Friday, 15 April 2016

The stealers' war - Stephen Hunt

Weyland has been at war. Invaded by a technologically advanced enemy, the cities sacked, and what fragile peace remained torn apart by a civil war.

All anyone should want is a return to peace.

But Jacob Carneham still wants his revenge; and if he can lure the invaders into the mountain he can have it. He can kill them all. 

If he does, there may never be peace again.

If he doesn't, Weyland will never be free of the threat of invasion.

The northern horse lords are planning an attack. A future Empress is fighting to save her daughter. Jacob's son is trying to restore peace and stability to Weyland, alongside the rightful King. And behind it all is a greater struggle, which may spell the end for them all . . . 

My thoughts:
No, I have not read book 1 and 2, should I have? Of course, but this book arrived and I was all, hmm, what else to do than to try it. And to my surprise it actually worked.

So from what I gathered while easily slipping into the book was that in earlier books some kids got sold as slaves. One become a part of a harem. One seems to have hooked up with the Lady of the house. One was a prince whose family had been murdered. One had a father who was some kind of bad ass and who rescued them. Too bad I missed that cos that sounded intense!

What I had now was that I got thrown into a civil war. An evil empire helping the bad guy and a few characters I got to know. No idea who I should like or not so I made my own mind about them.

Duncan (the one who had hooked up with a princess), no, I can't say I liked him but then he was on the invading force, and I clearly liked the rebels. So booo Duncan. 

Cassandra, she seems to have been kidnapped by the rebels and was with a nomadic tribe. I liked her (dunno if I was meant to), but I liked her, but that man of hers, she could do better. But he did seem cute and brave.

Willow, she seems to have suffered. Oh and her stepmum needs to die. Do all men think with their tiny heads?

And yes a few more ;)

The world was interesting. They got everything from tech to not tech societies. And the contrast was so cool. The country they are in is also going to hell in a hand basket. 

And then there was this twist at the end and I was surprised. Maybe it had been hinted at in previous books but I was left 0_0.

Conclusion:
So it worked out. I read book 3 in a serious but the author was really good at just letting the reader in easy, it's not meant to be read like that. But I was never left wondering. I could just read.

Cover
Nice


Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 17th 2016 by Gollancz
Far Called Trilogy #3
Fantasy


35 comments:

  1. I've heard of this author, but never read him before. You're pretty brave to jump in on a book 3, I'm glad it worked out!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I was all, I can read it or not, so I gave it a chance

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  2. Isn't it nice when you can just jump in and read and not be lost? Love the cover!

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    1. The cover looks even better in RL

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  3. Huh. I'm glad it worked out! I do love series where they don't make you feel lost and bad for missing the other two.

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    1. Of course I would never recommend anyone reading it like this, everyone should totally read book 1 and 2 first

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  4. lol! I've read a few books out of order as well. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't lol

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    1. I am glad it did, of course if I had book 1 and 2 I'd totally have read those first

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  5. oh I adore those easy reads...they are so great.

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  6. Why Stealer? Why not Thief?

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    1. because the Stealer is a name for...something I can not mention. But they are not thiefs

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  7. Still looks like you weren't too lost by diving in. Not that I know anything about skipping around in series...

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  8. I'm glad you weren't lost despite you having not read the first two books. Funny how that works sometimes. :)

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    1. I am glad it worked out so that I could read it

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  9. It is good when you can pick up #3 in a series and the author fills you in about 1 & 2 without annoying the readers of 1 & 2.

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    1. He did it well, not a infodump, but ny mentioning things here and there since people do think about their pasts

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  10. I've never read this author. I'm glad you were able to jump in on book three and still enjoy the story. I'm pretty picky about reading series in order. I rarely read them out of order. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I would never read fantasy out of order, but, I received the book and was all...what else to do

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  11. Ha! Glad to know I'm not the only crazy gambler to jump into the middle of a series and try to read the book.

    Hmm, lots going on there- vengeance or peace...

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    1. So not gonna be peace there, peeps are aaangry

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  12. That's amazing that you could read book three and it made sense! The first two books don't sound that good though.

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  13. Huh, I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to just pick up the third book in a series and start so hats off to you! Great review!

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    1. Thanks! Not something I did by choice. I would not have bought book 3 or even borrowed it, fantasy really should be read book by book

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  14. I cannot believe this worked as book three..but delighted it did. I do like the world.

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  15. You are brave taking on a 500+ page book when it's the third in the series!

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  16. I have a bad habit of reading books out of order ;-) I'm glad it still worked for you.

    A great review. Sharon - Obsession with Books

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  17. Ah I have a cousin named Duncan. That would be weird.

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