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The Copper Promise

(The Copper Cat #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,907 ratings  ·  465 reviews
There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel…

Some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.

For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home an
Paperback, 535 pages
Published February 13th 2014 by Headline Books
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Charlotte May
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The rumours are true?” Gallo smiled mildly. The urgency that moved through him sometimes was gone again, and instead he was left with the steady thickening of his own blood. “Yes, all the rumours,” he said lightly “and all the nightmares.”

What a pleasant surprise this was! Don’t be fooled by the cutesey front cover – this fantasy has a dark side and I was absolutely hooked.

Mages, magic, sword play, pirates and dragons! What’s not to love?

Wydrin, aka The Copper Cat and her partner in crime Seb
Lady Luna. ✨
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
4/5 ★☆★☆

Buddy read with the fantasy addicted crew at BB&B

"I could kill for ever."

I actually devoured this book and enjoyed doing it, I can't remember the last time I read a book this size in four days. I have been really busy lately but made sure I had time to read this beauty because I literally had to know what happen next. I loved it. I've just finished it and am already looking for any excuse to do a re-read.


I'm actually really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, it had e
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 stars

The Copper Promise should’ve been classified as a collection instead of a full novel.

Believe me; I’m disheartened by my rating towards this book, but an honest review must be given. I’m sorry, Jen Williams, you know how much I loved The Winnowing Flames trilogy. If you’re reading this review, please do not read whatever I write below.

As I said, I absolutely loved The Winnowing Flames trilogy by Jen Williams. The trilogy was completed last year, and it is one of the best trilogies I’ve
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Re-read with my friends over at Buddies, Books & Baubles

Reread notes:
This was just as much fun as the previous reads, but this was the first time I was able to tell (even though there are four clearly demarcated parts) that these were a bunch of short stories spliced together and as such the narrative does not always flow well, especially in the middle of the book. I think overall the book would have benefited from a rewrite, but it is still immense fun in it's current format and it is still a b
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Fantasy Fans at BB&B!!! Dragons! Need I say anything more?

Going into this book I only had the cover to go by, which gave me promises of Dragons and not much else. As we all know, they are my favorite creatures ever, so I was all in! While reading it and after, I wish I had known from the beginning that this book is actually a collection of four separate novellas, put together as a base for the complete story, which will be brought to an end after two more books, w
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016-shelf
Like dragons?

I said, Do You Like Dragons?

Honestly, this was the point, along with all the old gods that started waking up, that got my interest revving for this book. It wasn't so much the standard Sword and Sorcery stuff that filled the first two sections of the novel. It was written well, but it was very much the same kind of thing I've been reading for a long time, and it's been done. A lot. All the standard fantasy tropes, from awakening magic, thieves with hearts of gold, discovery of nobil
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🐉 This Ain’t ‘Bout No Silly Cat It’s ‘Bout A Bloody Shrimpin’ Dragon Buddy Read with my Ever-Ungrateful MacHalo Daughters and Mascot Son 🐉

Actual rating: 3.36547896548963 stars. And a half.

Jen Williams. Thou art my Winnowing Flame goddess ergo I 💕lurves💕 thee forever after and stuff. That being said (instant Crustacean-to-English translation: uh-oh). Okay. No. Wait. You know what? I was going to unleash the Not-So-Nice-Stuff (NSNS™) first, but in the spirit of all disgusting things revoltingl
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Copper Promise came out earlier this year in its full entirety from Headline Books, but with nary a US release date in sight. Argh, doesn't that just drive you insane?! I kept my eyes and ears open for any news. And waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I needed this book in my life. Being on the wrong side of the ocean be damned, I just went ahead and ordered my copy from the Book D
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought for the first half of the book that this would be a 4 star read but I found the second half less enjoyable. I don't know why because there was plenty of action. I found , for me, it lost momentum and the ending was one of the main places where the fact that this was a debut novel showed the most.

Still, a fantasy story with enough original detail to make it fresher than some fantasy fare. I doubt I will continue the series
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. Very entertaining and light-hearted read. Perfect palate cleanser.
TS Chan
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TS by: Eon ♒Windrunner♒ & part-time Warder ☯
Shelves: re-read
3.5 stars.

