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by Raymond Bolton

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How does a world equipped with bows, arrows and catapults, where steam power is just beginning to replace horses and sailing ships, avert a conquest from beyond the stars? Prince Regilius has been engineered to combat the Dalthin, a predatory alien species that enslaves worlds telepathically, and to do so he must unite his people. But when his mother murders his


How does a world equipped with bows, arrows and catapults, where steam power is just beginning to replace horses and sailing ships, avert a conquest from beyond the stars? Prince Regilius has been engineered to combat the Dalthin, a predatory alien species that enslaves worlds telepathically, and to do so he must unite his people. But when his mother murders his father, the land descends into chaos and his task may prove impossible. Faced with slaying the one who gave him life in order to protect his world, he seeks a better way. Set in a vast and varied land where telepaths and those with unusual mental abilities tip the course of events, Awakening goes to the heart of family, friendship and betrayal.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“In AWAKENING Raymond Bolton presents us with an intricate

and interesting problem, characters you care for, aliens who

-are- alien, and a carefully-thought-out future.”

~ Mike Resnick

“Raymond Bolton’s genre shattering Awakening is a skillfully woven hybrid of science fiction and fantasy that brings cultural conflict to a whole new, thoroughly believable level that goes straight to the heart of what really matters.”

~ Matthew J. Pallamary – author of Land Without Evil and Spirit Matters.

“Bolton navigates through the plot lines and the mixed genres (Science Fiction but not exactly, Fantasy but not entirely, Paranormal but not completely) with the clear gesture of the conductor of a large orchestra. A new voice and author who is bound to grow a faithful readership.”

~ Massimo Marino, international award-winning author of The Daimones Trilogy

“it’s a grand debut. An ambitious and well considered SF crossover [that] breathes originality into the genre”

- BookViral.com

Publishers Weekly
An intriguing premise—what if people living in a quasi-medieval society had to fight telepathic aliens?—is largely ignored in this debut novel, formerly self-published as part of a series. Prince Regelius Tonopath becomes aware of the alien threat when a disguised alien tries to kill him just as his own telepathic powers come to life. Fortunately, his teacher, Ai’Lore, is on hand to explain how humans on this world have had their evolution manipulated for their own good by benevolent humanoid aliens, while the evil Dalthin have been trying to breed humans as livestock for food. From there, the book forgets about the technological incongruity as the action races through a series of predictable but well-described chases and intrigues. Unfortunately, the writing is somewhat stiff and all the characters sound alike, a particular drawback in conversations. There’s enough promise here to suggest that Bolton may be worth checking on again a few novels from now. (May)

Product Details

WordFire Press LLC
Publication date:
Ydron Saga , #1
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Bolton lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, Toni, and their two cats, Georgie & Sophia. He says this about his life:
"I am of the persuasion life is too short to squander. I enjoy fine food, so I have learned to cook. I am endlessly curious about the world around me, so I read and I travel. I like people-who else is there?-so I talk and listen and try to understand what I hear. Over the years I've driven trucks, been an FM disk jockey, produced concerts, served as a mainsail trimmer on racing yachts, piloted gliders, written software, worked as a hair stylist and owned and operated my own business-all with varying degrees of success, but all have imparted a wealth of experience and taught great lessons. In the course of these doings I have had the privilege of meeting very accomplished individuals in the areas of music, movies, sports, technology, industry, finance and politics. Ultimately, all of this background comes together, struggles to find coherence and emerge in my work."
His goal is to craft gripping stories about the human condition, whether they are set here or another world. He has written award-winning poetry and four novels. Awakening, an epic, was released in January, 2014, and Thought Gazer, an adventure and first volume of a prequel trilogy, was released on January 1, 2015. The third in the series, Foretellers, came out on March 1 , 2016. Triad, the saga's concluding volume, was released on January 1, 2017.
Awakening was recently translated into Spanish and was released as El despertar - La saga de Ydron on July 1, 2015. Amazon has already listed El despertar as the Number One New Release in Ciencia Ficción.Amazon has already listed El despertar as the Number One New Release in Ciencia Ficción. Triad, the saga's concluding volume, was released on January 1, 2017.

