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The Legacy Of Lord Regret (Strange Threads #1)

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Centuries have passed since the Wardens slew the tyrant Lord Regret, but while the Wound that he ripped in the sky remains open, the earth trembles and the sun vanishes without warning.

The great warrior Rostigan wanders Aorn, weary of battle and unwanted renown. With him travels his lover, the minstrel Tarzi, who hopes she may soon witness further deeds from him worthy of
Paperback, 1st Edition, 421 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 23, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ursprünglich waren die Wächter tapfere und gute Menschen. Sie sind ausgezogen um den Herrn der Tränen aufzuhalten, der die Welt mit seiner magischen Manipulation in den Abgrund stürzen wollte. Doch etwas ging bei der Rettungsmission schief, die magischen Fäden wurden auf die Retter übertragen, statt das Gleichgewicht wiederherzustellen. Ein Großteil der Helden veränderte sich und wütete daraufhin noch schlimmer, als der Tyrann vor ihnen.

Doch diese Zeiten sind nun schon se
Ана Хелс
Aug 06, 2013 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing
Да намериш наистина оригинално фентъзи в наши дни, е като да спечелиш от фентъзийната духовна лотария , където ти се падат три дракончета, от което едното е гей, второто живее в три паралелни свята едновременно, а третото знае какво мислиш, и го повтаря като известен фокусник от всеки ред, който минава пред очите ти. Поне аз така си го представям. В действителност все още има широк друм за оригинален поглед на обичайно повтаряеми и предвидими сценарии, които въпреки всичко все още ни радват и ...more
Mikka Gottstein
Jan 27, 2014 Mikka Gottstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vor langer, langer Zeit stürzte der skrupellose Lord Regret die Menschheit beinahe ins Verderben. Er erschuf grauenvolle Monster und seine Magie riss eine schwelende Wunde ins Gefüge der Welt. Eine Gruppe von Helden, die sich selber die Wächter nannten, tat sich zusammen und es gelang ihnen, Lord Regret zu töten.

Aber der Tod von Regret schloss die Wunde in der Welt nicht wieder, und seine verderbte Magie ging auf die Wächter über, die dadurch neue Fähigkeiten erlangten - aber auch ihre
Jan 22, 2014 Aleshanee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
„Einst, sagte sie, lebte ein mächtiger Fadenwirker, den man Regret, den Herrn der Tränen nannte. Er herrschte über das Tal des Friedens. Zu jener Zeit war es noch ein einladender Ort mit guten Menschen, wie ihr es seid.“ S. 25

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300 Jahre sind vergangen, seit die Wächter den Herrn der Tränen umgebracht und seine unmenschliche Macht gebrochen haben – denn dieser veränderte einst die Große Magie und griff in die Natur der Dinge ein, sodass der Schleier der Welt zerriss. Doch der Riss, der s
Jul 30, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be able to read this before it comes out in stores. I've never read Sam Bowring before but I am so glad Orbit Australia gave me the chance to. This book is amazing and I was hooked from the first page! Bowring writes in a way where he manages to ensnare you very easily into the story and he never lets go. Interesting characters that make you wonder where their allegiances lay collide with a well developed magic system and story, making the Legacy of Lord Regret impossible ...more
Skye Cooper
Oct 10, 2012 Skye Cooper rated it really liked it
Loving this book! Its an engrossing read! Sam Bowring has a way of making you fall in love with his characters, even the bad guys!
Nov 06, 2016 Mirela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книгата определено беше интригуваща, а героите интересни. Чела съм и доста по-добри, но след като продължавах да чета, за да разбера какво ще се случи, значи книгата е чудесно написана. Напред към втората част. :-)
May 27, 2015 Gesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Auf „Der Herr der Tränen“ bin ich durch Goodreads aufmerksam geworden. Überzeugt hat mich dann aber doch das Cover, mit dem einsamen Krieger, dem riesigen Mond und dem blutroten Riss am Himmel. Es sieht nicht nur genial aus, sondern passt zum Buch.

