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Smoke in the Glass

(Immortal's Blood #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A world of immortals living among humans. Anyone may be immortal, but there is no way to know until you die. If you are one of the very lucky few, you will live an endless life of pleasure and power, considered to be a god. Only decapitation and the rapid separation of body and head for a few days can kill an immortal.
In the southlands, a common soldier dies and is reborn,
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 16th 2019 by Gollancz
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Peter
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Provocation
Smoke in the Glass is a fantasy tale full of adventure, conflict and deceit. A novel where legends inspire people, and supernatural gifts are not always distributed fairly or received by the most virtuous. The Immortals Blood Series is based in a world split into four lands: Corinthium, Ometepe, Midgarth and Land of Joy. Each land separated by unclimbable mountains and unsailable seas. From the beginning of time, the people of each land knew nothing of the others and believed
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Sebastien Castell
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm starting to think that historical fiction writers have an advantage over the rest of us when it comes to writing fantasy beyond just the notion accuracy in the mechanics of battle scenes and how armour is put together and such. No, what's been striking me lately, having read fantasy forays from such historical adventure luminaries as C.F. Iggulden, Miles Cameron, and now Chris Humphreys, is the way they can twist their plots in unexpected directions while still creating narratives that feel ...more
Lou
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Smoke in the Glass is the first in the historical fantasy series Immortals' Blood by bestselling author Chris Humphreys, and what a pleasant surprise it was. The writing style takes a little time to adjust and familiarise yourself with, but after the opening chapters, the pages flew by as the flow improved. This is more of a slow burn read than anything pacy and this works beautifully giving the author time to build an impressive, immersive and intricate world and a cast that come alive on the ...more
Bob
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Smoke in the Glass begins with a simple concept, exploring what it means to be immortal in four different cultures, each of which is socially and geographically isolated from the others. What we have here are four lands with different historical influences (including Norse and Aztec), separated from one another by unscalable mountains, impassable seas, and things like noxious marshes.

Three of these lands are connected by the story of a visitor who came to them hundreds of years ago, bestowing
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RG
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Finished this whilst on holiday. A great premise with different realms all within the same world if that makes sense. Immortality exists but you dont know your immortal until you die and then get reborn.

3 main POVs all with different styles. The action is great and fluid, quite violent. It does have a great Nordic style fantasy.

My biggest issue is the writing. Its a bit old school historical fiction. Something just didnt wow me. The story and worldbudiling definitely have promise.
Sid
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good fantasy read. The characters were quite well created and the mythology was also very well created giving the book an extremely interesting backdrop and overall everything went quite well with each other. The only issue that I had with this book was that it was a difficult read as the formatting was very broken and disjointed on my Kindle and it was very small on the iPad. Other than that I had no complaints about this book and I look forward to reading the next book in this series. A big ...more
Jess Crafts
DNF @18%
A heavily mythical adult fantasy but I didn't get on with the writing which was very traditional and not my prefered style to read.
Munch
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This arc was sent to me via Netgalley in exchange of a honest review.

Warnings: Mention of rape and non-con
This is a traditional style of fantasy, the writing takes a little getting used to but once you do it flows really well. The whole immortal thing reminded me of Highlander which was what first attracted me to it. I liked that immortals from the different worlds had different abilities apart from their immortality. One was able to possess animals and another mortals.

My favourite character
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Munch
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This arc was sent to me via Netgalley in exchange of a honest review.

Warnings: Mention of rape and non-con
This is a traditional style of fantasy, the writing takes a little getting used to but once you do it flows really well. The whole immortal thing reminded me of Highlander which was what first attracted me to it. I liked that immortals from the different worlds had different abilities apart from their immortality. One was able to possess animals and another mortals.

My favourite character
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CJ
My reaction to the first few pages was 'oh no! This is an early early release and it still needs a few rounds of editing!' ... but my fears were abated in the first chapter. It's all ok. It was only the prophecy - and it is a well know FACT in story-land that prophecies written in bad Engrish have more gravitas.

As for the rest of the tale, it definitely has the foundations for an epic saga. It has fantastic world-building and an interesting cast of characters. This story is really more of an
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Shaz
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 rating ...

*Copy Courtesy of the Publisher*

This is the first in a dark fantasy by Chris Humphreys, also the first book I have read of his. It's a very traditional fantasy style book and writing style, I did find it hard to just get lost in the book, it took a few chapters to finally get me somewhat hooked.

We follow a number of POVs throughout the book, all in different realms, each who know nothing about the other - but one who knows about them all. There's a prophecy, immortals,
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PaleHorsemen
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3,5 I really like Chris Humphreys' books but here I lacked something. Still it'd be interesting to read the next books in the series
Garrett Daum
weird ending, but solid enough book to continue with the series.
Nate
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
(I and Grimdark Magazine received an ARC of this book for review. Thanks to the author!)

Who wants to live forever? Smoke in the Glass, historical fiction writer Chris Humphreys first foray into adult fantasy, is a tale of four worlds where a lucky few are blessed with immortality. While these immortals rule as gods or eternal noblemen in three of the four, none realize that their worlds are a single land, separated only by towering mountains and fathomless seas. And for the first time since the
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Alice at Raptureinbooks
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my giddy aunt.

Chris Humphreys has practically exploded and provided us with a new trilogy to grab onto with both hands.
Smoke in the Glass is a nice new trilogy to read and a nice new author for me.

Four lands, three heroes, one war.

A really nice way to sum up what the story is about. I don't know about other readers but I love a Dramatis Personae as long as its organised and makes sense - this book has an organised Dramatis Personae.
I also love a prologue that isn't a prologue that is a
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Will Martin
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Mark Pagano
rated it it was ok
Jul 24, 2019
Greg
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I enjoyed this , its the first traditional old school fantasty Ive read in a long time and I need to read more now ! Great characters, great plot, full of action and emotion. Amazing world building, rich world of interesting characters
A great read

Trigger warning - rape and non consent


Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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Annarella
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very happy to read again a classic fantasy, it was the first in a long time and I really enjoyed.
The world building is amazing, the characters are fleshed out, and the plot is engaging and entertaining.
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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A pseudonym used by C.C. Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in the UK. All four grandparents were actors and since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline. He has acted all over the world and appeared on stages ranging from Londons West End to Hollywoods Twentieth Century Fox. Favorite roles have included Hamlet, Caleb the
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