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Sins of a Sovereignty

(Amernia Fallen #1)

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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From their prisons, the old gods watch, and wait.

Calcifer, the arrogant and obtuse sorcerer turned monster hunter, wants nothing more than to bleed his country of its gold, and return to his lover. When she is assaulted and her mind is left in tatters, Calcifer seeks vengeance by any means necessary.

Sir Clark Pendragon has murdered more men than he cares to remember. Tire
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Paperback, 2, 316 pages
Published (first published June 13th 2014)
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Markus
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

“In the Queen’s dream she ran hazily through an emerald mist. Behind her trailed caricatures of elves. Their bodies were shadows, long and twisted. Just one of their strides covered two of hers. They were like harlequins, and their smiles gleamed white as they fired arrows that left bare trails in the Nixus. She looked over her shoulder just as an arrow sliced at her face and severed locks of her scarlet hair. Her bones made an unpleasa
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Melki
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"You are never stronger than when your enemies expect weakness."

Welcome to a world of warring elves, dwarfs, evil Queens and indescribably nasty hellions, where even the hummingbirds are bloodthirsty.

This is a well written fantasy with fascinating characters, witty dialogue and involving story lines. I haven't read much in the sword and sorcery genre, but if they're all as exciting as this one, I'll certainly be reading more.

Now the long wait until the sequel . . .
Kaora
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I saw the hellion at a distance as it stalked through Softbelly. I twas a revolting thing, hobbling along on mismatched legs and standing in a nine-foot-tall hunch. Bones poke from its skin and dripped blood onto the stone as it passed. It was some time before I found the courage to leave my hiding spot, but the encounter scarred my faith. How am I supposed to worship the Life-Bringer when he lets such terrors wander his lands? What terrors have the gods wrought?

This book was received from the a
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The Shayne-Train
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-the-author
Man, I've been really batting home runs with my fantasy selections so far. This book was exactly what I love in a fantasy novel.

The world-building: top-notch. I've never seen a fantasy realm like this before. The elvses and dwarfses and itty-bitty-spriteses are there, but they're treated the way they'd be treated in the REAL world. Namely, they're brutally subjugated and oppressed for not being exactly like US.

The character-development: O so fucking satisfying. These are characters to fall in lo
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Alexa
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 Awesome Stars

It's really easy for me to make note of things I don't like in a book. But when there are LOTS of things I like, I feel like gushing like a crazy fangirl and yelling: THIS WAS AWESOME! Which is not exactly a good review...

So I have to stop and think, why?

Sins of a Sovereignty has the makings of a great epic fantasy. An epic dark fantasy. It’s set in a world where there is war between humans and other races (elves, dwarfs, etc.) and like in any other war, neither band is really t
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Bob Milne
With some time off over the holidays, I'm doing some much-needed house cleaning in the Ruins, taking care of the towering TBR pile before it topples and totals our toddler. While I had the best of intentions, life (as is so often the case) intervened in some major ways that I won't bore you with here.

So, with the end of the year fast approaching, I made the difficult decision to make a clean break and start fresh with the new year. Over the past two weeks I indulged in a little something I call
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Ctgt
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is hard to categorize. It's definitely fantasy and dark(grimdark) but it also has some dystopian elements. I can see some moments from The Broken Empire series with its darkness and bits of modern weaponry. And if you like the way GRRM has no problem killing off characters, this will scratch that itch. Although only part of the world has been rendered uninhabitable by the use of Nixus gas, as I read about groups traversing this area using masks to combat the aftereffects, it brought in ...more
Lee
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Unfortunately I finished this book a few weeks back now and with a lot of travel and work commitments I have been a bit slack in writing reviews. So this is no longer as fresh in my mind as it was.

Regardless though, it was a read that I enjoyed and I am definitely signing up for book two in the series.

The book is set in medieval times, but Plague Jack takes some liberties with his story by having his characters be very inventive with newer technologies than you'd expect. On one hand you have yo
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Kaya
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I loved it. I really did. It's refreshing and brings something new to fantasy world. Arguably, there is no true protagonist, just like there is no real antagonist, only people who wants to bring peace and others who seek for revenge. Firstly, I thought this was a standalone, but soon I realised this can't be done in one novel. The story deserves more and I long for more. I didn't give the book 5 stars because of some techical stuff
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Hudson
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

(Non disclaimer, disclaimer - Received free updated copy from author, but I had already bought this edition so it pretty much cancels out.)

Simply put, I loved this book.

This story started off with a bang and continued to deliver right up to the dramatic ending. SEMI SPOILER AHEAD - No real spoilers here but I'll just say that you shouldn't get too attached to some of the major players.....remember when Ned got his head cut off in ASOFAI? Yes, like that.

There are giant spiders and witches and spi
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Milo (BOK)
Ten years ago a terrifying superweapon left one of Amernia’s most illustrious cities permanently shrouded in poisoned fog. Over the past decade, three great evils have haunted the Amernian people. First is the elusive Blood Queen, who holds Amernia in an iron grip. Second, are the entombed old gods, who speak only to a chosen few. Third is the nation's scar, a seemingly endless expanse of green miasma that has claimed the north. The rift between rich and poor, human and nonhuman, divides the kin ...more
Simon Watts
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE:11/8/17

First off I’d like to pat myself on the back depicting a country whose complex socio-economic problems manifest themselves as racial tension, forcing the country to choose between a blond narcissistic chauvinist and an unlikeable, uncharismatic, humorless ice queen all the way back in 2014. Fucking called it.

What a journey it’s been. For the most part, the journey has felt like fighting in the trenches of World War One, cleaving giant rats with my shovel and slowly crawling throu
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Sifra (brilliant bookshelf)
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The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Though it took me quite a while to finish (for which my busy life is to blame), this book exceeded my expectations.

