As the least favored child, it was no surprise when Rivka's father selects her, at age six, to comply with the country's conscript law. Sent away to the military to be raised and trained, she struggles to keep from falling into an abyss of despair. Only when she adopts a new friend's dream of becoming a member of the elite Black Guard does she find a new reason to live. FeAs the least favored child, it was no surprise when Rivka's father selects her, at age six, to comply with the country's conscript law. Sent away to the military to be raised and trained, she struggles to keep from falling into an abyss of despair. Only when she adopts a new friend's dream of becoming a member of the elite Black Guard does she find a new reason to live. Few make it into the Black Guard, but Rivka is determined. Yet when she makes it and is sent on her first mission, to protect a ruling family during a revolution, she discovers to her dismay that the Black Guard may not be as perfect as she had believed. Thus Rivka begins a journey that will change her and the Black Guard forever....
|Title||:||The Least Favorite Child|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||231 Pages|
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The Least Favorite Child Reviews
I wish I could give it more stars because the story deserves much more. It was easy for me to empathize because it is akin to the life of every soldier, every warrior, albeit with subtle differences.The story line is weaved around the female protagonist and her journey to becoming a part of the elite Black Guard. From being the least favoured child of her biological family to her journey as a sought after Black Guard dragon, the journey has not been easy. I wish I could divulge more. Sadly, I am afraid I will give away more of the story. Hence, if you want to know more then read this amazing book.Daems is an amazing writer. The fact that I could not help but complete the story in one sitting straight speaks volumes of his mesmerising writing. The language is not complicated. Military terms have been used but they have an accompanying explanation as well. Every paragraph evokes vibrant imageries. Every sound, every scene gets captured like the reader is a part of it all. I so wish that a movie does get made inspired by this story. The book is the beginning volume in a series. Hence, the narration has ensured a cliffhanger in the end. The writing is smooth with no jerks and unwanted breaks. The best part of the author's writing style is that it leaves the reader wanting more.The story belongs to Rivka, the female protagonist. However, all the other characters have been scripted to make the plot an interesting read. The characters exude varied emotions. Feelings of elation, helplessness, loneliness, bonding, and above all, the allegiance to one's organization like a family member, are things only those in the military services would understand.To sum up, the story is a brilliant depiction of human grit and the ability to rise above all circumstances. It is a story I will be reading again and again every time I feel I am losing sight of my life goal. A definite must read, this journey of a Black Guard is absolutely inspirational.P.S - Thank you Kim from SBPRA for an excellent and amazing story. This review is my honest opinion after reading it.
I found this story really appealing and inspirational; during the book we follow Rivka Sarin from the awful day that she is informed that she is to be send to the Army School due to a law that forces any family with more than two children to send one to the military to be raised and trained; during all her training and part of her service. We see Rivka change, from a frightful 6 year old girl that study all day afraid that if she fails she will have nowhere else to go; she gradually befriends Hada that will share her dream of training to become the elite of the Jax army, A Dragon, and give her a purpose that she can work to.I call this book inspirational because against all odds and with a lot of efort and help from her only friend she goes from having nothing to being on of the elite and from being a complete rook to being one of the most talked about in the Guard and preaching with the example she works to change an organization that has worked one way for lots of years. Adding the endearing part of the book that she is sometimes insecure and second guess herself but still does the best she can; I think we all have a little fear to fail, and that is the part that makes me feel identified with the character.My Verdict... 4 Stars... The story is built to focus on the important parts of the life of Rivka that make her the person she is and somehow round up the character a little better. The secondary characters are a little too secondary and beside her friend we barely know anything about the other. The story is in a far future and the humans are distributed in a large amount of planets (over 100) but since the focus of the story is Rivka and she has little to do with the spaceships we barely see action on spaceships.It seems that there will be a second part; I liked the book, I'll follow the author and see when the announce comes for the next part of this story.
This is really a 3.5First, don't let the blurb fool you, She goes from 5 to 18 in 3 chapters. The story read sorta like she is writing a report, or she is a vulcan. Very cool, very calm, unless its her worry over her team members lives. The Black Guard are Mercenary Secret Service members bred with Ninjas and given advanced weapons. Their Home world exports three branches of Mercs, Army, Navy+Commandos, the Black Guard.I'd go to 4 star if the story was written with a little less clinical detachment.
I enjoyed the book, which is more a collection of short stories strung together to create a whole. It follows the career of a young mercenary officer through her training and several assignments. It is a bit violent in patches. Not sure if it's quite worth four, bit I will give it the benefit of the doubt.
The writing felt a bit repetitive and some of the word choices were awkward. An editor would be useful to break up some of the stock feeling narratives. Its not a bad origin story into what I assume to be a multibook series detailing how an elite company in a mercenary based society evolves to meet new challenges.
3 1/2 stars. I decided to give it 4 because the action/strategy was well thought out. The beginning of the book gets the backstory out of the way rather quickly. The book pretty much goes from one action/strategy scene to another with only short interludes in between. It didn't quite rate 4 stars because it lacks depths.
The setting of this book is interesting and unique, but there is too little meat. The writing is too rushed, making it difficult to immerse yourself in the scenes.