondering and wanting more. I would love to say well this happened and oh my gosh this but yeah I'm not going to spoil it for you. The entire book was awesome but the last part was wow for me. I did not see any of that happening. This is a must read! Excited to continue with this trilogy.

    This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    HAVE YOU GUYS READ ANATHEMA?

    IT IS SO FRICKIN GREAT!!!!!AND IM 12 AND I LIKE IT!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Shopper

    I HATE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK WAS SOO HARD TO FOLLOW.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Ages

    What ages would yu recommend this fr?

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    I love Megg Jensen's story telling it's gripping and layers of i

    I love Megg Jensen's story telling it's gripping and layers of interesting characters and stories of interweaving ideas. When Lianne begins to not trust everything that she knew before. Her world turns upside down and she has very little time to try to save what she knows is true. Her friendship with Mags and the infant that the king has ordered to die.

    It's a non stop kind of story which I love. Ms. Jensen is always able to catch me off guard with her twists that I never see coming. Her books are somewhat shorter than most but there is so much content that it leaves you with a feeling as if swept up in an adventure.

    Lies, secrets, magic, death and battles. (Don't forget the sexy guys!) It's all packed into one great story. I think that this first book in the Swarm Trilogy really starts of with a bang and I loved every minute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Love anything by Megg Jensen

    I loved this story so much! Anything written by Megg Jensen rocks! I will definitely recomend these books to all of my book loving friends : )

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    Reviewed by Laura Carter for Readers Favorite Lianne was one of

    Reviewed by Laura Carter for Readers Favorite

    Lianne was one of three babies given by her defeated homeland to the land of Fithia as a peace offering after a great war. All her life she has been raised to believe that her homeland is magic less, defeated and weak, until her 16th birthday when a spell placed on Lianne as a baby ends and she discovers that much she had believed to be the truth is actually a lie. With those supposed to guide her through her awakening dead, she must rely on fellow adoptees Kellan and Bryden for the truth. When everyone has a hidden agenda how will Lianne decide who to trust? Will she follow her heart or will she allow herself to be led astray?

    I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. At first "Sleepers" seems like a traditional, predictable fantasy book but there are many surprises that make it far from predictable. I loved the element of mystery in this book and the twists in the plot kept me guessing throughout. I liked the characters, especially Lianne and Bryden and can’t wait to see them developed further in the rest of the series. This book just kept on getting better and better as I got further through it and the end was simply amazing, an action packed roller coaster of surprises and excitement. I can’t wait for the second book in this fantastic new trilogy and I will be very eagerly awaiting its release.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    A fantastic trip to another world

    I didn’t take many notes on this book, because I could barely put it down! It was a superb read, and I can’t wait to read Book Two!

    Lianne is a handmaiden to the queen of Fithia, Mags. But Mags is also a friend, one of the few that Lianne really has. Of course there’s her boyfriend, Kellan, and the other adoptee into Fithia, Bryden. But that’s about it. She’s never really been a part of the society she lived in from the time she was a baby, and never knowing her own homeland, she was almost alone her entire life.

    Then on the morning of her sixteenth birthday Lianne wakes up angry. It’s not just a passing mood; it’s a rage at what’s been done to her, Kellan, and Bryden since they were adopted into Fithia as part of a treaty at the end of the war between the Dalagans and the Fithians.

    Kellan is dark and sexy, the “bad boy” young girls dream about. He makes Lianne feel alive and ready to live, ready to fight. And then there is Bryden, the third adoptee. He was injured as a boy and has a permanent limp. He’s book smart, not so much the fighter that Lianne and Kellan are. Odd man out, you’d think. That is, until Lianne wakes up angry. Bryden is the boy who brings her to calmness and serenity. Maybe not what she wants at the moment, but what she needs, right?

    I really loved this love triangle. It was hard to tell who to trust at different points in the story. In the tug of war over Lianne’s heart, I often felt myself switching sides between Bryden and Kellan. Lead with your heart, or lead with your head?

    When Lianne goes through her “awakening” and she wakes up knowing the secrets that have been hidden from her for her entire life regarding the war between the two sets of people. I thought this was a very unique plot twist that I haven’t seen yet…children under a magical spell until their sixteenth birthday. Brilliant idea, in my opinion.

    Lianne is getting different information from almost every place she turns to for answers. I was right there with her, trying to figure out whom to trust and who not to. It seems no one really knows what the real answer is. Her whole life has been a secret and a lie.

    When the truth finally comes out it is explosive! There is nonstop action, and I actually felt joy at the impending war that was certain to come next. I know, that sounds bad, right? But it meant freedom for the adopted kids who really never knew family, never knew their history, their people.

    But wait! The secrets aren’t over, oh no, not by a long shot. And when things are brought to light, and Lianne discovers that what you think is good is not always good, and what you thought was bad was not entirely wrong… well, it rocks her world and everything she believed. The plot twists in this story will definitely keep you reading and waiting anxiously to find out what happens next. As for me, I’m happily waiting until June of this year for book two, Afterlife.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Good read

    Verry original story line. Very nicely written. The only thing i didnt care for was the wishy washyness of the guys. I love this one no i love this one no i love this one... it was said too much. But good none the less. Would recomend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Great book

    I read this book in one day without putting it down!!!!!

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