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Set 20,000 years into our future, this high fantasy/hard science-fiction trilogy spins around Ticca, a young female mercenary out to prove her worth and Lebuin, a new wizard seeking powerful magics to become a master wizard.Ticca and Lebuin escaped the traps set for them in book one and became directly involved in the five thousand year conflict that spans the past and futSet 20,000 years into our future, this high fantasy/hard science-fiction trilogy spins around Ticca, a young female mercenary out to prove her worth and Lebuin, a new wizard seeking powerful magics to become a master wizard.Ticca and Lebuin escaped the traps set for them in book one and became directly involved in the five thousand year conflict that spans the past and future, being fought by nations, guilds, and gods. They thought they’d escaped notice, until the Nhia-Samri mercenary nation starts sending death squads after them. What they uncover shatters everyone’s understanding of reality.To survive Ticca and Lebuin must piece together the clues left by a dead time traveling mage and find a way to stop the shadowy Nhia-Samri mercenaries from destroying the alliance kingdoms. Events spiral out of control as they discover shocking truths about their attackers, themselves, and how time itself has been manipulated. Joined by unexpected allies, they must play the deadly games in a race for forbidden knowledge hoping to prevent the coming war.With legendary powers awakening, manipulated histories discovered, advanced technology escaping government efforts to suppress it, wizards magically altering reality, and gods annoyingly pushing people around without explaining a thing, Thread Strands is the exciting continuation of the Golden Threads Trilogy. Thread Strands is a 135,900-word epic fantasy/speculative sci-fi novel and the second book of a trilogy set in a distant future consisting of both high technology and magic....

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Thread Strands Reviews

  • Katie Thornton-K.
    2018-12-26 06:30

    After the cliffhanger of the first book, I immediately bought this one. It turned into a very well done mash-up of science fiction and fantasy, with characters I have come to really enjoy. Lebuin has especially grown on me. The book has some great twists to it, and it left me wanting more.

