With this stunning series opener, Django Wexler leaps to the upper echelon of today’s best fantasy authors. The Thousand Names opens his Shadow Campaigns series with a tale of bloody rebellion that will reshape an empire -- and a world. Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass see their fortunes rise under the command of military genius Janus bet Vhalnich. But Janus’ obsession with the supernatural portends a dire fate for the realm.
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I love military historical fiction. I love fantasy. I really loved Django Wexler's freshman outing in "The Thousand Names".
Rather than your typical fantasy setting, this one takes place in what could easily have been a campaign during the Napoleonic Era in a far away desert locale.
The characters are very well thought out, and the POV character do not overshadow other main characters at all. In my opinion, the most interesting character isn't even a point of view character.
The "fantasy" element, other than the imaginary setting, doesn't make itself really known until two-thirds of the way through the book and even then the magic system is much more subtle and mystical than I was expecting. Don't expect to find a lot of powerful "battle" magic here.
Mr. Poe's performance leaves little wanting. He has this deep rasp that just seems to go with the musket military setting. The only complaint I have is that I wish he had done a little bit more distinctive voices for the characters, especially the male characters. After a point, they all began to have the same inflection and tone and it became difficult to distinguish who was talking.
I look forward to the next in this installment.
Love Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, C.S. Friedman and Sanderson. Also especially like Clive Barker and am trying to get into the Foundation
This book was amazing and left me in tense anticipation for the second installment of what I understand will be a 5 book series.
I like battles in my fantasy novels as much as the next person, but in this book, the purpose of the characters is to provide a vehicle for the battles rather than the fighting helping to define the characters and move the story along. Would have liked more character and plot development. Narration was pretty good. I'm almost done and not sure if I will go on to the second book.
This second book in the series is better than the first! It has the makings of a great epic series. It's definitely worth a credit. The narration is also fantastic!
solid military fantasy.
No. I spread it out over three days.
the story is interesting and well paced. the author may not be a Brandon Sanderson or a Patrick Rothfuss but still did well. Bearing that in mind the only two things that I found annoying in the story itself were. 1 the two POV characters personalities seemed to have been taken somewhat to extremes, one is the solid workhorse captain gallant and loyal to a fault and not overly bright. the other is the woman running away from an unpleasant past and pretending to be a man to join the army, pessimistic and haunted. 2 there are no surprising twists, there are always plenty of hints to see them coming. Also while this is not a bad thing you can picture the commanding officer as a Pendergast who joined the military.
Surprisingly good novel. The story follows an army , but I wouldn't really consider it heavy military fiction. While the overall plot will carry throughout the coming series the book itself ties up fairly well. There are a few teasers that are thrown out for each of the main characters that will hopefully not be drawn out for too long. The narrator has an excellent voice for the story and I personally had no problem distinguishing different characters or emotions. I will definitely purchase the next in the series.
Yes, I would read / listen to The Thousand Names again (though I'm already busy listening to the second in the series). So well written and so well narrated, I don't think I've felt blown away by a book like this maybe ever. The characters were compelling, consistent, even when they did something you didn't like, you could usually understand why. The story made sense, suspenseful in all the right ways. As Sanderson might say, it delivered on all the promises in a satisfying way. Even the cliffhangers for the upcoming books in the series were frustratingly fun. I dunno, it really spoke to me (hah hah... puns). But seriously, it was right on the money. Not perfect, but better than most of what I've read. Man, I'm giddy thinking about it.
How do I answer this without spoilers? I guess I'll just say, I loved Winter's first real test. Gave me shivers. Lots of the action scenes gave me this feeling. It's rare for prose to give me chills but Wexler's fights and battles really struck deep for me. Other reviewers have complained about the exhaustive attention paid to military detail. I say, this story would have been sorely lacking without it, and his balance of minutiae and broad strokes was spot on. So yeah, Winter's first test was a stunning example, I felt like I could have been there. All the other action scenes were just as good, but I'll never forget the first.
His voice is well suited to this kind of work. I feel like he is a good match for a book of this style, as well. His character voices are mostly quite good. Very consistent as well, when he delivered dialogue I could often tell who was talking just by his voicing of the characters. Five star performance for me.
I could go on but seriously, this is currently my favorite book. I desperately hope the rest of the series holds up. If I had one complaint, it would be that it's a little thin on foreshadowing early on. I'd love to say more, but no point writing a book, about this book... bottom line, I recommend it emphatically.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
This is a interesting book. Django Wexler has merged the world of magic with the weaponry of colonial age of the Americas. And though there is magic in this novel, not everyone can use it, and everyone that has magic is different.
The clashes are well described in detail but not to much. Musket wars are a tough battle to describe and he has done his research to make sure that they are as realistic sounding as possible.
The story has two points of view Winter and Marcus they are amazing. There is not only the Redeemer army to worry about but also people in their own army as well. new recruits with no training, and old recruits who just ran away must work together to get better.
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A solid book to start the series off. Has characters I love and some I hate as well. The narrator does make it not quite as good as it could be. Character voices are quite similar and there is very little emotion reflected in his reading.
This is a military fantasy that tries to be a mix between the grittiness of Glen Cook/Steven Erikson and the modern trend of moving into flintlock fantasy. Unfortunately little new ground is tread here, however.
For starters, the book starts out on the wrong foot - with a meeting. Wow, how exciting is that? Followed by conversation and exposition, which immediately have you sighing with boredom. Oh, there's the obligatory mysterious foreshadowing magic scene at the beginning, which is of course meaningless because you have no context for it at all.
What follows is mostly a military campaign of battles involving characters you don't know, who don't get much development. There is eventually some, but unfortunately by then your opinion of the book is already pretty low. It's a shame, because the author could have made this a lot more exciting, but he relies far too much on familiar tropes, most of which have already been done in novels of the last couple of years. Seriously, another fantasy series where nobody believes in gods/magic anymore, only to suddenly find out that it's all in fact true? This is old, old, well-trod ground, folks.
Probably most shocking of all: this book has some of the filthiest, ugliest language I have ever seen in a fantasy book. Seriously, I feel like I need a brain cleansing after this listen, and Wexler needs some scrubbing bubbles for his potty mouth, or maybe some sanitary wipes for the diarrhea all over his keyboard. This is fantasy, folks! You don't use the dirtiest modern-day slang you heard of in the latest R-rated movies. This author has a serious vocabulary deficiency.
Needless to say, I don't intend to read the rest of this series, and you probably won't, either.
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