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The Truth Beyond the Sky is the first book in the Epic of Aravinda series This can be read as a standalone There is violence This was an interesting start to the series It starts off slow but picks up as you get farther into the book. Zahn sets out on a quest through time and space that he hopes will solve the mystery of his mother s disappearance.This is a great original scifi story with a well thought out universe During the course of the book, the travelers find themselves visiting different worlds and encountering strange new beings There was never a moment where I suspected any race was copied from other scifi such as Romulans, Klingons Everyone seemed to be original and fresh, and I truly appreciated that in this story.I was immediately drawn in by the vivid descriptions at the beginning of the story The author has a knack for fully immersing a reader into the hero s plight, and I felt like I was hurtling through corridors of light alongside Zahn There is some techno jargon that I had to just accept and move past, as I m not a student of physics Just like with Star Trek, I accept these moments and move on It does not get bogged down by this language, and I felt it added nicely to the scifi effect.Zahn is your typical young guy who desperately wants to help He was a little easily convinced to travel alongside an unkown alien, just as one might expect from a headstrong young man His father made sense in his worry and questioning, but he was unable to make his son see reason I felt both characters were very realistic in this sense My only complaint is that Zahn had to be attracted to the female Asha once she comes aboard ship Can t a male and female work together without falling in love I get tired of the same old thing happening between major characters.Oonak had to be my favorite character His first appearance was almost comical and brought a smile to my face Though he doesn t quote logic, his mannerisms and way of speaking reminded me of a Vulcan That s probably why I liked him so much, but he is an original and not a copy of Spock I also enjoyed that he drove his sentient ship through the power of his mind.All in all, this is a great scifi adventure story It has new worlds to explore, and it does not feel in any way that it copies from other major scifi franchises Star Trek, Star Wars This story is new and exciting and I enjoyed the escape from my own world while reading it.I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Epic sci fi adventure engaging and emotional Very moving and riveting story One of my top ten new reads I read ten a week I actually read this book several years ago and kind of forgot about it until I realized that books in the same series had come out After reading the second one and then reviewing this one I am pleased to say that I think reading them was definitely worth my time This the first book was good, and I think that the second book was even better There were moments when the characters felt less than real, but overall I felt like it was both an engaging and creative take on the universe of science fiction Science Fiction is no longer a new genre of literature that is waiting for the world to notice it However, I think that this book series and its author are I look forward to reading the last one. I obtained a copy of The Truth Beyond the Sky from its author This review contains light spoilers.The Truth Beyond the Sky by Andrew M Crusoe is a mythic science fiction epic heavily influenced by its author s Hawaiian environment and elements of Vedic tradition It s a multi layered story that not only draws from mythology itself, but has a mythic quality to its telling without resorting to archaic prose.The Truth Beyond the Sky is, on the surface, the tale of Zahn, a young man in search of his mother He is very much an outsider among his people while remaining very much a part of the land of his homeworld, comfortable in isolation atop the mountain than at lunch with his peers His experience follows the Hero s Journey template strongly, and obtains a mythic resonance as a result.Crusoe manages to construct a wholly un Earthlike setting for his characters that he manages to showcase to the reader in such a way that they don t feel lost His descriptions are at once both informative and evocative he does a good job of showing, rather than telling Importantly, unlike many independent authors, his manuscript is well edited and easy to read without any jars to knock you out of the narrative.Any flaws within The Truth Beyond the Sky are minor enough that, after finishing, none of them come readily to mind There is perhaps a small bit of needless repetition where we re shown the same elements several times, weakening their impact rather than strengthening it, but this is minor and doesn t mar the reading experience.Overall The Truth Beyond the Sky is a swift and compelling read It s fun, and I recommend it if you enjoy science fiction epics. I ve been mulling over my feelings about The Truth Beyond the Sky for a few days now It s been quite a while since the last time I read a science fiction epic It took me a bit to get back into the groove Following stories like these is never easy at first but, once you are fully immersed, they have the power to drag you away into their worlds That was true in this instance as well Once I was really into the story, it was tough to look away.What s really interesting about this book is how multi layered it is At its base, this is a book about a boy who is in search of his mother However it s so much than that Zahn s story manages to pull from the world around us, while also incorporating elements of mythology and hero epics This is a