The Tyrant’s Law

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2013 by mikemartel

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Ah Daniel Abraham! how he make my heart soar to new heights. In only a few days, more precisely on the 14th of May, “The Tyrant’s Law”, the third entry in the series “The Dagger and the Coin”, is coming out on the shelves everywhere. Like every fan of the guy I’m shaking in my pants in anticipation. The book is filled with promises of yet another great read and adventure and if you’re one of those who still haven’t took the time to read the series, well put what you’re presently reading, or hurry to finish it up, and start reading the damn series so you can get hook too. I will give you a review of the book very soon, in fact as soon as I’m done with the book itself, which shouldn’t be very long indeed. Also coming out that day is the next Brandon Sanderson, The Rithmatist. In the meantime here’s a little excerpt:

The great war cannot be stopped.

The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it.

Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has placed her in the path of war, but the greater dangers are the ones in her past and in her soul.

Widowed and disgraced at the heart of the Empire, Clara Kalliam has become a loyal traitor, defending her nation against itself. And in the shadows of the world, Captain Marcus Wester tracks an ancient secret that will change the war in ways not even he can forsee.

The Ranting Dragon’s Top 20 most anticipated books of April

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2013 by mikemartel

Every month The Ranting Dragon publish a list of the most anticipated book that are to be published that month. Rarely have I seen a bad one and this month’s list is no different. The recommandations are good and should inspire those who crave for their next book a very good opportunity to find something wonderful. If you’re like me and have a long list of “To-read” books, well this will only make it longer. Take a minute to look at the list, you won’t regret it.

First info about Terry Brook’s “The Black Irix”

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2013 by mikemartel

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Shea Ohmsford has had quite enough of quests. A year after surviving a harrowing odyssey, he is still plagued by troubling memories and dreams. A mysterious trafficker in spells and potions provides a restorative nostrum for the stricken Shea . . . along with a warning: Shea will break his vow to never again leave Shady Vale. And then the potion-maker’s prophecy comes to pass.

A thief, adventurer, and notoriously charismatic rogue, Panamon Creel unexpectedly appears in the Vale with a request for his long-time friend, Shea—journey into the untamed Northland, infiltrate the stronghold of a sinister dealer in stolen goods, and capture a precious artifact: the sacred Black Irix. Creel wishes to return this treasure to its rightful owners. Shea cannot refuse such a just cause. But what lies behind the black castle walls they must breach? And will this quest truly be their last?

So Terry Brooks is coming out a new book of course. This one actually looks pretty interesting in the fact that it’s a direct sequel to his original trilogy. This is bound to be a very interesting book since Brooks is exploring the effects of post traumatic disorder in his character. I mean atfer the poor guy went through it’s no surprise he should be going through that. Fantasy authors never really explored the subject and that is pretty surprising considering that most series are about warfare or contain a lot of it. Some characters usually become grim or cynical, but rarely if ever, do you see a character plunge in a state of profound trauma. This should be a good read and the fans of Terry Brooks should definitely be excited.

“The King’s Blood” by Daniel Abraham

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 by mikemartel

Well here’s a little review of ” The King’s Blood ” by Daniel Abraham, you’ll have to excuse the utter lack of great writing. It was rushed in a busy day. I hope you’ll enjoy it. The book is a great read and I can’t wait for the third installment this month.

 

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Numerous are the books that are interesting or fun to read, enjoyable to  a degree of comfort, but very rare indeed are the ones that captivate you whole and demand your whole attention. Few books can make you stop everything you have to do in order to loose yourself completely in them and surface out of their depth without reluctance. But when such a book cross your path you cannot help yourself from eating it and consumed every particule of its fiber. With “The Dragon’s Path”, Daniel Abraham had started an epic tale of intrigue and adventure like few others and of course as any debut, was filled with little problems that would titillate our attention, but at least not stopping us from enjoying our experience. Few writers can manage to go through those problems and shatter them with brilliance. But with “ The King’s Blood” the experienced author has manage to make the ones who we’re still unconvinced by his grand tale, completely entranced by his story.

 

The story starts pretty much where we had left it and our heroes are facing the numerous consequences of their previous acts. Dealing with difficult feelings or annoying problems. New characters are thrown into the story and old ones with smaller roles have now a more important position in the story which make for a very interesting way for moving the story forward effectively with new points of view. These changes are of course very welcome since I had found some of the previous characters to be a bit boring and to much of a stereotype. For example Marcus Webster, he’s the good old soldier with a past ravaging his mind and dreams with dreadful memories. A simple man completely focused on his task with blind loyalty and a very predictable mind. However, Abraham does manage to make his story incredibly enjoyable and interesting by moving us through the intrigues with great dexterity and with a boldness that has to be commanded. The second act ended in a pleasant surprise that is bound to make the story become even more complex that its already is and open possibilities in term of intrigues that are simply to good to be true.

