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Talion: Revenant

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,659 ratings  ·  133 reviews
The man he is sworn to protect is the man who butchered his family.

Justices--the select of the Talion, endowed with fearsome magick and lethal martial skills--roam the Shattered Empire, crushing the lawless and championing the oppressed. Their word is law and their judgement binding on highborn and low.

Nolan is a Justice born in what once was the free nation of Sinjaria. O
Mass Market Paperback, 467 pages
Published May 1997 by Spectra (first published 1997)
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Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-own-it, fantasy
I'm summing this one up as "there's nothing new here". Not a bad book, just basic. You've got your Gary Sue orphan boy who is grows up and is great at everything, there's kingdoms in conflict, and even elves (except guys, they're "Aelves" in this book - it's different), and a lackluster deus ex machina ending.
I very much enjoyed this novel which alternates chapters from present and past, the latter explaining more about the Talions’ world and traditions, with amazing twists and suspense.

The characters are seemingly real and their growth/development is very well done, with past circumstances and motivations behind their actions and changes. I would have liked some more clear depicting of the countries and their populace, as I found the present ones very interesting - we get a glimpse of Dhesiri, some
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Talion: Revenant at first seems a quite simple story about a man by the name of Nolan who is a Talion Justice. The Talions are broken into various groups according to the tasks they can perform. One such group is the Justice, an elite group of individuals that works as a sort of cross between an elite military group (Rangers/Seals/etc) and the CIA. It is their job to administer Justice and it is up to each individual as to what that Justice means. They are answerable only to their superiors and ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Embarrassingly juvenile writing and stilted characters. I actually PAID for this drivel based on the very high average rating for it, both here and at Amazon, and rave reviews. My mistake. Most of those reviews must have been written by the author or friends thereof - or perhaps teenagers moving on from Eddings and R.A. Salvatore.

I tossed this aside 20% into it - a few paragraphs after this statement by the then 13-year-old protagonist, following the "Lord of Justices" (real title!) on the firs
Nick Borrelli
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
SINGLE-VOLUME FANTASY ALERT!!!! Yes, I know, these are as rare as a Loch-Ness Monster sighting but it really is true. If you are tired of reading trilogies and you want a solid single-volume fantasy to read, this one is excellent. Pretty traditional fantasy story but with a lot of action and intrigue. Stackpole is mostly known for his Star Wars X-Wing series but here he proves that he's just as good at writing fantasy. I enjoyed this one a great deal and highly recommend it.
Jeff Miller
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book by chance. One of the ebook blogs I read said the author was offering DRM-free versions of some of his books on his site. So I bought this one for 5 bucks. I like to support authors directly especially when they offer DRM-free books.

This was actually his first novel, though originally not published because they thought it too long for a new author and so was not published until after he had built a solid reputation and following.

The Taliion is sort of like a cross between
Perhaps a bit of nostalgia, but I still adore this book. I read it when I was an adolescent and I still remember just how much fun I had. This is a swashbuckling sword and sorcery tale with lots of heart, an interesting world and a protagonist with all the right morals. It stands all by itself as a complete tale that's just good clean fun with a tiny bit of depth to morals and the use of violence. It's not a perfect book, the dialogue especially, but it's a good book. The quintessential example ...more
Ryan Mueller
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star, fantasy
I'm kind of surprised this book hasn't gotten more notice. It's one of the best standalone fantasy novels I've ever read. Stackpole managed to write a story that feels both intimate and epic. The weaving of two different timelines for the main character really adds to the story, and everything comes together beautifully (and tragically) at the end.

Rating: 9/10
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
One of the best stand alone fantasy novels I have ever read. SOOOO tragic that it is not a series...a very long series!!
Cameron Harris
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
For years, Stackpole has been lauded by the Science Fiction community for his superb Star Wars and Battletech novels. This review is about his first novel, Talion:Revenant. The interesting thing about Talion: Revenant is that it originally was not published because it was to long for an unknown author. All I have to say is I am quite glad that Talion: Revenant was eventually released.

