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The Thousand Names

(The Shadow Campaigns #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  14,353 ratings  ·  1,103 reviews
Enter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel—but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic....

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the
Hardcover, US edition, 513 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Roc Hardcover
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Sarah (CoolCurryBooks) The book falls flat on it's face when it comes to race, honestly. He made the desert people have grey skin, which was probably an attempt to avoid the…moreThe book falls flat on it's face when it comes to race, honestly. He made the desert people have grey skin, which was probably an attempt to avoid the issue but their culture was coded as non-white so... it did nothing? Also it meant that literally all of the characters were either white or some made up fantasy color.

I was hoping that the sequel would be better, but nope. Absolutely everyone was still white. No indication that anyone can be anything but white.

There's definitely things I like about the series, but it's treatment of race is not one of them. (less)

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Django Wexler
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, *I* obviously enjoyed it, or I wouldn't have written it. Hopefully other people will too.
The steps of the novel echoed through the throne room. The book king watched as the large tome took a bow infront of him.

"Please rise, so I can see your beautiful cover," said the book king.

The book did as it was told. The high noon sun basking its front it looked up to his monarch.

"I was told that you'd like to be ranked for the book army. Is that so?" asked the king.

"Yes, my liege."

"From seeing you enter, I assume you have a good pacing. You're posture is well balanced. That's a good start. Bu
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Flintlock/military fantasy fans
Recommended to Petrik by: Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Shelves: owned-ebooks
A great explosive Flintlock/Military fantasy debut that left me begging for more by the end of it.

Speaking of flintlock fantasy, the first thing that came to the reader’s mind would probably be The Powder Mage by Brian McClellan, which I loved, but I have a good feeling just from the first book out of five in The Shadow Campaigns series that it will eventually topple The Powder Mage.

If you truly want to know what the premise of the book is about, I strongly suggest you to just read the blurb of
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm in love.

I went into this not just hoping to love it but somewhat weirdly confident that I would and low and behold, for once my hunch was right because I LOVED IT. I LOVED EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF IT.

This is my third 5-star rating out of the 10 books that I’ve read since the new year which is saying a lot because I don't hand out 5 stars like candy anymore. And I wish I could say that I was the, oh so analytical reader type who break a book down into each of its parts, strive to understand ho
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~

Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Wow I loved this!

I think the real strength in The Thousand Names is how incredibly well written it is.

I want to start by explaining the reason I docked half a star.

There were some moments where the in-depth paragraphs of military maneuvers and battles carried on for just a touch longer than necessary. There were some moments where I wished the plot moved jus
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Sheepfarmer's Daughter, military fantasy
Recommended to Carol. by: Fantasy Aficionados
For some time now, I’ve been co-moderating a fantasy group on Goodreads. One of the troubles with attempting to be an active group co-moderator are monthly reads. Ultimately, only a few read the selections in a timely enough fashion to discuss, so I’ve been making it a personal challenge to read the books chosen. The Thousand Names won our ’round-the-world fantasy,’ African setting poll, so I dutifully ordered it from the library. While it began promisingly enough, it soon segued into a detailed ...more
Will M.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Military/war fantasy fans
The Thousand Names didn't just deliver as a fantasy novel, but rather a military fantasy novel. It was all about tactics, strategy, survival, and betrayal. All of those elements intertwined to produce this spectacular novel.

The premise was a bit unclear in terms of the goal of the novel. It merely introduced the readers to the two main characters who helped shape this into the perfection that it is. What made up for the unclear premise would be the unpredictable plot. Everything was not as it s
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had my eye on The Shadow Campaigns series for a while now. The flintlock fantasy genre is one that really seems to appeal to my tastes as a reader. I wouldn't refer to myself as a history buff by any means, but history has always fascinated me. Mr. Wexler has managed to give The Thousand Names a 17th century or early 18th century feel with the muskets, cannons, and military atmosphere. This managed to make my inner historical nerd jump with glee every time a fight broke out. But that is n ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Methinks.

Introducing…the Murderous Shrimps Want to Dance then again Maybe not Super Crappy Express Non Review (MSWtDtaMnSCENR™)!

