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Mark Lawrence: The Girl and The Mountain (review)

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On Abeth there is only the ice. And the Black Rock.

For generations the priests of the Black Rock have reached out from their mountain to steer the ice tribes’ fate. With their Hidden God, their magic and their iron, the priests’ rule has never been challenged.
But nobody has ever escaped the Pit of the Missing before.

Yaz has lost her friends and found her enemies. She has a mountain to climb and even if she can break the Hidden God’s power her dream of a green world lies impossibly far to the south across a vast emptiness of ice. Before the journey can even start she has to find out what happened to the ones she loves and save those that can be saved.

Abeth holds its secrets close, but the stars shine brighter for Yaz and she means to unlock the truth.

To touch the sky, be prepared to climb

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Review

This is one of the books out this year that i sent begging emails to review, i mean its Mark Lawrence, if you review fantasy you would have to be nuts not to be begging for a copy. Thankfully for me Mark himself took pity on me  and sent me an advance copy…. and just wow, its everything i expected and anted and more…

Yaz and her friends return, we left them ascending back to the ice after their exploits under it, what lay ahead ware the priests of the black rock, the wind, the cold and their new weakness to the cold brought on by the flourishing of their powers. This book see’s old friends perish, new friends appear, battles with old enemies and a better understanding of who and what they are, we finally get inside the blackrock and see what the priests have been up to as our team can even try to start the endless trudge across the ice in search of the green which is their hope.

As always Mark Lawrence blends his stunning world building with his real heartfelt characters, how an author can bring miles and miles of white ice bound scenery to life so well just astonishes me, but the secret is in the people he has crossing it and the very real dangers they face, as a reader you feel spell bound and on the edge of the seat for the whole journey… a journey that ends in (while not unexpected) such a way to really warm the heart and melts the last of that ice that grips you tight during the book…. what comes next, honestly I have no idea! Mark Lawrence has such a fantastic ability to blend magic and science into a plot that i’m never not amazed with the plot twists and turns, and that is the mark of a true great of the genre.

A MUST read for the year… in fact i guarantee that you will read and reread, its just so good.

(Parm)

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Christopher Buehlman The Blacktongue Thief (review)

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Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his path.

But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.

Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants.

Unsuccessful in his robbery and lucky to escape with his life, Kinch now finds his fate entangled with Galva’s. Common enemies and uncommon dangers force thief and knight on an epic journey where goblins hunger for human flesh, krakens hunt in dark waters, and honor is a luxury few can afford.

Review

Christopher Buehlman is not a newbie writer, he is known and respected for his horror writing.

   Those Across the River (2011)
   Between Two Fires (2012)
   The Necromancer’s House (2013)
   The Lesser Dead (2014)
   The Suicide Motor Club (2016)

But The Blacktongue Thief is a new foray into Fantasy, and blimey what a way to make a debut into the genre.  Its a book that has seen a lot of chatter online both from other authors and fans, it was that hype that brought it to my attention and thanks to Gollancz I was lucky enough to score an advance copy.

The author has created a fantastic world to base his story, full of magic, danger, adventure and of course death. The plot centers around Kinch Na Shannack a thief (yes with a black tongue) he is a member of the Takers guild (basically the Mob… they have fingers in everything from stealing to magic to assassins and beyond), our unfortunate hero owes money to the Takers and that debt is inked on his face, its whist trying to raise money to pay this debt… (yes lying in wait to rob people) he becomes embroiled in a quest, full of danger and mystery and mischief…. 

The characters in this book are just excellent, Kinch is funny, irreverent and lives life on the edge of his mouth getting him killed. he has companions with martial prowess way beyond his own, magical skills and devices and a blind cat (again, read the book… im not spoiling it). There is a world strewn with left over war carnage, goblins, krakens, Giants and so much more… Not since i read my first John Gwynne have i been so excited by a new series.

I honestly don’t want to spoil a single moment of the book, suffice to day that Kinch will make you laugh out loud while he steals your heart. This is a huge contender for Fantasy Book of the year.

Very Highly recommended

(Parm)

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Sebastien De Castell: Way of the Argosi

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Ten year old Ferius Parfax has a simple plan: kill every last inhabitant of the spell-gifted nation that destroyed her people, starting with the man who murdered her parents. Killing mages is a difficult business, of course, so Ferius undertakes to study the ways of the Argosi: the loosely-knit tribe of tricksters known for getting the better of even the most powerful of spellcasters. But the Argosi have a price for their teachings, and by the time Ferius learns what it is, it may be too late.

