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The Thousand Names Audiobook

The Thousand Names

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Django Wexler (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Kathleen 11-15-14
    Kathleen 11-15-14 Member Since 2017
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    "90% battles and 10% character development"

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Johnathan W. Hill 04-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Military Fantasy"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Justin PORTLAND, MAINE, United States 01-20-14
    Justin PORTLAND, MAINE, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good. Not great but quite good"
    If you could sum up The Thousand Names in three words, what would they be?

    solid military fantasy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I spread it out over three days.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    JPaladin 06-23-15
    JPaladin 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun new series! YES!"

    Finally a new series that I'm excited about!

    This is a promising first book that I hope will lead to a great series. Its edges are soft (no hard emotional punches or grit in this plot line) it is a fun book with enjoyable character development, plot, and ideas.

    While there are some extended military/battle scenes, there is also plenty of personal story line and interesting development of a grand mysterious magical/religious conflict.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    August LA VERGNE, TN, United States 12-14-16
    August LA VERGNE, TN, United States 12-14-16
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    "This was a good one!"

    I loved that this book was nothing like I expected. A woman masquerading as a male soldier is such a trope that it could have gone stereotypical. Wexler turned pretty much every clicheed opportunity on its head with this book. Nothing went as I expected. There were some pacing issues, mainly with the beginning, but the whole book just sort of blossomed the further it went on. I will be coming back to this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cody Bellevue, NE, United States 11-15-13
    Cody Bellevue, NE, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2017

    Sloths!

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    "Military Fantasy with Intrigue"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aj Brampton, ON, Canada 08-11-14
    Aj Brampton, ON, Canada 08-11-14 Member Since 2009

    Love Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, C.S. Friedman and Sanderson. Also especially like Clive Barker and am trying to get into the Foundation

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    "Excellent storyline and Narration"

    This book was amazing and left me in tense anticipation for the second installment of what I understand will be a 5 book series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Carey 05-17-17
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    "A flintlock fantasy that's worth sticking with it"

    Captain Marcus D'Ivoire is captain of the 1st Battalion of the Colonials, the Vordanai empire's colonial garrison in a land where rebellion has suddenly exploded. His job has just become much tougher, and it's not made easier of the new colonel. Marcus, as senior captain, has been running the regiment since the death of Colonel Juarez. He's happy to be relieved of the paperwork and extra responsibility that goes along with that, but Count Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich Mieran turns out to be a very odd character indeed. He's here to put down the rebellion, but he has another mission, too, that he isn't telling anyone about.

    Winter Ihernglass is a ranker in that same army. Winter's little secret is that she's a woman--she disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the Colonials to escape her past. She relies heavily on not being noticed very much. When changing conditions see her promoted first to sergeant and then to lieutenant, it's very much a mixed blessing. She needs to make herself into a leader of men and take responsibility for leading her company into battle against the rebellion.

    Our main viewpoint characters are Marcus and Winter, but we do get a few scenes from the perspective of the "other side," specifically the Vordanai-trained rebel general and some Khandari priestesses.

    The story itself is very effectively setting up the beginning of a multi-volume fantasy epic. It's a flintlock fantasy, with government and social institutions appropriate to that time period and technology level, and the people are humans. Other than that, nothing about the politics or culture suggests that this is in any way set on our world. The world-building is good, the characters are complex, and the religions feel real. That last point is a pet peeve of mine; too often in fantasy worlds one sees "religions" that mainly reflect the author's modern skepticism and hostility to whatever flavor of religion they were raised in, with no apparent awareness that other intelligent, honest people might think--and believe--differently, especially in a radically different environment than our present day. It's not a perfect book. There's a lot going on here and sometimes it's hard to keep up. At times, Winter's success in hiding her gender, for so long, and then when she is promoted to command of a company and the higher visibility that brings, strains credulity.

    Stick with it, though. It's an enjoyable book, and rewards persistence.

    Recommended.

    I bought this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    zac mann 05-15-17
    zac mann 05-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A real hidden gem."

    I Stumbled apon this series of books a year or two ago, purely by chance, and I must say I am happy I did. These books are incredibly compelling. They are exciting and well written. Very enjoyable. The characters just leap off the page ( or off the headphones in the case of an audiobook) with such banter and witicisms. I truely hope that more people find these books and give them a chance. They are quite worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dillon storie 03-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "if you love tactical fantasy, this is your book"

    enjoyed this book a lot. tactics and hard fantasy is a match made in heaven

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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