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by Gav Thorpe,Paul Young

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ISBN: 0857660586
Author: Gav Thorpe,Paul Young
Language: English
Publisher: Angry Robot; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 494
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The Crown of the Blood is set in a world that resembles with a mix between the Roman and Middle Eastern empires, but with Gav Thorpe’s personal additions to the mixture that make his world captivating and interesting.

The Crown of the Blood is set in a world that resembles with a mix between the Roman and Middle Eastern empires, but with Gav Thorpe’s personal additions to the mixture that make his world captivating and interesting. Gav Thorpe has written more than a dozen novels and even more short stories. Growing up in tedious town just north of London, he originally intended to be an illustrator but after acknowledging an inability to draw or paint he turned his hand to writing.

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PRAISE FOR GAV THORPE Thorpe writes strong, uncluttered narrative, and his characters actually sound like real .

PRAISE FOR GAV THORPE Thorpe writes strong, uncluttered narrative, and his characters actually sound like real people. Tom Holt, SFX The battle scenes are truly epic and Thorpe doesn't. I immersed myself in the book and devoured it in four sessions; it reads extremely well, the story unfolding at a measured pace, gently (but repeatedly) coaxing you into reading 'just to the end of this chapter'. The Purging of Kadillus.

Crown of the Blood isn't about Rome per se, but a sort of semi-fantasy version of it. An even more brutal version . An even more brutal version in which generals leading their legions ride giant man-eating battle lions against barbarian hordes who, in turn, sic what we can only call dinosaurs on them.

The stunning conclusion to the Crown of the Blood trilogy. Ullsaard rules the known world. All are subject to his will. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Gav Thorpe has written more than a dozen novels and even more short stories. Gav spent 14 years as a developer for Games Workshop on the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 before going freelance in 2008. It is claimed (albeit solely by our Gav, frankly) that he is merely a puppet of a mechanical hamster called Dennis that intends to take over the world via the global communications network. When not writing, Gav.

The Crown of the Blood is a testosterone-fueled, dinosaur-punch of a book. Gav Thorpe, along with Paul Kearney, Stephen Pressfield and David Drake, writes war as it should be written: brutal, dark, bloody, treacherous, confusing, and insane. and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful. This is one of Thorpe's best novels.

We do not choose where and when we fight, that choice lies only with the Blood. As Askhos promised, the empire has grown and prospered under the rule of his heirs. I would not doubt his teaching just because you're sore of the sun and have sand in your boots. Ullsaard said nothing, knowing the truth of what Cosuas said, but finding it hard to reconcile with his own desire to push on for the glory of Askhor. He liked to think of the empire as an ailur, a beast with hunger and passion that needed to be constantly fed and directed, its energies focussed on strength and growth

The stunning conclusion to the epic Crown of the Blood trilogy. All are subject to his will

The stunning conclusion to the epic Crown of the Blood trilogy.

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ULLSAARD HAS CONQUERED THE KNOWN WORLD. All have fallen before his armies.Now it's time to take the long journey home, back to the revered heart of the great Empire he had helped create for his distant masters. But when he returns to the capital, life there is so very different from what he had believed. Could it be that everything he has fought for, has conquered and killed for, has been a lie?File Under: Epic Fantasy [ Conquering Armies | A Vast Empire | Temple Of Shadows | Rebellion And War ]

Comments:

Zeueli
One of the things that has bothered me about fantasy for a long time is how homogeneous it has become. The vast majority of them are based on a medieval European society, with technology and geography that matches. My opinion, as a novelist and reader of fantasy, is that Greco-Roman stuff is so much more compelling in terms of style, ambition, and plot. Instead of presenting us with a cold, underpopulated puritanical world, the Mediterranean offers a variety of peoples, cultures, and style. I'll take marble pillars over austere granite walls any day of the week.

What Gavin Thorpe does, however, is take the Greco-Roman style and culture and adapt them to a milieu of his own creation. A reader will recognize elements or Roman culture and style, however, fantasy tropes are present. He builds an interesting world, and the story contained therein is fun to read. He also write it for adults, which is another thing I enjoy about this book. I'm frankly tired of fantasy that's written for a young adult audience. While I enjoy the common conceits of fantasy, I want to see it woven into a world with adult concerns. If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, HBO's Rome, or Spartacus: Blood and Sand, then this is likely a book that will appeal to you.

