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Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people.
First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution.
Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one small child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that might get them all killed....
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By Stephen on 09-19-14
Joe Ambercrombie style
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If you like Joe Ambercrombie style work - great characters, rough and raw, bad language, but always great twists with a very good narrator - you'll like this book. :-)
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By R. J. Thorne on 10-02-14
Gritty and funny, ASOIF fans stop here
From the start, the character of Dug grabbed me. Very real feel. Spring, the young girl, reminds me a lot of Arya Stark, only more witty. Sometimes the similes got a little over done, but nevertheless very imaginative. You feel the tension when you're supposed to and laugh when the author wants you to. The main character's back story was woven into the plot bit by bit, keeping you interested in Dug's past without distracting from the main thrust of the plot.
It's gruesome and lots of harsh language and scenes. I grimaced at some of the torture scenes. Not for the young.
The narrator was perfect. Being a yank, I love hearing fantasy in British accents. For a first novel, this was a very good entry. Glad I gave it a chance.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful