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Instruments of War (The Warlock Sagas #1)

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Makeda , Supreme Archdomina of House Balaash, is known throughout the Iron Kingdoms for her leadership of the mighty Skorne Empire, but it was not always so…

Before the coming of the Skorne Empire into the west, Makeda was little more than the second child of a great house, but through her will, determination, and adherence to the code of hoksune, she rose above all others.
ebook, 84 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Skull Island Expeditions
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Larry Correia doesn’t waste a single page. The action starts from the first page and doesn’t stop until you put the book down and take a much needed breath.

Instruments of War is a novella set in the Hordes/WarMachine universe. Like the universe’s, and title suggest this novella is about war. A civil war to be exact. The Skorne live by a simple creed life can only be truly lived in battle. To engage in one on one, or many on one combat is to know the true meaning of life. Pain purifies the weak f
Apr 15, 2014 Barbara rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Competently written but fairly standard tropes - warrior culture, honourable (by standards of the society) protagonist the younger sibling of insecure heir, younger sibling required to defeat older brother to save family honour. It is deftly done with no wasted words. Nothing particularly novel, except that the author manages to make us sympathise with the ideals of the main character, which are more than a little gruesome and barbaric by our standards.

My problem with this is I expect more than
William Adams
For a short novella, Larry Correia manages to fit quite a bit of quality material into such a small space. Granted, this is hardly highbrow literature, but that's not what you came here for is it? Correia focuses on a series of episodes in the early life of one of Immoren's most influential and powerful women, Makeda of House Balaash. The story is fast paced, the action is easy to follow and full of descriptive imagery (and those familiar with the game will be able to follow it from an in-game p ...more
This was a great biography of sorts for Makeda. Being very familiar with the character from the gaming books I found this book very interesting. Not only did it tell a lot of Makeda's back story but it also filled in some information about the Skorne's internal conflict before the arrival of Vinter. This was hinted at in the game books but the story of Makeda and her brother hadn't been fully explored like this.

I am really enjoying all of the Iron Kingdoms fiction so far, this one definitely lef
This is another novella set in the War Machine/Hordes universe. I suspect that if I played the game, and therefore, knew more of the background, I would enjoy these books even more. But having said that, even without that knowledge, I do enjoy these books. I've read two of these now (The Butcher of Khardov by Dan Wells) was the other. Both ave given enough detail that I was't scratching my head lost, and both had quick moving stories that were fun to read. It's only 84 pages, so a little steep f ...more
Not nearly as good as Into the Storm, but an entertaining read. I know very little about Warmachine, so a lot of the names and terms meant nothing to me and I had to work them out from context. It wasn't too hard to follow, though, even if I might not have gotten all the nuances.
Mr. Matt
I struggled with this book at first. The author was introducing a brand new world to me and I had very little back ground in his milieu. I had a feeling that it was based on some already conceived world (Warhammer, maybe) and I wasn't familiar enough with that world to slip in to it comfortably. The good news is that by pushing on I discovered a pretty darn good story. Larry is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The action was good, the writing brisk, the characters well formed. All in ju ...more
Michael Parker
An Excellent view into the Skorne culture. I'm much more interested in the fiction and fluff surrounding this faction after reading this story.
John Jeter
Fanboy all day.

The world of Hordes and war machine is rich. I savour every morsel. Tell me more of honor and warriors.
Very fun and loaded with action. This novella offers a great view into what haksune is and the the Skorne are. A great read from a favored author.

My only wish, and this is for everything from Skull Island Expeditions, is that this was a full novel. I have loved every SIX novella so far and can't wait to see a full length novel from them.
Really gives you a look at the ideal Skorne archetype. I enjoyed learning about Makeda's background as much as I enjoyed the glimpses of the Skorne society. I look forward to future releases in this universe.
Shane Fraughton
My favorite novella from Skull Island X so far. Very interesting character and full of action. Can't wait for a full length book in this setting from this author.
Scott Carmody
A nice samurai style novella. 5 star if you are a fan of the Warmachine/Hordes world. The book follows Makeada and her rise to power in the Skorne Empire.
Oscar Oelrich
Great! This was the first SIX short novel for me and it lived up to my expectations. Love it when she feats! Oh, and the fury mechanic really shines through :)
Ian James
the more and more i read these books the more and more i want PP to release character models of certain side characters in the story
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Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling author of the Monster Hunter International series, the Grimnoir Chronicles, and the thriller Dead Six.
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