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The Ten Thousand (The Macht #1)

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Tough, gritty fantasy to compete with George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, and David Gemmell. By a critically acclaimed and highly praised author. The start of a brand new epic series. Retelling of the classic Greek history from Xenophon. Supported by targeted marketing, including ARCs, advertising in the genre press and online support.

On the world of Kuf, the Macht are a m
Mass Market Paperback, 465 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Solaris
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mspotts Very very minor. There is mention of God-made armour and non-human races but aside from that this novel is primarily historical military fiction. It's…moreVery very minor. There is mention of God-made armour and non-human races but aside from that this novel is primarily historical military fiction. It's a good read though!(less)

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Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

The Ten Thousand is a grimdark fantasy penned by Paul Kearney. Inspired by the historical journey of ten thousand Greek warriors in the Persian Empire circa 401 BC, this tale is a gritty, bloody, and brutal look at the realities of ancient war (especially civil war) and its undeniable horrors. With more than a few fantastical elements added, Kearney turns this into far more than historical fiction, but magic does not play as large a role in the narrative as som
Mike (the Paladin)
I've been in a reading slump of late. I think I'm harder to please now, maybe I've just read too many books over too many years I don't know. Now I look for a book to draw me in at some basic emotional and intellectual level. I don't care if it's deep or if it's brain candy it seems that somehow I need to connect or something.

So, I've had a lot of mediocre reads and not a few disappointments lately. This happily isn't one of them

I've had this book on my shelves for some time, I've nominated it
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
The Macht are a people out of legend in the land of the Kufr. A hardened mercenary-centered people that live for war and make a living through it. Where would be a better place to go when you're looking to overthrow a kingdom?

And to be honest, the plot has a couple twists and turns, but this is basically it. The Ten Thousand reminded me a lot of Steve Erikson's Deadhouse Gates. There's an epic force that has to make it's way through an entire continent,which is the only way to safety, but which
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was my first read by author Paul Kearney and I will say that I enjoyed his writing style. Kearney presents a nice balance of description without getting too verbose, and the story was easy to follow. "The Ten Thousand" is a fantasy version of the real life march of Xenophon's army through ancient Greece, and the military conflicts in this book mirror the style of the popular Greek phalanx.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military fantasy, and would also recommend
Daniel Ionson
Kearney can certainly write. His descriptions are rich and fluid, and he creates a strong sense of another time and place (which is a common failure of some Fantasy writers).

Readers should go into this book prepared for a non-Fantasy tale, regardless of the marketing label. We could spend hours arguing about what is (and isn't) a "real Fantasy" story, but the common expectations of the genre will not be met for most. For me, this is only a 'Fantasy' novel in that it's not taken from some direct
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I almost gave it 4.5 stars, but I figured I'd round up since this book was so good.

A fair warning, this is COMPLETELY a military fantasy book. If you don't enjoy large battles, guts, blood, and death, then look elsewhere because this book is chalk full of all the above.

Technically you could almost call this a historical fantasy, since it purposefully mirrors events in Greek history. This book follows a large group of mercenaries as they fight for an usurper to the throne of the largest empire a
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm glad I started this. I went in to it not expecting much but I loved everything about this book.
The story revolves around the Macht army, who are hired by a rebel self proclaimed King with an eye on his brother's Empire. Let's just say if the Macht got even a glimpse of what awaited them across the Sea they would have declined this contract with a 'no, thank you'...but then where would the epic story be?
This was beautiful writing, where every sentence had meaning. The world building is supe
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Wasn't going to a written review for this, but it as a book its bugging me.

Good points are its well written, great battle scenes.

bad points not much in way of character building at all in this story.

Theres enough goodness in this to make me want to read the next one to see how that pans out.
"It is stubbornness, Vorus realised. That is what sets us apart. We Macht will fight on when there is no hope of victory. We are stubborn bastards, worse than mules. It is not even a matter of courage."

Hacía tiempo que tenía agregado este libro en mi lista y menos mal que decidí leerlo, fue el mejor libro de fantasía que leí en lo que va del año.

A grandes rasgos, el libro es protagonizado por los Macht, una raza de soldados sin igual (similares a los espartanos) que se emplean como mercenar
Xara Niouraki
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
The Ten Thousand was a difficult book to rate. I was thinking of giving it four stars, but in the end I ended up giving three. Although it is considered a fantasy book, I believe it is military fiction, as there are very few fantasy elements in the book.

The story: I found the story interesting and it managed to keep my attention until the half of the book. After reaching 50% give or take, I was a little bored and I started to read quickly to finish it. There were parts where the writer focused
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Paul Kearney was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, in 1967. He went to a local grammar school, and then to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Middle English

Shortly after leaving Oxford, he went on a solitary climbing trip to the Isle of Skye, and it was after tumbling off a mountain there that the character of Michael Riven first came to him. The first half of Th
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