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A new type of fantasy
The characters are interesting in that they are only known by nicknames or titles, The Captain while being a somewhat important character is known only as the Captain. Apparently this is because a true name is incredible powerful in some way. But this can get confusing as for a while I didn't know there was actually a character that was named the Rebel and assumed for a while they were referring to the rebel army. the lack of back-story for almost all of the characters is somewhat off-putting when trying to understand them at first but becomes quickly irrelevant as they begin to grow on you as, through the main character Croaker, you feel the strong brotherhood between members of the Company
The story itself is presented through the eyes of the Company's Doctor and recorder Croaker, who does much less doctoring and a great deal more investigating and writing. As such the reader only knows what Croaker knows and at some points thats not a whole lot, at one confusing part where i thought i lost a few pages, a character is presumed dead one second and just a few paragraphs later is sitting at the table playing cards with no mention on what happened in between. Other times the amount of things happening all at once increases and feels fast paced and exciting. All in all a great and interesting story that had me stuck til the end, and already getting ready to continue on in the next book.
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Posted June 25, 2013
After all of the positive reviews I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly, I found the story boring and the characters shallow. Maybe when the book came out in the 80's this book was considered "gritty" but compared to the Joe Abercrombies of today, this book is juvenile.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.