The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow s Blackwings When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer s legacy But there is a conspiracy within the citadel traitors, flesh eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but ifThe republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow s Blackwings When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer s legacy But there is a conspiracy within the citadel traitors, flesh eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some eighty years ago, thanks to Nall s Engine , a wizard crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it The strike of the Engine created the Misery a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a No Mans Land along the frontier But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic s defences Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic s bluff.
Blackwing The republic faces annihilation despite the vigilance of Galharrow s Blackwings When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must

  • Title: Blackwing
  • Author: Ed McDonald
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. ARC provided by the publisher—Ace—in exchange for an honest review via NetGalleyI’m calling every fan of Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence to put Blackwing on their radar. Blackwing, the debut work and the first book in the Raven’s Mark series by Ed McDonald is one of the most original grimdark fantasies I ever read. My experience will most likely differ from a lot of readers but I envisioned Blackwing as something that was created out of an open world video games with a post-apocalyptic [...]

    2. I received an advanced copy of Blackwing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Ed McDonald, Orion Publishing Group and Gollancz. McDonald begins this tale by placing the reader in the Misery - following the action of Captain Galharrow and his crew of Blackwing mercenaries during their latest mission. The Misery is a post-apocalyptic, shifting wasteland under a broken and wailing bruise-coloured sky. This vast expanse of land is unpredictable, frightening and f [...]

    3. ARC provided by Ace Books in exchange for an honest review.“Some men are born to charm ladies and spread their irresponsible seed across the land. Some exist to create the great works of art that inspire dreams and drive creativity for generations. Others are born to till the fields, put bread on the table, and raise their sons to till the fields, put bread on the table, raise sons of their own. I was born to end lives.”2017 appears to just be the year for amazing debut fantasy novels, and B [...]

    4. Perfect for fans of Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence, this dark adventure is gripping and bloody; it's a twisted story that spins a web of deceit. Nothing is as it seems, as ageless powers manipulate and control the lives of the characters. The world is a staging ground, all leading to one dramatic confrontation that has been a century in the making.One hundred years ago Nall's Engine was fired on the enemies of the Republic, and in its wake it left a blackened and scarred landscap [...]

    5. Ok, so please let me tell you all about this book. First of all, this is a debut? Yo.This book absolutely does not read like a debut. It's written with all the polish & originality you'd expect from an author well into their career. Ryhalt Galharrow is a product of his environment. Long years spent hunting down scum in the wasteland of the Misery have coated his humanity in a fine layer of desolation.Now, I want to speak to my fellow gamers nerds for a moment. This novel is the bastard child [...]

    6. Landing straight in my 'best of 2017' list, this post-apocalyptic offering is original, dark, and entirely stay-up-till-it's-finished absorbing. McDonald has created something matched only by the best fantasy writers: an unfamiliar world the reader can step into with excitement and awe. Well, not actually step into because the place is brutal as hell but it's a place you feel in heart and mind. It is a world entire, with its own culture, history, and rules, larger than just the plot of this nove [...]

    7. See this review and more on bookbastion__________Every time I step into a new fantasy adventure, I'm like a kid on Christmas morning. There's something about the prospect of fantasy journeying to so many unexpected places and showing the reader all sorts of new, unexpected and magical things that fuels my love for the genre. So when I saw a number of my friends in the blogging community raving about this fantasy debut, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Thankfully, the Netgalley Gods smiled on [...]

    8. I must put in the usual caveat. I received this book as a gift.Blackwing is a new entry into the Grim Dark Fantasy realm, and a well written one. Galharrow is a hard and seasoned warrior, doing his duty as a sort of bounty hunter on the edge of a torn and terrible place called the Misery. It's a terrible rift in reality and the world, a place where horrid and contorted creatures and plants thrive. And Galharrow has a Past.So that's as many spoilers as you'll get from me. Venture in if you dare.T [...]

    9. Blackwing is, simply put, awesome. It's gritty, edgy, suspenseful, and often poignant. The world is unique, the characters are deeply flawed (see also: real human beings) and the pacing is breakneck from the first page to the last.Lets face it: you're going to read this book eventually, so you'd might as well be one of the cool kids and do it sooner rather than later.I hope, and highly suspect, you'll enjoy the ride as much as I did.

