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Chasers of the Wind (The Cycle of Wind and Sparks #1)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  484 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Centuries after the disastrous War of the Necromancers, the Nabatorians, aligned with the evil necromancers of Sdis, mount an invasion of the Empire. Luk, a soldier, and Ga-Nor, a Northern barbarian, are thrown together as they attempt to escape the Nabatorian hordes and find their way back to their comrades.

Gray and Layan are a married couple, master thieves who are hidin
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Tor Books (first published 2005)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
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3.5 stars

So I don't think I've read a translated book before. At least not a recently translatedbook.

I've thought about it. I mean, the book was popular enough in it's native language to get translated into English and re-published, so thatspeaks highly forit, right? Yeah, definitely . . .


Language is a complex and beautiful thing, and this isn't a real life interaction where only the gist of the information needs to be understood. This is LITERATURE, and there is not
Jul 01, 2014 Bookwraiths rated it really liked it
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If Robert Jordan, Glen Cook, and George R.R. Martin had ever written a fantasy book together, Chasers of the Wind would be it. The book is fun, engaging and action-packed, mixing assassins, massive world building, vile necromancers, and ancient mysteries to create a damn fine fantasy novel. I can’t recommend it enough for lovers of massive worlds and epic fantasy.

As this tale begins, a reader is thrown into a centuries long conflict between the Empire a
It took me a bit to get into Chasers of the Wind, and it was a rough ride at times, but I Chasers of the Wind ended up enjoying this book quite a bit. Color me surprised because as I look back it was something of a grab-bag fantasy; a little bit of everything was thrown into the mix and most of it was worth keeping.

With a backdrop of an invading hoard led by The Damned, a collective of necromancers with individual names like Typhoid, the book focuses on a small core of characters of various inte
Bob Milne
Jun 10, 2014 Bob Milne rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
As fantasy epics go, Chasers of the Wind is an absolutely phenomenal story, populated by fantastic characters, with a stellar approach to magic (and necromancy) that hooked me hard and deep from the first page. There's no doubt that Alexey Pehov is a man of serious talents, with an imagination much like my own, but I'm afraid the story suffers a tad due to some issues with the framing.

Let me get the negatives out of the way first, because I really want to focus on what was so enjoyable about the
Jul 28, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was provided an advance copy by Tor.

An unexpected 5/5! Probably more like a 4.75/5, but it felt worthy of the bump to 5. I didn't know much about this book going in, especially given that this was originally published in Russian, as I understand.

The plotline felt fresh... It wasn't mind blowing, but it was definitely original enough that it kept me reading at a fairly quick pace, ready to find out what happens next. I don't feel like the plot was appropriately tied up at the end, though. Sure,
Talitha (Victorian Soul)
The Hook: "He who chases the wind will find the storm."

I received this e-book for free via NetGalley, but in no way did it affect my literary taste buds. This critique is my honest opinion.

To Be Released: June 17th

Book #1 in The Cycle of Wind and Sparks

The Plot:
Luk is just plain unlucky. The day he had guard duty on the Gates of Six Towers, necromancers from Sdis decided to sneak in and attack it, leaving him to run for the hills until he meets up with a man he owes his life and some
Jul 17, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
I may be hyper-critical here, but after a promising beginning (other than the zombies; I'm so sick of zombies) I got tired of all the bait-and-switch maneuvers. The "to be continued" ending that didn't even bother with the window dressing of a conclusion just clinched my disappointment in the book. Nevertheless, I would recommend this for die-hard fantasy fans. Why? Because I count myself among that number and I was engaged enough and disappointed enough in the non-ending that I do want to read ...more
Arthur Zhang
Aug 04, 2014 Arthur Zhang rated it really liked it
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Jul 08, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

Chasers of the Wind has all the elements for a high fantasy book: magic and magical creatures, a panoply of races and species, action and mystery. And yet, I couldn't shake off the feeling that I was reading a Dungeons and Dragons inspired story. Now don't take me wrong, I love tabletop RPGs with a passion. It may be silly for outsiders - adults acting like sword bearers and magic wielders, breathing everything as if their cha
Well, this is right up there with A Song of Ice and Fire - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1-5) by George R.R. Martin in the fantasy and supernatural! Complex and ever increasingly complicated as it progresses, I have a good feeling about this series! It started out slower than I had hoped and other activities kept interrupting but I have accomplished devouring this novel at last. Onward and ever forwards!
Garrett Daum
Jul 09, 2015 Garrett Daum rated it really liked it
This book was better than I anticipated. Although there were some translations error that ended up being a little quirky it didn't hinder the flow of the book. I really enjoyed Gray's(Ness) and Weasel's(Layen)relationship. All too often books involve NEW romance and its a nice change of pace to see a young married couple learning more about each other as the book progresses.