  • Daniel J. Weber
    2019-01-15 03:35

    Review originally posted at: fantasy of demi-gods and dragonflies. Yes, they have something in common… Thread Strands.Ticca and Lebuin are at it again. This time they are not searching for a missing mage, being chased by Knives, and casting enough magic to keep the dirt off their clothes – blame Lebuin for that last one – but instead are involved in… much more. To quote Leeland Arta himself “… the Gods and kingdoms find themselves preparing for war with the Nhia-Samri,” or at least that is some of what is happening. What else is going on in this book? What about that demi-god and dragonflies thing I mentioned? I suppose you will have to read the book to find out. (But for real, there are dragonflies, okay. I know it seems crazy, but just check out the cover art if you don’t believe me. Ooooo, pretty.)The Good:So, in case you couldn't figure out from my crazy antics above, the cover art is amazing. Don’t believe me, just look at it… oooooo. Okay, enough of that. Leeland Arta slaps on a beautiful cover and again includes those nice hand drawn graphics inside to wet your whistle for what is to come… but that is all formatting gimmicks and things that we should be applauding the artist for, not the author. So… plus plus to the cover artist.On the good about the actual writing… okay, on second thought… The glossary and numerous appendixes are a must mention once again. There is even more (I know, right) content in the back of this book than there was in Thread Slivers. You could almost read all the goodies in the back and make up a whole book of your own. Yes, it’s that intense. Arta really knows what he is doing when it comes to research and making the world fully developed.Finally, on to the writing goods. The action scenes are pretty amazing. The reader does not get bogged down in pages and pages of spelling out every single sword swipe, but there is just enough description to keep you invested while still moving along nicely. In short, well detailed, but not overloaded like those cheeseburgers with “the works” on them that sometimes you can’t even get into your mouth. In the longer, more involved, fight scenes, Art switches up the POV just enough to get a flavour of the battle from all sorts of angles and perspectives giving the scenes a well-rounded feel. This also helps to keep things moving, while building suspense with the characters that Arta just left bleeding out. Are they going to die, you ask? Too bad. You will have to wait to find out. POV change time! This not only keeps the action going and builds suspense, but adds more emotion to the scene as the reader gets into many characters heads throughout the action.Not to save the best for last, but this was the selling feature of the book for me. I absolutely fell in love with the history of the world and the mystery and tech involved in that. Arta gave us a taste in Thread Slivers, but Thread Strands definitely delivers. All of that glossary work finally begins to shine as the reader learns more about this well thought-out world that Arta has created. The presence of these reveals give Thread Strands a significantly different feel than book one. At times it almost takes on a Science Fiction flavour, which is quite unique in the midst of a militaristic epic fantasy novel. It’s like seeing a spaceship dropping aliens in the distance while Frodo makes the final climb to drop the One Ring to its fiery death… Okay, maybe not that drastic.The Bad:If you read my review of Thread Slivers, you may note that I rated it 3 stars, and this book only 2 stars. The biggest factor for this change is not that Arta's writing got worse with this sequel, but the bad parts of book one bled into book two, reducing its enjoyability. The ending of book one was poorly implemented, and this issue crosses into the first few chapters of Thread Strands. So many things are left hanging in the air that Arta has to spend a lot of time re-explaining what happened in book one to get the reader back up to speed. The tell vs. show model implemented for this purpose feels especially awkward because (in case you don’t recall) book one ended in the middle of a fight scene. This means that all of this dry explanation and re-telling is still happening in the middle of that same fight scene. This, unfortunately, slows the fight down to a crawl. Stab. Pause. By the way, in case you forgot… many paragraphs later… Slash. Parry. Oh, and do you remember this other thing that was happening? Dodge. Slice.Another major issue that this book suffers from is poor implementation of explanations. Character A says, “And as everyone knows… blah, blah, blah.” This again is a poor use of the tell vs. show model. Many times the characters stop to chat about the world they live in and what is going on, or has gone on in the past. This does get the reader up to speed, but it comes off rather dry and unrefined. Sometimes characters are thrown into the conversation at appropriate times to ask the questions that the reader wants to ask, thus making the writing feel a bit rough. This bleeds into the sometimes rather lengthy thought processes of the characters in Thread Strands.Why is Character A doing that? Thinks POV character. Oh, it must be because of this and that and the other thing. That makes perfect sense now!This model leaves no room for the reader to ponder for themselves what is going on. If the motivations of the characters were more refined, such thought patterns wouldn't be needed to explain certain elements.Some scenes seem to jump ahead, leaving the reader lost a bit, trying to figure out how the chapter previous leads into the chapter present. It makes the book feel unfocused and leaves the reader confused a lot of the time. It is hard to follow character’s motivations because the reader is never sure who is who and why they are doing what they are, or how they got where they are. There is a lot going on in this book, and if more time was spent on leading the reader through some of the unwritten scenes, Thread Strands would feel more complete and be an easier read.Again I have to talk about the ending. Thread Strands almost ends on a real cliffhanger (unlike Thread Slivers). Hurrah! There is a wonderful build-up to the final scene that leaves the reader with that give-me-more-right-now sense. This is what a cliffhanger is supposed to do. Unfortunately some of the other plot lines that are being followed do not resolve in any meaningful way, or at all for that matter. This leaves the reader scratching their head a bit. It was especially troublesome for me because there is even more glossary and appendix work in Thread Strands than there was in book one, so I thought there was still a fair amount of book left to read. My Kobo said page 316 of 381 when I was done, which translates to 82%.Conclusion:Thread Strands is a continuing tale filled with intrigue, intense action, and world building that will leave your senses tingling. The graphics on the cover and throughout show how much attention to detail that Arta puts into things… or maybe they are just good in their own right. Unfortunately, despite the wonderful world coming to life, histories being revealed, and battles being fought, the book doesn’t pull together as much I had hoped. The end is rough and the beginning is even rougher. The reader is babied a fair amount with tell vs. show and passive voice sections that keep them at a distance instead of invested into the glorious world and intriguing tale that Arta has created.

  • Diane Rapp
    2019-01-05 09:27

    Epic adventure that will make you want MORE!If you've read Thread Slivers, then you've already been waiting (impatiently) for the next book in the series. Well, it's FINALLY here, and you won't be disappointed. There's more action, adventure, intrigue, AND more secrets revealed. (No, I won't reveal them in this review!)If you thought this series was another wimpy fantasy with fairies and elves flitting around, forget that notion. The clever author mixes Science Fiction with Fantasy in this adventure and gives hints of more to come. Duke is gathering forces for an epic battle with the Nhia-Samri, and Ticca is...well, she's a classic example of a feisty female with lots of secrets mixed with deadly skills. You might ask how magic and science can blend? No! I won't reveal more.Of course the story does not end in this episode, so be prepared to wait for the next edition. I was honored to participate in the early reading of this book and know you'll enjoy this piece of the adventure. If you haven't read the first episode, there are facts revealed early in this book to get you caught up, but go ahead and buy them both. I warn you! Start reading the Golden Threads Trilogy, and you'll be eager to know everything.The characters are complex and entertaining, but the secrets revealed about the history of their world should intrigue the most ardent science/fantasy fans. Take the plunge and start reading today. Then you can join the rest of us, tapping your toes while waiting for the next one. It is a trilogy so there's only one left for the author to finish. (Unless he's very sneaky.)

