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The Black Coast

(The God-King Chronicles #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The Black Coast is the start of a series filled with war-dragons, armoured knights, sea-faring raiders, dangerous magic and battle scenes.

When the citizens of Black Keep see ships on the horizon, terror takes them, for they know who is coming: for generations, Black Keep has been raided by the fearsome clanspeople of Iwernia. Saddling their war dragons, the Naridans rush t
Paperback, 643 pages
Published February 18th 2021 by Orbit (first published February 16th 2021)
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ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars

The Black Coast is a good story about two different cultures trying their best to find peace.

I haven’t read any books by Mike Brooks before, and if I may be honest, I’ve never even heard of the name Mike Brooks before I saw the cover reveal of The Black Coast. The cover art of The Black Coast is done by an illustrator whose works I’ve fol
Hiu Gregg
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Aright. Okay. I’m gonna be up front from the start and say that I fucking loved this book.

What we have here is basically an epic fantasy that involves two cultures coming together in a way that strives to make both better. A Tjakorshi clan has arrived at the Black Keep not to raid, as they may have done in the past, but to settle. Not everyone is thrilled with this idea, of course, but important figures from sides work with each other to find a common ground.

The Black Coast is the book that I di
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When a story ends with a great battle, I'm sometimes left with an hollow feeling. While it's fulfilling to read a climactic payoff after so long a buildup,, I find myself wishing to know what happens after the battle. How is the new government going to rule? What is the temperment of the people? Can two hated countries put long-ingrained differences aside to work towards peace? The aftermath of these battles are rife with interesting storylines, and I would love to read more about the difficulti ...more
Book Barbarian  (Tammy Smith)
eARC received from Little, Brown Book Group UK, thank you. All opinions are my own.

Read it if you like: The Ruin of Kings, The Priory of the Orange Tree, Brandon Sanderson. Also - be prepared for gore.

A strong new voice in fantasy with a totally immersive world, epic characters and unforgettable narratives.

Black Keep has feared the raiders for generations and when they see their ships on the horizon they fear the day has come when they will die. But the Tjakorsha only want to se
What a rollercoaster. I am EXHAUSTED in the best possible way and full of FEELINGS and a fair few THOUGHTS and many more ALL CAPS.

You want to read this book. It has a knife-throwing princess secretly running a patriarchy, and honourable young men caught between duty and pragmatism, and a fierce warrior chief and her dragon taming daughter trying to do a peace, and frigging dinosaurs (don’t @ me, that dragon’s a velociraptor), and a society with 5 genders where mine is none of your fucking busin
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Black Coast is an intersting fantasy, based on the assimilation of the previously feared Raiders, the Tjakorshi, into the lands of Narida. We follow the point of view of the leader of the Black Eagle Clan, Saarna Sattistutar as she attempts to gain clemency in this strange land in which they have previously been seen as the enemy.

The other point of view is from Daimon, the adopted son of Lord Asrel, who seeing a different way to war and killing betrays tradition and family, and accepts the i
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I received a copy of this book from #NetGalley. The review is my honest opinion.

A new fantasy series that has similarities to Game of Thrones with its world building, intricately weaves plot lines, knights, raiders and let’s not forget the war dragons!

Told from multiple points of view but mainly Daimon Blackcreek a Sar and Lord who defies his father to protect his town by welcoming a clan of raiders. Sanaa Sattistutar chief of the brown Eagle clan who along with her people is fleeing her lands a
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Compelling, influential, resonating and ground-breaking.

If you want a story that sucks you in from the very first, a story that you can’t put down, then pick up “The Black Coast” by Mike Brooks.

Firstly, I was struck with the quality of the writing after just the very first chapter. This story and the unusual/different, yet easy-to-understand way it was written, pulled me in and I didn’t want to stop reading.

As the story progressed, it r
4.75 / 5 ✪

The Black Coast is the first in the brand new fantasy epic series, the God-King Chronicles. Instead of a novel of war or chaos, or another GoT-esque fantasy, Black Coast details the coming together of two very different cultures—enemies, even—as they try to live together in peace. It’s more of a… controlled chaos.

