- File Size: 3568 KB
- Print Length: 265 pages
- Publisher: EDGE-Lite (November 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015WLMAJU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That certainly appears to be the case in his first published novel, Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion. Fantasy, action and adventure, swords and sorcery? Check, check, check. Steampunk, royal court intrigue, love story? Check them all off as well.
The story follows the adventures of Cartog, a young nobleman far down in the line-of-succession, and far-removed from any prospect of inheritance. Accompanied only by Yakor, his faithful retainer and a formidable master-of-arms, Cartog has set off on a journey to find his fortune elsewhere and make his own way in the world, perhaps as a mercenary.
They ride into a small town seeking employment ... but instead find themselves in the midst of a what appears to be an uprising and attempted kidnapping. This is the first of a series of events that will involve Cartog and Yakor in a growing conflict and circle of enemies, as well as a growing prospect for advancement and circle of friends. It could lead to great fortune in the long term, or death in the short term.
"Railroad Rising" was an easy read and enjoyable enough, with a straightforward story line and simple characters. But I have to agree with other LibraryThing Early reviewers who thought it could have used some editing, and some polishing to the story and characters.
And we might have gotten some of that, had it not been for circumstances far removed from the realm of Cragmor, in our own real and mundane world ... "Sadly," we read in the book's postscript, "J.P. Wagner passed away in 2015, before the publication of 'Railroad Rising.'" It is something I read with regret as I finished this book ... I was looking forward to Wagner's NEXT book.
NOTE: I received a free e-copy of this work through LibraryThing in exchange for a review.
Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). You can get a copy on Amazon now.
I wasn't sure about this book, but it had gunpowder magic, steam power, a touch of romance, and great characters in it. Once I began reading it, all my doubts went away. This is a great adventure with the enemy having magic and a campaign against the king.
Carrtog rescues the King simply because he was there when they tried to kidnap him. He then gets pressed into service. Carrtog is young, though. He manages to anger the King before they get back to the castle. He also finds the Princess' lady in waiting very attractive. That's not a good thing, either. Mercenaries don't have wives.
As his reward for saving the King, he's appointed as a Lord. He's also given the lady in waiting in marriage. That's all well and fine, but then the King starts giving him impossible assignments waiting for him to fail. The King knows he failed on his mission in the past and Carrtog is a reminder. Carrtog is in a catch-22 situation.
It's a busy story with lots of action and it was a great read. If you like sci-fi, you should read this.
On the surface Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion seems like it could be a lot of fun. Part fantasy, part adventure, part steampunk, magic, even a touch of romance. What's not to like?
There were a number of things I enjoyed in this work. For example, the story is solid. A magician, named Cartogg, and his armsman come to the aid of the king when he is ambushed at the opening of a railway he has had built for his people. Cartogg proves himself worthy and is soon in the service of the king.
It's a good thing the king has Cartogg, since the rebels have magicians of their own. Aside from magic, the magician also shows an aptitude for steam engines and gliders and soon incorporates both into the king's arsenal.
My biggest problems with Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion was its repetitiveness. Again and again, throughout the story, Cartogg is worried that he will lose favor with the king and the possible consequences of such an occurrence. I can understand his feelings, but not the author's need to remind us incessantly.
The writing is capable, but I found the storytelling to be lackluster. What strengths there were in this book were found in the relationships between the characters. In the end, I'm glad I read Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion, but if there is a sequel I don't think I'd be likely to go there.
Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion is available as an e-book from EDGE-Lite, an imprint of Hades Publications, Inc.
Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion has been published posthumously, as the author passed away in 2015, my condolences to his family and friends.