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The Black Coast

(The God-King Chronicles #1)

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Epic world-building at its finest, in an upcoming author’s fantasy debut. The Black Coast is the start of an unmissable series filled with war-dragons, armoured knights, sea-faring raiders, dangerous magic and crowd-pleasing 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 ha
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Paperback, 670 pages
Expected publication: February 16th 2021 by Solaris
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Petrik
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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
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Hiu Gregg
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Adam
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a full review written, but I’m not keen to share it until the cover is revealed. It’s been pushed back to Jan 2021 so I might hold onto the review a bit longer anyway. But here’s a quick summary: this story focuses on the ugly truths of the clash of once-warring cultures as they try to live peacefully for the first time in generations. There are thoughtful, forward-thinking values for each side as well as harsh and unforgiving cultural differences. Dialects and gender roles have an especi ...more
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all I needed to see was war-dragons
Fanna
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
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Rowan
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicola Bennett
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was looking around for an interesting fantasy series when this book became available to me, and was just what I was looking for. (I had a copy of this book early through Netgalley.)

In many ways this book covers many familiar fantasy elements. There is a Viking-like race, knights, dragons (who are more similar to dinosaurs than the usual aerial type), thieves, a lost prince, a cunning princess, but I found it all came together in a satisfying and well-crafted mix.

The most interesting story is
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Raksha
You know I'm going to read a book if they mention 'dragons' in the blurb. I really am that kind of a basic bitch.

The Black Coast is a little different from the fantasy books I've read of late. It focuses more on whether two sets of peoples who have been warring together till now, can put aside their differences to live together in peace. We always read about wars so it was refreshing to read a book where the main focus wasn't that. I really enjoyed it. As we are introduced to different societies
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Brandon
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to start with this....

I honestly did not have any expectations one way or another when I started reading this. The prologue did not really draw me in, set the stage, or induce any excitement to read more so I was feeling a little leery at that point. The first few chapters jumped around to a few different POVs, which I usually don't care for that much, and it took quite a ways into the book to begin to get oriented to the "lay of the land". I was curious, but not really invested at that po
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Reid Edwards
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Brooks' The Black Coast is a solid entrant into the epic-fantasy subgenre. His characters feel lifelike; their choices matter and affect the world around them and you can track their growth throughout the novel. His worldbuilding is done well; there's minimal exposition (and what there is is handled smoothly through conversations between characters), and you never feel like you're being spoon fed details for the sake of details. Brooks does a nice job of giving the reader enough information ...more
Reid Edwards
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mike Brooks' The Black Coast is a solid entrant into the epic-fantasy subgenre. His characters feel lifelike; their choices matter and affect the world around them and you can track their growth throughout the novel. His worldbuilding is done well; there's minimal exposition (and what there is is handled smoothly through conversations between characters), and you never feel like you're being spoon fed details for the sake of details. Brooks does a nice job of giving the reader enough information ...more
TheDigressiveApproach
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the views expressed in this review are my own.
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Wow! What an absolute delight! There are way too many things to love about this explosive start to what is definitely going to be one hell of an amazing series.

Brooks has an incredible technique of breathing life into characters. While the story, setting and pacing of this book were flawlessly executed, it's the characters that stood out
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Gee
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything you ever wanted in a book, even things that you didn’t know you wanted, set in a changing world. It tackles all sorts of topics relevant to our own world but used as a base for threads in this story, skilfully woven by a true craftsman. Unlike any fantasy I’ve read before. As with all really good books, it keeps you on tenterhooks, takes you places you weren’t expecting to go, and makes you believe in it.
Hopefully the next book in the series won’t be too long in coming.

Thanks to netg
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Incog Nito
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
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Annarella
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved! It's the excellent start for a new fantasy series, a gripping and highly entertaining story.
I loved the excellent world building and characters and the plot that kept me hooked.
Can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Jess Childs
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Orion for the e-arc.

Review to come soon
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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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