A Sword Of Wrath, Book I: Blood And Dust

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Outside of the city, rebellion stirs. The young outcasts of Odalia's poorest district have recently joined forces with the local sorceress guild in order to challenge the power-mad Emperor. Meanwhile, her ancient enemies to the South must discover why the monstrous and bloodthirsty Gigantes have suddenly reappeared in startling numbers. More
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About K. E. MacLeod

K. E. MacLeod is an award-winning author who currently lives in Europe.

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Review by: Darlene Bridge Lofgren on March 10, 2014 :
I don't read this sort of book - fantasy? But I read Sword of Wrath and loved it. The organization of the story, the coming together of the various groups, the individuals, was clear and often, for me, riveting. I was only confused by the similarity in two different characters' names. Love the story. And the characters. Macleod uses language wonderfully. Pulling me along and holding my interest. Can't wait to see where the story goes next!
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Review by: crpgnut on March 9, 2014 :
Well, that was a mess. Okay, first the good. You will never get bored with a lack of action. This book constantly has something going on and it moves at a very fast pace. The story is basically the fall of pseudo-Roman empire, with a Nero type as Emperor.

Second, the bad. There are so many characters, none of which are fleshed out and so you don't have anyone to grow attached to, except maybe Tacitus. I'd say there are 20 or more names to try to keep track of, most with very little personality. It was a nice try, but the author needs to pick some main characters and focus on them. It seems like she wants to make the story about the Empire itself and those never work.
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