  • Madison Keller
    2018-12-28 11:27

    Remember how book 1 ended on a cliffhanger? Thankfully this book picks up right where book 1 left off. There is even an introductory chapter that backtracks a bit to help ground those of us who waited a while for book 2.After the cliffhanger ending is dealt with, the books slows to a crawl for several chapters as the characters digest the new information. I really struggled to get past this part of the book, and think it could have been condensed down a lot more.Once the book picks up, it does so with a big bang. I *loved* the first fight scene, it is laid out beautifully, and cleared up the concerns I had about what happened at the beginning of the book (both plot wise and action wise).We are also introduced to several new characters who become an integral part of the plot about midway through the book.Echoing my review of book 1, I think there are a few too many POVs being juggled here and this book adds another POV character. At times I struggled to remember who a particular character was, or why they were important.There are a lot of individual story threads to follow, and untangling the mess took away some of my enjoyment. The multiple POVs only exacerbated the problem for me.The writing is also a bit sub-par, and feels like a very slightly polished first-draft. This bothers me more than normal because I know he can do better, and did better, in book 1.

  • Terri Dawn
    2019-01-09 11:40

    Great sequel! I love our merry cast of characters even more. I'm enjoying the mix of magic and science and all the action. I'm really enjoying the equality of women in his world building, although I'd probably appreciate a plain or "ugly" lead woman too. Ticca and Illa are just plain fun. Lebuin's occaionally annoying., but he grows on you. As for Duke and our fearless leaders on both sides, it is interesting to watch the interactions within military life. For a first ditch effort, the characters are really well developed with flaws that are easy to relate to. I also liked the faint whiff of possible romance that was done just right to accompany the dangerous setting. I say go for it, and read it yourself. You'll likely enjoy it!

  • Joe
    2019-01-11 11:28

    The sequel was pretty good and surprised me a bit as some of the characters went in slightly different directions than I predicted. The book also took on more of a medieval sci-fi theme if it makes any sense. Some technology from long long ago in a previous civilization started waking up. I'm eager to read the third book. The only thing I wasn't excited about was that Lebuin seemed to be weaker in this second book. I wont spoil it but you could say he evolved but his evolved version is weaker than his original version. If my guess about what will happen in the next book is right, then Lebuin won't be weak for long and that he'll in fact grow quite strong.

  • Drev
    2019-01-06 10:11

    In his second release Leeland Arta continues the saga of Ticca and the Daggers in this fast paced action packed sequel to Thread Silvers. Fantasy lovers will not be able to put this book down. With a strong female lead and a cast of supporting characters you will fall in love with I can hardly express how much I enjoyed this book. Non stop action and plot twist provide even the most over read fantasy reader with something new and refreshing. So if you haven't read Thread Silvers check it out and if you have start book two you wont be disappointed.

  • Johan
    2018-12-31 04:18

    Hells Yeah!! What awesome continuation of the series where gods, mages, and AI's all work counter and together towards various goals that have been set out. So many characters and plot points to keep straight that you sit in disbelief and trying not to through the book at the wall when it doesn't go the way that I plannedCan't wait to read the next book in the seriesSeriously loved itPeace out

  • Richard Myers
    2018-12-27 04:23

    Great! This book continues the stories of the characters you met in the first book. I especially like the drawings at the beginnings of the chapters. I had to force myself to wait and purchase the last book in the series after I had finished the second book.I very much recommend this book.

  • Whitney Bunker
    2019-01-19 11:21

    This book was fantastic. Finally got some information about why this is set 20,000 years in the future. Learn more about why the main characters are so important. I can't wait for the next book to be out.

  • Winifred Jordan
    2019-01-11 09:23

    A very good readI thoroughly enjoyed reading this second book, once again Mr Artra had captured our imagination, and had delivered a gripping tale would book three continue in this vein

  • Scott Wozniak
    2019-01-08 09:37

    I'm disappointed in this book. Such a strong first book and this one flopped. The characters are so cheesy and one dimensional. Even the plot slows down and after the first big surprise (a great one) the rest is boring and little changes happen for whole chapters. Oh well.

  • Jessica Roberts
    2019-01-07 11:22

    I liked it, here's to hoping the author can keep it goingFor a second part of a trilogy it holds up well. Of course all of us fans of the Duke were made happy. Ya gotta love a big, bad, brawling, drinking, gambling wolf....

  • Tiffany
    2019-01-09 11:14

    I'm not in love with her writing style or the plot. I find that a lot of back and forth, without any real explanation, makes for a confusing tale of both ancient warfare and modern technology (somehow intertwined!?) are combined. I don't feel that it meshes well at all.

  • Felix
    2018-12-24 10:36

    The continuation of the story. A very interesting turn of events. You learn more about the world in general in this book.

  • Zurlo Enrico
    2019-01-08 03:21

    I stopped reading very soon: all the things that bothered me in the first book were amplified in this one.

  • Jacquie Pennington smith
    2019-01-09 07:39

    I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait until the next book of the series comes out. I look forward to reading more books from this author!