Saana, Chief of the Tjakorsha, has left home for the last time. Fleeing the Golden, an immortal draugr heralding the prophesied end of
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Jul 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
all I needed to see was war-dragons
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4.5 ⭐️

The Black Coast is a refreshing fantasy with the concept of two cultures attempting to work together and maintain peace. However, there are plenty of threats, betrayals, plotting and battles to keep you entertained, as well as the complex array of characters.

The main POVs are:
Tila: sister to the Naridan God-King with a secret persona
Saana: a Tjakorshan chief of the Brown Eagle Clan
Daimon: adopted son of the lord of Blackcreek, a Naridan village
Rikkut: a fearsome Tjakorsha warrior
Jeya: a t
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
actual rating ➸ three and a half stars

Mainly laid on the idea of two clashing cultures attempting to find a common road to peace, this fantasy hits different from the usual epic fantasy objectives of absolute destruction and conquering. But nothing about this understandably more perceptive goal compromises the tension meant to keep you interested in a world filled with terrestrial dragons, subtle magic, monster threats, brave knights, and royalty with grudges since brutal assassinations and warf
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arcs, adult
Rating: Somewhere between “Solid Book” and “Really Enjoyed” - translates to 3.5 stars!

This book was a very different fantasy story to read as the heart of it is a peace-keeping story rather than the war that usually fills the pages, but I ultimately ended up enjoying it once I got used to some of the more jarring pieces of it.

This is the first book in the God-King Chronicles. There are many POVs throughout the book, but the main ones focus on a land called Narida where sars ride war-dragons and
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am actually rating this 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

I genuinely enjoyed reading this adult fantasy adventure. The plot was captivating, the friendships were entertaining, and I was delighted by the political intrigue within the southern parts of Narida.

The summary of this book is was attracted me to want to read it in the first place. When fearsome raiders choose to ask for peace in a town they’ve previously attacked, who knows how people on both sides of the spectrum are going to feel.

I enjoye
Lora Milton
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This is a story I think would suit reluctant readers, especially boys, who can be drawn in by action and gore. The multiple points of view might be difficult for some, but it worked alright for me. There was a fair bit of set-up telling at the beginning and although the description didn't say what age group it's targeted at, based on the sentence structure I'd say Middle-Grade, although there are some themes more appropriate for someone a little older.

I didn't really get into it, but another rea
Kayleigh (Hedwigsbooks)
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Two five star reads in a row and one of them a tome I finished in one sitting. Blessed. This was phenomenal, excellent world building with some excellent story. Why must I wait for the sequel 😭
Nick Brett
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
My thanks to NetGalley for a review copy.
This is a big fantasy novel, full of big ideas and world building. In essence it is a culture clash, an invading armada turns out to be ancient enemies wanting now to settle in peace, escaping from a dangerous new leader in their homeland of Iwernia. But their risk in going to Narida is that they may not be welcome and, unknown to all, Narida is going to be having troubles of their own.
So, this is about cultures, divided loyalties, war, politics and so on
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
There’s something great about reading an immersive fantasy, isn’t there? A book that you can wallow in, breathe in, live in, at least for a little while. Mike’s latest book, his debut Fantasy, I found to be one of those books.

There’s a lot of aspects that regular readers will like -  a range of characters in different settings, fights of a small scale as well as epic, swords, god-like beings, not to mention dragons.

The story begins in the land of Narida, where the peaceful people of Black Keep s
Rachel Bridgeman
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feb-21
To be honest, I was sold on the concept of this new series by the phrase 'war dragons', it would have to go hideously wrong to have me not slap a 5 star review on this bad boy. And in his debut novel (one of the Orbit stars for 2021, go check them all out!) Mike Brooks doesn't skip a beat.

Immaculately plotted, dunking you head first in the action from the very beginning, this is a wonderful high fantasy novel set in the country of Narida. The Black Coast is guarded by the Black Keep and the stor
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Orbit Books, for providing me with an e-arc of this book. My opinions are my own.

I just finished reading this book and I can only say, wow. This was such a surprising book! It has all the elements of a great epic fantasy, without getting predictable. Moreover, there are some elements I hadn't seen before and I now only want to read more of!

