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Bloodaxe [Kindle Edition]

James Tallett
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bloodaxe thought he was in for a nice relax. He was, after all, dead.

And then some jumped up prick of a god told him he had to rescue a kingdom. His own kingdom, in fact. So Bloodaxe grabbed his, well, axe, and leapt back into the fray.

First, though, he had to be born. And learn not to crap his pants. Then he could get to the killing. Lots and lots of killing.

This is his story.

Bloodaxe is a fourteen thousand word short by James Tallett, author of Tarranau and the epic fantasy best-seller Breaking an Empire.


Product Details

  • File Size: 240 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deepwood Publishing (February 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VTFBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, creative, and liberating February 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's not often that we get to revel in the villain. Bloodaxe is a delightfully misogynistic cad, whose observations about life and people are surprisingly direct and spot on. For all he paints himself as a simple hack-and-slash sort of guy, he's very complex, and there's more to this hard exterior than meets the eye. He may be more interested in stomping problems into a bloody pulp than talking about his feelings, but he's savvy enough to know that shooting the golden goose leaves him with far less resources to do the things he loves.

Though he has few redeeming qualities, he's a very likable character, one who suffers fools very poorly, and rewards those have the temerity not to fall at his feet in simpering adoration. He even goes so far as to suffer pangs of regret as he has to behead an enemy he actually respects.

If I have any complaints at all, it's that the story was too short, and his mother appears far too rarely for my taste. I adored her, and wanted to know so much more about her and her history, because clearly no ordinary childhood could produce such a woman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept October 25, 2012
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I have to admit that this was a good, actioned pack book with some decent humor in it. The pace of the book made it even better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about King Bloodaxe!? February 11, 2012
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I found this via the author's posting on Google+. The description pulled me in and I purchased on the spot. I love reading fantasy but I've never encountered anything like this. It's a quick read, under an hour, but is so full of win! Told in first person, this is the story of the second coming of King Bloodaxe. He describes his birth, childhood, and eventual quest to reclaim his kingdom. The humorous, light hearted tone of the story makes for a refreshing take on the traditional fantasy story of war, demons, and kingdom building. I would love for the author to explore this character further in future works. I suck at reviews, but just know that this is good stuff and more than worth the price of admission.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Faced Paced Narrative - Needs Character Development March 19, 2013
By Edward
Format:Kindle Edition
Bloodaxe is a very short novella that borders just over being a short story. I got the book for free on Smashwords.com and read the book in a few short hours.

The story is about the King Bloodaxe of Rudvic. In the beginning of the book he is killed by his son and later reincarnated in the form of a baby boy. The baby grows up, apparently with the memories of his former self. Those memories spur the child through his growth to reclaim what was rightfully his when he was killed by his son many years earlier.

The book is written almost entirely as a narrative by King Bloodaxe and details his thoughts and actions. It was an interesting read and kept me in my seat for the entire 15,000 words or so.

If you like story telling type books where the main character leads you through the book based on the character's narrative, then this is a good short book for you.

There are not many typos in the book but enough that it could be distracting to some readers. Some of the writing in the book seems out of context as though it doesn't fit into the time period that the book takes place in. Some of the humor also makes no sense. There is also a lack of character development as Bloodaxe is the only person in the book that you are able to make any connection to.

I believe the story is definitely developed enough that the author could turn it into a full sized novel if some writing style was changed and some more depth was added to his characters.

Over all I rate Bloodaxe at 3 of 5 Stars for originality and presentation of the narrative.

For a bonus, there is a 15,000 word excerpt from James Tallett's full length novel Tarranau. The excerpt is fairly well written and gives you an idea in what to expect when you read Tarranau. I do plan to read Tarranau at some point because I want to see what else James Tallett has up his sleeves.

Reviewed by: David at Indie Authors and Books
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More About the Author

James Tallett is the author of a seven book series of fantasy novels set in The Four Part Land, the first of which was published in 2011 by Deepwood Publishing. In addition to his novel writing, he keeps up a steady stream of short stories and flash fiction, much of which is published online. Aside from writing, he can be found on ski slopes across the world.

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