- File Size: 2246 KB
- Print Length: 417 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Hardhill Productions; 1 edition (April 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XFXX6T3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Horn King: Stories of the Nine Worlds (The Cursed Blood Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This series begins with a fat, hard drinking, underworld thug in a world dominated by elves. These are not simpering children's elves, or pretty adolescent heart-throb types. These are Elves such as the Erlkonig. Cold, inhuman, and disdainful of all those weaker or more limited than themselves, magical, manipulative and aloof. The thug - who is more human than not - hates them. Intensely. In this book, it is perfectly alright to hate elves, as they richly deserve it. One quickly finds that elves bleed just like men, however, and there are so very many of them.
Plot development is quick, and simple but difficult challenges quickly become deadly and Byzantine, and the world is caught up in pitiless and powerful elven political machinations and war. Plot twists are frequent but plausible, and there are distinct elements of a traditional mystery woven into this tale of fantasy adventure. If you are looking for one of those fantasy strolls through the woods where the threats obligingly fall down dead and the stock characters plod to the predictable happy ending, this book is not for you, because Longward shakes his characters in a can and kicks them over a cliff, to weed out the weak ones.. If you are looking for one of those linear series of a dozen or so books where the half dozen in the middle are mostly restatements of volumes one through ten, then again Longward is not for you, as his series are all distinctly different in characters, challenges, resources and solutions - when there are any solutions. Note to some, there are episodes of graphic passion in the book, both violent and erotic, however these always advance the plot and are not gratuitous, and they are always written with skill and art; indeed the whole narrative is written with skill and art.
I have only one criticism of Alaric Longward, and it is a serious one. Eventually, the book comes to an end. I hate it when that happens, and immediately scan the horizon for more. Long may they continue!
This is book that draws you in from the opening clashes to the final fights. Who wins, loses and in some case win but lose in the long run?? Read it and find out.
As I said at the beginning a great start to another series and when this series is finished it will tie in with the other two series the based in the nine worlds so get all three series..
Last question is. When is volume two out??