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The Etlu Games by C.E. Allan

The Gods of Nibiru Series, Book 1

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Learning the truth about your past and your destiny can be more daunting than living in ignorance. Maybe that’s why people say ignorance is bliss…

This is something twenty year old Sara Fuller quickly learns after she reunites with Niobe Freeman, after being in hiding for fourteen years. Niobe holds the secrets to a past she cannot remember and offers her the keys to a future where Sara can live the life she wants to live. When Sara inherits everything that is hers and lives the life she had always dreamt of, the unspeakable powers that turned her world upside down discover that she’s still alive. Sara discovers the dreadful truth about her parents deaths and a prophecy that will determine the very fate of the planet. Sara’s only hope of saving our world is to fulfill the inconceivable plan Niobe has set before her. Can Sara overcome her greatest fears to achieve the impossible? Can she accept the truth of her fate?
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Science Fiction
Pub. Date: March 2019

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The story follows Sara Fuller, a girl with a secret past that only Niobe, a trusted mentor, and guardian, know about. When Sara takes control of the family's company, the ones who murdered her parents come after her, and Niobe is forced to reveal to Sara her true birthright and the real reason why her parents were killed.

I reviewed the original edition of this back in 2015. I loved it then, and I love it now.

The plot takes readers to different realms; each realm has its own unique environments, sentient beings, and societies. What makes "The Gods of Nibiru Series" universe even more impressive is that Allan incorporated mythology, philosophies, and religions from many different cultures in a lucid and cohesive manner. What I found incredibly interesting was how the major conflict in the plot wasn't caused by differing cultural ideologies, it was caused by corruption and greed. In the true spirit of science fiction, Allan has created a universe in which it is possible to agree upon a universally accepted set of morals and ethics while respecting other cultural ideologies, without appropriating them.

What also helped me to become more immersed in the story were the characters. The character development in this book is amazing and when I say there are strong, female characters in the plot, I mean it. Niobe is a fantastic character because you know she has this rich and interesting backstory that is hinted at, she is a phenomenal warrior and strategist, and she somehow managed to provide for Sara's emotional and physical well-being. Don't get me wrong, Sara's character development is wonderful, and she is a strong female protagonist in her own way. I found myself drawn into Sara's story; however, if Allan decides to write a prequel novel that focuses solely on Niobe's history, I'll be the first in line to read it.

Since I mentioned the editorial issues in the first edition I read, you should know that those have been rectified. The editing, to the best of my knowledge, is almost perfect. The language in the book is still formal at times, but the word choices are contemporary and fit both the characters and the setting.

If you like your science fiction with a smattering of fantasy or vice versa, I think you'll love The Etlu Games as much as I do. The first edition of this book was one of the most underrated titles I've seen, and I hope this new edition finds its way to many eBook readers and bookshelves. 

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About C.E. Allan

My passion for stories started at the age of three. I was transfixed with books like James and the Giant Peach and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Television programs like Batman with Adam West. And I was completely mesmerized by movies like Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, but my all time favorite hands down is Star Wars.

Quick facts:

- I'm a caffeine dependant organism.

- I'm a proud Nerd/Geek and I'll prove it to you. According to the scientist Richard Dawkins if you think of an experience in your childhood, something that you remember clearly, something that you can see, feel, even smell, as if you were really there, after all you really were there. How else would you remember it. Now here is the bombshell, you weren't there. Not a single atom that is in your body today was there when that event took place. I love stuff like this.

- I think food tastes better with a fork unless it's soup or ice cream.

- I love to use google in debates to prove my point.

- I believe that hard work compensates for lack of talent, because it makes me feel better about myself.

- My favorite quote is, follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there are only walls, because it makes me believe I can achieve anything I put my mind to and enjoy doing.

- I prefer my puns intended.

- I'm a determined dreamer who is sagacious, pertinacious, indefatigable, magnanimous, ebullient, loquacious yet laconic, pragmatic, efficacious, altruistic, but not pretentious.

- My guilty pleasures are TMZ and The Wendy William's Show.

- My favorite authors are Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Gillian Flynn and the late Vince Flynn.