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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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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.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Lesbian relationship becomes a focus of 2nd book

If reading about same sex relationships is not your thing then you do not want to start this series. With that said the book is an okay listen. Wexler tries for a deep story told from many viewpoints but does not quite pull it off. The characters are interesting but still seem like that... characters. It also seems that Wexler either has adjectives that he likes and uses over and over or he does not know their synonyms. Hearing a favored word several times becomes jarring.

The failure on the story side is saved by the wonderful narration. The only downfall Poe has is that his female characters still sound like males. I have listened to many male narrators who, while not being able to get the pitch of a female voice are still able to get the feel of a female voice so that they don’t sound male.

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  • Justin
  • PORTLAND, MAINE, United States
  • 01-20-14

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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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.

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A Great Story

This is a very good book. From the start I found I liked the characters.
The pacing is perfect, with just enough happening from scene to scene to keep you interested. But not so much you forget everybody's name.

I am especially glad for the great performance and the audio book format. Because I found some of the names I was mispronouncing. Not that they are overly complicated, just that my inflections were wrong.

Grab This Audio Book, you will not be disappointed.

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  • August
  • LA VERGNE, TN, United States
  • 12-14-16

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!

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  • Aj
  • Brampton, ON, Canada
  • 08-11-14

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.

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  • Cody
  • Bellevue, NE, United States
  • 11-15-13

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.

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Well Written, Just Not For Me

Overall, this book was well written and has some interesting premises. Unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. The setting and characters are well described and fleshed out, which I appreciated. However, I wasn't all that into them. There was a lot of dialogue and believable interactions, but they didn't draw me in how I wanted to. Some of this may be attributable to the narrator, who was ok, but not great. He didn't do well distinguishing characters by voice/tone, so it was sometimes hard to follow who was saying what. The action scenes were well written, but again, they didn't draw me in. The magic in this book was somewhat interesting too, but again, too little and much too late to really be a factor in my overall enjoyment.

Overall, this is a good book, but for other folks. I do not regret listening to it, but I also do not feel compelled to listen to/read the next in the series. Django Wexler is great, just not in the ways I prefer.