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Awakening 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 537 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally fell in love with this book!!! I am a huge Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy fan and this was a perfect combo of the two. It starts off with just enough romance and intrigue to make me fall for these characters right away, but then I enjoyed how the elements of mystery began to unfold as the book went along. I don't think I could ever get enough Athen! I am attached!! It set me up for wanting more. Awesome start to this trilogy and am definitely getting the second one. She knows how to make you come back for seconds...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best book I've read in quite some time! Definitely a series to continue reading!
Book_Attachment More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this trilogy by a friend and am so glad I listened to her! The imagery and descriptives used in this author's writing are so beautiful that I immediately get thrown in this world she has created. The story is still centered in reality, which I am drawn to. The love story is very tender and makes more and more sense as the story unfolds. There was a brief spot where it slowed down (mainly because the scenes were written in detail) but then there would be intrigue thrown in there again. The romance and memory loss that is slowly unfolded is an amazing take on angels. I have only read a handful of Fallen Angel Stories (tend to gravitate towards vampires and witches), but this one went to the top for me because of the connection I felt with Ana and Athen's love story and the ending... Wow...
Booksnsuch1 More than 1 year ago
This book was heavily into the paranormal romance side of the Urban Fantasy, which was wonderful. I got lost in the idea of the love between the two main characters and it set it up nicely for book two. Not to give anything away, but I have a feeling that that things are really going to build up. I felt as if this book was to hook you into with the characters and the love between them, while gearing up for something big in the next two installments... or at least that is my hope. Also, loved the background and take on the Fallen Angel concept that the author ran with. Great way to spend an afternoon reading. Would highly recommend it for anyone who loves to think about love and romance and everything good that comes with it, with a surprise twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awakening was a great introduction to the trilogy. Ana and Athen's romance is off the charts. It brings loving someone forever to a whole new level. Arie and Cyril's free spirit give some balance to the book and Matilda is great. The ending left me wanting more. I liked the concept of memory loss and and fallen angels/demons good and bad that were brought into the story. I don't know if I could ever get enough of Athen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am on book 2 and love it! I love the characters, and story line. I feel their anxiety, their affection, there confusion. I really love this author and series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this novel and read it really quickly. I would recommend it to someone since it is interesting. Just be warned that it seems a little bit like teen fiction at some parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing love story and intricate angel lore. Can't wait to read Legions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I loved every part of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on amazon for free and I loved it. The beginning was kinda stupid how they fell in luv in like 1 day but after that the story picks up and it was worth it, I cant wait to read part 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter read and loved Awakening. I thought I'd give it a try since the concept sounded interesting. I now can't wait until she is finished with Legions so that I can read it. I'm definitely hooked on the love story and Ana's character. She learns so much that is so unreal and handles herself incredibly. The love story between Ana and Athen (and Arie and Cyril really) is beyond otherworldly. I honestly can't get enough of the romance. Hoping my daughter finishes it soon or I might just buy it myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awakening is a great opening book for The Watchers Trilogy by Karice Bolton. I think this book has great mass appeal for both the young and the young at heart. The book was very descriptive, which helped you get your imagination going at top speed. I can tell that this books job was to really help readers build a relationship with the characters and their relationships with each other. I enjoyed reading about the electricity of love between Athen and Ana, along with the quirkiness of Arie and Cyril to lighten up some of the content in the book. I’m not going to get into every detail of this book because you need to read it to understand and love the story! I am a person who doesn’t get a lot of time to read, but when I find a book that keeps me reading, I have to spread the word. . Overall I felt it was a great read and I just picked up Legion and can’t wait to see what happens!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paranormal Romance done right! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Ana is someone that many, self included, can relate to and her complete awe over Athen is really cute. I totally get it. Athen is loyal, loving, and hot and hers before she even knew it. The unfolding of the events surrounding Ana's infatuation is so clever and an intriguing take on love at first sight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awakening is the best kind of romance. It left me wanting more. Athen is a dream boyfriend and then to find out he's far more than a boyfriend, but that their love has been for all time. I couldn't get enough. It was beautifully written and the descriptions made the book come alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awakening was an incredibly uplifting book. It was filled with love and romance that I ate up on every page. Ana's character grows substantially as she begins to realize her role in the immortal world and I can't wait for legions to see how she continues. The ending was incredible! This book left me feeling really good about love and life. It's a happy and innocent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and quick read. It left me wanting to explore much more of the romance and adventures between Ana and Athen. The author has a wonderful ability to describe settings to a perfection and provides great characters to fall for. Looking forward to the second book in the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creative and captivating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I'm not that far in, but I can see that the plot's very well thought out, pretty orriginal, and definitelt interesting. I will say though that the writing could have had better editing. It's grammatically sound, but it reads like simeone in high school wrote it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awakening follows Ana who can't really connect with her current life. She feels displaced and out of sorts compared to the people around her. All that changes when a new family rolls into town. Ana learns there is a reason that she hasn't quite felt 'normal'. The growing process was fascinating to me as Ana learned who she was and what was expected of her. At the same time the romance was being rebuilt between Ana and Athen. That was my favorite part of the story. I think the author does a fantastic job relaying the emotions of the characters, building a beautiful world, and creating characters that many can relate to. Falling in love is an exciting time and that was captured. I don't generally write reviews but was really impressed with this start to the trilogy and plan on reading the next ones this week.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read Legions. What an amazing emotional ride. Awakening was an incredible paranormal romance that I couldn't read fast enough. I'm hooked. Athen's character is so charming and hot. I'm so glad I found this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book! Awakening is set in a ski resort and I swear the snowflakes were almost coming off the page. The author did a great job of using imagery and building the story. The love and romance took most of the book, which was fine by me. I've started Legions and it seems like the action is already starting to build. I'm hoping the romance comes back into play a little more and judging by the last book in the trilogy I think it will. This is a great YA paranormal romance trilogy that even adults can enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was truly an enjoyable read.. characters are memorable And the story line is a nice change compared to others in the market.. I honestly couldnt put this one down..i could actually envision the going ons while reading.. looking forward to Legions..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the storyline and author's writing. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Legions is next on my list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good paranormal romance. Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Loved it! What an amazing story and it was beautifully written. The first part of the book introduced the players and in last part the activity started picking up. It didn't end stop on the last page. I read it one sitting and can't wait to start Legions. Highly recommend for paranormal romance lovers. Saw a few of the low ratings and I doubt they actually read the story.