Review:

When Sebastian hit my TBR pile in 2014 it was as one of the most anticipated books of the year, and the Greatcoats series became one of my all time favourite series. So its very bemusing for me (still) that somehow i became distracted by life in 2017 and 2018 and missed the start of the SpellSlinger series and so fell behind and decided to shelve the series (while still collecting it) until it was done… Sebastian went one better than that for me (im sure he did it just for me…. just didnt realise it at the time) and released a prequel this year with Way of the Argosi and now he has me hooked again and i have a justified TBR pile reason to read the whole series.

Whilst the characters felt different and the place had changed and the back and forth banter of the greatcoats was no longer there, the underlying writing style and voice of the author, that had some entranced me was all still there and it was less that ten pages before i was hooked for good. The book at 384 pages should have been a couple of days of fun reading , but as it turned out it was one long solid stint and uncounted cups of tea in an utterly engrossing read.

Its impossible not to become emotionally attached to the lead character Ferius, to root for her survival, she has been hunted from childhood across the continent, abused, attacked, starved and near death and certainly a little crazy, she wants and needs revenge, yet into her life comes Durrel Brown, and a new way of looking at the world and what has happened to her, the changing perspectives were brilliantly done, the little plot redirections subtle and surprising, and the characters engaging, even the ones you wanted to hate. If the prequel is a masterpiece i cannot now wait to dive into the rest of the Spellslinger series….i Just need to get cracking because my most anticipated book of the year comes out from this master writer in Sept in the form of Play of Shadows

Hugely recommended

(Parm)

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John Gwynne The Shadow of the Gods (review)

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THE GREATEST SAGAS ARE WRITTEN IN BLOOD.

A century has passed since the gods fought and drove themselves to extinction. Now only their bones remain, promising great power to those brave enough to seek them out.

As whispers of war echo across the land of Vigrið, fate follows in the footsteps of three warriors: a huntress on a dangerous quest, a noblewoman pursuing battle fame, and a thrall seeking vengeance among the mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

All three will shape the fate of the world as it once more falls under the shadow of the gods.

 

Review

In a world where the gods have driven themselves to destruction, new societies emerge, built on the bones of the old with remnants of power used to forge kingdoms, Humans rule and enslave those with blood “tainted” by the old gods. The legends and infamy of those gods still wield power over the world and the people in it. John Gwynne introduces us to a Norse style world in post “Ragnarok” times. What would the world look like after the gods had died? Humanity comes back, with all the usual traits, those who want to rule come to the fore, bands of “Oathsworn” men and women live to create their own saga song, to find immortality. Under it all there are those who still revere the old ways and the old gods, even while the world hunts and enslaves those with any hint of god “tainted” blood. Are all the gods really dead if their blood lives on?

John Gwynne over the last 9 years has become one of my favorite fantasy reads, its no longer a will I like his new book its how much will I like it, how much will it live up to the anticipation and the hype? More so with this new book as we arrive in a new world, a new imagined land and people. It will be no surprise to many that he smashes it out of the park with an utterly immersive and blood soaked Norse world.

This story (as his is style) being seen from multiple POV’s as we follow our main cast members Orka, a warrior woman who literally soaks the pages of this book in blood and gore in the search for her son. Varg, who has been enslaved all his life and now he is finally free seeks the answers to the death of his sister, joining “The Bloodsworn” a band of brothers who would die for each other shows him what family is, while he wars with himself to fulfil his oath to the only family he had before, the bloodsworn are the glue in the book for me, full of unique characters and great dialogue and humor. Then there is Elvar, she is a member of the “Battle-Grim” and while their and her introduction is slower than the other POVS you can feel the weave of fate bringing the threads together, you know that while its a slower steadier POV that it and her importance will soon come to the fore and explode across the plot. John Gwynne is the master of pulling threads together, making you invested in each character and killing any of them at a whim, you know that nothing and no one is safe, but that he will pull the whole thing together in breathtaking fashion.

