Quote: The Curse Of Chalion, “I Don’t Duel Boy…”


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“I don’t duel, boy. I kill as a soldier kills, which is as a butcher kills, as quickly, efficiently, and with as least risk to myself as I can arrange.”

Lois McMaster Bujold
The Curse Of Chalion

 
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Quote: Brilliance Of The Moon, “Your Lands Will Stretch From…”


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“Your lands will stretch from sea to sea. But peace comes at the price of bloodshed. Five battles will bring you peace, four to win and one to lose. Many must die, but you yourself are safe from death, except at the hands of your own son.”

 
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Review: The Curse Of Chalion By Lois McMaster Bujold


A DARK CLOUD HANGS OVER THE HOUSE OF CHALION

A RELUCTANT HERO IS THRUST INTO THE ROLE OF SAVIOUR, TO PROTECT THE ROYAL HEIR TO THE THRONE FROM A SINISTER CURSE

 

Book CoverThe Curse Of Chalion
(World Of The Five Gods, Book 1)

Lois McMaster Bujold

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 448 Pages
Date: 11th April 2006 (First Published 2000)

ISBN-10: 0061134244
ISBN-13: 978-0061134241

 
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Lois McMaster Bujold is an author whose name is, perhaps, synonymous with science fiction. However, no reader could have any genuine concerns when a writer of her calibre chooses to step somewhat out of her comfort zone to write a high fantasy novel. Bujold is, after all, one of the most acclaimed and decorated genre authors ever, with four Hugo Awards for best novel to her name; equalling Robert Heinlein’s record. That being the case, it should come as no surprise to learn that The Curse Of Chalion is a splendid novel, coming as it does, from a writer with such a pedigree.

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Review: Shades Of Milk And Honey By Mary Robinette Kowal


THRIFTY SHADES OF JANE AUSTEN

AN UNAPPRECIATED SPINSTER UNEXPECTEDLY FINDS LOVE WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN APPRECIATE HER MAGICAL TALENTS

 

Book CoverShades Of Milk And Honey
(Glamourist Histories, Book 1)

Mary Robinette Kowal

Genre: Alternate History, Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Corsair
Format: Paperback, 272 Pages
Date: 3rd October 2013 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 1472102495
ISBN-13: 978-1472102492

 
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Some authors, whether knowingly or unknowingly, wear their influences on their sleeves. It is often possible to read the work of any given writer then accurately deduce who and what has influenced the story. Anybody who reads Mary Robinette Kowal’s novel, Shades Of Milk And Honey, the first book of the Glamourist Histories series, won’t need to guess the who and the what that provided the inspiration for her writing. She unabashedly embraces her fondness for Regency era literature in general, and her love of Jane Austen in particular. In fact, if you strip away the book’s fantasy element, Shades Of Milk And Honey could very well have been authored by Austen herself.

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Review: Temeraire By Naomi Novik


THE NAPOLEONIC WARS WITH 100% MORE DRAGONS

A STOIC NAVAL OFFICER EMBARKS UPON A SWASHBUCKLING JOURNEY OF DUTY, HONOUR, LOYALTY, AND ABOVE ALL ELSE FRIENDSHIP

 

Book CoverTemeraire
(Temeraire, Book 1)

Naomi Novik

Genre: Alternate History, Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
Date: 16th June 2011 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 0007451423
ISBN-13: 978-0007451425

 
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Imagine, if you will, that you are a writer with an interest in a particular period of European history; the Napoleonic Wars, for example. You know that you would like to write a story about, and set during this period. But you have no interest in writing historical fiction. Instead you want to create an alternate history take of this time but want to avoid producing a conventional “what if?” story which simply changes the outcome of one or more specific events. You decide that you will write something much more to your liking by incorporating elements from a genre you do have an interest in writing; High Fantasy. What are the chances that your idea to make this alternate history tale a little more fantastical, amounts to: just add dragons? Not very likely. Yet this is essentially what author, Naomi Novik, has done with her début novel, Temeraire. (Also known as His Majesty’s Dragon.)

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Review: The Fallen Blade By Jon Courtenay Grimwood


ACT ONE OF THE ASSASSINI

A CONFUSED ALTERNATE HISTORY TALE THAT PROMISES SO MUCH, BUT DELIVERS SO LITTLE ON ACCOUNT OF ITS IDENTITY CRISIS

 

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(The Assassini Trilogy, Book 1)

Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
Date: 5th April 2012 (First Published 2011)

ISBN-10: 1841498467
ISBN-13: 978-1841498461

 
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Having picked up the book on a whim, knowing next to nothing about its premise, ergo having no expectations going in, there is a part of me that feels almost guilty for being disappointed with The Fallen Blade. So much so that I read it twice hoping that a second reading would dispose me to viewing the book more favourably; it didn’t. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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Review: Tigana By Guy Gavriel Kay


BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

A LONG GESTATING REBELLION CROSSES MORAL LINES TO LIBERATE A LAND, AND PRESERVE THE HISTORY AND IDENTITY OF ITS PEOPLE

 

Book CoverTigana

Guy Gavriel Kay
 

Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 816 Pages
Date: 3rd February 2011

ISBN-10: 0007342047
ISBN-13: 978-0007342044

 
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It would be easy for me to tell you that Guy Gavriel Kay’s most famous work, Tigana, is about a disparate group of people coming together to bring an end to twenty years of occupation of their homeland. But that would be a very shallow description of this tale. Scratch beneath the surface, you will find that Tigana is fundamentally a story about identity and history. An examination of the extremes that victors in war can go to in their efforts to re-write or completely destroy the identity and history of a conquered people. A book that will undoubtedly cause you to ask yourself to what lengths can you justifiably go to in order to preserve your identity and history from aggressors who seek to eliminate it.

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