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Herald of the Storm Welcome to Steelhaven Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, this vast cityport on the southern coast has for years been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States But now a long shadow hangs over the city, in the form of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha When his herald infiltrates the city, looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld, and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise, it could be the beginning of the end [EPUB] ✵ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – 9facts.co.uk this vast cityport on the southern coast has for years been a symbol of strength ❮Download❯ ➵ Jazz Age Stories Author F. Scott Fitzgerald – 9facts.co.uk maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States But now a long shadow hangs over the city [Read] ➮ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – 9facts.co.uk in the form of the dread Elharim warlord [KINDLE] ❅ The Wrong Blood By Manuel de Lope – 9facts.co.uk Amon Tugha When his herald infiltrates the city ❰PDF❯ ✓ The Customer-Funded Business Author John W. Mullins – 9facts.co.uk looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld [PDF] ⚣ The Affair ✯ Emma Kavanagh – 9facts.co.uk and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✩ – 9facts.co.uk it could be the beginning of the end


10 thoughts on “Herald of the Storm

  1. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    So, this book interested me for a variety of reasons, not least of them the fact that the author Richard Ford entered and won a contest to narrate a Broken Empire Jorg short story for me text audio free to download He did a great job with it too.I d seen a range of reviews for Herald of the Storm, some full of praise, some with complaints, but all of them intriguing.Now that I m done I find myself wanting to compare the story and style to other authors So, this book interested me for a variety of reasons, not least of them the fact that the author Richard Ford entered and won a contest to narrate a Broken Empire Jorg short story for me text audio free to download He did a great job with it too.I d seen a range of reviews for Herald of the Storm, some full of praise, some with complaints, but all of them intriguing.Now that I m done I find myself wanting to compare the story and style to other authors I ve read I think Malice by John Gwynne would be the closest match, with elements of Michael Sullivan s Ryria and even a splash of Jeff Salyards Scourge of the Betrayer.It s a book with many point of view characters 8 I think each commanding their own chapters, and between them covering many angles on a wide ranging event an invading army that we don t get to see, and the large capital city that they re closing in on In addition to comparing it in style and scale to Malice I could compare both to A Game of Thrones in that respect.Ford gives us view points from beggar child to heir to the throne, and all stops in between The first 8 chapters belong to 8 separate characters, so there s a steep learning curve and it s a while before you get to revisit anyone This approach may be forced upon Ford by his attempt to fit a George RR Martin s weight of story into a Prince of Thorns length well, not quite that short book It does mean though that the start is a little rough with considerable amounts of plot background information being fed to us, sometimes in as we both know conversations.Things smooth out as you get into the meat of the book and readers will find themselves selecting favorite characters whose chapters they most want to read.It s possible to map most of these characters onto standard trope figures, but that s perhaps unfair since even the most cliched character can be made fascinating by good writing and even the most promising and original character can be killed with bad prose Ford hits a lot of good notes and sets up a major conflict for book 2 that should be very exciting having had all this groundwork laid to establish the characters inside the city.I can see now that both the people who rave about the book, and the people who had reservations, have a case Ultimately it will come down to your personal reading tastes and where they lie on issues of scale, detail, pace etc.For some this will be too much story squeezed into too small a space, for others it will be bursting at the seams with drama, excitement, and imagination.I found plenty to like and would be interested to see what Ford could achieve with a truly Martinian page count Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.


  2. Richard Richard says:

    Love this book But then I wrote it, so I would wouldn t I Wouldn t I


  3. Luke Scull Luke Scull says:

    Richard Ford s publisher was kind or foolish enough to send me a copy of HERALD OF THE STORM Being a gritty fantasy debut novel very much in the vein of my own, I of course couldn t resist the opportunity to read it with a cynical eye, determined to pen a mean spirited review to discredit a rival author Why, I was even going to be so brazen as to finish it with A brave effort, but there are other, MORE STRIKING debuts out there Sadly, HERALD OF THE STORM is too bloody good for that It Richard Ford s publisher was kind or foolish enough to send me a copy of HERALD OF THE STORM Being a gritty fantasy debut novel very much in the vein of my own, I of course couldn t resist the opportunity to read it with a cynical eye, determined to pen a mean spirited review to discredit a rival author Why, I was even going to be so brazen as to finish it with A brave effort, but there are other, MORE STRIKING debuts out there Sadly, HERALD OF THE STORM is too bloody good for that It s a perfect example of tight, gritty, character driven storytelling, teeming with incredible personalities and plotted with the skill of of a virtuoso In 400 tightly written pages, Ford packs inevent and character development than many authors manage in three or four books in their bloated doorstopper epics The cast are all drawn from the pool of familiar archetypes you have the world weary old soldier with a bloody past, the street urchin, the arrogant ex nobleman, the bumbling apprentice, the feisty princess, etc but Ford embraces these fantasy staples with gusto and succeeds in making them all extremely likeable while adding his own spin to their personalities It s a pleasure to watch their stories weave together as the narrative unfolds on the decidedly grimy streets of Steelhaven The story is packed with action, humour and surprises It s very much a debut in the vein of Joe Abercrombie but this is quite possibly a better novel than THE BLADE ITSELF There really isn t much to criticise unless you re uncomfortable with lots of swearing and violence It s not quite as dark as Mark Lawrence s excellent PRINCE OF THORNS but it gets pretty gruesome in places Overall then, fantastic, and another towering victory for the west country s grimdark fantasy cabal there must be something in the cider If you only read two gritty epic fantasy debuts this year, make sure HERALD OF THE STORM is one of them


  4. Samir Samir says:

    Actual rating 3.5 stars.


