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- Publication Date: August 24, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00924JVNM
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Leathern Men (Kozef & Ceinan Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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+ Well written.
+ Good amount of action.
+ Quick and entertaining read.
+ People, places and things are nicely detailed and described.
+ Mortal heroes who can take a beating but are not invincible.
Cons <Contains SPOILERS>
- Use of French and Old English terminology may hinder some readers. Have a dictionary handy.
- No map of the land. Plenty of places are mentioned but there's not much frame of reference without a map.
- Kozef & Ceinan are capable of some questionable feats soon after being brutalized and tortured, almost as if the acts didn't faze them.
- Goullier's wicked and villainous ways were underutilized.
"Leathern Men (Kozef & Ceinan)" was an engaging and highly enjoyable medieval fantasy read. To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect and when I first started the story I thought to myself, "How dangerous and threatening could the local Tanner's guild be?" Let me just say, oh how wrong I was. The author possesses the uncanny ability to turn the mundane, magical. The detailed descriptions of the tannery and what our heroes encounter there was entertaining to read about, however I'm quite sure Kozef and Ceinan would not agree with that assessment. "Leathern Men (Kozef & Ceinan)" really hooked me and I would definitely love to read more stories with these two characters or even a full length novel. Well done.
You know, it is interesting how a large group of people is willing to be dominated by a smaller one if the smaller group utilises some form of violence to rule. We do it all over the world. Our governments are one example of people letting others rule on behalf of themselves and the rulers having potential violence as a tool to enforce that rule. If that rule is more or less of a benign character, then hey - I'm one of those being ruled. But if we had moved to Thieudan at the time Kozef and Ceinan arrived there, we might not enjoy life a whole lot.
Using the Tanner's Guild as our baddies shows us some of their trade. The Tanner's Guild rule with terror. Punishment meted out to those who do not obey are line with the Tanner's trade. Water-boarding takes on new meaning when a tanner does it to you. But their trade can also be used against them. I particularly enjoyed Ceinan's cow-trick.
I have placed "Leathern Men" as a young adult novel. I kind of feel that the target group is among the younger ones of that age group. There is some violence I would hesitate to allow a child to read, but I'm really not certain about my judgement on this one. Predictability and the clear "good vs. evil" angle is my main reason for placing R.J. Creaney's story in this age group. I had fun with it.
Set in medieval times, our two heroes (Kozef and Ceinan) are road weary and hungry when they come across the 'Grotto Grouse' hotel. Thoughts of a pleasant and leisurely meal are soon dashed by the presence of a group of petty town thugs who are in the process of terrorizing the landlord and his patrons.
Penniless, they offer to rid the common room of the 'vermin' for food and lodging. Later, the beaten and bloodied group of ruffians return with greater (that would be overwhelming really) numbers. And from here, the real story begins.
Some thoughts on "Leathern Men"...
1.) an easy to read and entertaining short story
2.) lots of action... not much down time in this tale.
3.) two likable, if not larger than life, heroes
A couple of tricky spots were glossed over and resolved rather quickly, making a potentially complicated situation, appear easily dealt with. But really, a writing technique in keeping with the overall style of this story.
A tale where the final outcome was never really in doubt. Our heroes have the swagger, the panache and an outgoing bravado that lets the reader know that no matter how dire the situation, everything is really (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) going to be OK. Even the book cover seems to portray a calm confidence radiating from our boys.
Overall a quick read... a fun medieval adventure.
As it is... 4 1/2 Stars.
Thanks to amazon friend 'Media Man' for bringing this work and its author to my attention.