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City of Rogues: Book I of The Kobalos Trilogy (Kron Darkbow 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ty Johnston
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kron Darkbow seeks vengeance, and he plans to have it no matter the costs. Returning to the city of his birth after 15 years, he hunts down the wizard responsible for the deaths of those he loved only to find out another was responsible for the murders. That other is Belgad the Liar, a former barbarian chieftain who is now boss of the city's underworld.

Following his path for blood, Kron comes across the magical healer, Randall Tendbones, and accidentally reveals Randall's darkest secret to the world. It's a secret about the past, a secret that has kept Randall on the run for three years. Now it has caught up with him, and Belgad the Liar is suddenly the least of Randall and Kron's concerns. The gaze of Lord Verkain, king of of the dark northern land of Kobalos, has fallen upon Kron and Randall. And it is a gaze filled with madness.

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE EPIC FANTASY TRILOGY:

Road To Wrath: Book II of The Kobalos Trilogy

Dark King of The North: Book III of The Kobalos Trilogy

Blade and Flame: Prequel to The Kobalos Trilogy (short story)

The Kobalos Trilogy OMNIBUS edition, collects all 3 original novels of trilogy

OTHER KRON DARKBOW NOVELS AVAILABLE:

Ghosts of the Asylum: Book I of The Horrors of Bond Trilogy

Demon Chains: Book II of The Horrors of Bond Trilogy

The Company of Seven: Book III of The Horrors of Bond Trilogy

Six Swords, One Skeleton and a Sewer: Prequel to The Horrors of Bond Trilogy (short story)

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"... a fast-paced story full of suspense and action. You will spend much of the book wondering who among the rogues is secretly Kron Darkbow." -- Brent Nichols, author of LORD OF FIRE

"Johnston does an outstanding job of juggling a fairly large cast of characters for such a short book, imbuing each of them with their own personality and characteristics." -- Keith West, Adventures Fantastic

"Ty introduces us into a world plagued with tension, murder, revenge, and bribery, and does a fantastic job emphasizing how fast the darkness could fall." -- Jessee Dedman, editor of DEADMAN'S TOME


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About the Author

Originally from Kentucky, Ty Johnston is a former newspaper journalist who now writes about swords, sorcery and things that go bump in the night. He lives in the South with his wife, their beagle and house rabbit. Blog: tyjohnston.blogspot.com

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  • File Size: 1533 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482521105
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  • Publisher: L.M. Press (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DR45P4
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars C'mon October 21, 2010
By Presto
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I bought this book because most of the reviews are so good. I thought to myself: Hmm, a book that has god reviews mustbe good right? Ehhh. I will say that the book had me interested from beginning to end, but only because I thought that there would be some type of reversal at the end.

+++ Spoiler ALERT+++

In this book, all or most of the characters have roles that they should not have. The hero states that the main villain is the cause of all his misery and woe, and yet you find out that the "villain" might be a great crook, but he certainly is NOT the vilain he is made out to be. He is instead quite reasonable for a man in his position.

The "hero" does not deserve that name, for he is not a virtuous man at all. The only thing he defends is his revenge, and that gets plenty of other innocent men killed. He, for all his skill, is not a man of reason, nor does he give or even try to offer any reason whatsoever for what he does. He does not reflect upon that which moves him.

The maiden is another moral conundrum. She is the disciple of a fencing master, whom she betrays when she is not even sure why. She offers an excuse though, that she wants to learn from "the man who fights so strangely", but the book presents her master as the most skilled of all three.

In short, the "villains" are written as fairly common men, but certainly not deserving of death, while the "heroes" do seem morally abhorrent to me.

As for the story line. You are told from beginning to end that the main character wants to take his revenge on somebody. When he finally does, he shifts his attention to something totally unrelated to his prior life, and he still moves on with the same desire for revenge. As a reader I had to ask myself "Why?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, worth a dollar. December 3, 2010
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This book is good, it is an enjoyable read. There are a lot of things about the book that are annoying, but overall it still kept me interested.
Some of the language is a bit strange, for example there is a "busted window". The adjective really stands out as on odd choice of slang. There is also a very uncomfortable moment when some street urchin says to the hero "that's why you love me", and the hero replies "yes, that is why i love you". I couldn't help wondering where such a strong emotion had come from given that they had only really had a couple of business interactions.
The story also takes a dramatic turn at the end, where a couple of people who have just met are discussing something, and all of a sudden the hero proclaims a new perilous mission he must undertake, but it really comes from nowhere, it is just a way of setting up the next book even though it doesn't seem to relate to anything that had happened.
There are a couple of aspects of the book that are written almost like a mystery, as if you should be guessing and wondering who etc, but that side of the book sort of falls flat. Overall, there were a lot of bizarre aspects to this book, but for some reason, it still held my attention and I did enjoy it, even if I was sometimes laughing at the story instead of with it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but could have been better January 4, 2011
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The sample chapters clearly show that the author can write well, promising a tale of daring and creative revenge in the spirit of The Count of Monte Cristo. There was even a point early in the story where I was rubbing my hands together with glee because it seemed like the villain was going to unwittingly hire the alter ego of the man trying to assassinate him to track down the man trying to assassinate him. And that was gonna be awesome to watch!

