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Blackwing Audiobook

Blackwing: The Raven's Mark, Book 1

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The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard's paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some 80 years ago thanks to Nall's Engine, a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the engine created the Misery - a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a no-man's-land along the frontier. But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the engine fails to launch.

Galharrow escapes only because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic's defences. Far across the Misery, a vast army is on the move, as the empire prepares to call the republic's bluff.

Blackwing is a gritty epic fantasy for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Daniel Polansky.

Read by Colin Mace.

©2017 Ed McDonald (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Luke Beckett
    8/24/17
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    "It turns out I like grimdark fantasy after all"

    I chose this book after an Amazon recommendation, which I don't usually do, but I thought I'd take a punt on a new author.

    This book was great! Gripping story, characters that develop more and more as the story goes on - Galharrow, the narrator, unfurls into a really memorable lead character, who you want to spend more time with.

    I've previously tried other novels described to be as 'Grimdark' - which seems to mean that the main character is a bit of a nasty git.
    I read Paul Hoffman's trilogy, but thought it peaked with Left Hand of God. I enjoyed it though.
    I wanted to like Mark Lawrence. The plot kept me turning pages to the end of each book, but I found the lead character two dimensional and tiresome by the end.
    This was everything I wanted those books to be! It blew them out of the water.

    The premise reminded me of Chronicles of the Black Company, but with more vivid storytelling.

    I also really loved that, while there's lots of potential for more books in the series, the narrative of this one finished its ark with the book. I'll be waiting eagerly to read the next one, but it's great not to always need that to finish the story.

    The narrator was really good. A very convincing Galharrow who can carry off everyone else's voice too.
    I didn't realise Nen was an Aussie though...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trekkie Monster
    West Yorkshire, UK
    9/13/17
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    "A very good first fantasy novel with a slight indu"

    A very good first fantasy novel with a slight industrial period tweak to it.

    Left me wanting more and with questions I hope will get answered in any sequels. The book was very well read by Colin Mace especially considering the whole tale is written in first person so Colin is performing with a gruff voice for the vast majority of the narration, something far different to his usual gentle voice. He must have had some sore throats by the end of the days spent recording.

    Great work Ed! Roll on book two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tod Werewolf
    West Yorkshire
    9/13/17
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    "Blackwing Golden Story."

    one of the best new writers of fantasy for a few years. a solid tale with great characters you can get behind. Well thought out, with action and magic and cruel God's.
    looking forward to book two coming out.

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  • Mr. J. S. Beeson
    Horsham, UK
    9/12/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Slow start but it was a fantastic, absolutely satisfying listen. Can't wait for a sequel.

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  • Anonymous
    8/9/17
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    "Excellent Book, very good narration"

    Really enjoyed the book, superb debut novel - creative ideas with a good old fashioned (show don't tell) approach to revealing the mysteries of the setting and story. The narration suited the piece perfectly and I look forwards to listening to other books featuring Colin Mace in the future.

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