While Johns world of the faithful and the fallen is stunning, this new world surpasses it, I can only feel that its his love of all things Norse, his intimate knowledge with the battle gear and his skill as a skald is what has allowed him to create something so utterly immersive. I know that there are readers out there that can be put off by the phrase “blood-soaked”… but honestly every single act and action is in keeping with the plot, this isn’t gratuitous violence, its the world they inhabit and what’s needed to stay alive and keep honour and oaths intact.

I seem to have spent the whole of 2021 reading better and better books. I think I have now reached the pinnacle of skill and story telling with this book and Miles Camerons Atrifact Space.

It doesn’t get a higher recommend than this, this is the start of something truly special, a book with a remorseless pace, cliff hangers aplenty, stunning world building and characters. You will find your own favorites in the book, for me its Varg and the Bloodsworn. And i cannot wait to wade through the blood and mayhem of book 2.

Im now off for a well earned book hangover….

(Parm)

 

 

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Mike Brooks: Black Coast

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Mike Brooks was born in Ipswich, England, and moved to Nottingham, England to study at Nottingham Trent University and never left. He started to write stories and novels in childhood, has worked for a homelessness charity since 2004 and when not working or writing he goes walking in the Peak District, sings and plays guitar in a punk band, and DJs wherever anyone will tolerate him. He is married, and has two cats and a snake.

The Black Coast

 (2021)
(The first book in the God-King Chronicles series)

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WAR DRAGONS.
FEARSOME RAIDERS.
A DAEMONIC WARLORD ON THE RISE.

When the citizens of Black Keep see ships on the horizon, terror takes them because they know who is coming: for generations, the keep has been raided by the fearsome clanspeople of Tjakorsha. Saddling their war dragons, Black Keep’s warriors rush to defend their home only to discover that the clanspeople have not come to pillage at all. Driven from their own land by a daemonic despot who prophesises the end of the world, the raiders come in search of a new home . . .

Meanwhile the wider continent of Narida is lurching toward war. Black Keep is about to be caught in the crossfire – if only its new mismatched society can survive.

(Review)

Dragons , Raiders, Warlords… reading this book was always a given. He’s also a new author for me and so an unknown, but Petrik Leo has a bad habit of shoving new books under my nose and adding to my already massive TBR. (cheers Leo).

As a read i started with that new author trepidation and also some reticence about the very original approach to non gender specific pronouns and their use depending on culture, it took a little getting used to. That  approach mixed with a raider culture that was very Norse and a mainland culture that’s very Japanese, with the Sars taking the role of Samurai, it was a veritable hodgepodge of a cast and culture.

But it was a cast and culture set that became more and more interesting, with lots of other questions raised, raised well and covered brilliantly esp sexuality. I’ve found in fantasy there are quick reads, the action adventure fun with a fairly prescriptive cast just set in a different landscape, and there are books that while they entertain they make you think, and i’m a fan of both in their right time (thats my reading mood). This book is certainly in the latter, make you think category, one that immerses you in a new brilliantly imagined culture and land, where the throwing away of societal norms is easier, allowing an author to shine a light on prejudices without offending people who might normally instantly put up walls about a subject, and through that process the author educates the reader as well as entertains.   I may be wrong, but that’s my view of the book and the coming series, and its all wrapped up in an amazing story, one i hugely enjoyed and really want to dive into again.

Highly recommended

(Parm)

 

 

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John Gwynne: A Time of Courage (Review)

 

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The demon king Asroth has been freed from his iron prison. Now, alongside his dark bride Fritha, he plans to conquer the whole of the Banished Lands.
In the shadows of Forn Forest, Riv and the surviving Ben-Elim desperately search for a way to unite those who remain against Asroth’s vast army.
Far in the west, Drem is with the Order of the Bright Star, besieged by a demon horde. Their fragile defenses are on the brink of shattering, but they know that it is better to fight and die than to live without hope.
And across the Banished Lands, armies are heading south, to settle ancient grudges and decide the fate of humanity.

Review

A Time of Courage brings to conclusion the epic second trilogy from John Gwynne, as with all final books in the series its a bitter sweet read, as you race towards a conclusion, you also fear the ending, the end of a long standing relationship with so many truly wonderful characters and a land that has become home on many evenings.

As a stand alone series Blood and bone is simply brilliant, but when you wrap in The faithful and the Fallen you get a series that can easily sit among the all time great fantasy series, Blood and bone brings this to the fore even more than any other book with so many reflections to the past, bringing together the 2 series and the wrapping up of a war that has spanned thousands of years and pages.

There will be many who find the final battle both breathless, heart breaking and the utter chaos that is battle and see this as the best of the book and series, and i loved it…. but i loved more the pulling together of all the bands of people, all the parts of the host that would defend the land and look to defeat Asroth and his army. There was so much life, love and hope in those final weeks, and while you knew no one was safe from the Banished lands ultimate killer (the author), you had as much hope as the characters that your favorites would make it, that love would conquer all, that those who had worked so hard and given so much would receive the reward of a peaceful life…. And when some of those people fell it was to cries of nooo, and true emotional loss…. such is the power and skill of the writing.

So while i now suffer my book hangover, that im sure will last for a while… i utterly recommend this book, this series and all of John Gwynne’s writing, believe me, the pleasure is worth the pain of the end….. and there is always hope of a return….

(Parm)

Series

Faithful and the Fallen
   1. Malice (2012)
   2. Valour (2014)
   3. Ruin (2015)
   4. Wrath (2016)
Tales of the Apt (with Frances Hardinge, Joff Leader, Tom Lloyd, Juliet E McKenna, Keris McDonald, Peter Newman, Justina Robson, David Tallerman and Adrian Tchaikovsky)
   The Scent of Tears (2018)
Blood & Bone
   1. A Time of Dread (2018)
   2. A Time of Blood (2019)
   3. A Time of Courage (2020)
Novellas
   Better to Live than to Die (2015)

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Jonathan French: True Bastards (Review)

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Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands. Now she is the leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half-orcs sworn to her command. But the hoof she inherited is on the brink of collapse.

Tested to the breaking point by the burdens of leadership, Fetching battles desperately to stave off famine, desertion and the scorn of the other half-orc chieftains, even as orcs and humans alike threaten the Lots’ very existence.

Then an old enemy finds a way to strike at her from beyond the grave – and suddenly only one faint hope for salvation remains.

Review

The Lot Lands series i suspect may be a little marmite for some people to pick up… I mean its Half Orcs riding hogs (no not a harley… a hog a very big pig… with horns to hold on to), as a story its rude, violent and chock full of profanity… and under that is an amazing story that you also come to understand needs all that profanity and violence… i mean would you expect Sons of anarchy or Deadwood to be a great TV series without the nudity and the violence and the swearing?? (No… its relevant to the characters and the situation)… Book one Grey Bastards had me laughing out loud and riveted to the page, it really was something new.

True bastards though felt like a deeper more personal story as Fetching struggles to carve out a new lot for her band of Half orcs, not just battling the harsh land, and enemies on every front, but also orc chauvinism, personal demons and a magical illness… into that mix comes her past and a terrible adversary… She must face her own demons and seek alliances with traditional enemies… she must turn the whole of the Lot Lands on its head to survive.

The whole story is just brilliant, it will engage you from the very first page and drag you along through the hunger, the violence the intrigue and the camaraderie, it will make you a member of the hoof or leave you in the dust….

This is a series that gets better with each book and i have high hopes for the next book, Jonathan French is a fresh new voice with lots to say…

Very Highly Reccomended

(Parm)

Series
Lot Lands
   1. The Grey Bastards (2015)
   2. The True Bastards (2019)
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Mark Lawrence : Dispel Illusion

 

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Dispel Illusion (The third book in the Impossible Times series)

Sometimes being wrong is the right answer.

Nick Hayes’s genius is in wringing out the universe’s secrets. It’s a talent that’s allowed him to carve paths through time. But the worst part is that he knows how his story will end. He’s seen it with his own eyes. And every year that passes, every breakthrough he makes, brings him a step closer. Mia’s accident is waiting for them both in 2011. If it happens then he’s out of choices.

Then a chance 1992 discovery reveals that this seeker of truth has been lying to himself. But why? It’s a question that haunts him for years. A straw he clings to as his long-awaited fate draws near.

Time travel turns out not to be the biggest problem Nick has to work on. He needs to find out how he can stay on his path but change the destination. Failure has never been an option, and neither has survival. But Nick’s hoping to roll the dice one more time. And this new truth begins with a lie.