The Copper Promise is a good debut from Jen Williams; one which harkens back to the days of classic sword and sorcery fantasy with a quest or adventure, mages, knights, dragons and gods.

This novel is a bundling of four published novellas, which resulted in a slightly disjointed narrative structure with each 'book' having a self-contained arc.

UK covers of the published novellas.

The worldbuilding is essentially classic medieval fantasy, save for the absence of elves, dwarves and troll
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
3.5 stars

The Copper Promise tells the adventures of Wydryn (otherwise known as the Copper Cat), her fellow sell-sword and fallen knight Sebastian, and their employer, Lord Frith. Frith's home was invaded and his family killed, and he is now seeking revenge and restoration of his land. In the pursuit of this he hires Wydryn and Sebastian to accompany him into a supposedly haunted place called The Citadel to retrieve something he believes will assist him with that. Of course everything that can g
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5ish stars.

I feel like I just got off of a roller coaster but came away with motion sickness instead of exhilaration.

Not for me, I suppose. Most of my friends had really good things to say. I realize now that this was originally written in the form of four novellas and maybe it would have been more enjoyable for me reading them in that format. Reading it all at once felt manic, chaotic and disjointed. By the end, after being in overdrive the entire ride, there was really no way to kick things
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Definitely my surprise read of the year. I went into this with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised.
I was expecting a generic story, with shallow vanilla characters and little if any development. What I found was a decent story line and characters that I actually liked. The main female character is written well, with enough difference to make you feel it isn't a cutout of someone else you have read about, the other main character is 'THE HULKING DOGOODER KNIGHT' guy, whilst coming wrap
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 5/5 stars

Wydrin thought back to the first time they’d met Frith in Creos, how he’d limped into The Hands of Fate tavern like a man who lived under the constant shadow of death. It had seemed like a simple job, a quick job, sure to lead to riches and stories and danger, yes, but nothing they couldn’t handle. A copper promise, sealed in ale and dipped in bravado, and here they were now. Really, it was a gift of the Graces that
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
A modern sword and sorcery novel with lots of action that could have been ripped from a D&D campaign module, and unfortunately, with about as much characterization.

Wydrin, a roguish warrior who calls herself the Copper Cat, and Sebastian, a disgraced knight are hired by Aaron Frith, a deposed nobleman, to enter and raid the Citadel of Creos, a legendary place that no one has ever returned from. There they find what Frith seeks, but in the process unleash a great evil on the world in the form of
May 17, 2017 is currently reading it
Shelves: f-f, fantasy
Buddy read with my girl Hailee (who I will link when not in my phone)

We're here for the lesbians! (I'm told they show up in book 2)
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread July 2021:Although the pacing in this book is far from perfect this series as a whole is one of my favourites so I had so much fun revisiting my favourite characters in this reread that I'm bumping my rating up to a very biased 5 stars.

Original review:
I really struggled with deciding what to rate this book. 3 stars, 3.5? 4? I decided to make it 3.5 stars but to round it up to four instead of down to 3. This is mainly because I just can’t give a dragon based fantasy novel a low rating. I’m
Joey Woolfardis
Wydrin and Sebastian are swords for hire and Lord Frith comes to them with a proposition: enter the forbidden Citadel and find a treasure that cannot be found anywhere else. But the Citadel is said to be more than haunted, as this was where the mages trapped the old gods during the last war, and though the heros have not much idea what they will be faced with, they do know that they'll get paid whatever happens...

The Copper Promise started out life as four novellas and this is evident during the
Olivier Delaye
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went to my favorite bookstore in Dublin the other day looking for adventure. I didn’t want anything too dark or off the beaten path of traditional Fantasy. In short, I wanted OG Fantasy—something with non-subtle and right-in-your-face fireball magic (unlike JRRT), something adventure-packed (unlike Robin Hobb), something with a touch of character introspection and world-building but not too much (unlike GRRM), and I wanted Fantasy tropes like mean and nonredeemable dragons (unlike Paolini's Er ...more
J.P. Ashman
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fantastic fantasy adventure!

