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Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knight's Tale Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 3lb Games LLC (December 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IVFWWQ
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So since the last time I was here, I kind of wrote for Wasteland 2 and then somehow wound up as the Creative Lead for the record-shattering Kickstarted game, "Torment: Tides of Numenera".

If you look at my bibliography, it's mostly game materials there. That's because I'm a big geek. I'm proud of that. I've wanted to write fantasy (both fiction and games) since I was ten years old, and now I've done both professionally.

I've written some things that have done pretty well: I was a designer on the CRPG "Planescape: Torment", which position I got because of my work on the actual tabletop "Planescape" campaign setting. I was also a co-creator of the "Birthright" campaign setting, and won an award for the mega-adventure "Dragon Mountain."

It turns out that I've moved around a lot: from Illinois to Utah to Illinois again to Wisconsin to California to Michigan, with a smattering of international travel in between: England, France, Spain, Corsica, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and the real exotics - Canada and Mexico. I've found that everyone wants a good story.

I hope to tell you one.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Corey Shaughnessy on April 8, 2014
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I admit that I'm not a huge book reader. I've been trying to change that lately, and stumbled upon Oathbreaker, Books 1 and 2, in some Indie bundle on the net. While I thought Book 1 was decent and intriguing enough to try Book 2, I was not entirely smitten. A lot of that was I didn't think that the narrative continued past the first book would be anything more than contrived. I was very, very wrong. Book 2 takes a much different approach and tells a story in the same universe but does not immediately seem related. While I still think Book 1 is not that great, Book 2 is an incredible read that made me sad at how slow of a reader I am.

I wouldn't recommend this book on its own, but I would recommend reading this to get to Book 2 because you will be 100% hooked. Also, if I ever meet Mr McComb, I will fight him for not having Book 3 finished yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fitzgerald Gray on July 10, 2012
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The first volume of Colin McComb's Oathbreaker fantasy series is memorable not just for what it does, but for how well it does it. This is old-school epic fantasy at its best, complete with dark magic, bloody history, archetypal heroes and villains, treasonous plots that might undo an empire, and on and on. But even as McComb has crafted a tale incorporating a lot of familiar fantasy touchstones, he imbues that story with a kind of literary and philosophical energy that too much contemporary fantasy is reluctant to embrace.

The world that McComb creates here is no less marvelous in terms of its history and magic than the best worlds of contemporary fantasy. (I would compare it favorably to Martin and Mieville, but your mileage may vary.) This is a world in which imperial political intrigue is infused with the plots of mysterious magi, whose power defines the empire by creating its most potent weapon -- the Knights Elite. These deadliest warriors in the world have their humanity stripped from them by the same magical-surgical process that augments their strength and power to superhuman levels. And all of these individual elements are great, and it won't be a surprise to anyone who knows McComb's pedigree as a fantasist and professional imagineer that his world-building skill is second to none. In the end, though, what's more important is that this world comes to life not through endless pages of expository detail and dramatic window dressing, but through the shifting point-of-view of a complex but never confusing narrative.

As that narrative passes from character to character, it also shifts through time -- creating a tapestry of event and emotion so much stronger than a straightforward story would have been.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steiner on December 12, 2011
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Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knights Tale by Colin McComb, is a riveting debut fantasy from an author who knows what fantasy fans love (he wrote adventures for TSR, after all) - visceral prose; logically sound and creative world-building; and fascinating characters that do not follow genre conventions.

Sir Pelagir, a Knight Elite in the Empire of Terona, faces a terrible choice - serve the Empire or serve the King. There is no middle ground. Either choice means he will break an oath and be hunted for the rest of his life. But a choice he makes, and it is one that makes him a marked man and sets the Empire on a destructive path from which it may never recover.

Right from the beginning, we know we're reading an author who knows what the heck he's doing. From the Prologue:

"He rode, his proud face bleeding and grim in the light of the setting sun. He cradled a sleeping baby in the crook of his left arm, the reins of the metal horse in his right fist. With a few swift kicks, he urged the steed ever faster westward. His eyes squinted into the setting sun, and beads of perspiration--or were they tears?--coursed down his unlined cheeks. The gleaming hooves of the steed tore great clumps of sod from the grassy hills as it sped through the spring dusk.

"Miles behind him, the city burned on its mountain. Steel-clad knights thundered from the great city's gates into the dying day on their own metal stallions or took to the air with mechanical wings. The military dirigibles Retaliator and Heaven's Will rose slowly from the heart of the city, flames spitting from their engines, and turned their massive noses to the west.

"The knights sought the oathbreaker, the thief of their princess, the betrayer of their king.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hayes on September 27, 2012
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There are some good things in Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knight's tale. It is very readable and does not insult my intelligence which is always a plus. And although I did find much of it interesting, I'm afraid that by the end of the book, I just didn't care enough about any of the characters to want to read more.

It's not bad, really it's not. It's just not different enough, or good enough, to get me excited about reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 15, 2012
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I must start off by saying all reviews are based on personal preference. The beginning of the story was great and I didn't even mind the first change of narration because it switched to first person (one of my favorites). I had even thought for a while the story was going to be about a coming of age story (again my favorite). However as the story moves on it kept changing narrations, I know that some other reviewers like this and even mention it as some sort of "tapestry" but it came to the point where it became tedious to read. We changed narration from main character, to second main character, to an inn keeper, to a sailor, etc. and all the while the time frame also skips from past to present. The narration sometime changes to people who seem to have nothing to do with the story, almost like a witness encounter with the main character; it's clever but there was too much of it. It's possible that they will later show up in the next book but I found myself not caring about these side characters or for their narration.

What also made it tedious to read was how the story kept skipping to the present to talk about the main character in past tense. Instead of having the reader go through the important parts of the main character's life for characterization, most of it was basically skipped over and are now being told in the past tense. Some of the important decisions that the main character made that changed his life and those around him were often told as a summary in the future. The book felt rush at times and it is a short book, which could be why it skipped around so much. The book could have easily been improved on by fleshing out the main character and having us read through these parts in present tense vs past.
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