Oathbreaker: The Knight's Tale (Book 1)
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Oathbreaker: The Knight's Tale (Oathbreaker #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A young knight, surgically augmented by the secretive Council of Magi, discovers a highly placed conspiracy aimed at the heart of the Empire of Terona. Foresworn and forced to choose between his oath and his duty, he flees the capital with the king's infant daughter, the last surviving member of the dynasty. Called a traitor, and with the might of the Empire pursuing him,...more
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Published December 2011
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Dec 10, 2011 Colin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I realize it is probably in poor taste to add one's own book, but I'm fairly proud of this.
While I was slow in starting this book, the story took hold of me by the second tale. Seeing the story play out among a broader variety of viewpoints and point-of-view characters made this an intriguing read for me (though a touch frustrating as well, since the changing POV meant changing what was of interest to and focused on by said character(s)).

Even with that, I really enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book/installment. Great job, Colin & company!
I am very glad I timed my reading of this book so that I'm able to immediately plunge into Book 2. I was a bit slow to start but the story gathered momentum with every page. I can't wait to dig into these characters and the world they inhabit as this story continues. Well done, Colin!
Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knights Tale by Colin McComb, is a riveting debut fantasy from an author who knows what fantasy fans love (he wrote adventures for TSR, after all) – visceral prose; logically sound and creative world-building; and fascinating characters that do not follow genre conventions.

Sir Pelagir, a Knight Elite in the Empire of Terona, faces a terrible choice – serve the Empire or serve the King. There is no middle ground. Either choice means he will break an oath and be hunted fo...more
Nov 02, 2012 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jen by: Blog: Pixel of Ink
They say to never judge a book by its cover, but judge I did. I got Oathbreaker: The Knight's Tale (Oathbreaker #1) from the Kindle store because it was offered for free, and because it was offered as a recommendation by the blog Pixel of Ink.

I happen to be a big fan of fantasy and science fiction novels, and don't mind a hint of political intrigue here and there; this novel did not disappoint!

Author Colin McComb wrote a fantastic tale about the immediate decline of an empire, as seen from the p...more
Scott Gray
The first volume of Colin McComb's Oathbreaker fantasy series is memorable not just for what it does, but for how well it does it. This is old-school epic fantasy at its best, complete with dark magic, bloody history, archetypal heroes and villains, treasonous plots that might undo an empire, and on and on. But even as McComb has crafted a tale incorporating a lot of familiar fantasy touchstones, he imbues that story with a kind of literary and philosophical energy that too much contemporary fan...more
James Christie
This book appeared on my radar because of the author's career as a writer for video games. He was part of the team that made one of the most engrossing cRPG games of all time, Planescape: Torment. So when I saw he had some fiction out, and that it was free, I had to pick it up.

What it is: a grim, but not too grim, fantasy novel that leans more toward the "realism" setting than most (the occasional wizard aside. A tightly executed plot and believable characterization. An entertaining afternoon's...more
Oct 20, 2012 Doug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone
If you are the type that enjoy science fiction set in a medieval type setting, this book may be just up your alley. I found this book to be a very entertaining, but also a somewhat fractured, read. That's not to say that it was a hard read or that it was hard to follow ... rather, because the book is a collection of viewpoints or perspectives from characters that are not really central to the story, it tends to force the reader to maintain focus on the overall storyline or become (temporarily) l...more
Epic fantasy historical novella with some fascinating steampunk elements (airships, metal horses) and super hero elements (physically modified knights) along with the usual swords and sorcery. The author builds the main character, Pelagir, as distant, intense, and intensely controlled, which doesn't make for a good deep PoV source. So Mr McComb turns the entire concept of PoV around, and instead of Pelagir telling the story, it's told through the viewpoints of several background characters, and...more
Yannis Karatsioris
About 30% in the story, I searched to find out more about the author, because he'd managed to pull off something very rare. To tell a story. Contradicting this way one of the golden rules among authors "show don't tell". Mr. McComb couldn't care less about showing. He only tells. And he does an amazing job, for his words flow like the Donau.

After finding about his main occupation -a writer for RPG settings- it all made sense to me. In the story, that is only *told*, the characters are described...more
Meh. "Oathbreaker: The Knight's Tale" was an OK read. It is the first in a series of books, but I'll be honest, I have no clue where the story is going. This particular installment of the series tells the story of a member of the Knights Elite, Pelagir, who escapes the capital city of his realm with the youngest child of the king during a coup. Most of this book is told from the perspective of other people who have encountered Pelagir, either during his time growing up or after he takes the prin...more
Sander Philipse
Colin McComb has created an interesting setting and the beginning of what could be an interesting story in Oathbreaker, but the structure of the book really drags its quality down.

The problem is twofold:
1) Exposition
2) Point of view

McComb seems to be more interested in showing off the setting rather than the characters throughout the book. That leads to a lot of exposition, a lot of history of the world, and very little connecting that to the characters. It's a classic example of an author tell...more
The blurb for this novella claims to tell the story of a knight through the people he interacts with. Instead it would be more fair to say it gives brief vignettes of the knights story and a few people he interacts with. Some of these are very dry. All are short. Had these micro stories been more developed it would have been a better and more satisfying read.
The writing itself is very reasonable. I was never snapped out immersion by typos. As it is the vignettes if separated would be fine on the...more
The beginning of this book really sucked me in - a short preface of a knight heading out to capture this other knight who has gone traitor and done something horrible. Then we cut back in time to the childhood of that traitorous knight and his relations with his abusive father. I was really settling in to what looked like a well written, introspective tale of the development of this particular person and their trials in life. I was seriously disappointed when the book then cut to the journal of...more
This cobbled together, barely comprehensible story is nearly the worst thing I've read in years. Lacks the ability to weave any kind of story arc through the rambling, perspective challenged piece. Character development is non-existent and while the world is intriguing, I refuse to punish myself with subsequent installments.
Excellent writing and great backdrop/history that precludes the storyline. The detail of the society that is created and the upheaval experienced by the citizens and key characters is excellent.

The author does an excellent job with generating a certain mood of the story.
Good story and there seems to be a lot of "history" behind the world, but the story and characters were very simple.
Jun 24, 2012 Kelly is currently reading it
Sounds good. Two recommendations in two days.
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