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Celadonian Tales Vol: 1 Blood and Brass [Kindle Edition]

Walter Shuler
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The city of Celadon is ancient. Some say the city has always stood and will remain until the end of days. Venture into a new world in three fantastical tales. The Clockwork Men tells the story of Haem, Lord Northwarden and the alchemist Mikael Thorne, while Behind the Red Door is the story of a common thief and the score of a lifetime. Beneath the Stone is a tale of murder within Celadon’s royal family and dark secrets uncovered from the past.

Product Details

  • File Size: 276 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SFI Press (September 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LST00C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The magic is that it transported me March 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm amazed that the author is offering this collection of tales so cheap. I've come to expect a quick cup of tea for more than a buck, so to be able to sit down and immerse myself in a new world with new characters for a few hours is worth more than that.

the author has created just that. The world may be vaguely familiar, being earth like with humanly characters populating it, but that's what I really enjoyed, that feeling that it was comfortable and that the characters could be from a distant past, and that they could have/and did have the same concerns and worries as me. Well...sort of.

It had all the elements I love in good fiction: great characters, good writing, and stories that captured my attention; it also had so much more: a little bit of sorcery, fanciful thievery, golum type androids....*delightful shiver*

Reading this novel was like lying in bed at night as a child letting someone tell me a great story that could go anywhere or do anything. There was magic in that, and there's magic in this collection.

I'm looking forward to the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 10, 2012
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Wonderful tales that take you into a world that is familiar but also so different. The words flow so smoothly and you are drawn into this world and when it ends you only want more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Highly recommended. August 19, 2012
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I just finished this book a day or two ago and couldn't wait to review it. If you don't know who Walter Shuler is you can check out an interview I conducted with him a few weeks ago on (...)

Celadonian Tales is a collection of 3 short stories based around the in the city of Celadon, interspersed with a small story of two travellers, one telling the tales to the other. Basically this a narrative device which allows the stories to seem as though they're being regaled upon you as you wait by the campfire on your way to the city of Celadon. I actually really liked the irascible brogue of the narrator between stories and it immediately hooked me. I had a feeling from the start that I was going to love the book.


Book looked great on Kindle app on my PC but not so great on my Kobo. For some reason when playing the EPUB file on my Kobo the new stories didn't start on new pages but just seemed to just appear wherever the last story finished, whether it was mid-page or not.

This is obviously going to be a challenge for self publishing authors who have to format files for multiple devices etc and for the life of my I can't see whether or not it was an issue with my Kobo or the EPUB file. Either way it didn't detract from the reading so it wasn't a huge issue.

The stories:

The Clockwork Men

Basically this is a story about enchanted Gollum type machines created by an alchemist and the politics and ethics around it. Once you see where this particularly story is going, it is slightly predictable but there's not much that could've prevented that given that it's short story.
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Celadon: Blood & Brass is a collection of 3 short stories, with an interstitial "storylet" of a traveller hearing the stories from someone.

First of all, the stories give us a glimpse into the world of the author that is intriguing. It's clear that magic is an important component, but alchemy and possibly mundane engineering are as well. Magic is the common theme between the 3 stories, and all 3 seem to be cautionary in nature. I'm interested to know if that's a standard theme of the world, or just this volume of stories.

Since they're short stories, you can't say much about the content without spoiling it, which I don't care to do. The stories are strongly written for the most part, with only a few instances where the author's "voice" pulled me out of the story. The characters are interesting and varied, from a street thief to a king.

I'll definitely be keeping my eye open for more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing author, and wonderful storyteller. June 28, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
Walter has an amazing gift for the written word. his ability to transport the reader to the far away worlds of their imaginations is amazing and is a gift often found lacking in today's authors. Definitely give Blood & Brass a read and if you like it leave a review!
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More About the Author

Walter Shuler is a father, husband and fantasy writer, with a deep interest in ancient history and Celtic history in particular. His books Blood and Brass and Gods of Sand and Stone are both available on Amazon.

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