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3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Harald: A simple family man, a teller of tales, who happens to be the most powerful general of his people, home of the cataphracts, much feared warriors. Some, like the young king of the neighboring kingdom, James of Kaerlia, might underestimate him because he doesn't bother bedeck himself in the court garb to which he was entitled. No one underestimates Harald twice. A hu ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Baen Books
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Nov 01, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, maps, ebook
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May 25, 2015 Max Lybbert rated it really liked it
Friedman is a semi-famous member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. He participates in a bard circle as Cariadoc, where he performs stories and gives handmade silver armbands to other bards that impress him. He and his wife publish How to Milk an Almond, Stuff an Egg, and Armor a Turnip: A Thousand Years of Recipes. He also wrote some economics textbooks.

Knowing about his background in SCA but never having seen him perform, I was very interested in the techniques he would use for this book
Jules Jones
Declaration of bias -- I know the author, and I know that this affected how willing I was to keep reading. I greatly enjoyed the book, but it uses a very terse, elliptical style that took some time to get used to, and I think this will cause many readers to bounce off the prose. I would strongly suggest finding excerpts (I think there are some on the Baen website somewhere) and reading to see if you like the style.[return][return]That said, this is a solid first novel with an interesting story a ...more
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Jul 29, 2012 Jessica Mahler rated it liked it
After some debate, I'm giving this three stars. I wasn't able to get past the second chapter, because the authors writing style made it hard to keep track of what was happening. That said, the style was clearly a reflection of the main character's voice, and was original and interesting. The story flowed well and quickly. The main character and most side characters well developed, the world interesting. The main antagonist was not as well developed, seeming to do the wrong thing out of sheer stu ...more
Nov 26, 2013 Redletalis rated it liked it
I’m rather satisfied with the book. It’s good, rich and interesting, but could have been written in a way to make it more alive to the reader. Worth the time to read and I recommend it!

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Mar 31, 2008 Norm added it
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Good fantasy story of an island and the disparate tribes that inhabit it. I found that it moved along well but the style of speech that everyone had wore on me. A little sample would have sufficed. Or if only a few spoke in that way. A good story worth reading if that doesn't bother you.
Gaylin Walli
Just couldn't get into anything about this book unfortunately. More tell than show and the characters really didn't do much for me.
May 09, 2010 kvon rated it it was ok
I got about halfway through this book and still had only a low interest in the characters, and don't plan to finish it. The odd dialect (dropping initial pronouns) didn't help.
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