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Publisher's Summary

Short-listed for the 2016 British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel.

Guns of the Dawn is a pacey, gripping fantasy of war and magic from Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky.

The first casualty of war is truth....

First, Denland's revolutionaries assassinated their king, launching a wave of bloodshed after generations of peace. Next they clashed with Lascanne, their royalist neighbour, pitching war machines against warlocks in a fiercely fought conflict.

Genteel Emily Marshwic watched as the hostilities stole her family's young men. But then came the call for yet more Lascanne soldiers in a ravaged kingdom with none left to give. Emily must join the ranks of conscripted women and march towards the front lines.

With barely enough training to hold a musket, Emily braves the savage reality of warfare. But she begins to doubt her country's cause, and those doubts become critical. For her choices will determine her own future and that of two nations locked in battle.

©2017 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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A Rare Gem!

Anyone that says this novel isn't good and that its not worth reading has no idea what good storytelling is, this author does such an amazing job that from the very beginning I was mesmerized and stayed that way throughout. The details of the war, the way people acted and reacted was what I can only imagine war would feel like, I felt that I was there on the battlefield with them, watching the carnage first hand. It Was a beautiful heartfelt story, with plenty of action, and bloodshed, it was an all around great read and I'm so glad that I gave it a chance. The Only thing I felt was lacking was the love story part, I felt the ending on that front could have been so much more but in another aspect maybe not. The Narrator was amazing, and done a wonderful job so all around it is so much worth your time and credit. Give It a chance you won't be disappointed!!!

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A brilliant author but not a brilliant book

A slow, verbose, and relatively bland book from an author who certainly has been brilliant previously.

Hopefully we will get to see his true talent once again in the future, for now though I suggest skipping this.

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  • Sheila
  • 11-25-17

Excellent gunpowder plot

At first I was a little unsure of this book but as it evolved I became immersed in the world created so well by Tchaikovsky. The magic is a backdrop to this world of gunpowder and war which, I for one, thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were well rounded, believable and captivating, which is not always the case. I very much enjoyed Emma Newman's narration she only improved on the book for me. Highly recommended.

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  • AReader
  • 11-12-17

Not for me

I really enjoyed this as a printed book, but I disliked the voice of the narrator of this audio more and more as I continued. I just didn't think it matched the material at all. Others may disagree, I suppose. I will return this.