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Alex Marshall (7)

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Alex Marshall (7) has been aliased into Jesse Bullington.

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Works have been aliased into Jesse Bullington.

A Crown for Cold Silver (2015) 395 eksemplarer
A Blade of Black Steel (2016) 122 eksemplarer
A War in Crimson Embers (2017) 71 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Works have been aliased into Jesse Bullington.

Evil Is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists (2017) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer
Grimdark Magazine #4 (2015) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Grimdark Magazine #8 (2016) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Grimdark Magazine #14 (2018) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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Bullington, Jesse



I like the sub-genre of grimdark fantasy. Right now I don't think anyone is doing a better job of it than Joe Abercrombie. I had heard a lot of early positive things about A Crown for Cold Silver. I was looking forward to getting my hands on it and seeing how it compares. The good news is the book is quite enjoyable and introduces some really interesting twists to the genre. The bad news is that it starts a little slow and the author made some stylistic choices that were a little rough for me.

The story starts many years after Cobalt Zosia and her five villains have conquered the Crimson Empire only to be overthrown themselves. Cobalt Zosia is believed dead and the five villains have scattered around the empire to lick their wounds. The only problem is someone claiming to be Zosia is stirring up the shit again. The five villains begin the long trek to find this new Zosia and see who the hell she is and what the fuck she is up to.

I liked the basic plot. It wasn't anything particularity new to the genre but it did have some nice twists. One of the best parts of the book is how Alex Marshall plays with gender. That alone was almost worth reading the book. I was also a huge fan of the devils and loved that people ate bugs as their drug of choice. The story starts slow, but about 100 pages in Marshall starts applying gentle pressure to the accelerator and the book begins to build to a giant battle where nothing turns out the way you think it might.

The world building is great in the novel. It was definitely a playground I want to return to. Despite its length, I felt there were a lot of little mysteries left lying around. I can't wait to see where they go in the next book. Marshall can also write a fight scene but remember this is grimdark so heads will be flying and curse words will be spewed. One of the most surprising aspects of the book for me was how funny it was. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments nestled in between all that blood.

There were a few things that worked against the story but they were not book killers for me. The world building and introduction of the characters in the beginning of the book was a tiny bit slow. I think some of the characters could have been introduced later or some of the world could have been left a mystery. There were some interesting style choices in the writing also. Some of the language felt like it was plucked right out of the real world. Sometimes this worked and sometimes it felt a little awkward. It's hard to describe. It just seemed to pop off the page and make me think about it. It was distracting but it didn't happen often. I also felt a few of the characters were a little been there done that. Marshall was clearly trying to bring something new to the table, which I believe he succeeded at many times. So whenever I ran into a character that felt fantasy 101 I was a little put off.

The small things did not stop me from enjoying it though. I will gladly pick up the second book (especially since this one basically left off with a giant cliff hanger). While not as good as Abercrombie or Scott Lynch it was worth the read. Block out some time and dig into this monster. Bring some safety goggles though, it gets a little messy.

This book was a review copy provided by Orbit Books.
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cdaley | 16 andre anmeldelser | Nov 2, 2023 |
Oh my god. What can I say about this book? Fantasy? Check! A bunch of irreverent, crusty old f*cks that rib each other with every breath as well as not trusting each other as far as they can throw one another? Check! Plots within plots? Hella check. Magic? Oh hells yeah. Demon/devils? Double check. Hilarious and dark and humorous and sarcastic and well written? ALL the checks. Mark it down as one of my favorites. I cannot wait to read more!
HotPinkMess | 16 andre anmeldelser | Jul 31, 2022 |
Extremely disappointing. I won't rehash the synopsis here since anyone can just read the summary for themselves but I will say what was promised in the synopsis was not what was delivered in the story. I was expecting a retired old warrior queen turned peasant to experince a moving personal tragedy that would propel her to come out of retirement and seek revenge. She would bust out the old sword and armor from some hidden chest and get her old band of warriors back together (kind of a la RED but in a fantasy world) and go out there seeking vengance and kick some butt. That did not happen at all. The main issues I had were 1) Too many new characters introduced too fast 2) Too may different places introduced too fast and no map to help you 3)some chapters were just way too slow 4) too much POV shifting 5) any time a weapon is mentioned it was swords, axes, knives etc but then completely out of the blue a character suddenly has a pistol, can you have guns and swords in the same world? Yes that's fine but you have to stablish what level of technology the world has at the beginning of the book or else it's completely jarring to the reader 6) everyone that was supposed to be a badass spent most of their time declaring they were a badass warrior without actually doing anything badass, this was the biggest of the disappointments.… (mere)
awesomejen2 | 16 andre anmeldelser | Jun 21, 2022 |
I have no idea why this book is getting good reviews. It's a poor attempt at epic fantasy, that is so over the top as to seem mocking. I appreciate that the main character is a badass older woman, but you have to get to the part where she does something, and that 80 page slog is one I was just not willing to make. Stupid names, stupid religious concepts, stupid transitions between character viewpoints that make no sense and really, deeply unappealing characters with no belieable motivation. Go read Rothfuss and learn how to tell a story.

Usually I'm not mean about reviews, but wow, did I hate this book.
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jennybeast | 16 andre anmeldelser | Apr 14, 2022 |



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