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Talion: Revenant

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  2,231 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
The man he is sworn to protect is the man who butchered his family.

Justices—the select of the Talions, endowed with fearsome magick and lethal martial skills—roam the Shattered Empire, crushing the lawless and championing the oppressed. Their word is law and their judgment binding on highborn and low.

Nolan is a Justice born in what once was the free nation of Sinjaria. O
Nook, 467 pages
Published November 10th 2010 by (first published 1997)
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Liviu Szoke
Nov 08, 2014 Liviu Szoke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy în adevăratul sens al cuvântului, cu un fel de super-erou în persoana Talionului Nolan. O carte densă și alertă în același timp; recenzia, aici:
Apr 29, 2010 Sorwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talion: Revenant at first seems a quite simple story about a man by the name of Nolan who is a Talion Justice. The Talions are broken into various groups according to the tasks they can perform. One such group is the Justice, an elite group of individuals that works as a sort of cross between an elite military group (Rangers/Seals/etc) and the CIA. It is their job to administer Justice and it is up to each individual as to what that Justice means. They are answerable only to their superiors and ...more
Sep 17, 2016 Alina marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
Incredibil de proasta traducerea!! Tradusa cuvant cu cavant, fara adaptare, iar o parte zici ca e facuta cu Google Translate. Dezamagitor: traducator Mircea Pricăjan; echipa de corectura Roxana Samoilescu si Eugenia Ursu.
A incercat sa ridice mainile si sa se stearga la fata.
Mania mi se urcase la cap si imi arunca vorbe pe gura.
Eu, Weylan, nu inteleg. (I, Weylan, I don’t understand.)

Voi lasa deoparte editia in romana si ma apuc sa o citesc in engleza. Pacat de coperta, care arata foarte bine..

Oct 02, 2016 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I very much enjoyed this novel which alternates chapters from present and past, the latter explaining more about the Talions’ world and traditions, with amazing twists and suspense.

The characters are seemingly real and their growth/development is very well done, with past circumstances and motivations behind their actions and changes. I would have liked some more clear depicting of the countries and their populace, as I found the present ones very interesting - we get a glimpse of Dhesiri, some
Dec 12, 2010 Chip rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Embarrassingly juvenile writing and stilted characters. I actually PAID for this drivel based on the very high average rating for it, both here and at Amazon, and rave reviews. My mistake. Most of those reviews must have been written by the author or friends thereof - or perhaps teenagers moving on from Eddings and R.A. Salvatore.

I tossed this aside 20% into it - a few paragraphs after this statement by the then 13-year-old protagonist, following the "Lord of Justices" (real title!) on the firs
Jeff Miller
Jul 06, 2010 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book by chance. One of the ebook blogs I read said the author was offering DRM-free versions of some of his books on his site. So I bought this one for 5 bucks. I like to support authors directly especially when they offer DRM-free books.

This was actually his first novel, though originally not published because they thought it too long for a new author and so was not published until after he had built a solid reputation and following.

The Taliion is sort of like a cross between
Jul 22, 2011 Letty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
One of the best stand alone fantasy novels I have ever read. SOOOO tragic that it is not a series...a very long series!!
Cameron Harris
For years, Stackpole has been lauded by the Science Fiction community for his superb Star Wars and Battletech novels. This review is about his first novel, Talion:Revenant. The interesting thing about Talion: Revenant is that it originally was not published because it was to long for an unknown author. All I have to say is I am quite glad that Talion: Revenant was eventually released.

The novel begins with Nolan, an experienced Justice, hunting down the thief Morai and his various lackeys. Aft
Michael A. Stackpole (Author of Star Wars novels including "I, Jedi" and many Battletech novels) has retained his electronic publishing rights and re-released "Talion: Revenant", an amazing fantasy novel, as an e-book for $5. He's setting aside profits from the sales and promises to write a long awaited sequel once he's sold 10,000 copies (After all is said and done he estimates he'd net around $27,000 from the sales that he'd then live on for the year he estimates it would take to write and edi ...more
Ryan Mueller
Mar 31, 2013 Ryan Mueller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, five-star
I'm kind of surprised this book hasn't gotten more notice. It's one of the best standalone fantasy novels I've ever read. Stackpole managed to write a story that feels both intimate and epic. The weaving of two different timelines for the main character really adds to the story, and everything comes together beautifully (and tragically) at the end.

