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Black Throne Conspiracy Paperback – January 20, 2013
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"A rich sci-fi mystery thriller set in a technologically advanced and politically corrupt galaxy. Johnson-Weider (West Pacific Supers: Victory at Any Cost, 2012) creates a complex, textured high-fantasy world, complete with political intrigue, societal conflict, romantic histories and, of course, space aliens. Cobran emerges as a compelling, likeable front man--determined, loyal and competent. . . . a consistently thrilling, action-packed story, leaving readers completely fulfilled--if perhaps a bit shell-shocked. A complex, addictive sci-fi adventure." - Kirkus Reviews
"Intermingling magic, hovercrafts, and rigid class rules, the Ascension Galaxy proves a mixture of the old and the fantastic... a complex and believable world where the triumphs of good and evil make for a detailed saga of family and politics." -IndieReader 4-star review
"Sir Cobrin is an engaging, conflicted, immensely interesting protagonist, and he serves as a marvelous lens through which to learn and explore the vast machinations of the Ascension Galaxy. With elements of thriller, whodunit, and political gamesmanship, this is a rich and immersive storytelling universe, one in which the rules are hard and fast, the narrative confident and free flowing. The political world of the Concordance is multi-tiered and impressively absorbing without being incomprehensible." - Sacramento Book Review
About the Author
K.M. Johnson-Weider has released two books in the West Pacific Supers series: Rising Tide and Victory at Any Cost. Black Throne Conspiracy is an entirely new novel set in the Ascension Galaxy. For more about K.M. Johnson-Weider and upcoming releases, visit bluemoonaurora.com
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1: The world was well established you got a feel for it. It did not feel like someone elses world or just a another one in the genre.
2: The characters are dynamic and complex no two are alike really they all have motivations and quirks. Expect them to be complex and for them not to really conform to what you expect of them.
3: The plot is handled in such a way that you are left hanging so you really never see the next turn in the puzzle. Which makes for fun reading really.
4: The fight scenes where fun and interesting no two fights where really alike they all had the feel of something new.
1: Well my issue is kinda with the bleakness of the book really the main character gets used by a lot of people sister, brother, liege lord and friends and you know he just takes it never really stands up them. They endanger his life some assault him or almost get him killed but he just kinda keeps trucking one. This was pretty poor character development really and made me unsympathetic to the character he never fought for himself. Hell even when they kill his family he just keeps on taking it.
2: No one ends really well instead you just get basically an end to the plot but the main character just gets screwed again. Very poor way to end a novel.
3: There are a lot of details in this book of how things look or who in party so many names that it is very easy to get lost. An org chart would be helpful. LOL. No really lots of characters and if you focus on them all then you can get lost very easily.
A fun read if you don't mind something that is basically if you do the right thing you get screwed by everyone and everything. This book is really about the fact that life is messy and that people let you down. That in the end loyalty has to be its own reward because people will not reward it with loyalty in the same measure. Many people with far less morality do far better than the main character. And that those who you trust the most will manipulate you for their own needs. So would I recommend this book? If you don't mind a dark tale with messy relationships then yes. Will I read the sequel? Depends on if I have something else to read.
"Black Throne Conspiracy" begins with a Prologue which establishes the tone, begins the mystery, then presents the setting - a combination of Old World and futuristic. Think royalty, landed gentry, and a unique religious element, with advanced technology on another world. The detail of presentation is impressive. In the course of the book you learn some of its history, which includes cursed worlds and fallen civilizations, and get vibrant descriptions of city architecture, noble estates, court clothing, religious rituals, transportation vehicles, and communication devices. Details range from the fibers in an honor coat to the rules of inheritance. The workings of the government and Concordance elections are explained. I felt like I was reading about a place that actually exists.
In Chapter One Cobran is introduced - a wounded warrior and a noble - wounded in both body and spirit. He needs something to take his mind off his recent past and he gets all he can handle, and more. He's a likeable main character - somewhat flawed but loaded with good intentions. His sense of humor carries him through life threatening situations and a sense of honor makes him loyal to his family but also concerned about what is right. Sometimes his common sense is sacrificed to his impetuosity, but he has an ability to juggle his own intrigues and those of others. He is followed, shot, threatened, stabbed, imprisoned, blinded and attacked by dogs. But he gives as good as he gets and continually comes up with creative solutions to his problems, some of which help, some definitely do not. He's never afraid to act decisively, which can be good and bad. He conducts his own deceptions in an attempt to uncover the deceptions of others. Its a constant chess game of courtship, courtly intrigue and political manipulation. The action revolves around him and the book moves quickly through his adventures.
Besides Cobran I had other favorite characters, notably his niece, Kestril, his secretary Ms. Lendri, and Delmorgan and Brody, two soldiers from his disbanded unit, happy to aid their captain. Cobran's conversations with the Milrath bodyguard, Obryth Kahl, are very entertaining. The obvious villains are easy to dislike; those involved with the dark evil are not always obvious. There are plenty of twists right through to the end.
I wanted to review an early copy of Black Throne Conspiracy as I had read the author's previous two books and liked them. This novel has a completely different feel; both the language and plot are more sophisticated and the characters more complex. A variety of settings adds great interest and the fantastic descriptions are so clear and vivid that you easily visualize the whole scene. The dialogue is effective at expanding the mystery or developing the characters and their relationships, and there are plenty of pithy comments that provide food for thought. A magical aspect enhances the story but its the mystery and the non-stop action that carries the book. There are courtships that are business proposals and intelligence missions that turn into romance; Cobran chooses the oddest times for romance. Sometimes his humor breaks the tension, but lives are at stake while a dark evil attempts to prevail. At the conclusion I wondered, what are my Dark Seven? Anyone who likes a mystery and plenty of action will enjoy "Black Throne Conspiracy." I hope there is more to come.
It seemed at times the author digressed.
Great plot........when I do not want to put a book down, that is a good read.
It left me with a similar feeling to Joe Abercrombie's books. Personally I kind of with I hadn't read it now that I've finished, but I don't doubt that many people will love it.