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Kings of Morning (The Macht #3)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  586 ratings  ·  37 reviews
For the first time in recorded history, the ferocious city-states of the Macht now acknowledge a single man as their overlord. Corvus, the strange and brilliant boy-general, is now High King, having united his people in a fearsome, bloody series of battles and sieges. He is not yet thirty years old. A generation ago, ten thousand of the Macht marched into the heart of the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 439 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published February 28th 2012)
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Dec 20, 2012 seak rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Kings of the Morning is the third book in the Macht trilogy and quite possibly the best. I've been keeping up with this series for the most part as they've come out, so this could also be on account of my shoddy memory.

That's the drawback with keeping up on a series. You get all the excitement and expectation of waiting, but slowly you have to rely on summaries and rereads as the time between releases grows. Which is better, keeping up on a series or only reading completed series? Who's to say.
This is called the Macht trilogy, but they are more like three stand-alone epics, united by the common setting and the one character that appears in all three books - Rictus, who started the journey as a young mercenary in The Ten Thousand , tried to leave military life but got caught up in the struggle to unify the warring Macht tribes in Corvus and now returns after 30 years to the Asurian Empire in Kings of Morning . While I think it is better to read the books in order, I see no
A fitting ending to a superb trilogy. Kearney writes probably the best battle scenes I have ever read, and a real doozy forms the centrepiece of the book. But there is more in this instalment about the Kufr Empire, and especially the machinations of those close to the throne. Not the most original topic, but Kearney makes it work with well-drawn characters and an interesting setting that seems both historically-based and genuinely fantastical. If I have one criticism it's that the Kufr and Macht ...more
Ranting Dragon

Kings of Morning is the fourteenth novel from Irish fantasy author Paul Kearney, and the third in The Macht series. It putatively concludes the story begun with The Ten Thousand dealing with the invasion of the Asurian Empire by the Macht, a warrior people modeled after Greek mercenaries circa 300 BCE.

Surprisingly historically accurate for fiction
The first book in this series, The Ten Thousand, is actually a retelling of an existing historical piece, Anaba
Joshua Simon
After finishing two complete series by Paul Kearney (The Monarchies of God and now The Macht Trilogy) I think he might officially be my 2nd favorite author (behind Glen Cook). Another awesome book by perhaps the most underrated writer in fantasy today.

- The hallmark of Kearney's writing is that he says so much in so little and it makes me insanely jealous. His books are ridiculously short for an epic fantasy much so that the font is larger and the spacing is wider than most oth
Gavin Gates
Kearnley has written a massively detailed piece which reads more like a documentation of forgotten history than a historical fiction novel, throughout it seems very cold and somehow factual, the invasion is an incredible work of description regarding soldiering, confrontation, tactics and results but it is as said a very cold read, I did not feel in any way invested in what was going on whatsoever. This is the third in a trilogy so there is a lot of back story that I do not have which could have ...more
Alot of reviews have been written. A great many words of worthy praise said. I am content to say merely that I loved the Kings of Morning.

If you are reading this you already read two parts of the series so you know what you are getting yourself into ---> A BLOOD BATH. Since the first part was like Rambo movie people dying all over the place things change and the writer turn from brushing along the character into diving a little deeper into them. You'll start cheering for some and wish death fall upon others ,some back stories and secondary people in the background it's a very good series. there are so many glorious moment along ...more
Another trilogy makes it to my favorites. I had read The Ten Thousand a while ago, and saved up the second book for the aquisition of the this, the last. Over the years, I've developed a taste for military fantasy (Glen Cook, Steven Erikson), and Paul Kearney does a great job in detailing battles. The ending of this book leaves some room for more tales, but I hope he leaves it as it is.
This book was uneven compared to #2. It started off very well, weaving several interesting plot threads, but the "sons of the Emperor" thread was poorly developed and abruptly ended. The "wife of Emperor" thread was hardly ended any better, after such a nice build-up. The hufsan slave that accompanied the twins deserved more story as well, especially after getting under Rictus' wing. I would have liked to get some more story from both the princes and the evil queen, late in the book.

