- 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 LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006IVFWWQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,855 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knight's Tale Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A captivating and intricate story, with a carefully designed world and intriguing characters. Each time you switch narrators you see the world and events slowly uncovered with a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Josiah D Wolf
I really like the way the author told this story. Rather than focusing on one character, or jumping from one to another, each chapter is told from a different point of view. Read morePublished 12 months ago by E. L. Sapp
The best I have read in years!!! Can't wait to start the next one. It kept me on the edge of my seat clear through to the last page.Published 18 months ago by wolfpause
Really I'd give this about 3 & 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed the "super" knight's part of the story, but I was disappointed that it didn't tell that much about him once he... Read morePublished 18 months ago by T.O.Powell
A fairly interesting book that seems to set up the series really well. Each chapter is from the viewpoint of a different character, at a different point in time, though it's... Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. H.
A good story about doing the right thing when you are trained to obey.Published 21 months ago by Rastaman
I have only read the first of the series, but I certainly want to get the rest.Published 22 months ago by Wily E. Coyote