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The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some 80 years ago thanks to Nall's Engine, a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the engine created the Misery - a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a no-man's-land along the frontier. But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the engine fails to launch.
Galharrow escapes only because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic's defences. Far across the Misery, a vast army is on the move, as the empire prepares to call the republic's bluff.
Blackwing is a gritty epic fantasy for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Daniel Polansky.
Read by Colin Mace.
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By Dan on 01-05-18
Mark Lawrence better up his game or this lad will be king of grimdark. Can't wait for more - hope they keep the same narrator too
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By Luke Beckett on 08-24-17
It turns out I like grimdark fantasy after all
I chose this book after an Amazon recommendation, which I don't usually do, but I thought I'd take a punt on a new author.
This book was great! Gripping story, characters that develop more and more as the story goes on - Galharrow, the narrator, unfurls into a really memorable lead character, who you want to spend more time with.
I've previously tried other novels described to be as 'Grimdark' - which seems to mean that the main character is a bit of a nasty git.
I read Paul Hoffman's trilogy, but thought it peaked with Left Hand of God. I enjoyed it though.
I wanted to like Mark Lawrence. The plot kept me turning pages to the end of each book, but I found the lead character two dimensional and tiresome by the end.
This was everything I wanted those books to be! It blew them out of the water.
The premise reminded me of Chronicles of the Black Company, but with more vivid storytelling.
I also really loved that, while there's lots of potential for more books in the series, the narrative of this one finished its ark with the book. I'll be waiting eagerly to read the next one, but it's great not to always need that to finish the story.
The narrator was really good. A very convincing Galharrow who can carry off everyone else's voice too.
I didn't realise Nen was an Aussie though...
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By Sharron on 01-15-18
Entertaining and gritty
The narrator has been matched perfectly with this gutsy debut novel. There is a fantastic use of language that draws the reader in. The audio needs to be edited a little better as there are some repeats throughout, but in all thoroughly enjoyable. I would highly recommend anyone interested in a post apocalyptic/ fantasy novel who isn’t scared of a bit of bad language. 😄
By Anders Haywood on 08-13-17
A definite purchase!
This is a great new series that I can't recommend enough!
The voice acting is quite good (except for the female ones), but the story is phenomenal.
I'd really recommend giving this a go.