Full of weird and wonderful magic - a great magic system in fact. A cheeky and loveable rogue character, as well as good supporting characters.

I listened to this on Audible and where as I did enjoy the narration very much, there was a couple of voices for characters that felt a bit off, but that was for me and may well sound great to others.

The Copper Cat herself stole the show for me. She was wonderfully cheeky and a real bad ass in a fight. Her character came thro
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, fantasy, dragons
The Copper Promise is a fun, relatively traditional fantasy — you step into the world and it’s like a well-worn shirt: you know more or less the shape of the continents, the kind of creatures that live on and beneath the earth, the kind of relationships people have to their rulers. It’s somewhat medieval, feudal; there are knights (who will kick out gay members of their number, of course), ancient gods, magic just coming back into the world… And it’s fun because of that feeling. You can just rel ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
One word: FUN.

That’s The Copper Promise in a nutshell, beyond anything else it may be. If you take anything else away from this review know that it’s ridiculously, stupendously, maniacally FUN. But beyond that it’s fresh, while maintaining lots of call-backs to classic Sword & Sorcery; it’s hilarious, in that endearingly British tongue-in-cheek wink-wink nudge-nudge kinda way that never goes over the top; and it’s progressive, with a male/female duo at the forefront who are rogueish, charming an
The Captain
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: here-be-dragons
Ahoy there me mateys! So along with me love of the sea, I also have had a fierce love of dragons. The Copper Cat Trilogy, of which this is book one, was on someone's list of awesome dragon books. The problem was that the author lives in London, the books were published in the UK, and I was not anywhere near that port! Getting a hold of these novels was proving troublesome. Then I heard rumors of books one and two being found on the other side of the pond. Arrrrr! Got me copies.

I found this one t
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm having the hardest time deciding what to rate this book (2.5*s or 3*s) becuase it was most definitely a fun book, no doubt about it, and so 'I liked it - 3*s' seems like an accurate description. However, with that said although I did like it I also had a fair few problems with it and I think some of that stems from this being a debut, and some of it stems from not being sure exactly what the message/motives of the author's decisions were.

This story follows three main characters; Frith, Wydri
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
3,5 stars. A nice adventure, d&d quest style, with dungeons, action, mercenaries, ancient Gods and mysterious cripples. Very fast moving and constructed in episodes. It starts off simply but the story grew on me, the author has a lot of imagination and the characters are all competent, flawed and relatable.
Nothing too fancy, but enjoyable and humorous, a pure sword and sorcery tale with no cliffhangers.

She pulled away to peer up into his face. ‘You look like a sack of dog’s testicles, you know
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not thew most challenging or ground breaking of fantasys but a great and easy read.
Ticks a lot of the standard fantasy boxes- Dragons , Knights,assasins, thieves, quests , gods and demons, and a dark army. In the wrong hands it might have been a mish mash but its well written and the story carries the elements well.
The three focal characters work very well and its hard not to enjoy there progress and chemistry.
A really good start to a series .
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 Stars

It had some issues, but overall this was a fun fantasy story.

The story starts off simply enough, with three characters exploring caverns beneath a haunted citadel. I won’t say much about the plot beyond the fact that what they find is not what they expected.

Probably the best thing about this book was the writing. It was confident and added some nice touches of humor, usually in the form of some clever dialogue. The book was also fun, which was its main draw. Despite some parts of the st
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
The book follows Frith, a noble with an angsty backstory on a revenge quest. Frith hires two mercenaries, the other two main characters, Sebastian, a proud warrior guy who also has an angsty backstory, and Wyndrin, who balances out the humorlessness personalities of the other two by being witty and crass.

I should say this this is not a novel, it is a compilation of 4 novellas which flow one after the other, with the same heroes and related plots.

Despite the dragon on the cover, it's Frith's reve
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Jen Williams, fantasy writer and Lego obsessive, is the author of The Copper Cat Trilogy and The Winnowing Flame series. She is represented by Juliet Mushens, and is partial to mead, if you’re buying.

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