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The Blood Tartan

(Quest of the Five Clans #1)

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Centuries ago a mysterious family of mad geniuses split into five clans; feuding, hiding, hoarding their secrets of fighting and art, magic and science. Now at the dawn of the mechanical 19th century, only the five clans united can hold back the blood-red tide of industrial apocalypse.
Unless they dive into it laughing. I did say 'mad'

Rayne Gray is a cheerful, charitable
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Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published July 13th 2017

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Kathleen Garlock
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading The Blood Tartan: Quest of the Five Clans, I was left with one thought. Actually, I was left with lots of thoughts, but this one really stuck out.

What the hell is a spadassin?

According to Wiktionary, it’s a French word for an Italian word which in English translates to either a swordsman or a bully. Leave it to a linguist to come up with that one.

Regardless, I guess I have to vote for both choices. Not a problem, actually. Because Rayne Grey is a lot of one and a bit of the other.
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Lukasz
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not new to Raymond St. Elmo's elitist and contrived works. The guy has a nerve, writing all these literary stories instead of serving good, bloody and gritty fun to masses. At least in The Blood Tartan people die and blood is spilt. Heck, our hero beats someone with a leg. Maybe not everything is lost, and Raymond will write gritty space opera soon?

Rayne Gray is a madman. When he's not killing, he's cheerful, charitable, and philosophical about his life of violence. He soon finds himself in
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Amy Marie
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophical
I'm partial to this author, so I have to start with that. But this book has great adventure, along with the epitome of philosophical cleverness. I always feel so much smarter for reading St. Elmo. When you get the pleasure of giggling at a joke, you feel like the most clever reader in the room. Which brings me to my point: Reading St. Elmo makes you smarter... When you laugh at his satire, when you read between his philosophical lines, you feel like you're part of his inside joke. You become par ...more
Rob Gregson
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Astonishing. Poetry, philosophy and an examination of social justice, all wrapped up in a fast-moving adventure that's filled with wit and wisdom. Now my favourite amongst Mr St E's already highly regarded collection.
J H
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lyrical Writing

Inspiring but pisses me off because I cannot write like this. I look forward to the other books in this series.
Stephen
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the protagonist being both large, powerful, and yet intelligent and quirky. The supporting crew were well rounded and revealed more as time went on. The whole series is just what i was after.

This is probably a book that could be read by anyone, but there is certainly additional depth to be found.

A more fun take on the Malazan style almost, albeit in a more mundane setting.
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