Review

Somehow Mark Lawrence always manages to surprise me, having reviewed books for about 30 years you do find at times that you get a little jaded with the same ideas reworked, but there are still authors out there who manage to write something new and surprising, something that has you guessing, that challenges the mind, that entertains and takes you on a journey out of your own head. Mark Lawrence seems to manage to do this with every single book he writes, and Dispel Illusion is right up there with the best he has written.

The book challenges your understanding of time and space and paradox, whilst at the same time pulling you into the simple world of friends and love. Impossible times has all the hallmarks of a major TV series, there is so much in it that at times i felt that the book was just skimming the surface of possibility for the series, the multiverse, the avoidance of paradox and the use of D&D to explain and navigate some of the key elements of the plot was just genius.

This final book in the series had me guessing all the way to the end how the author would tie up the story, how we could have a satisfactory ending, one we could enjoy and believe, and he managed it beautifully…

With all the heavy and detailed books i read in Historical fiction and Fantasy, its been amazing to read a series that is highly entertaining, incredibly complex with time travel and paradoxes and also at the same time so simple and easy, real life friendships and love that we can all relate too… its one of my fav series and one for everyone to read because its genre free….

Very Highly recommended

(Parm)

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Garth Nix: Angel Mage (review)

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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing ‘Hail the Conquering Hero Comes’ or possibly ‘Roll Out the Barrel’. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a trunk full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before becoming a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to writing full time again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.

Garth currently lives in a beach suburb of Sydney, with his wife Anna, a publisher.

 

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More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than 19, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

It’s a seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding. Four young people hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, a glory-seeking musketeer; and Dorotea, icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet but do not suspect their importance. And none of them know just how Liliath plans to use them, as mere pawns in her plan, no matter the cost to everyone else….

Review:

I have to admit to never having read Garth Nix before, so i wasn’t sure what to expect, what i did know was that Christian Cameron recommended his writing (which is a good indicator) so i got stuck into Angel Mage..

I had my doubts about this book, to begin with while i was impressed with the scope of the magic system and the world, i felt that the info dumps to bring the reader up to speed over shadowed the characters, i didn’t gain any warmth for them, i wasn’t invested in them, not until the 4 main characters started to coalesce together, then they started to come alive, and the story blossomed.

As a whole its a good slid story, a clever magic system , but i didn’t love it… I felt the good story and good characters were marred by complexity…info drops. That said, im saying this in comparison to some really great books….im glad i read it… and i would read more set in this world, i think the foundations have been built for some truly excellent stories….especially the musketeers…who doesn’t love a musketeer tale!!

(Parm)

 

 

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Miles Cameron: Bright Steel (Review)

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Miles Cameron is a fantasy novelist who currently lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a military veteran and has a degree in Medieval History.

His debut novel (The Red Knight), first in The Traitor Son novels, was one of the most acclaimed fantasy debuts of 2012 and nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar award. It is followed by The Fell Sword.

He also writes highly acclaimed historical fiction under the name Christian Cameron.

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Every war comes down to the flash of bright steel, even when the air is full of magic . . .

Aranthur and his friends have come together across different continents and realms with one purpose: to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to rip the world beneath them apart as well.

With time running short, and treason at home, there are battles to be fought on the field, in the magical arena, and in the ever-deadly realm of politics, and they must succeed on every front or everything will fall. Victory will require enemies to trust one another, old foes to fight together, spies to reveal the truth and steadfast allies to betray long-corrupt rulers.

Is Aranthur, a twenty-year-old student, really the master strategist to bring it all together? And can he and his friends overcome aeons of lies when their plans inevitably fall to pieces? Do they even know, for sure, who the enemy is . . . ?

Review

The end of another stunning trilogy/ series.  Miles / Christian Cameron as you all know is my favourite writer, he is the smartest man i know and i’m lucky enough to call him a friend… but id still call him out if the plot was bad…. fortunately it never is because he has an easy going authentic style that draws you into his world and his characters. When you add in his huge depth of knowledge in history, fighting skills, arms and armour and geo politics and so much more you start to understand why what he writes feels so real, he imbues his writing with more than imagination, he adds in the real, what does it feel like to fight in armour, how do you use a sword or a bow, what logistics are involved in moving an army etc… all this is something the author has done in real life, so every tale is an education as well as an adventure… but carried but so subtly that you don’t notice that you have been subtly educated, you’re to swept up n the grand scale and world of the story.

