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Redemption's Blade

After the War, Book 1
Lu par : Nicola Barber
Série : After the War, Volume 1
Durée : 11 h et 51 min

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Ten years ago, the renegade demigod known as the Kinslayer returned. His armies of monsters issued from the pits of the earth, spearheaded by his brutal Yorughan soldiers. He won every battle, leaving burnt earth and corruption behind. Thrones toppled and cities fell as he drove all before him. 

And then he died. 

A handful of lucky heroes and some traitors amongst his own, and the great Kinslayer was no more. Celestaine was one such hero and now she has tasked herself to correct the worst excesses of the Kinslayer and bring light back to her torn-up world. With two Yorughan companions she faces fanatics, war criminals, and the monsters and minions the Kinslayer left behind as the fragile alliances of the war break down into feuding, greed, and mistrust. 

The Kinslayer may be gone, but he cast a long shadow she may never truly escape.

©2018 Rebellion (P)2018 Recorded Books

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“Great pace, compelling characters, some serious ethical arguments to make, and amazing action scenes. And it’s startlingly fun.” (Tor.com)

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  • Matthew
  • 20/08/2018

The story of what happens after the epilogue.

Tchaikovsky’s superb skill and creativity kind of annoys me. The other two books of his that I have finished have been intensely original and compelling, and this trend continues in Redemption’s Blade.

This book ends up being what I expected the first Mistborn, The Final Empire, to be. While I love that book, I was always a little let down that it wasn’t really about the ‘what happens after.’ Thankfully this book now exists.

In its most basic form, Redemption’s Blade is a road trip across a classical fantasy world after the stereotypical dark lord has been defeated. It follows one of the slayers of the great evil along with a handful of companions, two of which that used to be the enemy’s soldiers. The focus is on the after-war sociology, politics, economy, psychology, and religion. You know, the things that should be boring, but in this setting are fascinating. There is action throughout so you shouldn’t feel like you’re reading a history book or anything stale like that. And let’s not forget character growth and the internal conflicts of survivors.

As always, of special note is that this book is self-contained. I believe it is going to be part of a series, but don’t let that scare you off, there is a clear beginning, middle, and end. I was satisfied with how it ended, but I can guarantee I’ll pick up any other books that are released in this series given how much I enjoy the world and style.

I recommend this book to any fans of fantasy, especially the ones that always wonder what happens after the last page of a fantasy epic.

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  • Michael
  • 15/10/2018

Excellent story, engrossing and some fun

If you read lots of fantasy/ adventure this book may stand out- it has elements you can find in other books but is ultimately different. The author tells a good story but it was the gradual revealing of the characters, their impressions and lessons that kept my interest. Tchaikovsky brought them to life for me and I wanted to know what happened to them.
And Nicola Barber brought even more depth to the story. Her performance is what makes me love audible books- engaging and memorable.

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  • Terry
  • 07/08/2018

Brilliant

A heroic story told backwards and beautifully. The voice at first seems all wrong but by the end nothing else would have been right.

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  • ninjajoe
  • 19/07/2019

a near-perfect balance.

Rarely have I ever seen such a brilliant example of World building, pacing, story arc, and character development so compellingly done. And so well-balanced.

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  • Mike Gourdin
  • 18/04/2019

Fun and interesting fantasy romp.

This is a fun little story about what happens after the Great Enemy is defeated in all those other epic fantasy books we love.

It's fun and a little meta. Its full of interesting concepts and excellent world building. The characters can be tropey and cliche, but that's clearly intentional, well executed and the characters are likeable and/or likeably hateable.

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  • iherdewe
  • 18/02/2019

Good story

Volume up and down made it hard to listen to. Constantly having to adjust controls. Good story though.

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  • dandibar
  • 17/08/2018

The evil overlord is dead, what of the heroes now?

This is another spin on the classic fantasy tropes, higlighting the weirdness and logical incongruenties of a world sinmilar to middle earth or forgotten realms. The story begins at the end of the other classsic fantasy storys, the defeat of the evil overlord. And it was not really a heroic deed per se but grim treacherous and gritty buisness. But what of the heroine now? How to heal the world of the former devestating war. What of the former minions of the evil lord? Commit genocide or integrate them into a broken society which is bereft of compassion, trust and even their gods.
The story has some good ideas and funny moments. For Example the weird magic sword which cuts through everything, even its scabbard and causes its wielder all sorts of logistical problems etc.
It has some action, some wierd worldbuilding and it dosn't take itself very serious but it didn't work that well for me.
Spiderlight by the same author was better, Kings of the wyld by Nicholas Eames has its own,another twist on the classic fantasy.
The narrator was ok but not that great and sometimes not so easy to follow. More pacing and emotion would be better.
Hard to tell if this series does become better but there is potential upwards knowing other titles of the author.