Meine Erwartungen: Eine zerstörte Welt, die zu viele Kriege und Schlachten erlebt hat, gebrochenen Helden, die nur Frieden suchen und einem vermeidlich vernichtetem
Jan 07, 2016 Shaheen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, hachetteau
I'm going to be honest with you here: I had forgotten exactly how mesmerizing Sam Bowring's writing is. I was hooked into this story moments after I began reading! The novel is equally driven by action and its characters, executed brilliantly by Bowring in his unique style. A wonderfully spun tale of magic, camaraderie and betrayal, The Legacy of Lord Regret sets up the Strange Threads duology beautifully, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel, The Lord of Lies, to bring this tale to (I'm sure) ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Mella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rostigan ist des Kämpfens müde. Den Ruhm, den er in zahlreichen Schlachten erworben hat, hat er nie gewollt. Dennoch weicht die Bardin Tarzi, die ein Lied über seine nächste Heldentat verfassen möchte, nicht von seiner Seite. Da erreichen sie das einst so prächtige Silberstein, doch die große Stadt mit den weißen Türmen wurde vollständig vernichtet. Rostigan erkennt, dass Tarzis Wunsch erfüllt werden wird. Er wird sich einer neuen Gefahr stellen müssen, der
Aug 29, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Isn't a dualogy refreshing? There's also no hiding the fact that I fancy the way the pair's spines form a striking, single silhouette image when placed side by side.

Onward -- to the content!

I was immediately struck by Bowring's writing style -- it is more fluid and modern, and less arduous and Tolkienesque -- having spent some time in the detail-heavy worlds of Rothfuss, Cooper and Canavan, of late, the contrast was marked and the relief was great. I needed me some Bowring, even if I am looking
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
A highly exciting novel from a fantastic storyteller, that kept me turning the pages till late into the night.
After a bit of a slow start, the book gets better the further along you read, until you get to the end with a cliffhanger that will have you wishing you had the next book right there ready to go.
I loved how we get the back stories of all of the eight wardens as they are brought back to life after being dead for the last three hundred years.
The revelation when we find out about Rostigan's
Devin Madson
Nov 10, 2013 Devin Madson rated it really liked it
I picked up this book randomly at my local bookstore when I was looking for something new by an Australian fantasy author I had never heard of before, and I was not disappointed. I read it in two days, ok maybe one and a half, which is something of a feat when I was at the beach with two little kids at the time.

Clearly that means it has excellent pacing and a decent plot. If it suffered anywhere it was in characterisation. The main character, Rostigan, is the best developed character of the lot
Dark Matter
Sep 20, 2012 Dark Matter rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Legacy of Lord Regret by Sam Bowring (whom I interviewed is high fantasy with black and white characters who are almost caricatures. While I prefer characters who are shades of grey (as in Sam’s first trilogy, apparently) these characters are interesting because when they kill one another they absorb the victim’s power – and part of their personality. Thus Sam’s characters are changing, and those changes aren’t just incidental as a result of the plot ...more
I decided to read this because the dramatic title, and because I wondered why someone would be named Regret, and upon finishing the book, I still don't know why because it was never explained. I liked the style of writing, the unpredictability of the story (there was an amazing character reveal at one point which was unexpected), the setting or 'world' was different and interesting, and the story never got boring.
I felt that the book was a short though. This may be because I've been spoilt by t
Michael Schmid
Nov 21, 2013 Michael Schmid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow … was soll ich zu diesem Meisterwerk der High Fantasy sagen? Ehrlich … ich weiß es nicht. Ich bin einfach sprachlos und hin und weg.

Ich habe schon lange keinen High Fantasy Roman mehr gelesen, der mich so begeistert und mitgenommen hat. Doch in diesem Roman geht es nicht um eine riesige, komplexe Welt mit übelst ausgearbeiteten Orten und Rassen und Familienbanden, nein, hier geht es im Großen und Ganzen ganz allein um die Charaktere an sich und am Ende kann ich nur sagen … hier stimmt einfac
I already knew that anything I read directly after finishing the 3rd and final book in Richard Morgan's awesome, brutal Land Fit for Heroes series would probably suffer for the comparison, so I didn't have really high expectations for this book. That being said, it had enough going for it - reasonably light, straight forward and featuring an sympathetic enough almost-anti hero - that I read it fairly quickly and easily. Bowring's characters are a little simplistic, his writing a little basic, ...more
Blue Lucine
Sep 10, 2013 Blue Lucine rated it it was amazing
Bowring's writing is fresh, witty and highly entertaining. Similar to his Broken Well Trilogy, The Legacy of Lord Regret manages to explore poignant questions on the human condition, whilst staying within the exciting, fast paced adventure world that us fantasy readers know and love. His characters are unique, interesting, unpredictable and some have the intriguing ability to be loved and loathed simultaneously. Although the story is complex and intellectual, the book remains accessible to most ...more
"Der Herr der Tränen" ist der erste Teil der Duologie über den Kriegshelden Rostigan.