    10. Blackwing is one of the greatest fantasy books I've read in my life. Perfect in every possible way. Ed McDonald is on a par with Joe Abercrombie and Brandon Sanderson. Cast aside whatever you're reading and start Blackwing instead. That's all I have to say. Find all of my reviews over on BookNest/

    11. On sale this week! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:Blackwing (2017) begins in Misery, but things will get far worse before they get better. This gritty fantasy is set on a world where there are three moons ― red, blue and gold ― whose light can be woven into magical power and stored in canisters for use by sorcerers. Two unimaginably powerful magical forces face off against each other across the terrible void called the Misery ― a magic-blasted wasteland. On the side of ma [...]

    12. Upon starting Blackwing it quickly gained the rare distinction of being one of those books that felt as if it had been written especially for me. Grizzled veteran and reluctant servant of the Nameless Ryhalt Galharrow spends his days hunting traitorous agents of the Deep Kings in the magical wasteland known as the Misery, until a face from the past drags him into a dark conspiracy which may lead to all out war. Ed McDonald handles the action with a deft hand and has created a compelling central [...]

    13. When two godly forces collide, when both are cruel and don’t give a shit about humans, when you are forced to take a side, you choose the lesser evil. The story starts with action already taking place and events happening. After trying to capture a few sympathizers who ran to the Misery, Ryhalt Galharrow receives a surprising call from his master, a Nameless called Crowfoot. After years of paying him little attention, he gives him a new mission. Vague and impossible to predict. He ends up meet [...]

    14. ARC received from ACE, Berkley Publishing Group via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars.Blackwing is a remarkable debut that was gritty, original and empathetically compelling. A blend of fantasy, horror and science fiction, it gave me strong vibes of Stephen King, albeit way more accessible in that it was less mind-bending with a fluid prose that was easy to appreciate, though no less poetic when it needs to be.The story follows the first person perspective of Ryhalt Galharrow [...]

    15. I had high hopes for Blackwing as the blurb sounds awesome and it is almost universally loved by my friends who have read it. Those high hopes only made the sting of disappointment all the more prominent when this turned out to be a distinctly below average fantasy story with bad writing and some of the most cringe-worthy dialogue I've encountered in a while. The building blocks were in place for a decent story.The WorldThis was one of those flintlock era fantasy books that mixed in magic with [...]

    16. I don’t like post-apocalyptic setting. In any medium. I don’t like reading or listening about it, nor do I like watching it (sorry Mad Max, The Road, Children of Men fans). I find it less inspiring building a world on such concept. Somewhat lazier, to me, is building it on scraps than starting from scratch. I understand that tremendous amount of effort goes adapting a new, deranged, world on scaffolds of existing one, but in this case, again, to me, lesser (or blanker the sheet when creating [...]

    17. I was sent this book as an ARC from the author - thank you so much, Ed! I even got a spiffy drawing of a raven :)Plot:So, there are two ancient entities, the Deep Kings and the Nameless, in the middle of a long cycle of wars that have lasted for ages, the book didn't go into specifics about how long it's been going on, but I would guess for thousands of years. At the end of the book one of the Nameless told the MC that they've been waging a war against the Deep Kings since before humans had lang [...]

    18. 3.75 starsCrowfoot was to blame for the Misery, if attributing blame to something like him counts for anything. He and the other Nameless are beyond the reproach of us whimpering mortals. Some people formed cults around them as if they were gods, but if Crowfoot is a god then creation isn’t worth spit. For two centuries the Nameless warred with the Deep Kings and their empire, Old Dhojara, and what had been accomplished in that time? A lot of weeping, a lot of bones turning yellow beneath the [...]

    19. 3.5*'s. Which is a very good rating for me for Noir fiction of which I'm just not a fan. It generally reads to me like a bad 80's action movie there the main character generally brags, tells you why their nemesis is a mindless cow, brags some more, realizes they've screwed the pooch and then miraculously recover so they can brag some more. I didn't know going in this was going to be Noir. For part of it I was also finally reading Low Town which like this piece is both Noir and Grimdark. It's sad [...]

