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The Gallows Gem of Prallyn

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  9 reviews
How far would you go to be free from religious persecution? How would you liberate your believers in a land where its state religion is so entrenched that the church enjoys the privilege of having a standing army? What if you thought the only way to disestablish the church was to pit the crown against it, weakening both and creating the conditions to install a new regime? ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 406 pages
Published November 26th 2014 by McKinley Writing
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The worldbuilding and depth of the characters in this novel gives me the epic sprawl I'm used to in the very best epic fantasies. Lots of unique characters broken well outside of the cages of cliche, with each on an arc of growth, discovery, and quickly into a tapestry of huge change across the world being built.

The city is full of corrupt clergy, and rather than being a light romp, the author gives every character a beating heart and a chance to say their peace. We're treated to a big sweep of
Allan Hudson
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I give this novel a five star because of the clever writing style, very believable dialogue and an intriguing story. If you like historical fantasy then this book is for you. It has all the ingredients for a delightful read.
Luke Sookocheff
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Gallows Gem of Prallyn takes place in a vividly rendered milieu that is believable and compelling because of the space given to each character to grow within it. Charano, Siko Bikoyo, Dolan and the Red Fox act on unique beliefs, backgrounds and interests, each contributing to the larger narrative without ever being a slave to it. Even minor characters are painted with depth and insight, which makes them instantly recognizeable even when they re-appear after having been absent for several cha ...more
Anne Benoit
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ian in this book has invited the readers to visit a city through some of its inhabitants, exposing the city's political, religious struggle. He has created a game of chess with many characters playing a role. There is a master mind to this game and Ian will reveal that character. It is a good book, one I have devoured too fast. My favourite part is the first chapter.

I don`t re-read books often but this one, I got so caught up in the main story that I wanted to go revisit some of the characters.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you just happened to stumbled across this book or want a second opinion before picking up your new copy of The Gallows Gem of Prallyn, here’s all you need to know: Fantastic read. Refreshing storytelling that will entertain you from the moment you first open the book till it ends up as a valuable addition to your awesome science-book collection.There, that’s the general gist, stop reading this and start reading the book... but if you still need further convincing or just love reading reviews ...more
Francisco Becerra
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very well paced fantasy story, full of amazing and intriguing characters (specially the Red Fox) and well crafted institutions and organizations. The author uses his professional and academic knowledge of politics and diplomacy to create a vibrant renaissance-like setting, where everything is moving and changing. The fantastic elements are not so apparent in the beginning, but they come in full force and with unexpected turns later in the book, building tension. In general, this is a refreshin ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great read. Sci-fi / fantasy is not my usual thing, but what I liked about this was the intelligence behind it. In many ways it is a case study of political ambitions and the wars and violence inflicted on societies as those ambitions are challenged. You can see the diplomatic insights behind the intricate plots and rivalries, and I fear there is more than a little inspiration taken from history and experience as well as the shear imagination of the author. I also liked the relative gender bal ...more
Chris S.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Gallows Gem of Prallyn is a wonderful and complex mix of political intrigue, action, and fantasy combined in one story. Ian McKinley does a great job of building the characters and showing multiple aspects of each. The book is a great read from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
Caroline Novoa
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
For me, this was a foray away from my usual reading genres. But the journey was one that was well worth making. One I would (and have) recommended to others.

With the prologue, this book started off as a whirlwind rush of excitement that completely reeled me in. It then slowed somewhat to let the reader catch their breath before building up the tension again.

It takes a little bit of time to learn about the various institutions and groups vying for power and the threats facing them in this fantas
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Ian McKinley, a Writers' Federation of New Brunswick "Prélude Emerging Writer" at the 2016 Frye Festival (Atlantic Canada's largest literary event), writes Fantastic Realism, fantasy in which alignments and/or collisions of human interests and values drive the narrative rather than clashes of pure good against ultimate evil. He released his second novel, Harbinger, Book One of Northern Fire, in Ap ...more

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