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It is a fool's errand, and Tallos knows it, but against his own better judgment and the pleading of his wife, Tallos has committed himself to a voyage north. His lifelong friend's eldest sons are said to have been taken by Northmen, a raiding people ill-reputed for their savagery. The boys are already dead, Tallos knows, and in that dark place of grim reasoning he wishes only to find their corpses quickly so he can fulfill his promise and return to his wife. Instead, he finds something far worse.

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Excellent

Some have said in their reviews that this story hops around a bit and it made it a little difficult to follow. I must disagree on the final point. It does pop around chronically, but that does NOT deter from the over arching story.
It has a touch of GOT in that there a several leading characters all following their own paths that will undoubtedly intertwine.
Well Written, Well Narrated thoroughly enjoyable

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strange

overall good, however story does jump around a lot, but intresting and will search for next.

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How engaging and entertaining

I was gripped 3 chapters in, the inhumanity shown in the book is nerve wrenching can wait for book 2 to be on here!

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Technical problem

It skipped a few half words here and there for some reason. More a technical problem.

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not very good

lots of potential but brought together in to a story. resulted in to patchy mess.

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a very generic story

honestly, a very generic fantasy grimdark story. northern raiders, farmlands and villages being ravaged by aforementioned raiders or the decrees of an indifferent king. lots of plotting and backstabbing in the courts. the female characters are pathetically weak. And the story didn't really have an ending. good to pass the time but nothing exceptional

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Dull and hard going

The book starts off with a warning/introduction from the author to the reader. In which the author explains
how amazing this book is and that if the reader does not appreciate how amazing it is, then it is because the
reader is not good enough.

The book uses the format of showing the points of view of multiple characters. It jumps between these very quickly.
The characters feel two dimensional and it was difficult to build empathy with any of them.
I believe the author has heard all this criticism before, hence the warning included at the start.

The story itself was pretty average, the way it was written just made it hard going to get through.

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Great

Great story. Personally I found some (trying to not leave spoilers) storylines a little 'he said she said'. But it wouldn't be the same story without then!

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Average fantasy

A decent enough book. Nothing particularly original or earth-shattering about it. I've seen rave reviews about both the story and the narrator; both only slightly better than mediocre. A foreword plays us the "grim dark" nature of the book, and the "challenge" the book represents: both promises fall far short. It is a book of morally questionable characters on all sides like nearly ALL contemporary fantasy.

It is a story on a very grand scale, however, with engaging and well drawn characters. Certain debut novelist traits are present that I'm surprised the editor didn't fix.

I have little doubt that the series this grows into will be an engaging and interesting one. Not worthy of the highest praise I've seen of it, but certainly worthy of 1 credit and 20 hours of easy listening. And I bet the sequel will be 5 star worthy, in honesty and fairness.

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Cracking fantasy that takes a different tact

I think most fantasy fans will enjoy this book, especially as it offers something a bit different.

Instead of the usual good v evil battle it is told from the viewpoint of several characters, whose paths will undoubtedly collide. The great thing is you see good and bad in those characters, although some are tainted with more bad than good. The point is you can sympathise will more than one of them.

The prose isn't as impressive as some of the greats, so this won't be going into my all time classics but I was really impressed by this story.

The only thing that lets this one down is the narrator. It is as all purpose has been set on making characters sound different but the context has been totally disregarded. For example a daughter has a regal voice and her father sounds like a gruff farmer. Two brothers, brought up together, have regionally different accents. Men described brutes can sound like harmless middle managers. It does get frustrating but it doesn't ruin it.