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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    Very good read!

    Given that this is a debut novel, it is perhaps forgivable that I hadn't heard of Col Buchanan before I read this book. But I'm glad that I have now. Farlander is a fantastic novel, with an incredible storyline, and a completely unexpected twist that, well, was quite a surprise...

    The story starts quickly, in media res, and while the pace varies for the situation, the book never seems rushed, and never too slow. Somehow Buchanan always manages to get it right, and always keeps the plot flow interesting.

    Uniquely, in my reading experience, there was one particular scene that stood out in memory, where Buchanan wrote an explanation for the immoral behaviour of "the bad guys", and constantly questions the morality of "the good guys", although he does explain their reasons too. Despite this, there is still the classic good and evil characterisations, but here it seems a deeper, more realistic blur of morality and conscience.

    As with any good author, Buchanan writes several characters well, and even characters that appear for only a page or two can appear quite rounded. But the best characters were the Roshun. Every one of them (Including the apprentices and a not-really Roshun called Che) were well-written and extremely enjoyable to read.

    In fact, there were only two problems with the book that I encountered, and they are minor. The first is that there was one storyline, that of Bahn, the General's advisor, didn't seem to make a lot of difference to the story, although it was interesting. Given that this is just the first book in the series however, it will be interesting to see where this leads. The other problem was the use of the o character in the word Roshun, but that's mainly because it meant I had to figure out how to write it in notepad for this review.

    In summary, this book was incredible. Buchanan has the potential to become a popular author, and I hope that the publisher, Tor Books, helps him achieve this. Farlander is now one of my favourite books, and I look forwards to the next with anticipation.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

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    This is an engaging "historical" that looks closely at the impact of a long war on individuals

    For five decades the theocratic Holy Empire of Mann has conquered the countries on The Heart of the World. Their ruthless dictator, Holy Matriarch Sasheen remains in control of her vast empire due to her specialty trained Diplomat Corps of diabolical vicious priests.

    Ash the Roshun belongs to an assassin group who provide a protection to clients by meting out revenge on anyone who murders one of their customers or a family member. He has been ill lately so has taken on a mentee Nico from the streets of Bar-Khos, an island under a decade old siege by the forces of the Holy Empire of Mann. When Sasheen's heir Kirkus kills the daughter of a priest who has paid for Roshun's protection for himself and his family, the assassin knows he and his apprentice must complete a vendetta against the "sacred".

    This is an engaging "historical" that looks closely at the impact of a long war on individuals representing different groups caught up in the conflict. The intriguing story line is driven by a moral undercurrent as the values of the Holy Empire of Mann and of the Roshun conflict when Kirkus committed murder. Readers will want more tales set in the Col Buchanan's Heart of the World as the author brings to life his realm through a murder requiring contracted retaliation against a protected VIP.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 5, 2012

    Horse approaches

    Neighs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Black star

    Bored

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Obsidian

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Willow

    Will Black star be ok?

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