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The Second Empire (The Monarchies of God #4)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  552 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Religious wars, shapeshifter invasions, and political intrigue drive the fourth novel of this epic fantasy series.
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published 2001 by Gollancz (first published 2000)
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Ojo
Lots of people on Goodreads rave about the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. About how good a writer of military epic fantasy Erikson is. I haven't read Malazan, although I've had two false starts into Gardens of the Moon. But here's a challenge to every fan of Malazan: Read Monarchies of God by Paul Kearney.
This is the best book so far in the entire series. The quality of the writing is much improved, excellent to say the least. The characters have come an awfully long way. Corfe Cear-Inaf is
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Olethros
-Más exitoso en unos aspectos que en otros.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Los merduk han sido temporalmente detenidos a un coste muy alto, pero se están organizando para dar el golpe definitivo a Torunna mientras su líder militar, Corfe, intenta buscar una solución. Hawkwood cuenta lo que descubrió al otro lado del mar, la Iglesia himeriana sigue preparando su golpe mientras simula sus intenciones y en Hebrion su rey, Abeleyn, tiene que afrontar los problemas generados por su c
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Xabi1990
Dec 09, 2015 Xabi1990 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No se si será porque estoy leyendo toda la serie del tirón o porque es difícil mantener la calidad tan alta como era en los anteriores libros, pero me parece que decae el interés.

En vez de avanzar la historia en desarrollo de personajes o en perfilar y desarrollar la misma, en este cuarto libro la cosa va de batallas y más batallas. Para ser justo no hay sólo eso, no os asustéis, pero como los anteriores me gustaron tanto el 8/10 de esta cuarta entrega se me hace "justito".

Me meto con el quinto
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Vicenç Sanz
Jun 04, 2015 Vicenç Sanz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pura adrenalina en la guerra, eso es lo que nos da la novela.

Lo mejor es que vuelve a centrarse en la parte que más satisfacción inmediata te da, con multitud de batallas, planes militares, muertes heroicas, intrigas por el poder, acercamientos afectuosos, dos iglesias acercándose también… y en medio de todo Corfe, ese hombre decidido a no fallarse a sí mismo y a proteger a su país.

Un libro que da la sensación de estar encarándolo todo para la gran confrontación futura entre los magos licántropo
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Emil Söderman
So, the Fuckwolves keep plotting and being ominous, but not actually doing much yet. (there's a timeskip in the next book, so presumably they'll do something then) except being rapey and killing of side characters. There's big fighting with the Not!Turks, with increasingly silly odds and increasingly incompetent/evil aristocrats twirling their moustasches.

We get another female character, who's the Ugly Princess (but she's Hollywood Ugly, so it's okay) who surprisingly hasn't been using her sexua
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Manuel
Aug 17, 2015 Manuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow... What an ending!
For about 80% of this book, the story lead straight to three stars for me, as all the other three installments of this series did before. But then came this fast paced, breath taking finish, that put all the flesh on the bones of all the good ideas, characters, and world building, that had been there since book one, which so far weren't carried out too good in the books in my opinion. Kearney always let me know that he had talent, but that final proof of being able to deliv
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Leydhen
Feb 12, 2014 Leydhen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Simon Mcleish
Oct 20, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

The fourth of Kearney's Monarchies of God series, The Second Empire is the first which doesn't introduce any new elements. It carries on the themes and plots established in the earlier novels - the attempt to colonise the newly discovered Western continent, the war between religions as the Turk-like Marduks attempt to overrun the kingdom of Torunn, the newly territorial ambitions of the worldly Inceptine order of monks (which becomes the seco
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Nathan
The ranking for this one may be a little harsh, because I got more enjoyment from in that a typical two star book. But I am sorry, this was a series that had so much going for it in the first three books, and somewhere in writing this one the author forgot he wasn't writing All About Corfe. He truly seems to have forgot all the other plot lines, and only paid lip service to them. (Honestly, the church is going through a schism, and I don't think a single word was said about the second High Ponti ...more
James Cox
This was very good.
Will Sheppard
I picked this up randomly in a charity shop. What great entertainment it was to read pulp fantasy! No rules of science to follow, no need to think at all, just enjoy.
Akashrek
Apr 19, 2012 Akashrek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnífico.
Maciel
Dec 30, 2012 Maciel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5
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Paul Kearney was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. He lived for some years in Copenhagen, then spent two years in America before returning to Britain in 1998.

Paul Kearney was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in 1967. He went to a local grammar school, and then to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Middle English and was a keen member of the Mountaineering So
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Other Books in the Series

The Monarchies of God (5 books)
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