by Sherrill Nilson

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Karda––the newly illustrated first book in the fantasy/sci-fi series Adalta with technophobic humans on a living planet, majestic hawk-headed flying horses, a power struggle between brothers, and a plucky female hero who must learn to tap into powers she never knew she had––powers that scare her––to save the place and the people she comes to love.

Marta, a sword-swinging girl who rides an incredible flying hawk-headed horse meets Altan, the arrogant young aristocrat in a high-tech-space-girl meets elemental-magic-wielder on a lost planet colonized centuries before by refugees from Earth.

Secretly sent to the planet Adalta to assess its resources and trade potential, Marta knows her job. And she knows she can't get attached––she's not staying.

Then she meets her Karda, the wondrous flying creature she grows to love. And Altan, the arrogant aristocrat with strange elemental powers.

It can't be magic, can it?

When Altan rescues her from a blood magician's murder attempt, suddenly he and Marta can speak telepathically.

It can't be magic, can it?

However hard she fights it, and however often she repeats her mantra, "Don't get attached," she does.

Forced to be together they face bandits, treachery, revolt, blood-sex-and-death magic––and their growing relationship.

Then Marta is captured by the blood magician. Will Altan rescue her? Or will she rescue herself?

Author Sherrill Nilson used to raise horses.
Now she writes about flying horses.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161873786
Publisher: Sherrill Nilson
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Series: Adalta , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 558,043
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Sherrill Nilson is a diligent dilettante with many and varied interests. She raised children, race horses, cows, ducks, and peacocks on a farm in Eastern Oklahoma at the edge of the Ozarks, then went back to school for her PhD. She now devotes herself to the fun and agony of writing full time.
She used to raise horses, now she writes about flying horses. Karda is her first novel. The second volume in the Adalta series is Hunter, and the third, Falling, is not far behind.
Her flight path took her all over the Southwest until she finally landed back in Tulsa where she started.
The oldest of seven kids, don't ask to drive. Her sister and one brother are both prize winning writers.
She has no cat nor dog nor fish, but she does have an old Volvo convertible. She loves to ride around with wind in her hair It's how she gets her vitamin D.
You can reach her at sherrill., Facebook/SLNilson, Instagram @sherrill.nilson
She'd like to hear from you.

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Karda 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Juliapicks1 7 months ago
Nilson does an astonishing job of creating villains and the psychological twists are as horrific as they are surprising. The main character, Marta, is easy to connect with, completely believable and you can not help wanting bad things to happen to her employer. This story is geared for Young Adults but the complexity of the psychological play between characters, the well-developed villains and the environment of the planet makes this a fascinating read for any adult as well.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Karda by Sherrill Nilson is the first book in the Adalta series. Sent on a mission to Adalta, Marta is drawn into a world of wonder and magical flying creatures called the Karda. She's taken in by warriors known as the Mi'hiru where she forms a telepathic bond with a Karda named Sidhari. The bond is unlike anything she's felt before. After an attack, she discovers someone wants her dead but she doesn't know who would have the motive. She's saved by the handsome and mysterious Altan whom she seems to clash with until everything changes and she starts hearing him in her head. It's clear whoever is behind the attack isn't done trying to kill her. As her relationship with Altan grows, Marta goes undercover to investigate the disappearance of several girls and the mysterious deaths of multiple Karda, but the answers she uncovers may be more than she can handle alone. Marta is a strong-willed woman who is brazen and fierce. She has this bravery about her that makes her a hero from the very start when she's sent on a mission to another planet. She's a perfect fit in this group of amazing warriors as a woman who is skilled in self-defense and highly intelligent. Marta and Altan get off to a tense start in their relationship as they clash and banter but over the course of the story, they quickly develop a bond which leads to a romance. Their scenes are often sweet and humorous, filled with banter and a genuine progression to love. The romance isn't without some drama as Altan is set up for a political match and Marta isn't the ideal wife for him, but the bond between them makes matters complicated and something they're willing to fight for. They both let their walls down and open up to each other in a way that makes you root for their relationship to succeed. Sherrill Nilson weaves a mystery into the plot starting with someone wanting Marta dead which ties to the deaths of Karda and missing girls. The mystery unfolds in unexpected ways, taking a darker turn with every twist. The bad guy is jealous and full of hate, using twisted magic to garner power and trying to prove he's better than his brother. Nilson doesn't shy away from darker elements which give the story a grittier feeling at times but it never gets too dark. As she handles this mystery, Marta also is discovering her place and, in doing so, finds where she belongs. Nilson blends various elements of science fiction, magic, action, and romance together for an unforgettable adventure. Karda is a story full of action-packed mystery and romance you won't want to put down until it's over with the end leaving you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this one down. Mixes fantasy with Space Age Technology which was not allowed on that planet. Of course the power struggle politics and love story involved.
Sunny94804 More than 1 year ago
Great read. Compelling characters and fresh storylines. Can’t wait for the sequel!