 

            Our good author seems to have an incredible talent to do so with every character and every story lines in his grand epic without making it predictable or boring, but rather incredibly fascinating to watch slowly unfold. I have that Geder is the character that I’m following with relish, while created in the slightly usual mold of the soft and cowardly in search of a vengeance from his bullies, he is transforming into something new and refreshing and you cannot manage to hate him. His innocence manipulate you to see a part of himself beyond his tantrums and he is turning into an unpredictable man. His story is probably the one I’m enjoying the most for now and I cannot wait to see where the story will lead him. His path will invariably cross the one from another very interesting player in the story and that is of course the young Cithrin. Now there is a unusual woman. At first glimpse she seems like a bit of a stereotype but she slowly takes on a whole new dimension that is simply making her feeling like a breath of fresh hair in a world of literature than can easily indulged a bit to much in its comfort zone. With every characters, Abraham’s take us slowly out of the usual path without being to different and loosing our interest. We can safely say that Cithrin is one of the most essential character of this story and that the author need to be very careful with what he will make her do, if not, he is risking much more that can appear. The presence of a new main point of view in the character of Clara Dawson is a welcome addition to the story and one that is full of promise for the future of the series.

 

            A lot can be said about “A Dagger and the Coin” and we could be very tempted to but it in a category that might put it in a slightly disadvantageous position. I would be one of the first to put this series with the biggest out there such as “A Song of Ice and Fire” or “The Wheel of Time”, but I fear it would be living in their shadows since those works of epic proportion are not of the same level. Daniel Abraham seems to have decided to leave a bit of his world-building aside in order to concentrate our attention entirely on the story. This can cause some confusion for the reading at times, especially since the author gives us multiple hints of a very complex and history filled world much bigger than what it seems. This confusion is particularly strong when it comes to the subject of the thirteen races that populates this vast world. “The Dragon’s Path” had left us with many questions about which are somehow partially answered in the second opus of the series, but we are still left with a lot of questions about the mechanics of Abraham’s universe. When put in the presence of the work of authors such as Georges R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson or Brandon Sanderson, this one can pale in comparison and loose some of it’s shine. Fortunately, the brilliance and talent of the writer is such that he deserves to be put amongst the very top of the pantheon of fantasy creators. The scope of this series cannot be ignored and is simply filled with promises that are impossible to go unnoticed.

 

            “The King’s Blood” is a definite experience that deserves a lot more attention and should find a place on your reading list immediately. If you are one to be fascinated by thick intrigues and juicy stories of adventures well this is a promise of satisfaction. It impossible not to get excited about “The Dagger and the Coin” and where it is going. The third installment is coming very soon, in fact in less than a month if everything goes well and will indubitably make the fans craving for a lot more. If Abraham’s is keeping the pace he has set in the first two books, we can be sure the series will grow in quality with every new book coming out and will create an enduring work of pure bliss.

The ultimate geek calendar for the month of may

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 by mikemartel

Well it’s been a horribly long time since I’ve made a post, sorry about that. The absence of internet at home and the lack of time are really not helping. But I found this little gem today and thought I would share it with you. If you find yourself not knowing what to do this month or just to stay ahead of the curve for the multiple things coming out this month, just check this great little calendar, it will help you greatly.

http://io9.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-science-fiction-and-fantasy-in-ma-486190458

New Michael Whelan illustrations

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2013 by mikemartel

I’m just leaving this little illustrations of Michael Whelan out here for the fan of the series ”The Stormlight Archive”, because it’s cool.

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CJ Cherryh’s ”The Morgaine Stories” to be adapted for T.V.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2013 by mikemartel

The coming of A song of Ice and Fire to television has create a whole new interest in the fantasy genre and people are getting more and more into it. I love that our beloved genre is gaining more respect and attention and recently producer Aaron Magnani, creator of the show “18 Wheel Butterfly” is planning to bring CJ cherryh’s ”the Morgaine Stories” to the small screen. This is a very good news for the fans and I will definitely be on the look-out for the show when it comes out.

On the same note, two other series will be made into miniseries; Arthur C. Clarke’s ”Childhood’s end” and Larry Niven ”Ringworld”. This is very cool news and I can’t wait to see the result.