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Rise and Fall (Blood and Tears #1)

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An ill-prepared queen, a soft-hearted mercenary, and a crippled warrior struggle as a kingdom falls and an empire rises.

For years the High Mages of Cadonia have maintained an uneasy peace among the nobles disgruntled with the rule of the king. In the aftermath of a tragic event, Elyse, the king’s daughter, is thrust into a role she is not ready for. As queen, she must now
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published (first published November 28th 2011)
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Engaging and compelling series of books. I hadn't heard much about this series (author's first full length novel and trilogy) before and I was pleasantly surprised. I picked this book up on a lark (impulse bought when it was on sale) and now I wonder why I had it lying around for months without reading sooner.

For centuries the threat of high mages (red robes) has kept stability throughout the lands. However, cataclysmic rift among the mages has left a void. What ensues is political and military
David Ketelsen
I received a free copy of this book from the author through a Goodreads giveaway.

Rise and Fall, by Joshua P Simon, is the first book in a trilogy. This is a very enjoyable book and surprisingly nuanced for a fantasy novel.

I didn’t like the first chapter of the book and upon inquiry was informed by the author, via Email, that I wasn’t alone. However according to Simon many people also really liked the way he started the book. Apparently the violent beginning polarized readers--but it did give a q
Jazmin Quinci
A Story of Battle, Renewal & Loyalty

This isn't like other medieval tales where war begins and ends with characters falling in love and meeting in the end. It's deeper than that and is a tale about loyalty, survival, change and personal growth. I didn't know what to expect but I'm pleased and reading book two.

Simon takes us on a different journey with three key sets of characters in different lands. At each set is a leader, one who is emotionally wounded, a second who is a brooding naive war
Mark D
Well - that escalated quickly.

I went into this book it to last me through the weekend...lasted me two days and now I'm reading book 2.

This book has everything! Sword and Sorcery, politics between Houses, a Mercenary Company, Barbarians (for lack of a better word), and my favorite...Amnesia.

Honestly, the best part for me were the chapters about the Mercenary Company. Seeing how the Nobles/Regular soldiers react to these grim fighters was cool to read. The multiple POVs worked brilliantly in this
Occasionally a story comes along that demands attention; the kind of story you cannot put down. Rise and Fall is just one story. The emotions are believable the story is exciting. The Mr. Simon blends the intrigue of a divided court with the action of a spartan. There is romance, betrayal, hope, sorrow, confusion, and to borrow a quote, "the entire spectrum of human emotion." If you enjoy a good story and want to book that makes you hopeful in spite of the tragedy of the setting this book is for ...more
If you enjoy sword and sorcery, combined with politics between houses and multiple points of view, then you will enjoy the first book of this series. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did enter the Goodreads giveaway for this book but was not sent a free copy. I was then contacted via Goodreads by the author, Joshua P Simon, who let me know the title was available for download for a nominal fee. I decided to give it a whirl and was very pleased with the story. Being a long time reader of fanta ...more
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John Hoddy
Rise and Fall

Rise and Fall is an intriguing fantasy novel. I found the characters to be interesting and we'll nuanced. Joshua Simon does a great job of fleshing them out.
There's a good bit of action and suspense that leaves the reader wanting more
Simon tackles themes like racism and spirituality, but never in an overbearing manner.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Luke Wyatt
Really great novel with some interesting characters and development set in an interesting fantasy world all brought to life in easy to read style. Bought originally on a whim I had no choice after reading this but to buy the next book, a thoroughly enjoyable read I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the fantasy genre.
Lillian Wakulchyk
Is it wrong to have read this book in two days? The characters had a way of drawing you in , and I couldn't get enough. It was fun trying to anticipate the twists and turns the novel takes with the characters. I'm now onto the third instalment, won't read any reviews as I don't want to spoil anything!
Kayla Eklund
NOTE: This is my husband, Seth's, review as he is helping me with my gigantic review pile.

Yes, I have felt that I may have read something similar to this in the past, but I don't recall exactly what it was that tickled my memory. It may have been the tricky magician or the warrior. But, nagging memories put aside, I loved this book. The story jumping back and forth between several perspectives might be a little much for some, but I love stories that bring several different stories together for a
Very good continuation of the story. The characters and the action continue to build. This was a hard book to put down even when the story gets frustrating. The author stretches each character and doesn't let up on even the less prominent ones. I really like that. I have already started on book 3.
Gemma Freeman
Truly amazing, love how all the stories come together
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Joshua P. Simon is a Christian, husband, father, CPA, fantasy author, and heavy metal junkie. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and hopes that one day he can leave the life of a CPA behind and devote that time to writing more of the ideas bouncing around his ADD-addled brain.

He has completed and published one epic fantasy series (The Blood and Tears Trilogy) and is now working on several n
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