Alien Chronicles by Deborah Chester
The first volume was, in fact, quite good, and I enjoyed it. The second volume and third...well, they had some elements that were decent. Overall, though, they unfortunately became a retelling of Spartacus with fur, and then a retelling of Exodus, complete with the requisite "Let my people go" scene.
I was quite disappointed in the direction it took, from new and wondrous to tired and cliche.
Submitted by Mike
Originally, I found this series as just an excerpt from book 2, that was at the end of a Star Wars book I literally found on the side of the road. Just that fraction of a chapter was incredible, and started me on my quest to find the three complete books. After a trip to Amazon, I finally got and read all three only recently. What can I say, but simply amazing. The entire series is so completely absorbing, that I could hardly find myself putting the books down for anything.
Set in the far-flung future, or perhaps a similar "Long Long Ago" as the Star Wars movies, we are led on a journey that follows the life of the Aaroun, Ampris, as she rises from abducted infant, innocent and unaware young pet of the Emperor's daughter, dissatisfied youth that becomes aware of the hardships and truths of slavery, participant in the brutalities created for the aristocracy's amusements, victim to the sadistic, struggling parent, free creature, and finally, leader and percieved champion of the oppressed. On every page, you will certainly find some instance of things you yourself might find or witness in our world as well, from simple pleasures to true hardships. This series was satisfying to read in a way that no other single book or series has been for me. While the level of detail doesn't quite reach the level of Tolkeinesque fanaticism, I did find that the words painted pictures in almost perfect detail, while leaving just a bit of room to use my imagination to complete the open margins.
This series should satisfy the readers from many genres, though likely would be enjoyed most by readers approaching highschool age and up. As in my experience, I would recommend picking up all three books at the same time, if possible. If I'd had to stop reading after the first book to wait for the second, or between the second and third, the wait would have been agonizing beyond belief.
At the end, I, like so many others, was left with tears in my eyes. Also though, I was left questioning whether Ampris truly achieved her goal or not. Yes, certain objectives were in fact met, yet the scale of completion seemed much too focused on the "Abiru" (slave races) of one planet, while those of countless other worlds were left to fend for themselves. I, for one, would certainly love to see this series continue to the full nine books that were originally planned, and perhaps have certain wrinkles that were left at the end of the third book ironed out. With the last book released a decade ago, however, that, quite unfortunately, seems very unlikely.
Submitted by Anonymous
Thank you Ms Chester! I've just completed reading this wonderful trilogy for the 3rd time. Again i cried my eyes out at the end.......I turn to this book whenever I feel like nothing is going right for myself or I need to find strength. Just reading about Ampris's hardships makes you feel better.
The discriptions in this book are so well done that long after you put the book down and suddenly remember a part in the story you feel as if you have seen it all with your own eyes.
I've read a few reviewers pointing out that that the story ends too quickly....... what!!!!! I have never read an more emotional ending. My bottom lip quivers as I begin reaching the climax then tears are rolling down my cheeks as I close the book.
I'm SO greatful for these books and I can't wait to visit all the discriptive places again!!
If you feel your life is difficult read these books!
Submitted by Chloe Refling
This is honestly the greatest trilogy I have ever read. The whole alien society is so well-developed that you actually get sucked into the series, and you feel like you yourself are living in the great palace of the Kaa, in the ghettos of Vir, or the horrifying Vess Vaas laboratory. The characters are so in-depth and real that the reader gets to know them on an almost personal level. This is the only literature I have ever read that had me sobbing my eyeballs out at the end. A must-read for anyone interested in class-warfare, science fiction, drama, or fantasy.
Submitted by Chris Guild
Where to start? Well how about this is the best series I've ever read? The story is just so captivating. I first read it when they came out and now I'm on my third time through, and I forgot most of it and now it seems new and intriging as the first time. Just Excellent. My only problem is, I don't know how many others like it, or how popular it is. Its just a great series..