Set in an alternate nineteenth century, muskets and magic are weapons to be feared in the first spectacular epic Fantasy Book Critic in Django Wexlers Shadow Campaigns series.Captain Marcus dIvoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empires colonial garrisons, was serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpostuntil a rebellion left him in charge of a demoralized force clinging to a small fortress at the edge of the desert To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must lead her men into battle against impossible odds Their fate depends on Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich Under his command, Marcus and Winter feel the tide turning and their allegiance being tested For Januss ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernaturala realm with the power to reshape the known world and change the lives of everyone in its path....
|Title||:||The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns, Band 1)|
|Publisher||:||Ace 1 Juli 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||624 Seiten|
|File Size||:||793 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns, Band 1) Reviews
This book deserves 5 glittering perfect stars.I had no idea what I was getting myself into, when I started this book. I suspect, I had it on my "Want to read" list based on some goodreads recommendation, but I wasn't even sure what it was about, when I started it.Well it's about the military. The story is set in a colonial outpost in a desert country. But the comfortable life is over, when the new colonel appears with a bunch of new recruits and pursues the rebels that plague the country.At the beginning of the story, only a slight hint of magic is mentioned and the story focuses more on telling the story of the soldiers, their captain and corporals. This leaves the reader time to make himself familiar will all the military brimborium. As the pace of the story quickens, the fantastical elements gradually grow, ending in a climax that leave you craving for the next book.The characters are well thought through and easy enough to build a connect to as a reader. The two protagonists are easy enough to like and as a reader I felt with them when they went through their ordeal.There are the one or other plot twists, especially at the end. Otherwise the story is pretty straight forward. It is fun though, to try to anticipate how the protagonists could get themselves out of their predicament - in which they find themselves quite often.5 stars for a formidable military flintlock adventure
This one starts as a military fantasy with the feel of a historical fiction. The first part, though very well executed, didn't particularly strike home with me. Military fiction, meh, not my particular favorite.But after about half of the book the story gets a twist and becomes a fantasy novel, characters move into the spotlight and push battle outcomes and military decisions out of it. Magic becomes important, as do personal conflicts.Don't misunderstand me, the change isn't dramatic, and the first part isn't bad. As it is, the book works very well. But if it had ended as it had begun, i wouldn't have cared for a sequel.I'm not overly excited, and can't even put my finger on a reason. Everything is okay with this book.There are just so many books i like more.I'll probably give the sequel a chance when i run out of books i want to read... yeah...
I really like it. It has a non-fatal flaw, but one that requires considerable trust if the reader wants and is expecting magical fantasy.Which is to say that it takes a while -- too long for my comfort level, and maybe even for my tastes. It takes a while, but it does come.In the meantime, there are some competently-written Napoleonic-era, colonial battle scenes to get the reader through, and we get to know some appealing characters, if not all as intriguing (not early on, in any case) as I might have liked.All of it gets better towards the end. Not so much the writing, which remains good throughout, but the characters, the promised sub-plots, and the promised, finally-redeemed, magical system (which is quite intriguing and well, if too briefly, revealed.And if that sounds a tepid review...it is only partially intended to be. It WAS a very good, if not terrific read.On the other hand, I VERY MUCH EXPECT, that the second book in the series - now that the magic AND the real plot have been revealed - -will be much more fun and, frankly, an over-all more engrossing read. The first installment really would have benefited from having the magic and related sub-plots having been offered up much earlier, but, for all the ambivalence of THIS review, I am eager to plunge into the second installment. The game is now afoot. The magic is unleashed. I can't imagine either will be containable past the first few chapters...and so long as they are not, this next book should be a helluva read.
I'm giving it 3.5 stars and rounding down to 3. Which is a lot more than I expected to give honestly.The book is bloated with pages upon pages of battle scenes that, to be frank, were really incredibly boring. The problem wasn't necessarily the writing, but more of: I don't care who wins the battle, I don't know enough about either side, I don't care about these characters all that much.Also... I have a really high standard when it comes to battle scenes. It's really not enough to just say a character is clever. I want to know why a character is clever. I want to know the odds stacked against them and see them escape by the skin of their teeth. I swore I wasn't going to say it here but I just can't help myself. Uhtred gives me bee bombs. Uhtred gives me lepers and reanimated corpses and oracles and Trojan horses.Colonel Janus gives me... bluffing and educated guesses.Come on man.Now that the unpleasant part is out of the way- I am happy to say that I did really, thoroughly enjoy the latter half of the book. I think Winter's character and story was far superior to Marcus's bland white knight, obedient soldier routine.The writing was fine. Some of the plot points were relatively predictable (Bobby... the Steel Ghost... Adrecht...).I have an idea what the Thousand Names are now and why they are significant. I'm excited to see where Winter's story goes. If Marcus gets left out of the second book I will shed no tears. I do wish the author would not interrupt a battle scene to describe a cricket statue with enormous junk... but it was a debut novel so I'm hoping some of the pacing issues will be solved in the next book. Which I absolutely do intend to read, though I am in no rush.All in all- I would recommend this to fantasy readers with lots of patience.
I read this book to fulfill the category of Military Fantasy for a book reading challenge (Fantasy Bingo) and it was squarely within that subgenre. The prologue was really interesting with a lot of political machinations that had some definite potential, but then when the book gets going your POV is immediately moved to a military encampment on the edge of the desert. There are several POV characters that make this interesting to read. My favorite was Winter, but I don't want to give any spoilers as to why.There is quite a bit of military strategy and description of terrain, formations and how battles take place. Obviously, this is to be expected in a military fantasy book. I think it hit a good balance of being extremely descriptive so you could follow the action and not overwhelming you. The book follows a military force on a campaign into the desert and the writing really captures the stark geography and problems of moving a military force through inhospitable territory.There's not a lot of emphasis on magic until the very end of the book when the action becomes really intense. The end of the book definitely sets it up for a sequel which I'm sure I'll read sooner or later!