The story takes place in the fictional land of Amernia, where medieval characteristics and modern warfare have been paired to form an interesting combination. The author went into a lot of detail about Amernia's history, the composition of different places and its many differe
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Mark Lawrence
I haven't read this book (yet), but it is one of the 10 finalists in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. That's 10 out of 270+ hopefuls!

Read about the competition here

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk...


See the list of finalists so far here:

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk...


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Shii
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Consideration before reading:
This book is an indie work. So basically, Plague Jack (I’m 90% sure that’s his real name) has done the entire job by himself (I’m guessing). Books are not about having a good idea and writing it down in an appealing way anymore, book industry nowadays is a lot about marketing: writing the story people would buy and pretty covers. I’m not getting into a big rant about this; I just want to point out that, a
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Ari
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-pub, dark, fantasy
Finalist of #SPFBO. Read the full list of finalists here: http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk...

Summary: Tensions are growing again between the humans and nonhumans of Armentia. On one hand we have The Blood Queen, on the other we have two people she wants to have executed for "treason" Sir Pengradon (an angtsy warrior guy looking for redemption) and Strike (the Queen's former dwarf spymaster who's after the one who framed him as a traitor), they team up with an elf sorcerer guy called Calcife
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Didi
Jun 22, 2014 marked it as arc-for-review  ·  review of another edition
** Copy provided by the author for an honest review **
Anna Maria
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A very interesting read, layers over layers of politics, hate, love, sorcery. Hope there is more to come soon.
Sarah (A French Girl)
* Free copy of the book provided by the author in exchange of a honest review*

I actually hadn’t originally intended to read Sins of a Sovereignty, the first book in the Armenia Fallen series. When one morning as I checked my gmail account, I saw its author email in my inbox, I didn’t send it in the trash bin, but I disregarded it nonetheless.

Why, you asked me? Well, the guy who wrote Sins of A Sovereignty is called or name himself Plague Jack (I’m not joking) and on his Goodreads profile is wri
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Natalie
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grimdark fans, Fantasy fans, High fantasy fans
Warning. Might contain Spoiler-ish content.

I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review and as grimdark fantasy is one of my favorite genres, this book fit right in.


Sins of a Sovereignty deals with the events in the decade that follows two major wars in the Archipelago. We see how the world is adapting through the eyes of the key players such as the queen (Minerva), the knight (Pendragon), the chemist (Evrill), the rebels (Hunstmen), etc... The characters are fleshed out with w
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Kendra
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Terrific read! Fast paced, well written, lots of action, and a great fantasy story. Strong and interesting characters, but good guys and bad guys! It is definitely the first book in a series, and while it left you wanting more, it did tie up the story as a WOW of an ending to the first book. I look forward to seeing how the story goes in the next book.

TL
Dec 13, 2014 added it
Recommended to TL by: won off goodreads giveaway
I received this via goodreads first reads in exchange for an honest review.
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Excellent idea and the writing was good but couldn't get into it... really wanted to like this but *shrugs* Maybe I'm not the right person for it? Who knows

If your curious still, go ahead and read it... you might like it better than I did.
Lanko
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book is the darkest of the SPFBO. Have to commend the author for not holding back where others would.
Another curious, unique aspect of the book is the modernization aspect of the world. We have humans, elves, dwarves, faeries, some other monsters and gods. All this followed by chemical weapons, rifles, mechanical golems, gas masks. Even terms like "terrorism", "snipers" and "special forces" are used.

The book begins with two chapters with plenty of names and infodumps. Then the next we have
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Courtney
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this in a goodreads giveaway, and I would give it a 2.5 if I could.

I liked this book, and it had many strengths. The sorcerers were interesting and unique, and I liked the idea that they were corrupted by power gifted to them by a god. The different races and the reasons for the prejudices between them were also good, and the world was pretty well thought out.

The main issue I had with this book was its lack of subtlety. The book had many good ideas, but the ideas did not flow very well and
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Caitlin
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this for my kindle on Amazon. I'm leaving a review, cause this is my first foray into dark fantasy. And that's what this is. Its dark, really dark, and in some scenes, very graphic. The writer is pretty technically skillful, and the dialogue is really well written with a nice flow. The characters were well rounded, and a nice toss up of the typical fantasy tropes. The world, is really well built and very believable, complete with oppression of the masses, racism and environmental ...more
Sarah (A French Girl)
*Copy provided from the author in exchange of a honest review*

I actually hadn’t originally intended to read Sins of a Sovereignty, the first book in the Armenia Fallen series. When one morning as I checked my gmail account, I saw its author email in my inbox, I didn’t send it in the trash bin, but I disregarded it nonetheless.

Why, you asked me? Well, the guy who wrote Sins of A Sovereignty is called or name himself Plague Jack (I’m not joking) and on his Goodreads profile is written a weird sto
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Locallyunscene
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Ultimately, I did not like the characters enough to want to continue this story. The ending was too strongly telegraphed which made the end of the book feel like a but of a slog. The world is interesting, but not for me.
Tanya
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Nov 15, 2014
Paul
rated it it was ok
Oct 01, 2015
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“In the Queen’s dream she ran hazily through an emerald mist. Behind her trailed caricatures of elves. Their bodies were shadows, long and twisted. Just one of their strides covered two of hers. They were like harlequins, and their smiles gleamed white as they fired arrows that left bare trails in the Nixus. She looked over her shoulder just as an arrow sliced at her face and severed locks of her scarlet hair. Her bones made an unpleasant jolt as the Queen hit what felt like a wall. A great shadow towered over her, its face a porcelain white mask. Unlike the elves, however, the figure did not smile. Claws plucked her from the fog as if she were a child’s toy, and the shadow's mask flipped open, revealing a familiar face.” 5 likes
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