Erroh has a plan. A simple plan. It’ll never work.
Despite his family's warrior pedigree, he'd rather gamble and drink while living from one tavern to the next. But when his wanderings bring him upon a gruesome slaughter of innocents he is torn from carefree ways.
Spark City is on the horizon and with it the mysterious trials of The Cull. After a life spent rejecting his...more
I was getting a lot of Sword of Truth vibes when reading Spark City especially Faith of the Fallen. There are shared story beats but I consider Spark City to be better written though.
I have to say, the cover for this book was alluring, and the premise intrigued me, but when I started reading I quickly found a tone which was both elusive and naive and which never really clicked with me. We're following a main character called Erroh as he journeys to Spark City to undertake The Cull. The Cull is a ritual in his culture where females interview and test a male to see if he's worthy to become their mate, and ...more
Spark City makes a good initial impression. Elegant cover and intriguing title coupled with generally positive reviews made me eager to read it. I liked the opening chapters as they efficiently set the tone and introduced Erroh - a snarky and superficially likable protagonist. Soon, though, my enthusiasm started to wane.
Plot & Structure
Spark City has a strange, unbalanced, structure. The first part, The Cull, is long (almost half of the book) and entertaining. The Cull is the process ...more
Its not often I read a book that really grabs my attention and won't let go until I am finished with it and at over 600 pages this was a real epic and kept me enthralled right to the end.
It started slowly, but the pace increased and I soon found myself immersed in Erroh's 'adventure'.
This is not one of those 'young boy discovers his magic ability/ancient past/secret family' sort of story. This was a story about a man who knows full well who and ...more
Is this a love story, yes it is, but not like I have ever read before, when you get so frustrated with the book during the cull, don't stop, power through it just like the hero in the book, you won't regret it, book 2 where are you?
Characters that seem human, a gripping story that draws you in and won't let go and protagonists who have flaws, just like the rest of us.
If you read one fiction book this summer, this should be it !
And in a way, it is a shame the book didn't polish the world building and make it better because the final 15% was actually quite good.
A good part of problem falls on the protagonist Erroh who acts all macho alpha and women apparently ...more
This books main character reminded me of General Maximus from Gladiator. Superhuman skill with a sword;a leader of men;devoted to friends and family and willing to go to any lengths to protect them. And like Maximus, this book beats the main character down in the process of building him up. There’s action in the book, but that’s not the focus. The focus is the main characters budding relationship with his new companion. It’s a romance of sorts, ...more
The hook was slow to set. The beginning drug on and on.There wasn’t enough back story. The protagonist , in the beginning was underdeveloped. It took a 150 pages to get interesting.
The Cull was the best part of this story. It by far was the most interesting aspect of this story. This should have been looked into more. This should have been the hook.
I didn’t care for the bickering of the two love interests.
Like all of these novels, the villain makes the story. Unfortunately , there were ...more
Wow, this was good. This is a story of a lovable wanderer with a love of booze and cards,or is it? Let's just say part way through the story does a magnificent turn. Lots of witty banter and some really cool action scenes. What amazed me was the emotions,frustrations ( sometimes hatred) that just drop off the pages. There were times when I was uncomfortable just reading the dynamics of certain circumstances. A little less " my love" would of been nice, but if that's my biggest ...more
I overall ended up like the book. The main complaint o have is that, at certain points, hints of the future plot are flatly stated. It felt like it was for narrative effect, but I found it simply frustrating. However the main character grew on me, and I found the plot engaging, especially when he shifted to two viewpoint characters and the reader was left with less frustration over understanding things through the lens of a main hero who was ignorant of many things for the first ...more
Finally its been awhile since I have found an author that holds up. I am incredibly grateful that for the length of the book and the narrative in general. He spends just the right amount of time in description with his own flair that sets him apart from many authors these days. The action is well told and the twists are great without being too crazy. Just the right amount of impossible.
Wow! The writing was top notch, the story a classic, the characters absolutely captivating. The interplay between Erroh and Lea was similar to that between Tiger and Del by Jennifer Roberson. That is rare, I have found. Bring on The March of Magnus. I simply cannot wait.
Such a refreshing approach to the sword and fantasy genre. I enjoyed this novel enormously and the last sentence left me scurrying to find the next in the cycle. The author sustains interest and reader involvement throughout its considerable length and I want more! For fans of Joe Abercrombie and the like, I thoroughly recommend this read.
I read many books. Some keep my attention, some are difficult to get through, and some like this one grab hold and don't let go. If I could have I would have read this cover to cover without stopping. My duties to my family prevent this. When I wasn't reading it I was figuring out when I could return to it. A wonderful tale masterfully told.
Wonderful. I hated the main character and was disgusted by his failings. Endearing. I continually chastised the decisions and clear lack of heroic resemblance. Wow. Darkly written and I could not stop reading. Simply well done!
This was an excellent job of writing. I must say I'm thoroughly impressed dwith this book, it does start out slow but once it gets moving it doesn't disappoint. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
His writing career started out of idle necessity, when he began spending his nights writing by his father’s bedside as his carer.
When he isn’t writing Robert enjoys the romance of music and performs as the lead singer, guitarist, and premiere songwriter in ...more