Bright steel brings an end to his latest series, a tale where once again the dungeon master has woven us into a new time, a new world, a unique magic system, a set of new nations and protagonists. Once again he has made us fall in love with new people in new worlds, showing the horror and futility of war as well as the beauty and skill of the swordsman and the camaraderie of the soldiers. men and women fighting side by side heroism and arrogance on all sides, political maneuvering at a small and nation level… that winning is never the end, only the start of something new, as is losing…what ever the outcome the world keeps turning, but can you influence or change the way it turns?

With the last 2 series as Miles Cameron i believe that the author has cemented himself as one of the key authors in the fantasy genre (along side his mastery of the Historical Fiction genre), his world building is second to none, but more than that his ability to create a world spanning plot that is both intricate and also realistic is something few authors can accomplish, his tales have the complexity and breadth of authors like GRRM, but he keeps the plot tight and fast and easy to read, avoids getting windy about side plots, whilst teasing us with a myriad of tales that could still be told. We stick with our reluctant hero Aranthur and his group of “Cold iron” and follow as the plot unravels to reveal the bad guys and the mysteries of the world, its magic and its politics, until the story is told to a satisfying conclusion…. yet at the same time leaving you wanting more of the side tales and sub plots, to have those tales of other key characters payed out as well, to enjoy time with those favorite characters.

I’d struggle to say which of his series i loved the most…. i believe Masters and Mages was the easier read, because the scope of Traitors Son was just beyond compare, making GRRM look unambitious… but both series share that same engaging reality and amazing people.

There is i’m sure more to come from this world, as there is from Traitor son cycles world…. but Miles/ Christian also loves to bring something new to the table, the man seems to have an inexhaustible imagination.

This is again a series that belong on the Collection Shelf of any reader, Fantasy or Historical fiction, it doesn’t matter… its just writing and imagination at its best. A must buy/ Must read series.

(Parm)

Traitor Son Cycle
1. The Red Knight (2012)
2. The Fell Sword (2012)
3. The Dread Wyrm (2012)
4. A Plague of Swords (2016)
5. The Fall of Dragons (2017)
Traitor son cycle series: Books 1-4 (omnibus) (2018)
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Masters & Mages
1. Cold Iron (2018)
2. Dark Forge (2019)
3. Bright Steel (2019)
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Series
Alan Craik (as by Gordon Kent)
1. Night Trap (1998)
aka Rules of Engagement
2. Peace Maker (2000)
3. Top Hook (2002)
4. Hostile Contact (2003)
5. Force Protection (2004)
6. Damage Control (2005)
7. The Spoils of War (2006)
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Tyrant
1. Tyrant (2008)
2. Storm of Arrows (2009)
3. Funeral Games (2010)
4. King of the Bosporus (2011)
5. Destroyer of Cities (2013)
6. Force of Kings (2014)
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Long War
1. Killer of Men (2010)
2. Marathon (2011)
3. Poseidon’s Spear (2012)
4. The Great King (2014)
5. Salamis (2015)
6. Rage of Ares (2016)
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Tom Swan and the Head of St George
1. Castillon (2012)
2. Venice (2012)
3. Constantinople (2012)
4. Rome (2013)
5. Rhodes (2013)
6. Chios (2013)
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Chivalry
1. The Ill-Made Knight (2013)
2. The Long Sword (2014)
3. The Green Count (2017)
4. Sword of Justice (2018)
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Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade
1. Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part One (2014)
2. Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Two (2014)
3. Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Three (2014)
4. Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Four (2015)
5. Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Five (2015)
6. Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Six (2015)
7. Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Seven (2015)
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Tom Swan and the Last Spartans
1. Tom Swan and the Last Spartans: Part One (2016)
2. Tom Swan and the Last Spartans: Part Two (2016)
3. Tom Swan and the Last Spartans: Part Three (2017)
4. Tom Swan and the Last Spartans: Part Four (2017)
5. Tom Swan and the Last Spartans: Part Five (2017)
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Commander
1. The New Achilles (2019)
2. The Last Greek (2020)
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Novels
Cauldron of Violence (2000) (as by Gordon Kent)
Washington and Caesar (2001)
The Falconer’s Tale (2007) (as by Gordon Kent)
God of War (2012)
A Song of War (2016) (with Libbie Hawker, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter, Stephanie Thornton, S J A Turneyand Russell Whitfield)
Tudor Knight (2019)
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