The novel begins with Nolan, an experienced Justice, hunting down the thief Morai and his various lackeys. Aft
Jul 08, 2010 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Michael A. Stackpole (Author of Star Wars novels including "I, Jedi" and many Battletech novels) has retained his electronic publishing rights and re-released "Talion: Revenant", an amazing fantasy novel, as an e-book for $5. He's setting aside profits from the sales and promises to write a long awaited sequel once he's sold 10,000 copies (After all is said and done he estimates he'd net around $27,000 from the sales that he'd then live on for the year he estimates it would take to write and edi ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A standalone heroic fantasy in the tradition of the great David Gemmell. I enjoyed reading this book. It has adventure, excitement, magic, action, and likable characters. It is beautifully written, and the story is full of heart and energy that has a element of bittersweet sadness to it. It is nothing new, but, the entire story is a journey which you will undertake with the protagonist, cheer for him, and fight with him along the way. It exudes passion, and the underlying themes of friendship, l ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first two chapters felt a little clunky to start with but then the author seemed to hit his stride and the storytelling was much smoother. I really enjoyed the world of the Talions even if the magic was a bit random. I liked Nolan though he wasn’t perfect and I really liked the jump from present to past as you learnt how Nolan came to be as he was. I thought the ending was a bit rushed but overall a good read.
Becky B
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The main character in this book is a Talion. What's a Talion? Well, they're part James Bond, part knight, part old West wandering lawman, and part Dementor. They roam around the empire hunting down criminals and, if necessary, sucking out their souls if they've been really bad. Stackpole focuses on the story of a Talion from Sinjaria/Hamis. Every other chapter alternates between telling how he came to be a Talion (so his story from age 12 on up) and present day as he is chasing down criminals & ...more
Marcus Hill
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone/Everyone
This is one of my favorite books. I think I have read it at least 8 times since I discovered it. It is one of those books that you keep buying so you can hand it out to friends.
I'm trying to get a group of people that love this book together online to start a movement in hopes of getting it turned into an audiobook, and drum up enough interest to get the author to write the sequel.
Stackpole has already stated on his website that if he can make enough sells on the ebook version that he would take
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
3 or 4, 3 or 4? Where is my 3.5 option? With a hundred pages to go, I was leaning towards a 3, but it didn't end exactly like I thought it would, so I'm rounding up. It was a pretty good book, but could have used a little bit of emotion. On a sliding scale, it was pretty impressive for a first novel. I commented before that I didn't like how he started and then flashed back, but I understand now why he did it; though I still would have liked a stronger first chapter. Luckily, the second chapter ...more
Julian Tan
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's hard to imagine that this was the author's first fantasy book - it has every making of an epic and introduces the reader to a beautiful, sweeping fantasy world with a tapestry of nations, history and characters. The heroes are larger than life, and you are treated to a tale of a boy maturing into a man, weaved into a complex plot full of mystery and suspense. A very satisfying read.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stackpole is hit or miss with me. This book was a home run. I enjoyed it from start to finish and am surprised he hasn't fleshed this universe out with more books. Great character development and cool fantasy universe.
Caleb M.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The author jumps each chapter from being a full fledged Talion to a novice Talion, which was a nice change of pace each chapter. Anyone who is a fan of fantasy should give this book a try.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Easily my favorite fantasy novel.

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Oct 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sword & sorcery blended with a coming of age story done in the style of YA, not for me ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Still one of my favourite fantasy novels. Like that it was a one-off, rather than a series.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Talion: Revenant by Michale A. Stackpole is a standalone fantasy book. There will always be times when a person can take so much of something before being forced to take a break. After having continuously read fantasy books in a series, I decided it was time again to take a no-commitment approach. I didn't want to wait for the next book in a series to get released. I just wanted to read a fantasy story that ended in one standalone book. Talion:Revenant was my pick. The premise of the novel defin ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun and complex story told as only a master story teller can.
The story starts out with Nolan, known as Nolan ra Sinjaria for the Provence he is from. Nolan is a Justice from the district of Tal. Tal is is the peacekeepers of the land, they work for all provinces nations, rulers. If there is a problem with a criminal, murderous band or other unrest, the Talions come in to take care of it. The Justice unit is a highly trained and feared unit that can literally suck the soul from a crimi
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story, lovable characters, an amazing alternation between the past and the present of the main character, brilliantly merged to keep a good course of the story and very immersive details regarding the imaginary world that Mr. Stackpole designed. I liked the past stories more, as I learned about the Talion world, character background, legends and military strategies that the Talions use from them, while the present story was just a good fantasy story. Still, the best part about this novel ...more
Dennis M
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this tale. At times it takes you by the scruff of the neck and hurls you into a black abyss teeming with things that go bump in a big big way. Next you find yourself caught up in various Court intrigues while being held to account as a Talion ; Justice. The role of Justice is the crux of this story and I found it fascinating how the author placed the Tallion in varying situations where he had to confront what is happening in the immediate, with the Tallion's past memories and the lore he ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I quite enjoyed this book! I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Stackpole at the Tucson Comic Convention this year, and asked him which if his books he would recommend. As a fan of fantasy novels, this was one if his top suggestions to me. I was not disappointed.

The structure is not one I have encountered much, if ever. The chapters cycle between the hero's present and past, continually adding his backfire and history to his present experiences. This allows the reader to grow with him as he progres
Terry Costantini
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was exceptional in my view. I loved the way Stakpole moved from future to past so fluidly, and added more intrigue and detail with every single jump through time.
I do agree with many reviewers that some parts did seem a bit simple, long and maybe predictable, but for the most part, I truly enjoyed this world.
Very few stand alone novels can achieve what this author has. He gave us a satisfying full story with strong characters and a strong plot. He did this all while creating a world an
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible one off fantasy book. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and would recommend it to any long time fantasy readers or new fantasy readers. Stackpole is an amazing first person writer. The characters were a lot of fun with some interesting twists and turns that made the end pretty nutty. I wish there was more in the world of Talions. This could have evolved into a large series and i hope that Stackpole picks it back up again at some point (he's said in interviews and on his site ...more
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