My one complaint of this book is that it just kind of ended with MANY loose ends. I will definitely have to pick up the seq
Sep 23, 2016 SRue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Name „Alexey Pehov“ sollte mittlerweile eigentlich jedem Fantasy-Liebhaber ein Begriff sein. „Wind“ war mein erster Roman des russischen Bestsellerautors und ich habe es nicht bereut, dieses Buch gelesen zu haben.

Anfangs fiel es mir etwas schwer in die Geschichte hineinzufinden, da der Leser zu Beginn sozusagen einfach mittens hineingeworfen wird und nicht gerade wenig fremde Personen und Lebewesen vorkommen. Zusätzlich wechseln auch immer wieder die Perspektiven, was für mich das Ganze nich
Jun 28, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tja, was soll ich sagen. Ich schwanke sehr zwischen drei und vier Sternen für dieses Buch. Zum einen ist es ein astreiner, fantasievoller Highfantasy Roman, aber auf der anderen Seite hat sich bei mir streckenweise ganz schön die Verwirrung über den Plot breit gemacht.

Die Chroniken von Hara finden mit dem Band "Wind" ihren Auftakt. Dementsprechend erwarte ich als Leser natürlich, dass ich ausreichend mit Hintergrundinfos über die mir fremde Welt und deren Gepflogenheiten versorgt werde. Dies ist
Don Priest
Sep 13, 2014 Don Priest rated it it was ok
A decent enough fantasy novel, but with a few writing and story choices that detracted from the experience. The worst offense is that the author sometimes interrupts the story to expound on some tidbit, slapping the extra information in parentheses right in the middle of the paragraph. This can range from a quick description of some creature, to a half page description of an ancient war. It completely takes the reader out of the story, ruining the flow of whatever is going on. It's not applied a ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Tintenelfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesekreise, ebooks
Anfangs zieht es sich ein bisschen, läuft dann aber zu Hochform auf. Tolle Charaktere, ein unerwartetes Wiedersehen und ein böser Cliffhanger.
Ganz knapp die 5 Sterne verpasst, aber ich erwarte hier sowieso noch eine Steigerung!
Glen Hoos
Jul 15, 2015 Glen Hoos rated it it was ok
Too many pages for too little plot, and with no proper ending. Hopefully as the series progresses the lack of a real ending won't really matter, but it also means that this book isn't over. That's a problem given my first complaint with it. Still, it does have interesting characters that keep you from wanting to just put the book aside. While the world building can be a bit tedious and times, and adds to the excessive length of the book, also helps to make the book interesting and gives me hope ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Jacob rated it it was ok
I'm not entirely sure why I picked up this book since necromancy is not one of my preferred branches of magic.
I don't know whether it was the author or the translator, but something about the writing was driving me crazy. Enough so that I'm not finishing the book right now. Maybe I'll try again later.
Switching between 1 and 3 person POV and including all the parenthetical explanations were both somewhat annoying, but I was getting past them. But the writing just felt clunky.
I think the story mi
Oct 04, 2014 Zord rated it liked it
A lot of author needs to be reminded that leaving the past as murky as possible or without context isn't the right method to introduce mysterious past to a character. That's a one way trip to creating an emo-goth character that might be annoying to sympathise with no matter how tough situation the character has to go through. What's even irritating to be seen in a book is a character who talks cryptically as possible but bloody f***ing obvious to the readers that this is the ancient/all-powerful ...more
The Empire has been invaded by Nabatorians with the aid of powerful necromancers. Gray and his wife are master assassins who have been living peacefully in hiding after completing a high profile assignment and faking their own deaths. Their past catches up to them and they must travel to Al'sgara to kill the person who put a bounty on their heads. They are joined by a variety of skilled companions as they try to outpace the hordes of undead and reach the city before the coming war. This is the f ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Asaviel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Einstieg ist - wie in so viele High-Fantasy Geschichten - etwas kompliziert. Das beruht einfach auf der Tatsache, dass der Leser sich von seiner gewohnten Welt lösen muss und eintaucht in Geschehnisse, die bei uns unmöglich sind. Alle gewohnten Annahmen werden abgelöst und man muss sich ein neues Bild schaffen. Das wird noch etwas dadurch erschwert, dass es gleich zu Beginn eine Menge Charaktere gibt. Die Protagonisten sind zwar mit Hilfe des Klappentextes schnell ausgemacht, aber es ist gar ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Hanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Einige von euch haben sicher mitbekommen, wie lange ich an diesem Buch gesessen habe. Die Schwierigkeit an diesem Buch ist einfach der Schreibstil und das Hinziehen der Handlung. Wenn nichts passiert und man zudem an einem unfassbar schwierigen und komplizierten Schreibstil kauen muss, kommt es einem so vor, als hätte man nach einer Stunde erst zehn Seiten geschafft. Das ist wirklich unheimlich anstrengend, weshalb ich auch zwei Bücher dazwischen geschoben habe, ehe ich mich dazu gezwungen habe, ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Stefan rated it it was amazing
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Apr 21, 2015 Jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alustuseks mainiksin kohe ära, et lugesin seda raamatut vaid seetõttu, et selles oli eelmise sarja (Siala kroonikad) peategelane. See lühikene jupike üpriski raamatu lõpus kus ta ilmus meeldis mulle igatahes väga. Nagu natuke päikest sombusel kevadpäeval.
Ülejäänud raamat....midagi nagu kogu aeg toimus ja igav otseselt ka ei olnud (tegelased olid mitmekesised ja huvitavad), aga samas midagi otseselt korda ka ei saadetud. Peategelased suutsid pealinna põgeneda, ühe ülesande ära täita milleks nad
Sep 21, 2016 SEVE rated it it was amazing
I'm very particular when it comes to fantasy novels. I have a very specific taste. I normally stop reading them within the first 100 pages. With this book, I was done before I knew it. My words can not describe fully as to how detailed and intuitive this book is. Thank you for the translation.
Jun 03, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Really fun read, starts a bit slower than the Chronicles of Siala, but it picks up and gets fun. Honestly, it feels a bit like a prequel, the real "stuff" seems like it is still to come in the next book.

