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The Hollow March (The Haunted Shadows #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
It is a time of upheaval in the Idasian Empire. As religious fervor stirs dissent among the people, and the winter winds loom, thousands gather behind their aging emperor on a march to war. In the midst of this, young Rurik Matair blunders home with childish notions of revenge, and an unlikely band of sellswords at his back. The third son of a backwater nobleman, Rurik was ...more
Paperback, 455 pages
Published December 4th 2011
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Nancy Svinicki
If you're a fan of George R.R. Martin - definitely, DEFINITELY pick this book up and read it. It's a richly detailed epic prelude to war, which is a topic I haven't run across much in high fantasy. Wars, yes, and the aftermath I've read quite a bit on, but not much on the months and events before the bloodshed. Set in a Renaissance European world like much of high fantasy, with knights and Emperors, but with one key difference - guns. Still pre-Industrial Revolution, mind, but guns are present a ...more
One of the growing number of indie books ive been taking a gamble on recently and I must say I'm glad I did. The Hollow March is Galford’s debut work and it’s a work he undertakes with style. If I had to do a comparison id say it reminds me of Martin’s Game of Thrones in its way, but the setting it quite different.

Though it has the european feel a lot of fantasy does this book takes it further down the timeline, guiding us to the onset of this worlds renaissance. And that means gunpowder, though
I’ll be honest; this book was a challenge for me. I’ve never completed an epic fantasy book in my life time. I’ve began many of them, but mid-way through would tap-out. This book is beautifully packaged, from the cover to the formatting. The writing is great, but in the end it’s all about the plot.

As some other reviewers pointed out, it starts slow, but honestly to me I enjoyed that. It gave me a chance to get familiar with the characters and verbally struggle to pronounce their names in my head
C2011: just unable to finish this one. The language was too flowery and overwrought. This, together with the age of the protagonists meant a no no for me. Unable to recommend to the normal crew. " they had rent a friend asunder and sought him yet through wood and dale.""
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Chris Galford spends his days as a freelance journalist and editor. Writing, in all its forms, has been his passion from a young age, but fantasy and science fiction are the sparks that give his nights purpose. A native of Michigan, in his spare time he can usually be found wandering the lake shore with a camera in one hand and a pen in the other.

The Hollow March was his first major work, b
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“Man tames not vengeance; vengeance breaks the man.” 4 likes
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