Rating: 9/10
Becky B
Sep 24, 2012 Becky B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The main character in this book is a Talion. What's a Talion? Well, they're part James Bond, part knight, part old West wandering lawman, and part Dementor. They roam around the empire hunting down criminals and, if necessary, sucking out their souls if they've been really bad. Stackpole focuses on the story of a Talion from Sinjaria/Hamis. Every other chapter alternates between telling how he came to be a Talion (so his story from age 12 on up) and present day as he is chasing down criminals &a ...more
Marcus Hill
Aug 01, 2014 Marcus Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone/Everyone
This is one of my favorite books. I think I have read it at least 8 times since I discovered it. It is one of those books that you keep buying so you can hand it out to friends.
I'm trying to get a group of people that love this book together online to start a movement in hopes of getting it turned into an audiobook, and drum up enough interest to get the author to write the sequel.
Stackpole has already stated on his website that if he can make enough sells on the ebook version that he would take
Nov 28, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 or 4, 3 or 4? Where is my 3.5 option? With a hundred pages to go, I was leaning towards a 3, but it didn't end exactly like I thought it would, so I'm rounding up. It was a pretty good book, but could have used a little bit of emotion. On a sliding scale, it was pretty impressive for a first novel. I commented before that I didn't like how he started and then flashed back, but I understand now why he did it; though I still would have liked a stronger first chapter. Luckily, the second chapter ...more
Julian Tan
Nov 23, 2010 Julian Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to imagine that this was the author's first fantasy book - it has every making of an epic and introduces the reader to a beautiful, sweeping fantasy world with a tapestry of nations, history and characters. The heroes are larger than life, and you are treated to a tale of a boy maturing into a man, weaved into a complex plot full of mystery and suspense. A very satisfying read.
Feb 16, 2013 SpyNavy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stackpole is hit or miss with me. This book was a home run. I enjoyed it from start to finish and am surprised he hasn't fleshed this universe out with more books. Great character development and cool fantasy universe.
Mar 16, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Easily my favorite fantasy novel.

Review: https://derailmentsofthought.wordpres...
Aug 29, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still one of my favourite fantasy novels. Like that it was a one-off, rather than a series.
Jan 08, 2017 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talion: Revenant by Michale A. Stackpole is a standalone fantasy book. There will always be times when a person can take so much of something before being forced to take a break. After having continuously read fantasy books in a series, I decided it was time again to take a no-commitment approach. I didn't want to wait for the next book in a series to get released. I just wanted to read a fantasy story that ended in one standalone book. Talion:Revenant was my pick. The premise of the novel defin ...more
Blaise Corvin
Nov 09, 2016 Blaise Corvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite fantasy books of all time. The fact it was Stackpole's first is amazing. I really wish he'd write a sequel.
Dec 28, 2016 Syikin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. It really thrust me into the story world.

My favorite book!!
Oct 26, 2016 Paul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sword & sorcery blended with a coming of age story done in the style of YA, not for me
Aug 24, 2013 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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May 27, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Instead of just one story, there are two parallel stories that told. One is Talion as an adult (i.e., present day). The second is Talion as a youth. The stories told about the young Talion set the stage and/or provide important information that's applicable to the adult Talion's story thread.
+ I thought this was preferable to using the 'flashback' mechanism
+ It was an easy way for the author to provide relevant information, and it was hard for me as a reader to miss or forget important d
Jun 07, 2011 Domenico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read any Star Wars novels, then you recognize the name of Michael Stackpole, one of the best of the stable of those authors. But that's not the whole of what he's written. He has many novels in both fantasy and scifi genres.

But Talion:Revenant is unique in that not only was it the first book he ever wrote, it has never been published. At least not in the traditional sense. Last year, Stackpole brought the book out of his archives, polished it up, and started selling it on his website (
Jun 26, 2014 Kennethkiffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jake Scholl
May 27, 2012 Jake Scholl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Premise: Nolan, a member of the Talions, a group who's mission is to fight for justice. Nolan will have his beliefs tested , but will he succumb to his wants or do what's right?


You may know of Michael Stackpole if you've ever read Star Wars or Battle Tech novels. Talion : Revenant is the first novel Stackpole has ever written. But wasn't the first book that was published. Back in the 1980s, when Double Day read Talion, they said it was too long of a book for an unknown writer, so they had
Jan 19, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book years ago, and now that I'm a member of Goodreads I finally can review it.

This was a good book. It wasn't great, but certainly it was enjoyable. If you like light-hearted, fast-paced fantasy in the same vein as David Eddings, then this is a book you will probably enjoy.

There are a couple things I found odd, though. First is that Mr. Stackpole tells this story from the first person viewpoint of the main character, Nolan. While this itself isn't an issue, he alternates the chapter
Nov 03, 2016 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book but there were too many issues with it. I gave it an extra star as it was the author's first novel but it clearly shows.

The book had an interesting premise but it feel flat when delivering. Stackpole fell into the world-building trap: he spent too much time explaining Talions and Justices at the expense of plot and character development. When he finally got to the meat of the plot, the book was half over and he had to rush through major character development.

Sadly, the
May 19, 2013 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, there's some really good ideas in this book, too bad they're not implemented well enough to be all that interesting.

The book started out well, the first chapter had a nice little fight scene. Then when Nolan is taking his test I thought it was decent. Then it just gets so boring. I found this book a chore to finish and it wasn't even that long. I guess that's what get for reading this after A Game of Thrones. The pacing is completely inconsistent, sometimes it moves along fast and nice
Aug 30, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I came across this book as part of a deal and I am very glad that I took a chance on it. In Michael Stackpole’s Talion: Revenant Nolan, an orphan from the free city-state of Sinjaria makes his way to Talianna where he becomes a Justice, a branch of the Talions that roam the countryside hunting criminals and sucking out the occasional soul through the use of powerful magick. After becoming a full-fledged Justice, Nolan is sent to defend the man who killed his family and defeated his h ...more
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