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King of Ashes: First book in the extraordinary new fantasy trilogy by the Sunday Times bestselling author of MAGICIAN!: Book 1 Paperback – 15 April 2019
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The world of Garn once boasted five great kingdoms, until the King of Ithrace was defeated and every member of his family executed by Lodavico, the ruthless King of Sandura, a man with ambitions to rule the world.
Ithrace's ruling family were the legendary Firemanes, and represented a great danger to the other kings. Now four great kingdoms remain, on the brink of war. But rumour has it that the newborn son of the last king of Ithrace survived, carried off during battle and sequestered by the Quelli Nacosti, a secret society whose members are trained to infiltrate and spy upon the rich and powerful throughout Garn. Terrified that this may be true, and that the child will grow to maturity with bloody revenge in his heart, the four kings have placed a huge bounty on the child's head.
In the small village of Oncon, Declan is apprenticed to a master blacksmith, learning the secrets of producing the mythical king's steel. Oncon is situated in the Covenant, a neutral region lying between two warring kingdoms. Since the Covenant was declared, the region has existed in peace, until violence explodes as slavers descend upon the village to capture young men to press as soldiers for Sandura.
Declan must escape, to take his priceless knowledge to Baron Daylon Dumarch, ruler of Marquensas, perhaps the only man who can defeat Lodavico of Sandura, who has now allied himself with the fanatical Church of the One, which is marching across the continent, imposing its extreme form of religion upon the population and burning unbelievers as they go.
Meanwhile, on the island of Coaltachin, the secret domain of the Quelli Nacosti, three friends are being schooled in the deadly arts of espionage and assassination: Donte, son of one of the most powerful masters of the order; Hava, a serious girl with fighting abilities that can set any opponent on their back; and Hatu, a strange, conflicted lad in whom fury and calm war constantly, whose hair is a bright and fiery shade of red…
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‘This is a knockout.’
Publisher’s Weekly (praise for Queen of Storms)
PRAISE FOR KING OF ASHES
‘File under guilty pleasure’
‘Get in at the start of a master’s new series’
‘Epic scope…vivid imagination…a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy’
First book in the extraordinary new fantasy trilogy by the Sunday Times bestselling author of MAGICIAN!
- Publisher : Voyager GB (15 April 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007264860
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007264865
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only positive is the overall plot is interesting. However, the characters are lightly sketched and difficult to like.
As a fan of much of Feist’s earlier work ‘King of Ashes’ is a complete let down. Significant room for improvement for the sequel.
It's the story of an orphan boy (no not like Pug) called Hatu who is brought up by assassins and sometime pirates. He knows that he isn't like the children but he isn't sure why. It took me a while to get really interested in it, but once I did, I found it a good read.
So yes, it's a bit like all the other fantasy books out there, orphan is really a king, not sure if this one will actually save the world though.
So looking forward to once again enjoying the adventures under the pen of a great Author.
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Leaving aside the plot and storyline merits of Feist in this endeavour, as Mrs Tait said in my 1973 school report, I’m easily distracted and this edition has plenty of editing errors that do just that.
Seems to me that every 3 or 4 pages there was a spelling error, examples being hut in place of but and arc for are. Got to the point that I was looking for the mistakes and felt like an unpaid proof-reader.
Can only assume that HarperVoyager gave this one to an executive’s niece on summer work experience to run through a MS spell checker whilst she was also otherwise engaged looking at pictures of cats with sunglasses on Facebook.
Sloppy and unprofessional production QC, not worthy of a writer of Feist’s prestige and value to the publisher.
4 stars but 1 deducted for poor housekeeping so only a 3 from me.
All of which makes King of Ashes all the more disappointing. I was so excited for this that I pre-ordered which I've never done before. If I didn't know this was written by REF I'd have never guessed. The storyline was not gripping at all, there was no wondering what came next, no being unable to put the book down without knowing what happens next. Nothing really happens and it's clearly been written without an end so that you need to read the next in the series. Which I find disappointing from an author such as REF. I'm used to reading 99p books where the stories cut off half way and you have to buy the next (more expensive) book, but REF's have always been complete in their own right dispite being trilogys and it's his fantastic storytelling which draws you back for more. Not so with this one. The characters lacked depth and it was very very repetitive. REF is almost patronising in assuming that the reader doesn't understand or remember the characters and spells everything out again and again. In places whole paragraphs have been repeated one after another but in new words. The characters are OK, but we don't learn enough about them to have any real attachment to any of them and I found myself not really caring what happens, a far cry from feeling like I was living in Midkemia when reading REF's other books.
Overall this was very bland. I'm saddened to write such a thing about anything by Raymond E. Feist. I really hope that Raymond's true genius is demonstrated in the next in the series.
I didn't notice any spelling or grammar errors in the print edition.