• The Least Favorite Child

  • The Black Guard, Book 1
  • By: C. R. Daems
  • Narrated by: Sarah L. Colton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

©2014 C. R. Daems (P)2019 C. R. Daems

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It's a tautology, redundancy, a reiterative motif!

This is a man who is not afraid to repeat himself. About a third of the way through the book, the main character found her statement to the world, and repeated it over and over and over and over.........

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great listen

am doing the three books for a 3 rd time and am enjoying it as if it was the first time .

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  • 03-11-20

couldn't finish this

one of the very few audiobooks I've started that I decided I couldn't spend any more time on waiting for it to get good.

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Pleasant book

This a series of short stories that relate to other basically due to the main character. It is a good read that the listener will enjoy hearing.

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decent

I liked the book. I think the writing is decent. I do find the basic premises that are employed often ignore issues that I would logically expect to come up. this causes me to frequently pause and think, "but what about X?" because there are big gaps. Also, the constant repetition of shock that she's female is pretty silly. If she's so infamous, I'd expect at least some people would know. I do like use of a single, genderless title for officers, but Sir is not that. I like addressing misogynistic attitudes, and I like the story overall, but it is for a niche audience and won't appeal to some.

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fell short of expectations

loved this author's book devils to me and it's following. disappointed that he made no effort to describe the characters appearance, the main character kept repeating the same dialogue, and made no effort to add any femininity to the main female. I would like to see more men authors create strong women that can still be women.

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  • M L Brooks
  • 02-20-22

A repeat of a different book

This is a good book on it's own, but if you've read the C R Daems "Welcome to Hell" and the subsequent books in his Tasmanian Special Forces series you'll notice some very striking similarities.

1. Unwanted child finds a home in the military
2. Gets in to the special forces against all odds
3. Gains an adopted family
4. Begins to change everyone's perception of her unit
5. Solves all her fights with solutions no one in her unit would try or think of because it's against tradition.
6. Knows a super duper martial arts technique that makes her OP and able to think through any situation....somehow.
7. Is constantly questioned and constantly receives surprise wherever she goes because she's a girl

There are other similarities but off the top of my head this is just some of them. If you've read one you don't need to read the other.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

Good title

Brilliant title by C.R.Daems, good story and setting, not my favourite in all his series but will still continue the series as his books are just to good.

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  • Saluki Selfie
  • 01-24-20

c r deems

love c r daems this book is great looking forward to next book 4stars rateing