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Cry of the Newborn: The Ascendants of Estorea 1 Kindle Edition
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The large scale battles are detailed and exhilarating. Cry of the Newborn is a satisyingly self-contained fantasy blockbuster.. set against a more thoughtful, realistic background. - David LangfordA novel of staggering scope and skilfull storytelling. The Cry of the Newborn is a massive and epic work and looks likely to (deservedly) cement Barclay's place amongst the UK's very best fantasy storytellers. - John BerlyneThe large scale battles are detailed and exhilarating. Cry of the Newborn is a satisyingly self-contained fantasy blockbuster.. set against a more thoughtful, realistic background. - SFX - David LangfordA novel of staggering scope and skilfull storytelling. The Cry of the Newborn is a massive and epic work and looks likely to (deservedly) cement Barclay's place amongst the UK's very best fantasy storytellers. - SF REVU - John Berlyne --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
A completely new, breakout series from 'the Sergio Leone of the genre'(SFX) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File size : 2414 KB
- Print length : 836 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Gollancz (23 December 2009)
- ASIN : B0037472MU
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 942,182 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mr. Michael Malone
great read!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2020
Its been a while since I've read Barclay's work and I'm now wondering why it took me so long to get back to him. He's so good at this stuff. Epic fantasy at its best. Just a wee niggle with all the battle scenes - while being well depicted I found them a bit long - could have done with a stronger edit there maybe? Anywho, it didn't put me off the book I still really enjoyed it and will be getting the follow-up shortly.
Great first bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2013
This is the first book of the Ascendents of Estorea duology, and what a way to start the series. The characters are well done, the environment is brilliant, and I love how the society is reminiscent of Ancient Rome. It really works very well. Be warned though, this book is long. That won't be a problem for most fantasy reader,s but if this your first foray into fantasy fiction, then you might find the size slightly daunting. I didn't find it so, as the story was so well written and paced that it just seemed to flow along at breakneck pace, with the Ascendents (children with magical power) learn how to control their abilities, and learn how use them in the world, as well as growing up and becoming possible future leaders. If you are a fan of huge battles, political intrigue, great characterisation and a good magic system, adde to a sense of history, then this book is for you.
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Very Good condition?Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2020
The book was a 12 year old ex library book in what I would consider a not quite good condition. However I think it arrived on time and is definitely readable so I'm not complaining.
worth sticking withReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2009
i have to agree in part with the poorer reviews, this is not as fast or as witty as the raven books all of which i thought were great. It does take a lot of time for the characters to take shape and few of them grabbed my interest immediately. The roman type empire was a little hard to get a handle on initially, unless of course you already have good roman knowledge. It is worth sticking with it though because it does pick up considerably and by the time you reach the end you really do want to find out what is comming in the second book, which is far more interesting and moves at a much faster pace.
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