The Chronicles of Mharc Volume 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
393 Pages
Reviewed on 09/04/2017
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Author Biography

I have been an avid reader/writer since I was quite young. Life (as it often does) got in the way of pursing my career as an author, but now that I have the time and focus, I find that I still love to write as much (or more) than ever! In books, magazines, movies and TV shows, I have always gravitated to Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Space Operas, so that is where I naturally aim my books. I am SO grateful to those of you who read my work and inspire me to write more. In my busy house full of pets, children and grandchildren, my life now adds to my writing instead of preventing it! Fortunate, fortunate me!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Revolution by T.L. McDonald is a riveting sci-fi thriller! The First Citizens of Nihili breed Gamers, toys for their entertainment. Tsaurine is an elite Gamer, the best of the best, virtually unstoppable. Tsaurine’s children are exceptional fighters, legendary Gamers. They are trained by Macelt, a genetically engineered experiment of the First Citizens. Macelt is a gifted instructor; he pushes hard, honing and shaping the skills of his trainees. The time has come for Mharc, the youngest of Tsaurine's children, to begin her training. At seventeen, she is stubborn and impulsive, yet stern and serious about her training. She is a non-conformist, who hates the First Citizens and all who are loyal to them. Tsaurine believes Mharc is the hope for their future, if she doesn’t self-destruct first! Tsaurine and his wife, Hyatt, dream of a future where their children will be free, no longer slaves to the First Citizens. However, all past rebellions have failed. Tsaurine and his co-conspirators patiently strategize and carefully plan until the fateful day arrives. Failure is not an option, they must succeed. This is no longer a game, but a battle for life!

A good book captivates, a great book draws the reader into the story, making them a part of it. Revolution is a great book! McDonald is a brilliant wordsmith. She pens eloquent and profound descriptions and the characterization is extraordinary! The characters are animated, larger than life, yet living beings with hearts, souls and unquenchable faith. As a reader, whether they are friend or foe, you are drawn into their lives, sensing their victories and their pain. The young and conflicted heroine transforms from an explosive teenager into an honorable leader. Although the narrative revolves around the protagonist, the supporting cast has a unique role in shaping her character. The father, the mother, the brother, the lover; all are essential, and have stories within the story. The devotion to family and to a cause is the foundation of the story. The rising action builds, preparing readers for that long awaited climactic moment. Afterwards, the denouement grips you in the reality of what happens after the crisis is past - you cannot undo what has been done. All you can do is live to fight another day. The war has begun; I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

For the Tsaurine family, planning for the revolution is all that they have ever known. It’s what they have been trained for since birth, though that training has been masked as training for the Games, the very thing each of them seeks to break away from. Beloved by much of the population, the entire family is made of fierce competitors for the Games, that no one wants to come up against, or bet against. But their fight in the Games is not by their own choosing, and being slaves is not something they want for the rest of their lives. But will the revolution they have worked and trained so hard for even be possible? Or are they all destined for culling? It’s a question that can only be answered in Revolution: The Chronicles of Mharc Volume 1 by T.L. McDonald.

This book was intriguing, bringing you into a struggle that was powerful and strong by characters that you want to see succeed. You felt as though you really knew their story and what they were going through, but more than that, you got to see them develop and change and that was definitely an important part of bringing you in. This book is full of just the right mix of romance alongside a whole lot of action and adventure. It’s a great book for a thrill seeker and it’s something that you’re going to want to check out for yourself. I know that I will be looking for the second book to come after Revolution by T.L. McDonald.