  5. Liviu Liviu says:

    did not expect to have much interest in this based on earlier work by the author the prose is not bland like say in, City, the other recent epic fantasy release marked as tried not for me , but at least for now it did not work for me however this one warrants another try at a later time since at least it has energy, so who knowschanged my mind and will try this seriouslya bit surprisingly considering that I did not really get on with Kultus, I am really really enjoying Herald of the Storm did not expect to have much interest in this based on earlier work by the author the prose is not bland like say in, City, the other recent epic fantasy release marked as tried not for me , but at least for now it did not work for me however this one warrants another try at a later time since at least it has energy, so who knowschanged my mind and will try this seriouslya bit surprisingly considering that I did not really get on with Kultus, I am really really enjoying Herald of the Storm which at first i thought wouldn t interest me but liked the sample and bought it it is the gritty big capital city preparing for trouble stuff so far and with a large cast but it is just dark and cynical not really like either Joe A or KJP as the style isof the traditional stuff self serious, lacking the humor of Joe A and the irony of KJP but the content is brutal already one of the characters I thought could become important got killed, another charged to protect the local equivalent of the pope and finding him as a lecherous womanizer attempting to seduce a young nun, beats the crap out him regardless of consequences Finished Herald of the Storm by R Ford and I read the last 250 pages in a sitting as they were really compulsive the writing was still a bit raw and unpolished, but the content is just A stuff modern fantasy with multiple threads pov s that complement and intersect each other very well, twists, turns and dark, brutal, no mercy stuff The next installment became a huge asap and if the author polishes a little his writing, this series will go to the first rank of the genre ending at a good tbc no cliffhangers


  6. Michael Pang Michael Pang says:

    Great start Lots of characters and storylines being introduced so you need to approach this as the beginning of a series If you are looking for a satisfactory ending or compartmentalized book book series, this is definitely not for you.With that said, the writing is great and the aforementioned becomes a pro if you like a vast landscape with lots of characters, storylines and world building The good thing is that the 2nd book is out and you don t have to wait.Worth a shot for any fan of fan Great start Lots of characters and storylines being introduced so you need to approach this as the beginning of a series If you are looking for a satisfactory ending or compartmentalized book book series, this is definitely not for you.With that said, the writing is great and the aforementioned becomes a pro if you like a vast landscape with lots of characters, storylines and world building The good thing is that the 2nd book is out and you don t have to wait.Worth a shot for any fan of fantasy


  7. Tracey the Lizard Queen Tracey the Lizard Queen says:

    Originally reviewed here ll admit I was not expecting much I just happened to be on the library website renewing something else, when I saw this It happened to have been on my to read list I happened to have succumbed in a moment of weakness I have a virtual pile waiting for my attention I was, under no circumstances, to request anybooks from anywhere Of course, I came away with three orders I m weak.I was only about 7 or 8 chapters in wh Originally reviewed here ll admit I was not expecting much I just happened to be on the library website renewing something else, when I saw this It happened to have been on my to read list I happened to have succumbed in a moment of weakness I have a virtual pile waiting for my attention I was, under no circumstances, to request anybooks from anywhere Of course, I came away with three orders I m weak.I was only about 7 or 8 chapters in when I realized this would be quite the ride The cast of PoV s is huge There s eight of em Eight Its only a 392 page book Now you might think that causes it to feel a little thin on details Not the case The world building was limited, but I never noticed until after I finished reading the whole book The characters are totally central to the plot and they are so well written I didn t miss the particulars one background filler s coat or the finer details of Janessa s palatial home This character driven writing is great, it s a tried and tested way to get the reader to focus on the cast and consequently care about them It works really well I cared I cared a lot Which makes me wonder why this book is so under rated It truly deserves a better standing.The plot was just as great Through the various cast members we get to see the inner workings of the city Some of them cross paths, some don t, all play a vital role I struggled to pick a favourite They are all so brilliantly written If I had to I d probably go with Nobul I m a sucker for broken war veterans Although Waylian was also great, as was Merrick I suppose they all have one thing in common Their failures Nobul is a failure as a father Waylian is a failure as an apprentice, and Merrick simply a failure as a man.As we near the end everything comes together in a hugely satisfying climax, with all of the characters facing a choice of who they wish to be Wolf or shepherd, as it were


  8. John Gwynne John Gwynne says:

    Great book A character driven tale of a city facing approaching turmoil I enjoyed all of the characters and loved how they interacted as the plots mingled A must read.


  9. Scott Hitchcock Scott Hitchcock says:

    3.25 sI think the author is playing the long game with this series so this one was a bit slow I also didn t like all of the character s POVs Some I really liked though This is a mild Grimdark book in actions but the intent is there Looking forward to the rest of the series.


  10. *Absorbed in Countless Worlds* *Absorbed in Countless Worlds* says:

    Strong debut that makes the series look very promising.


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