Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Fable: Blood of Heroes - Jim C.Hines

Deep in Albion’s darkest age, long before once upon a time . . . Heroes are thought to be gone from the land. So why have the bards begun singing of them once more? For Fable newcomers and dedicated fans alike, Blood of Heroes delves into a never-before-glimpsed era, telling the tale of a band of adventurers who come together to defend a kingdom in desperate need.

The city of Brightlodge is awash with Heroes from every corner of Albion, all eager for their next quest. When someone tries to burn down the Cock and Bard inn, four Heroes find themselves hastily thrown together, chasing outlaws through sewers, storming a riverboat full of smugglers, and placing their trust in a most unlikely ally. As the beginnings of a deadly plot are revealed, it becomes clear that Heroes have truly arrived—and so have villains.

What connects the recent events in Brightlodge with rumors about a malicious ghost and a spate of unsolved deaths in the nearby mining town of Grayrock? Unless Albion’s new Heroes can find the answer, the dawn of a new age could be extinguished before it even begins. 

My thoughts:
I have always meant to read a Hines book. This was not his world though. Instead it was based in a game called Fable. Truth be told I have not heard of that game, I am not a gamer (though I do like games) so I cannot say a lot about that. What I do know is that he obviously brings the humour I have heard so much into this story. I so need to read his original works too. Oh and a note, it works perfectly like this, I did not need to know the game to read the book. But those who know it would sure like it too.

Right. So this is country called Albion, the king is a ghost. The new king is young, and rather foolish. Heroes are not even remembered in legend, but they are back! Yes some folks seem to be born heroes. And they all come to the king's city.

First we have 4 heroes trying to find out why a tavern was set on fire, then they hunt smugglers and redcaps.

4 other heroes goes to a mining town where a witch is killing people. Are these things connected? What is going on in Albion?

Female heroes! Just as kick-ass as the male ones. And no on looks twice at them, I loved that. Winter, Glory, they were all cool. As for the males, well I liked Leach cos he was a freaky thing that liked to dissect things.

These are heroes that are weird, who thinks only of saving people, who is not all that nice underneath. All heroes saving the world their way.

Conclusion:
The humour was the best thing. It was always there, it was never in your face. A funny fantasy book. 

Cover
Nice

Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Titan Books
Fantasy
For review


36 comments:

  1. With good humor that should translate over to his other works :)

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    1. It's more his other work translated to this .)

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  2. Funny books are always a win :)

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  3. I'm not that much attracted to games book but it sounds fun

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  4. Oh, I might give this one a go! I love the Fable games. It's been years since I played one though, so even though this caught my eye when I first learned of it, I decided to give it a pass. But humor? Female heroes? Sounds good.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Yes :D
      And I who had not even heard of it! But I am so out of it cos we never had anything when I grew up, just an old old computer so I had to play at friend's houses. And well, still none

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  5. Heroes that aren't "noble" or white knights, I like that.

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    1. Well one is totally noble, but not all :)

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  6. Yayy for funny books and kickass female heroes!!!

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  7. You have to try his bibliomancer series. :)

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  8. Kickass female heroes are always a big plus!

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  9. You had me at kickass females! :D He has them in his other magic series as well. Hm... might have to try this one.

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  10. Yay for female heros that are as awesome as the males

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  11. Love kick-ass female heroes! Oh but I'm not a fan of books based on games as well (or vice versa, for that matter). At least you enjoyed it, right?

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    1. I never felt the game, if I had not known it, I would never have guessed

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  12. I thought of the game Fable right away when I saw the title. Cool. :D

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  13. Interesting. I'm not sure if it's my kind of book though.

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  14. You mention great humor, and I'm hooked. Then add kick-ass heroines ... yeah, I want to read it. I know of the game, but never played it.

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    1. It seems I am in the minority of not knowing it

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  15. `Funny is always great in fantasy, especially since it's not so widely used. People get so hung up on building worlds and fleshing out characters, there's no time left for jokes, lol. I like the sound of this :) Great review!

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    1. I do love a good serious world, and characters. But then I love a good fun ride too

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  16. Sounds good. Putting this one on hold at the library.

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  17. Nice..I like that there is humor!

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  18. Very cool. The cover made me wonder if it was a middle-grade fantasy... so many of the books my son reads look like that.

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