And be warned, this book has one of the most abrupt endings I've ever read.

I'm looking forward to the next one.
Apr 22, 2014 Dina added it
I just can't do it. This book is such a mess, really, it's all over the place. The editing is atrocious, the character development is nonexistent, the pace - don't even get me started. But as far as i understand Alexey Pehov is a popular and well-loved writer, so maybe for me this was just a wrong book to start with. Anyways, i will probably refrain from forming an opinion until i read some of his other stuff.
May 31, 2015 Andre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new story in the world of Sila that works to the same strengths as the original trilogy (a recipe for grim fantasy but well served).
Feb 11, 2015 Nate rated it it was amazing
Exellent author - why haven't we seen more of his work here in the West?
Klassische Fantasy mit gut bekömmlichen Zutaten: Magier, Meuchelmörder, Krieger, Nekromanten und einer guten Prise Intrigen und Verrat. Wohldosiert erzählt, auch wenn manchmal etwas weniger mehr gewesen wäre. Aber die Grundlage als Vorspeise zu den noch folgenden Gängen Bänden ist gelegt und ich freue mich auf das nächste Eintauchen in diese komplexe Welt.
Jul 09, 2014 Felix rated it liked it
I don't know if it was the story or the translation that didn't live up to the last series?
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Alexey Pehov is the award-winning author of "The Chronicles of Siala," a bestselling series in his native Russia. SHADOW PROWLER (first published in Russia in 2002 as STEALTH IN THE SHADOWS) was the first book in the series THE CHRONICLES OF SIAL, and became one of Russia’s biggest, most successful debuts. His novel UNDER THE SIGN OF THE MANTIKOR was named "Book of Year" and "Best Fantasy Novel" i ...more
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