Let's start at the beginning. The Brown Eagle Clan of the Tjakorshi has narrowly escaped certain death by a de
Charlotte (thepennotthesword)
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Nothing keeps a man genuine like the threat of death.”

I am so glad that it is my day for this blog tour, as I can finally tell you all that this epic fantasy novel is one that you should read.

The Black Coast is a fantasy novel with fierce battles to the death, honour, dragons, demon possession, and many sub-plots which leave you desperate to know more. These sub-plots are all interlinked, yet the unfolding of the rest of this series will uncover just how deep these connections will go. The God
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was kindly given an advanced reader copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The idea was interesting - warring people settling (almost like a viking/saxon vibe). It was focused in 3 very different areas/lands with very different people and cultures. If you enjoy fantasy books, tribes, warfare, ancient gods, dragons etc. this book has all of it!

It's interesting that there are layers to how people share their gender - with different ways of say
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
THE BLACK COAST is the first book in The God-King Chronicles and is high fantasy with warring clans and dragons who cannot fly. Told from multiple points of view and locations, you see the story unfold before you.

I had high hopes for this story, but I'm afraid I just didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. The world-building and scene-setting were clear and concise, making it easy to see the places mentioned. I could have gotten to grips with the third-person speak when someone was speaking about
Ellie J.
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars
Recommended for people who like:
high fantasy, multiple POVs, dragons, intricate plots

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
TW: some homophobia

I really enjoyed the world of Black Coast and the clear world-building effort that had been put into it. Each of the different places and peoples/cultures were unique without being unrealistic. The religions and histories were well thought out, and even the language(s) had their own backgrounds. Some of the
Incog Nito
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story, it was quite slow at the start but I suppose that's to be expected with the world building that is going on. The characters are rough and quite annoying at times but by the time I was half way through I had managed to connect with them and their crazy ways.

The only real problem I had with this book is the way they all speak about themselves in the third person, I just couldn't get used to that but I did really enjoy the concept and journey the author takes you on, an
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reviews

The Black Coast by Mike Brooks is an excellent addition to the epic fantasy genre. Brooks has created a deep world with interesting politics and excellent writing. The world building is superb. Highly recommended to fantasy fans.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader’s copy on NetGalley from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions that follow are my own.

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Review: The Black Coast

Epic fantasy o
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
A good idea for a story but too confusing to follow with all the different gender pronouns never mind the characters constant talking about themselves in the third person on top of that.

Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s-to-review
** I received an advanced copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is scheduled to be published on February 16, 2021 in the US **

Possible Triggers:
There is a lot of violence and gore. This is a high fantasy with people (previously/currently) at war, raiders, and assassins. Expect death and maiming.

So this story was fantastic in that it followed more than just a few points of views. Instead it hopped around to various points of views within the s
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

The Black Coast is the start of a new fantasy series from Mike Brooks, whose sci-fi work I’ve previously enjoyed.This is something of a departure, though. Fewer sarcastic found family spaceship crews, more terrifying, dragon riding knights, Viking-esque warriors and imperial politics-by-assassination.
Some things have remained the same though. The complex weave of detailed, lovingly constructed worldbuilding. The rock solid characterisation, which ma
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
In the land of Narida, honour is everything. The people are ruled over by thanes and noble sars - dragon riding warriors who exemplify martial prowess as they wield their deadly longblades. The small Naridan town of Black Keep has stood against the savage, fur-clad raiders of Tjakorsha before, but when the Brown Eagle clan arrive on their shores in overwhelming numbers, the odds seem insurmountable. Much to their surprise, however, it emerges that the clan have fled their homeland, and mean to s ...more
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Mike Brooks was born in Ipswich, Suffolk and moved to Nottingham when he was 18 to go to university. He’s stayed there ever since, and now lives with his wife, two cats, two snakes and a collection of tropical fish. When not working for a homelessness charity he plays guitar and sings in a punk band, watches football (soccer), MMA and nature/science documentaries, goes walking in the Peak District ...more

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