coming of age story of the highest caliber The Zahn we meet at the beginning is much different from the one we find at the end.My biggest issue with this story, and the reason I was so unsure about my rating, is that Zahn s characterization wasn t always my favorite I completely understood the need to make him seem young and unformed, especially since he was only beginning his journey Still, I can t deny that he was very tough for me to fall into step with at first I m glad I stuck with him I just want readers to know that he truly does grow.On the flip side, the world building in this book is gorgeous Andrew Crusoe has managed to create a beautiful setting for his characters that he allows them their adventures I was truly impressed at the writing style in The Truth Beyond the Sky The descriptions are informative, without being overbearing The writing allows the reader to see the world being build around them It s an easy, flowing story that is honestly a pleasure to read.So, despite any qualms I may have had, this did ultimately end up being a book I enjoyed Many thanks to Andrew Crusoe for reminding me why I have loved science fiction for so very long There s something about being lost in another world that is without compare I hope you ll enjoy being lost in Zahn s world as much as I did. I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I would listen to any audiobook that Jeff Hays has narrated in the past or will narrate in the future He either used technology to help with the various voices or he is absolutely amazing at voices, even the female voices sounded like actual people and not caricatures like so often happens with opposite gender voices I seriously cannot say enough good things about the narration for this book I believe this book is targeted to slightly younger than me science fiction fans, so it skips over detailed descriptions of exactly how the technology works, which I appreciate Although some people will likely argue that the way that is done is a copout, I liked it and felt that it made perfect sense for the story, and it kept the story from feeling bogged down by descriptions that would likely have bored me to tears I felt like the story moved along at a fairly fast pace, but it didn t feel unrealistically fast if that makes any sense There was quite a bit of action, but a fair amount of down time too, so it didn t feel like the characters were just being bombarded with one thing after another I guess I could say it was well balanced Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and the narration 7 out of 5 stars because it was that good I definitely recommend this book to sci fi fans and if you have any interest in audiobooks at all, spring for the audio You won t regret it.Reviewed on Just Another Girl and Her Books bloghttp www.justanothergirlandherbooks I wanted to like this book It s not a bad book, I just found I couldn t connect with the characters I felt like I knew nothing about them for too long and it made it impossible for me to care about them or their story. This book was AWESOME It was AWESOME AWESOME Ok, now that I got that out.let me tell you why.This book embodied the wonder of space and yet inspired a connectedness to the cosmos that all of us should feel After all, we are all made of star dust The Truth Beyond the Sky is aptly named Aren t we all searching for the truth of what s out there Whether it be a personal truth or a truth of origin My heart went out to Zahn I couldn t imagine the terror a small child must feel whilst watching his beloved mother lifted away and disappear The hole that type of uncertainty can leave is undeniable The character development was so well done with Zahn Honestly, it was well done with all the characters The descriptions of space travel and the different planets was mesmerizing I found myself able to make clear images of these places in my head It was fascinating Space is such a place of wonder for me already I wish I could jump on a ship and see what s out there for myself.Some elements I really enjoyed were the descriptions of the different technologies Especially Navika the ship I really liked that the ship had it s own awareness and was alive It brought a very interesting aspect to the story Especially since our tech is becoming and a part of our lives It brings an interesting side to the AI moral debate After all, is something a machine or a person at that point I have found with Sci fi novels it can go one of two ways They are either amazing or horrible This book had all the elements you need for it to be successful It had just enough explanation of the tech that it felt believable instead of ridiculously impossible It brought in actual aspects of science and used them in believable and possible ways Who hasn t wondered about wormholes The characters were humanoid and therefore relatable At the same time, there are creature descriptions that are not humanoid but are so well done they ignite curiosity. ^Download Pdf ⇪ The Truth Beyond the Sky (The Epic of Aravinda #1) ☠ Twelve Years After His Mother S Disappearance, Zahn Makes His Annual Hike Up To Zikhara Peak To Sleep Above The Clouds Only To Be Awoken By A Monstrous RoarHe Watches As An Extraordinary Object Thunders Down From The Sky And Impacts Onto The Silvery Beach Below, Changing The Course Of His Young Life Forever What He Recovers Is Than A Mere Meteorite, And Zahn Is Swept Up Into An Adventure To The Galactic Core, Encountering A Stunning Pilot, Th Density Creatures Of Light, And An Ancient Chthonic Evil, Bent On Consuming Every Star In The Galaxy By Tearing The Fabric Of Spacetime Itself Only The Tulari, A Stone That Can Heal These Fissures, Offers Any Hope Unfortunately, It S Been Missing For Aeons