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A brand-new historical fantasy from a legend of the genre. Fans of Bernard Cornwall, Conn Iggulden and Joe Abercrombie will love this.

Reinmar of Bielawa, sometimes known as Reynevan, is a doctor, a magician and, according to some, a charlatan.

Discovered in bed with the wife of a high-born knight, he must flee his normal life. But his journeys will lead him into a part of Europe which will be overtaken by chaos. Religious tension between Hussite and Catholic countries is threatening to turn into war.

Pursued not only by the affronted Stercza brothers, bent on vengeance, but also by the Holy Inquisition, and with strange, mystical forces gathering in the shadows, Reynevan finds himself in the Narrenturm, the Tower of Fools. The Tower is an asylum for the mad, or for those who dare to think differently and challenge the prevailing order. The 'patients' of this institution form a gallery of colourful types including the young Copernicus, proclaiming the truth of his heliocentric solar system.

But can Reynevan escape the Tower, and avoid being drawn in to the conflict around him, without losing his own mind?

The first in an epic new trilogy set during the vibrantly depicted Hussite Wars by Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the best-selling Witcher series that has become an international phenomenon and inspired a best-selling videogame and Netflix show.

Translated by David French, who worked with Sapkowski on six Witcher books.

©2020 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Excellent historical fantasy

Andrzej Sapkowski and Peter Kenny prove yet again that they form a genious duo!
Outstanding performance by Kenny!
The novel itself is a well written and entertaining one. There are many historical names, dates and events to keep track of, which may not be every listener's cup of tea, but this also adds depth to the novel.

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Great start to a new series.

As this is a concept I've come into blind, I don't know much back story. Unlike the Witcher where I had played the game and had a general sense of the whole idea. However, I think that Andrzej Sapkowski is off to a great start. The characters and story very well fleshed out and it definitely has the combination of brutally honest world views mixed in with amazing dark humour. Add to this the fact that Peter Kenny's narration brings the whole world to life and I for one, can't wait for book two to be released.

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So glad it’s finished ...

This was a book made tedious by being undecided. It was a mix of detailed academic history diluting what might have been a good adventure - it couldn’t seem to make up it’s mind and so both faltered. If I was still able to read a hard copy, I could have whizzed through the endless names and lineage, but whilst listening didn’t want to miss any of the actual story restarting. The hero (!) was sadly unengaging but despite wanting to know what happens with his cohorts, will not bother with the series as it gets released

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Heavy but so atmospheric

It is very rich in elements of the period - names, places, languages and folklore. I would advise against trying to remember every detail since there are just so many of them. It's better to see them as parts of the style. The ones worth remembering are repeated often enough.
It's not a light read, but if it's not a problem then I can't recommend it strongly enough.

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A bit conflicted

I didn't enjoy this as book as much as the Witcher series of books.