Not as "polished" as the Monarchies of God series or even The Ten Thousand but still full of the gritty realism often synonymous with military fiction and peppered with plenty of quite well described battle scenes. Certainly a better than average read.Having enjoyed his recent book, The Ten Thousand, I had notice that Monarchies of the God is going to be rereleased in omnibus form. Any comments on what they are like?
Not as "polished" as the Monarchies of God series or even The Ten Thousand but still full of the gritty realism often synonymous with military fiction and peppered with plenty of quite well described battle scenes. Certainly a better than average read.
In some ways perhaps even darker than his current Monarchies series.
Any word on his re-acquiring his rights to the Sea Beggars series? It would be nice for him, and us, to have his books all in print, under the same publisher.
(note: no unicorns in the book)
OOPS...sorry Wert. You are correct. I meant to say I didn't find Monarchies of God series quite as polished as Sea-Beggars (to date) but in some ways darker.I'm confused by this. Should the first reference actually be The Sea-Beggars series and the second actually be the Macht series (or whatever you want to call the loosely-connected series comprising The Ten Thousand, Corvus and Kings of Morning)?.
I just received the omnibus editions of The Monarchies of God. If the opening sequence involving the mysterious ship coming out of the west is not enough to grab you by the, um, well, you get my point, then I don't what will! Holy crap, that bit actually scared me! Great beginning, and I'm 200 pages in and loving it.
If one likes Erikson's stuff, they'll definitely like Kearney. I read The Ten Thousand last year, it is was really, really good. Monarchies of God is very good, very gritty, almost historical fantasy as Werthead points out about. Kind of like a Guy Gavriel Kay book, except covered in blood, mud and gunpowder, and of course without Kay's lyrical style. Kearney's style is very direct, but he knows how to use words like "chiaroscuro" in a sentence, and his writing can approach a level of beauty that few of the other, gritty fantasy writers can achieve.
I'm only 200 pages in, but I must recommend it to others.
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