Unfortunately, this was only one of the really amazing potential plot twists that just failed to materialize - hinted at and then just dropped. If the author had lavished as much attention on the middle and end of the book as he clearly did on the beginning, City of Rogues could have been so much more than just another fantasy novel with familiar tropes, stock characters, and modest world-building.

It's not a bad story, mind you, but I can't help but feel it could have been so much better if the author had made some bolder plot choices.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent read that hits most of the expected marks February 19, 2013
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Amazon tends to abound with fantasy novels of various sub-genres prices between $2.99 to $0.00 nowadays. Many of them are crap, some of them are brilliant, while the rest fall where in the middle. City of Rogues is definitely amongst the third, though certainly towards the higher end.

The setting is a typical fantasy city, and like Conan and other sword and sorcery tales to which it is obviously inspired by, focuses mainly on the lower end of the social ladder, amongst the thieves, gangsters and others who fight out their days in the narrow alleyways at sword pint and edge of spell. Though the book description lists Kron Darkbow as the main character, an anti-hero bent of revenge (are there any other kinds?) the story spends even more time on its various other characters - a former mercenary turned political boss/gangster, a healer mage trying to escape his past, a former soldier and guard from a prison colony trying to make a fresh start in life, a world-weary city guards captain...and so on.

The central focus of the story is about the character Kron and his quest for revenge against Belgas, the preeminent gangster in the city, and how it draws in, affects and in some cases ends the lives of the characters. when it is over, a new quest has begun to liberate a far-off lands in the north from its insane wizard ruler.

The good points - well-rounded characters and a plot that, while no different from a hundred other fantasy novels, was well-written enough to hold my attention. I've always enjoyed fantasy tales with a gritty edge, and this had enough to make it a fun read.

The bad points - the setting isn't adequately explained. Various other realms are mentioned, but with little explanation as to how they relate to the characters in question.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and suspense...
Lucius (Kron Darkbow), is out for justice against the wizard who killed his parents and the man who order the hit. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jo-Ann Doyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough to make me buy book 2
I can live with an anti-hero. I actually want characters to be multifaceted. So the character contradictions didn't really bother me.

The novel started strong. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad!
I enjoyed the read, one might see the title and prepare for a knockoff of Robert Lynn Asprin's "Thieves World" saga - such was not the case. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Arthur Macbride
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
fantastic author great story I loved every minute of this trilogy so I purchased all of this authors books. I highly recommend this
Published 1 month ago by ivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Rogues Trilogy
Great story. Looking for sequel. Fast moving with lots of action. Characters perfect for fantasy adventure. Good description of a new realm and city.
Published 2 months ago by ron harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The story was captivating. Every word was sucked you into a world where you could almost see everything going on
Published 2 months ago by matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Looking forward to reading more of the series. At times a little rough on the story line, but all and all I enjoyed!
Published 3 months ago by sue gonzales
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fantasy read.
4.5 stars.
Characters well developed, but some of their actions are a bit suspect. Kron keeps playing silly buggers instead of slaying his nemesis (presumably to be continued... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mandy Walkden-Brown (Qld AUS)
5.0 out of 5 stars city of Rogues is an awesome book
I thought it was well written, plot line was nice and twisty. Ty Johnston my hat is off to you.
Published 3 months ago by joseph melancon
3.0 out of 5 stars SLOOOOW
Slow moving with characters I really didn't care about. Book 1 didn't have a true ending, more like a prolog to Book 2 which I'm not planning to read.
Published 3 months ago by Granny's Purse
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Originally from Kentucky, Ty Johnston is a former newspaper journalist who now spends his days writing fiction in North Carolina along with a beagle, a house rabbit, a mangy cat, and memories of his loving late wife.

Blog: tyjohnston.blogspot.com
Author's newsletter: tinyletter.com/TyJohnston

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