• Etherwalker

  • Silicon Covenant Series #1
  • By: Cameron Dayton
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (627 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The world is broken. The powerful machines that once ruled over land and sky fought and died, leaving humanity in a primitive age of swords and monsters. But that was long ago, and only legends of the Schism remain.

Enoch has never been frightened by these tales. He sees things differently from the other youth in Rewn's Fork, and that makes him an outcast. Where others see crops and weather and flocks of sheep, Enoch sees numbers and patterns.

When he accidentally awakens a powerful artificial intelligence, he discovers the truth behind his peculiarity - Enoch is an Etherwalker, the last in a long line of powerful technopaths who can control machines with their minds. Without knowing it, he has triggered the ancient Hunt, and now legendary monsters are hungry for his blood and bent on his extinction. They know he has seen the truth behind the broken world, and, if he survives, he may have the power to shatter it...or to make it whole again.

©2015 Cameron Dayton (P)2016 Tantor

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Absolutely Excellent Fantasy in a Sci-Fi Setting

Where does Etherwalker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Out of the countless audiobooks I've listened to, this is definitely one of the best.

What other book might you compare Etherwalker to and why?

The wonderful thing about Etherwalker is that it is so unlike many sci-fi or fantasy books. It has the characters story structure of many sword and sorcery stories, and a post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting.

What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't know if anything can top a reader's imagination in terms of experiencing a story; but Kirby does an excellent job lending different voices to all of the characters and he has an excellent sense of timing, knowing when to pause to let moments have the impact they need. He's probably the best narrator I've heard since Stephen Fry's reading of Harry Potter.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Enoch's autism keeps him from easily understanding others, so it's really a joy whenever Enoch is able to connect to or begin to understand the characters around him.

Any additional comments?

It's so rare to find new spins on either the sci-fi or fantasy genres that this book has been genuinely refreshing. Great settings, loveable characters, and a good story; what more could I possibly ask for?

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This book has potential of which it falls short

This book has the ability to be very good it's just that the writer did not know how to take advantage of his own story. He skips around in the story leaving out massive chunks of character and relationships building section. Which are crucial because it is hard to understand why they are doing what they are doing for each other. The characters action and motive are also all over the place. ex: you brake some people out of jail costing you your station in life. meaning you go from a King to a commoner fugitive. And so how the people you gave everything for, for no other reason other then it was the right thing to do. Attack you an say you have to prove yourself trust worthy to them. Now keep in mind these people have absolutely nothing you want or need like information or money and you have just given up a kingdom and betrayed the only real father figure you felt you have ever know. And still you have to prove yourself to them and not the other way around it just stupid. Oh and to top it the writer makes the main character feel ok about this situation and make him apologize when he could have just left them to rot. Like anyone in their right mind would have is just one of the many reason i gave this book 2 stars. It got two star because he had all the elements just did not know how to put them together.

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Please designate young adult

This isn't a bad story but I feel it should be listed as a young adult novel. Maybe it supposed to be obvious but I always find it annoying to find out the book I've chosen has those slight changes that really simplify and make a story with a neat concept into 15 hours of "ooh my feelings, who am I?"

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A very interesting world

This story was not what I expected. Given the anime style cover art I suppose I should have. The story woven here is much akin to what you could find on a blockbuster anime series, complete with unique hero powers and an eclectic mix of characters, each with their own contributions to the journy. My only problem with this yarn is the lack of explanation, the world is fleshed out, but why it is the way it is now is only briefly touched on, as are the many monster's and other inhuman characters. I can only hope that future books in the series will build a foundation for the very intriguing world the author has created. Highly recommended.

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Stellar story worth remembering

Dayton's visual way with words will keep your imagination engaged. The characters are inventively quirky and he is not afraid to explore uncomfortable relationships. Great one! Pick it up.

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great book not cyberpunk at all

rather brilliant book set so far into the future that earth became primitive. loved the characters.

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This was a great story

First don't be fooled by other recounts its a great story with a great premise that reminded me of "Thundar the Barbarian".

And I gotta say I desperately wish I could get my hands on more of this story. Be that a second book or anything, but from my searches this is a standalone and there is sadly no more. Just like Thundar gone just when it gets good.

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Great Original Concept

I really love that Etherwalker takes the common concept of a young apprentice coming of age fantasy trope, but places it in a unique world and setting. We start out thinking it's going to be the basic fantasy setting but it quickly morphs into a fantasy/sci-fi hybrid and that's where the book hits it's stride. It leans on the strengths of both genres and blends them into something new.

The main character, Enoch, is interesting enough, but has potential to grow. I think in the sequel we will see him come more to life and get better developed as he accesses more of his power and purpose. The side characters have some fun to them too, a damaged techno-angel and a couple creatures, a brute and a cat.

The series has a solid start and I think the sequels will really help the author and story find their stride and develop into a richer and fulfilling epic.

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Gripping story and phenomenal performance

This book is a science fiction story with the feel of Epic Fantasy. The world is a captivating mystery in the early chapters that makes you feel as if anything is possible and all of it wonderful. The character of Enoch is endearing, the portrayal of his autism giving a clear description of what it is like to live with that and making him empathetic even to those who have never experienced what he does. The story lagged a bit in the middle, almost losing me while Enoch stayed in Babel, but soon enough picked up and was engaging again. As a whole I feel the book was a little bit too long but deeply enjoyable. I will definitely be continuing the series and I recommend you give it a try as well.

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A splendid and entertaining start

Broadly, this is a coming of age novel but unique in its story elements as to make it quite entertaining in its unfolding. The author's imagination is on full display as he creates various unique "monsters", some villainous and others unexpected allies. He also is careful to pace the prior events which led up to the cataclysm that so tragically changed this world. This combined with the excellent ability of the narrator to breath live into this characters and the story make it even more enjoyable.

It's a fun novel and, once again, another that I'll reluctantly have to wait for the next book to emerge on audible before I can continue to enjoy the adventure.

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  • Davidthegrey
  • 04-09-20

Great story

A great story, a brilliant idea. Just a shame that no other follow on books have arrived on Audible.

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  • jaredjar
  • 09-08-16

What a pleasant surprise!

Bought this title on a whim. What a nice change from the standard fantasy recipe.
Fun and funny characters, great world building. Love Rictus, his guitar and the lifebeat that keeps him going.

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