    20. From start to finish I was excited to read this book! You follow Ryhalt Galharrow, its told from his perspective. The story is continuesly in motion and there is so much magic! All kinds even! And the Misery is insane with out of hand magicke the spittle getting legs and running offwhat!I like how his writing gives off this gruff vibe which fits Galharrow. Its a tough world and everyone is kinda shaped up to fit it. There is the nobility that they call Cream. And wizards, and Spinners I think th [...]

    21. Lately Ive been debating giving up on adult fantasy, at least until Im in the mood for slower books. Ive had such a difficult time finding ones that are fast pace without all the unnecessary fluff. If a book takes me too long to read I tend to lose interest so my search for a gripping adult fantasy has been a difficult one. Although this book isnt a favorite, it was better than I expected it to be. I think people who primarily read YA like me will find it entertaining. Its not exactly fast pace, [...]

    22. This is easily the quickest I have ever got through an audiobook. I struggle with audiobooks. I'm very picky when it comes to narration and rarely find time to stick my headphones in and dedicate time to listening. I'm also not very good at just sitting still and listening, I need to occupy my body in some way while I'm at it. I got through Blackwing in a single week. I was finding excuses to ignore the world, stick my headphones in and listen. My house was cleaned twice; I even scraped the wind [...]

    23. Wow. This is one amazing mix of blood and gore, action and adventure, morals and relationships, beautiful prose and humor and a great plot to bind it all together.Blackwing started of good, but only got better and better the farther in I went. It managed to hook me body and soul and really drag me into its world! I felt the hot desert air and smelled the danger on the wind. The world has a mix of magic and some technology - sometimes both used in one device. While I don't usually like that, it w [...]

    24. Actual rating: 3.5 starsThis wasn’t really a bad book, I loved the concept and all the elements in this book. It was just poorly executed, in my opinion. I loved the characters, loved the magic system, absolutely loved the world, but overall the book was just blah for me. It reminded me a lot of the first book in the Powder Mage trilogy. Only because they both felt like the only point of the book was to set up the world and future books. Which makes me excited to get my hands on the next one. [...]

    25. This thing is just magnificent. The setting is a blasted land called the Misery that resulted from the fallout of a magical super-weapon built by an almost-god who has since disappeared. Our hero, and I use the term loosely, is Captain Galharrow of Blackwing. Blackwing itself is a sort of secret police answering directly to another almost-god, but Galharrow mostly makes his living as a bounty hunter along the frontier. Galharrow is a beautifully broken character, a hardened alcoholic with a trag [...]

    26. * I received this for free from the publisher * This is a debut grimdark fantasy from a wonderful new voice to the genre. Not only is Ed McDonald a solid writer throughout the story, he also managed to get his dislikable character to be someone I stuck with throughout, despite the first-person narrative. It's not so much that Captain Galharrow of the Blackwing is a disagreeable person, as that he comes across as brusque and conscientious to a fault. He is a straight-arrow leader who is keen to u [...]

    27. Rejected by Ace/Berkley/Penguin via Netgalley. I has a big sad.They hate me.

    28. You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.It would be a mistake to overlook this book. Ed McDonald’s debut novel, the first book in The Raven’s Mark series, is a phenomenal piece of literature. It glows with fiery passion and an inhuman mastery of creativity. There wasn’t a single moment to take a breath as it held a tenacious grip on my attention to the point of chocking me with fast-paced action. Blackwing is a beautiful and sinister fantasy story. Its ability to create a wonder [...]

    29. THE GOOD: Tattoos that turn into crows, child-sorcerers that’ll cut you in two (vertically, diagonally, horizontally, they’re not fussy like that), veritable doomsday weaponry, ancient beings that might be gods or demons or something a whole lot worse, matchlocks and magic…I could go on, really, I could, but I need to save something for the main body!THE BAD: Tough one this. Honestly, this was such a great read, it’s hard to pick fault with it. If I had to point my finger at one thing, i [...]

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