Even one of
c2012: There I was in the middle of a book desert when, at last, this book came along – an oasis of pure brilliant story telling. I am unable to adequately express how much I enjoyed this book. I was SO rooting for the Macht. I loved the scene between Corvus and Kouros (their first meeting).”I am called Corvus, and I am King of the Macht.”/ A moment of stunned silence. They stood looking up at him in utter incomprehension. Corvus smiled slightly, a widening of his tight mouth, no more.” I had or ...more
Though probably the least exciting of the three Macht books, Paul Kearney brings events to a satisfying close as Corvus and his most famous general, Rictus, lead their army against the might of the Kuf army on their home soil. Kearney makes the bold move of having almost half the novel following a group of new characters on the Kuf side of the war, which allows a greater exploration of that culture tentatively revealed in The Ten Thousand. This is both a strength - as again Kearney allows the re ...more
Imagine Alexander the Great conquering ancient Greece and using the Spartans to spearhead his army as he conquers Persia ... that is much like the story of this trilogy. Kings of Morning is the final edition to this story, exploring an alternate world with a great many similarities to ours. The story is very realistic and well written, capturing the development of the characters and cultures expertly. An enjoyable and insightful story, Kearney does not disappoint!
Kearney's descriptions of mili
Apr 10, 2012 uroš rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of quick paced epic fantasy.
What can I say, it's very readable, but utterly underwhelming. Haven't been impressed with Kearney since The Mark of Ran, everything up to that point was brilliant. The Way of Kings continues the trend set by Corvur and The Ten Thousand, but while those books had redeeming qualities (a few interesting characters, moving scenes and good lines) the concluding book of the trilogy feels rather tepid. No good battles, underdeveloped (new) characters, lack of good drama and drawn out beggining of the ...more
Now that's the way to end a trilogy! Great final book in the Macht series. I liked that more than half the book was told from the perspective of the Empire side of the conflict. My favorite book in the trilogy. Would recommend anything Kearney writes. His Monarchies of God series is also good.
I can't pull the trigger on the 5, since I reserve that for books that I absolutely loved reading, but this was a very good conclusion to a very enjoyable series. It would have been easy for Kearney to manufacture a reason why Corvus invades the empire, but he didn't succumb to the tempation. Corvus is a conquerer, pure and simple. He has principles and is likable, but he's out for the glory and to make history without making any excuses. Rictus is built for war; also principled but is totally u ...more
Shavez Lee
it ended the way I assumed it would...still a good book
James Cox
This series continues to impress me. Some great reading!
The only real problem I had with this book is that I was left wanting more. When I read The Ten Thousand, it seemed a bit long, and Corvus seemed a bit short. Kearney is a great author, however, and even if the book seemed short, he told a great story that was a very solid and enjoyable end for the Macht trilogy.
Those familiar with the history this series is based on will not be surprised at how the story goes, but Kearney's writing makes the journey worthwhile. And while it also lacks the tension or the questions of The Ten Thousand or Corvus, Kings is still a great conclusion to the Macht trilogy. Strongly recommended.
In King's of Morning Paul Kearney has proven once again just how good he is at making fantasy war feel incredibly real. Even though there were less battles in this book compared to the prior two it was easy to feel some of the grit of war and to see how deadly things can be.
Paul Kearney is one of the best writers of today. He creates characters that you love, hate and can't get enough of. Never boring, always interesting. Great last book in a great series. This series is highly recommended.
A great book. It didn't dissapoint me one bit. The entire Macht series is a stunning piece of work in my opinion. I wouldn't mind reading another book about Rictues / The macht.
I wonder if this really is the last one.
This deals with the invasion of the Empire by a mixed Macht and Khufran army, and moves between people on both sides.
Very enjoyable raed
The whole macht series is like a cross between troy and 300. you will be entertained but you will be alright even if u decide to give this one a miss.
This cannot be the end! I know this was Rictus' story and it has ended but the war is far from over. I want to know what happens to Corvus.
Yagiz Erkan
Great end to a brilliant saga. Paul Kearney knows how to create gripping stories and characters.

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The last book was a little bit slower than the previous two, but this trilogy was amazing. One of the very best I have ever read.
Best of the trilogy as the author took his time and spent it more on the details so we get a better mood of it.
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Paul Kearney was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. He lived for some years in Copenhagen, then spent two years in America before returning to Britain in 1998.

Paul Kearney was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in 1967. He went to a local grammar school, and then to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Middle English and was a keen member of the Mountaineering So
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The Macht (3 books)
  • The Ten Thousand (The Macht #1)
  • Corvus (The Macht, #2)
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