Murderous shrimps want to dance because:
Cool military stuff and battles and war strategy and stuff.
✔ A little magic.
Great cast of intriguing characters.
Traitors and scumbags and assholes, oh my!
✔ Both male and female POVs.
✔ Scrumpalicious final chapters.
✔ Slightly orgasmic book cover.

Time to dance and stuff.

Then again maybe not becaus
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can find this review and more at Booksprens.

The Thousand Names is exactly what I came to expect of Flintlock Fantasy: Colonials, a dusty setting, military tactics and old, dangerous magic. A fantastic, exotic and intriguing combo!

The story takes place in Khandar, an arid colony where the dregs (with a few exceptions) of the Vordanai army are sent (or rather "exiled") to keep the peace and support the local prince. A precarious alliance of zealous priests (the Redeemers) and desert warriors (
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-on-shelf
I liked this book so much that I needed to make another review - a gush review - on my blog!
Let me know your thoughts!

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I have been particularly lucky lately with the reading picks.
I was nervous about starting this series, I owned this book for quite some time - and the cover is spectacular - the blurb is magnetic and the rating is high. I had high expectations about the book (and the series) but I was worried to be disappointed. I should not have wo
may ❀
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to may ❀ by: Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~

so this took me a freaking long time but hey I DID IT!!! hurray for me
also the audiobook is like 22 hours??? why

anyways, this was good though i lowkey feel like im not smart enough to understand these crazy "developed" plots like im just sitting here ignoring it as the audiobook plays while thinking about how many pages and chapters could have been omitted in order to make this more easy to understand - for me, a peasant™

but like i got the whole concept?? i just didnt get why it had to be so dra
Norah Una Sumner
4.5 stars

When you're studying for your college entrance exam and you manage to read one book per week. At least it was a damn good one! Really needed some good ol' fantasy in my life.

Me: *sees multiple POV, male and female*


Me: *worships the trope of girl escaping the dark past & joining the army as a man*


Me: *realizes that the female protagonist is, in fact, gay*


Me: *sees that there's some cool flippin' magic included and some shady characters*


This book was really good. I shall read the seq
4.5 Stars

The Thousand Names was an awesome debut filled with gripping action, intriguing mysteries and fascinating characters. Featuring a cool ‘flintlock fantasy’ setting this book chronicles the twists and turns of a spectacular military campaign fought against seemingly hopeless odds. Woven neatly into this story are interesting mysteries, strange magic and great characters.

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Ranker Winter Ihernglass are part of the ‘Old Colonials’, a ragtag force of rejects servin
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advanture, fantasy
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group.

This Flintlock Fantasy, or what we used to call plain Adventure back in the day, was very good! It was intriguing, it had battles and politics, gods and demons, and the faith of the military men from noble born officers to urchins serving in the lowest ranks of the privets. A foreign army invades a country which has exiled its Prince and the Prince has turned to the invaders for help in order to regain the throne. This is the reason all ar
Two word summary: Enormously enjoyable!

My baby daughter had a bad case of stage fright when she born; she was overdue, my wife was induced, and we were still in hospital for several days before she arrived. Over that time, we did a lot of reading to kill the time. This wasn't one of the books we took with us - this was an impromptu purchase from the hospital bookshop when our travelling library was running low.

I think my first comment was, "Django Wexler. What an awesome name for a spec-fic writ
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic, magic, war, favorites

Apparently, I love "flintlock fantasy". The phrase, which according to Wikipedia has been around since the 1990s to describe a sub-genre of fantasy "set in a Regency or Napoleonic-era period", admittedly only entered my lexicon just this year. But all this time, I knew deep in my gut that there simply had to be a term out there for this incredible and distinctly unique brand of fantasy with the musket-era setting that I so adore; I just never knew the name
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler surpassed my expectations by a long shot. All of the reviews that classify this as a military fantasy are spot on, it is that and more. Wexler treats the choreography of the military campaign as many authors would detail sword fights and fisticuffs.

This book is a real treat for those that like strategy with their action. So many of the situations and scenarios are discussed amongst the characters and we are treated to an incredible amount tactics and
Executive Summary: This one is more flintlock than fantasy. It should appeal to any military fantasy, or maybe even military fiction fans, but may be found slow/uninteresting to sword and sorcery readers.

