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White Sands, Red Steel

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Mad. Brutal. Unpredictable. And those are their good points. Vicious. Hateful. Foul-mouthed and bad tempered... He-Dog and Balless are all of these and more but, as mercenaries go, they are not without some merit. After accepting a mission that no one wanted, He-Dog and Balless travel the treacherous Lands of the South to the glittering city of Foust. There, they find the ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Createspace (first published February 20th 2012)
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L J Field
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
White Sands, Red Steel is an excellent Grimdark novel following a group of four mercenaries as they fight their way into a fortress under siege and become a part of the defense. Blackmore published this in 2011 and hasn’t written an additional novel on these leads, which is a pity because they are some terrific characters. Now, seven years later, it seems everything the author writes is gold. It would be nice to see him use his developed skills to give us another story or perhaps make this a ser ...more
christopher fairman
Coarse,rugged and brutal,a wonderful read.

Hard-core action from unlikely hero's, uncompromising characters with more soul than the blues and as unlikable as they are, you can't help but cheer them on. I don't think anyone who likes fast paced fantasy like Abercrombie should pass over this little gem.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty darn good tale. Kind of a dungeons and dragons vibe. Not bad at all. I enjoyed it a lot.
Stanislas Sodonon
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha ha ha ha! I read this book in 2019, and for some reason, I totally forgot to review it.

So I'll make it short:

You like Grimdark? Read this book.
You enjoyed The Troll Hunter or any of the 131 Days series? Read this book. Same world, same timeline, same awesome style, and, for the audiobook, same John Lee!

Get It!
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Blackmore Bloodbath!

Anyone who has enjoyed Blackmore's "131 Days" series will feel immediately at home with this as the author dips into his back catalogue to bring us more vicious, nasty but somehow still honourable mercenaries. He-Dog and Balless are not the kind of people you would want within about fifty miles of you unless you were in an incredibly tight spot and of course had the gold coin to pay them!

They really are thoroughly dislikeable by pretty much any standard and yet the sk
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find this one a little hard to review.
On the one hand, I was really invested in the characters and their story. On the other hand I nearly dozed off whenever there was a battle. It’s as if the battles were written by another author, who’s not very good at it. And almost every scene with the beast men was similarly boring. On top of that, the world wasn’t developed enough. I mean, it feels like there’s a story there, about the world and how it came to be what it is etc, but it just wasn’t pres
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has the same gory grittyness I loves so much in other books of Keith C. Blackmore.

White Sands, Red Steel is a fast-paced story with loads of bloody combat with very interesting charachters and an interesting world.
Deryk Allan
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by Keith C, Blackmore, he is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, i can't understand why his ratings aren't in the hundreds of thousands, an absolutely first class story teller. ...more
Jennifer Poe
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great stuff

Very good read from one of my favorite authors. The characters are very vibrant and each have fairly deep independant personalities. They truly felt like real people and not just imagined personas. The story itself was original and kept me intersted to the very end.
Way too much fighting but otherwise pretty darn good.
Joey Stettnisch
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ballas was one of the best, most complex characters I've ever read in a grimdark. Wonderful, brutal, heartbreaking. ...more
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