Vor 300 Jahren herrschte der berüchtigte Regret über Aorn, bescherte seinen Untertanen aber nur Leid. Um dieses zu beenden, schlossen sich einige mächtige Fadenwirker, die sich "Wächter" nannten, zusammen um besagten Herrscher zu töten.
Heute, viele Jahre später, scheint sich vieles zu wiederholen und Rostigan versucht den alten Frieden wiederherzustellen.

"Der Herr der Tränen" ist schnell und flüssig zu lesen
Apr 30, 2013 Liam rated it really liked it
Wow, I TORE through this book once I actually started reading. Luckily I have an awful cold, and thus a better reason than usual to just sit here reading all day.

I have a massive fascination for books dealing with the end of the world, whether during or after. I have always been even more interested in the concept of living in a dying world which is falling apart around you, but can't be said to be ending as of yet.

The setting for this book fits that. The world has been scarred by magic and the
Fi Michell
Jan 23, 2014 Fi Michell rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read for me, while I was on holidays at the beach. Very easy to read and engaging. For me, strengths were the very original magic system (unlike any I've come across elsewhere, but it made sense), the main character, Rostigan, and the main antagonist, Forger.

I enjoyed Forger's flippant attitude towards his horrendous crimes, and was a bit appalled at myself for doing so. I liked Rostigan from the very beginning.

I would have loved a bit more detail of the world from time to time, to
Mar 30, 2013 Ralph rated it liked it
Not a bad story, if you liked the movie 'Highlander'. I felt like I was reading a similar type script, with a set number of characters, risen among the mundane, who could absorbs another "power" if they were in close proximity when one of them were killed. Oh, and it seems only another with the "power" can kill them. Yeah, HIGHLANDER overkill. Overall though, the book wasn't terribly bad, and decently written. I started the next book (two-book series, as far as I know) just to find out how it ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Skye rated it really liked it
Read the broken well trilogy of Sam's and really enjoyed it. This series of his was another brilliant story. It was out of the box, an easy read and is amazingly creative! I love how it gets straight to the point with the storyline and I recommend it to everyone who likes a good fantasy involving magic.
Aug 19, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
Just picked this up randomly in my local library, usually I read ebooks. Once I started reading this I found it hard to put down, the story is different to the standard fantasy stock and there are some surprising twists and I cared about the characters. I made sure I had book 2 to start as soon as in finished.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Sara Douglass 'Book Series' Award. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
Sep 20, 2014 Kimberlee rated it really liked it
I was browsing for something to read when I came across this one, it sounded interesting and so I decided to bring it home with me - thank goodness I did!
I devoured this in the space of a lazy Sunday, writing is solid, not too flowery and the plot flows at a fast pace.
I'm looking forward to the final book and may have to check out Sam Bowrings other works.
Paige Belfield
Jan 28, 2015 Paige Belfield rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely magnificent book, as is its sequel. The duology is a rare joy in this world, and in the case of Strange Threads it was the best choice.

All the characters had clearly defined personalities, and the tale itself was magnificent. I was engaged from the first chapter and hooked till the very end. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone.
Sep 01, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch konnte mich wirklich überzeugen... mir gefällt die Art von Magie und die verschiedenen Talente der Wächter ... was mir nicht gefällt ist, dass es meiner Meinung nach den Charakteren sehr an Tiefe fehlt aber das Buch hatte ja auch nur ca. 450 Seiten ... bin gespannt auf das zweite Buch
Mar 08, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
Sam's one of the few fantasy authors who starts his books off with a bang and keeps up a fast pace. I found it hard to put this down; each chapter brings the story along quickly while throwing in another twist that I have to resolve. I'm looking forward to finishing the duology with great interest.
Dec 25, 2013 Gareth rated it liked it
A decent story, enough to keep me reading. The writing was a little annoying in places, the dialogue didn't sound right - too stilted and formal, maybe. Not a great book, but I'm interested enough to read the second volume, so that's good.
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