Audio book: Mr. Poe is a decent reader, but nothing spectacular. I think he does attempt to distinguish voice a little, but it was mostly too subtle for me to really tell the difference. He does have good inflections and emotion in his reading at least.

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Lena K.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Unlike many of the fantasy books that take place in a world parallel to our Medieval Ages, "The Thousand Names" takes place in an era parallel to our 17th/18th century - with muskets and cannons (how cool is that?). Which is nice and mostly - refreshing. Django writes fantastically! His main characters are very likable and well written. Both Winter and Marcus are great! But I think Marcus is my favorite for the time being. He got me with his healthy cynical approach to life, as can be seen in th ...more
Anthony Ryan
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Django Wexler has delivered a highly entertaining debut which mixes elements of Bernard Cornwall-esque military adventure with an original take on magic and keen eye for action, dialogue and character. If this is any indication succeeding volumes may end up doing for the Napoleonic Wars what George RR Martin did for the Wars of the Roses. Highly recommended.
Update-Note to self. Friend says has romance f-f. ummm... not my thing right now. I may pass...

Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This book is getting a solid 4.5* rating from me which is really good considering I'm not usually one for battle-heavy books. This is a fantasy debut book but it really doesn't feel like the author is settling into fantasy. It's very well paced with only one or two moments of slow writing, a lot of moments of intrigue, and an explosive ending. I constantly had questions and when I wasn't reading the book I did wonder about it. I have to say I am very glad I picked this up because it's a really b ...more
Esmerelda Weatherwax
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap, I never left a review for this, shame on me.

I loved this book, I really like military/flintlock fantasy and this scratched that itch so hard.

It's a multiPOV book, but it's largely just two characters which keeps this easy to follow, and it really gets you emotionally invested in both characters.

This book takes a topic that can be done really poorly - women pretending to be men in the military - and does it perfectly. Sometimes this tack falls really flat and doesn't work well at al
3.5 to 4 stars

I suppose this counts as flintlock fantasy, not sure, but whatever it is it made for an enjoyable read. The worlds and cultures are wholly the invention of the author but they are nevertheless familiar and easily relatable to our own world. And while the plot and characters don't really offer up any surprises, the writing style is fluid and engaging enough to keep me turning pages so that the book felt shorter than it actually is. Divided into three parts, the story is told in alte
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great nicely written book, reads like a military book, but the magic system(s) are subtle and are brought in slowly over the course of the book. It's a very good character driven fantasy novel, with interesting characters especially the few female ones.

very nice use of politics to build up the suspence.

downsides, not many, not worth mentioning as you may disagree with my.

but in all a very good first in a hopefully long and great series.
I'm giving it 3.5 stars and rounding down to 3. Which is a lot more than I expected to give honestly.

The book is bloated with pages upon pages of battle scenes that, to be frank, were really incredibly boring. The problem wasn't necessarily the writing, but more of: I don't care who wins the battle, I don't know enough about either side, I don't care about these characters all that much.

Also... I have a really high standard when it comes to battle scenes. It's really not enough to just say a ch
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Full Review originally over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: I had first heard of Django Wexler’s debut The Thousand Names a few months earlier. The blurb really sounded interesting and the book was an enticing one. Liviu was really excited about it and even spoke about it in his post about highly expected series debuts . Liviu was very much impressed by it, going as far as to call it “a very impressive and very polished series debut that covers everything one wants in an epic fantasy and a top
Michael Campbell
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first time reading Flintlock Fantasy was not at all disappointing! This book is good fun with a bit of dark and mysterious thrown in for flavor. Great character depth and development for both our POV characters(even though the captain's naivety was more than a bit trying). I loved Winter and the colonel, however!

The battle scenes were detailed without being dry. They seemed realistic to the tactics of musket warfare(as someone who has read the entire Richard Sharpe series, I consider myself a
While I included this novel on my Highly Awaited Books of 2013 in the series debuts part:

I really did not expect it to be so good and as of now to lead that category slightly ahead of the also excellent Promise of Blood and with only the Book and the Sword to go.

Anyway, The Thousand Names is not only excellent and with both a self-contained storyline that promises great expansion by its end and great characters whom you want to follow in later installments
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays g ...more

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