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The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns) Kindle Edition
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“Give me the Thousand Names.”
The ancient voice trailed off into a fading whisper.
“As you wish…”
A new sound filled the cavern. A hiss, rising from the shadows in every direction at once, like the sound of a kettle just before it rises to a shriek. There were a hundred kettles, a thousand, echoing and re-echoing until the whole vast temple seemed to be alive.
“Kill them,” Mother’s voice said, echoing louder and louder until it thundered through the hiss of the smoke.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
“Kill them all!”
Exceptional military fantasy -- Jason M. Hough, National Bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator
The Coolest Fantasy Story You'll Read This Week, i09
Extremely strong debut, flintlock fantasy at its best ... there’s a new military fiction cowboy in town and his name is Django. -- Nick Sharps, SF Signal
I absolutely loved it. Wexler balances the actions of his very human characters with just the right amount of imaginative "magic" to keep me wanting more -- Taylor Anderson, National Bestselling Author of the Destroyerman Series --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 2012 KB
- Print length : 529 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (5 March 2020)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0451465105
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B0855DV1PS
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 172,401 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The beginning of the book I found a bit of a slog to read; info-dumps, awkward names and the lack of any movement didn't convince me early on that this was something I'd want to continue reading.
Once the plot gets moving though, the main strength of the book comes to the fore: its characters. The two POV focus-points, Marcus and Winter, are given backgrounds, real personality and are the kinds that make understandable decisions as the plot progresses: they're likeable, and really helped turn large parts of the book into compelling reading for me that otherwise wouldn't have been.
The plot itself isn't particularly interesting, the Arabia-esque desert style setting works fine, but most of the book simply follows an army from engagement-to-engagement. Action set-pieces a-plenty are fine, though verging on getting a little tired toward the latter half, but do serve effectively to broaden out the POV characters and the interesting set of secondary characters, particularly the mercurial Colonel Vhalnich.
The final stages of the book introduce a magic system. Subtly hinted at earlier in various chapters, its final revelation isn't exactly spectacular – the religious overtones not helping one bit – but was effective enough, despite a tame "boss-battle", that I'd be interested in finding out the next part in the stories of Winter, Janus and the captain.
I'm not exactly running to The Shadow Throne (the follow-up novel), but I'll get to it at some point.
The rest of the book didn't really grip me. I'm not sure if the military aspect of the book was too dominant (which wouldn't be the book's fault, since that's its genre) or if me and Marcus just didn't click. Sadly half the book is about Marcus, and I just couldn't bring myself to care about him or his arc.
The world building is clever and intricate, the magic system promising. I thought the first half of the book was quite slow, and I ended up finding the bad guys much more interesting than the good guys. I wish we could have seen more of the other side. Their magic is nifty!
Maybe in the next book?
Other than the convincing fighting, the greatest strength here is the characterization. You will really care about Winter, about Count Janus the superbly gifted and eccentric colonel, well-meaning Marcus, and the others.
I might mention that I come to fantasy largely for those moments when ‘something else’ – call it magic, call it poetry – shines through. In this book that didn’t happen for a while; but then it did. The moments when that happens here are comparatively few, but they are all powerful.
There is a lot here that will linger in the memory. Recommended.
I’ve come to find –recently in particular- that I am a great fan of military fantasy, which I think The Thousand Names should certainly be classed as. The fact as well that it challenges the traditional ‘sword and shield’ fantasy trope, made the read a voyage of discovery for me.
I engaged with the plot quickly, enjoying the fact that ‘magic’ was considered mysterious by the protagonists and was therefore side-lined to a certain extent. While the twists were a little predictable in places (at the risk of spoilers, one of the characters not being what (s)he seemed), the ingenuity displayed by the protagonists in various of the tight spots they found themselves in was incredibly entertaining.
Overall I found the book very entertaining, in large part for its focus on the military and campaigning aspects. The way the sequel was set up in the last chapter makes me wonder whether or not I will enjoy it to the same extent. On the strength of The Thousand Names however, I am certainly willing to give it more than a chance.
It's a sort of Joe Abercrombie type of a Sharpe (you know, the real Bernard Cornwall books; I do hope I've got his name right, that'd be embarrassing...)
but yes, a Joe Abercrombie version. so it's kind of like a book which is gritty and realistic; I love gritty and realistic. but it's not really either.
the goodies are unilaterally good. the baddies are simply bad. the twist isn't very unexpected.
but like the aforementioned JA, it's a really good story, with engaging characters who have their own voices and motivations. the world is to simplistic to compare to Steven Erikson, Robert Jordan or GRRM, but it works.
in this post game of thrones fantasy genre, where awful books are churned out to cash in, this is a good story and a very enjoyable read. there isn't much better.
actually, the red knight by miles Cameron is much better.but if you've read that, this is also pretty good.