Also, as a fan of David Gemmell's, I think it's not entirely inaccurate to proclaim Gavin Thorpe as a writer in the same tradition. Though I remain saddened by the loss of Gemmell, it's good to know that there are capable writers who are interested in taking the torch.

The storytelling in the Crown of Blood is interesting and engaging throughout. It's a great read.

This is the first book I've read by Gavin Thorpe, and I'm giving this book 5 stars because it's well written, it shares many of my sensibilities about fantasy fiction, and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Minha
Strong characters, an interesting setting, and good pacing set this above the regular crop of military fiction/fantasy books. It can't be more than it is though which is a swords and sorcery story, so don't expect to be shaken philosophically. An interesting twist at the end bodes well for future books.
Grarana
27th book read in 2011.

number 72 out of 231 on my all time book list.

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Malakelv
i read 2 chapters and i just could not get into it at all. maybe for under 25 year olds.
Yllk
Shadowhawk reviews the first in Gav Thorpe's original fantasy series for Angry Robot Books, Crown of The Blood, a fast-paced novel with a world inspired by life in the Roman legions.

"Fantastic characterisation, intriguing world-building and an ending that makes your jaw drop, Crown of The Blood is an excellent novel that is a must-read for any fantasy fan." ~The Founding Fields

Its always weird to find out that the tie-in genre fiction author you've been reading for years has also done some original fiction as well. Its just not something that clicks immediately or something that you even consider on a conscious level. I had that reaction when I found out that James Swallow had written in Star Trek and Stargate universes (two of my favourites it goes without saying), that Graham McNeill had written for StarCraft (I, Mengsk is a fantastic novel), that Dan Abnett wrote a fair amount of comics for various publishers. And so on. When I found out that Gav Thorpe had written some original fantasy set in a very Roman-esque setting, I was quite intrigued since he is one of my favourite Black Library authors and I've always enjoyed his work. So I eventually picked up Crown of The Blood, and when I started to read it, I went in expecting to be... surprised, shall we say.

Crown of The Blood will surprise you for sure and then some. It is not traditional fantasy because the narrative does not take place in a pseudo-medieval European world, a setting that is extremely common, as common as the barbarian societies popularised by Michael Moorcock and Robert E. Howard. That in itself is a big draw of the novel for me, and also one of its biggest charms. The era of the Roman Emperors, and the Republic itself is a really evocative perioid in world history, and one that I've had an interest for a long time, although I have only passing knowledge of it, gleaned from whatever history books I read in high school and college or the relevant movies that been put out over the years. So reading Crown of The Blood was a great, fantastic experience. The inspiration and influence is very much there and the world-building that it entails and effects was just the type of varied reading I wanted to do this year.

Strong characterisation has always been one of Gav's strengths, and Crown of The Blood is no exception to that. Ullsaard, the protagonist, is also a great character. He is a general, a family man, straight as an arrow (most of the time) and a fair, honourable man who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty when needed. The narrative is focused on Ullsaard coming to terms with the realisation that he has ambitions, ambitions that will take him to the very throne of the Greater Askhos Empire, and shows how he takes his first steps into the world of politics and treachery. Start to finish I had no problem in rooting for the guy because Gav portrays him so well and gives us ample reason to like himin the first place. That's not to say of course that Ullsaard is an all-round good guy because he is not. There are shades of grey to his character, maybe not as much as I would have liked but they are there, and reading about a "good guy" character who sometimes performs and even condones acts that any normal man would consider barbaric or even treacherous, adds a nice bit of three-dimensionality to him.

Ullsaard's old friend, and his companion for much of the novel, Noran is another strong character. Unlike Ullsaard, who is not of Askhan birth, he is a full-blooded Askhan and this adds a really nice dimension to their friendship and their relationship. Generally, I liked Noran, but I think he could have been slightly better since he is portrayed as somewhat too indecisive later on in the novel. It made for a bit of an odd reading but in the main, as a proper Askhan noble, Noran is pulled off nicely.

You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:
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