Rise and Fall (Blood and Tears, #1)
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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...more
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published (first published November 28th 2011)
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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...more
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...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
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.
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...more
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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...more
More about Joshua P. Simon...
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