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Dawn of War (Blood War Trilogy Book 1) by [Marquitz, Tim]
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"DAWN OF WAR, book one of the trilogy is Tim Marquitz's first foray into fantasy fiction and he has done an exceptional job.  There is a lot going on and there are many points of view to follow but Marquitz keeps it all tight and easy to follow.  Character development is very good, keeping each race of people easily identifiable.  This first book introduces the various points of view and ends on just the proper note, leaving the reader wanting to read more.  I'm not generally big on fantasy, but I enjoyed DAWN OF WAR immensely.  I think you will, too." ~ Colleen Wanglund - Horror Fiction Review

"There is a lot to like about this book and if you are fan of epic fantasy that has many levels of complexity and takes a more brutal approach to its story telling than most, then you will definitely enjoy Dawn of War. Bring on Book 2." ~ Ryan Lawler - Fantasy Book Review

"If you like epic fantasy, different races (as in very different), magic and heros, this might be a book for you." ~ Greg Duncan - Goodreads

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The action-packed conclusion to the Blood War Trilogy, Requiem, is out now!

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  • File Size: 4773 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tim Marquitz; 2 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0059HAUW2
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I have read quite a few works by Tim Marquitz and Dawn of War certainly reaches that high standard that I have seen in his other books. This is Marquitz's first attempt at Epic Fantasy and it's a very good one, the writing is of the highest standard, the characters are interesting and relatable, and the story is deep and complex.

I had a few issues with the continual rotation of viewpoints, and I think there were too many viewpoint characters introduced at the start of the book, but once you get through the first third of the book, Dawn of War settles into a more natural rhythm and really becomes a joy to read. If you like epic fantasy then you will like this.
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I was introduced to this author through the Demon Squad series where I really liked the way the author weaved humor in all his narrations. Was quite intrigued to know how Tim handles a completely different genre.

Unlike the Demon Squad series, this book has quite a serious undertone to it. Although, the story gets predictable at times, but the narration still holds you to it. Where Demon Squad was pure unadulterated entertainment from start to finish, this book does have its ups and downs. While it is really a 3* book for me but considering that Tim has been very generous by letting the readers get a free copy (this is available on Amazon kindle for $0), I think this book definitely deserves a 4*. If you liked Tim's Demon Squad series then this book is definitely a MUST READ!!

Will look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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I could not put this book down, even though there is quite a few points of view the author really keeps you hanging by the seat of your pants, waiting to find out what happens at each turn of the page. The main character is a badass but so are most of the other supporting characters as well. In this book your imagination can take hold of some radically different bizarre creatures and features of the world. I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
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This is a very good book. I was hooked in almost record time. I read it almost every moment I could until I finished it. The characters are interesting, and you want to know more about them. You get caught up in their struggles and care about them. The world is interesting, as is the relationship of the various races that inhabit it. Good stuff all around!

The stuff that kept me from giving it 5 stars:

I think a 5 should be reserved for near perfection anyway. Only one of a hundred or maybe even one of a thousand should get it. Other than this, I found the way you go back and forward in time because of new perspectives of other characters somewhat cumbersome. I thought the characters could use a little more depth, though I appreciate that action was favored with details thrown in at very prudent times. I would have appreciated a little more magic, or explanation of it, and also more depth on the religion that seemed central to both but was left very vague. I could pick out some other details, but it would be just nit-picking. I felt obligated to explain my sub 5 star rating. In addition, I like reviews that have "pros & cons."

What is most telling I think, is that when book 2 comes out, I will buy it and read it the moment I hear about it!
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Marquitz has an interesting premise. He's got an interesting world with a comatose goddess and twin moons that cause all rivers, lakes, oceans, etc to boil every so often. He's got some cool magical artifacts and a number of diverse characters. Add it all together and what do you get?

A fairly flat story.

Part of it's the writing style. Marquitz tries to be a little too flowery at times. Instead of clever, however, it came across as annoying most of the time. Another problem is the scope. Admittedly, Blood War is a trilogy, which allows for some expansive writing. Memory, Sorrow & Thorn is a good example of how this can work very well. But Dawn of War feels like it lacks focus. It's broad instead of deep. I think the story could benefit from scaling back. Pick a few of the best nations -- human and non-human -- and focus on those. Most of the rest are so sketchy and similar as to run together anyway. The same goes for individual characters. This is an approach that worked fairly well for Wizards First Rule.

I picked up Dawn of War free on my Kindle. If the other two came free, I might read those, too.

If I can remember to look.
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The Grol, a monstrous race that has long sought to overrun and destroy the fortified city-state of Lathah, now appears to have the mystical weapons they need to do it. Unfortunately, no one in Lathah is willing to believe that the Grol can now succeed where they failed before, and it is up to an exiled, disgraced former royal guard named Arrin to somehow convince them of the threat--or, failing to do that, to find allies to stand with Lathah in its hour of need.

This is the first book in Tim Marquitz's epic Blood War Trilogy, more grim and brutal in tone than you'd find in his Demon Squad series. It's set on a complex world with a lot of layers and twists that held my interest, and more than enough bloody and gruesome battle scenes to give it a very visceral kick. I'm looking forward to seeing how things get worse for the protagonists in the next volume.
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