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The Emperor's Knife

Average Rating 3.5
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Most Helpful Favorable Review

23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Gripping novel by a talented new writer

This novel, set in a fantasy land which could be central Asia before the rise of Islam (but isn't), is peopled by a cast of finely drawn characters who bring the action forward briskly. The writing is taught, the plot not artificially complicated, and, in spite of being...
This novel, set in a fantasy land which could be central Asia before the rise of Islam (but isn't), is peopled by a cast of finely drawn characters who bring the action forward briskly. The writing is taught, the plot not artificially complicated, and, in spite of being fantasy, is logical, one event building securely upon the last. The villain is a disease, and the story unfolds with the action various characters perform, often at odds with one another, in their quest to find a cure or conceal its depredations. The character of Sarmin develops over the story arc, from an inexperienced young man held hostage for years into a -- well you'll see if you read the book. This reviewer is an avid reader, and can recognize good writing. This novel is on a par with Gaiman, Martin and the rest. Williams has hit the bulls eye on his first attempt.

posted by ffred1932 on November 4, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

37 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

3.5

This one's hard to judge for me. On the one hand, I couldn't put it down and know I'll buy the next one. At the same time, over and over again the character's actions felt forced, too fast. Not that anyone ever acted in a way I didn't think was plausible...eventually....
This one's hard to judge for me. On the one hand, I couldn't put it down and know I'll buy the next one. At the same time, over and over again the character's actions felt forced, too fast. Not that anyone ever acted in a way I didn't think was plausible...eventually. But the change of heart, the bold, brave decision, the sacrafice, whatever usually happened without enough set up. All of a sudden the decision was made without any debate or struggle. It was very frustrating, especially because the first half had felt a bit slow, and the last half tumbled along far too fast to be satisfying or feel like anything but skimming on the surface, only touching the most important parts and ignoring everything that should stitch them together.

That said, the story and early character development was good enough that, at the end, my overall feeling is that I enjoyed it and want to know what happens next.

posted by LeahPetersen on June 16, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Wont download

    Getting an error notice about a internal error during license generation

    6 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    I found this book confusing.  It was hard to thread through all

    I found this book confusing.  It was hard to thread through all the characters and their agendas.  It was a difficult read and was made unnecessarily complex by all the fantasy names for common things like knives, flowers and tribes.  I would not have begun the book had I realized there would not be a conclusion.  Disappointingat best.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Anonymous

    I never quit reading a book before, but i just couldn't get into this book. I read 108 pages and that was enough for me. I picked this book because the reviews were good, but wondering if we were reading same book. Very boring.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Anonymous

    Not my type of genre.i

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Book

    What is this book about?

    1 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    B

    Boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Slow

    tuff to follow...slow moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    dull

    not interested

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    great!

    tough book! loved it! thanks!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Hard to get into.

    It was ok exept it is realy hard to get into I am a prety good reader and enjoy any book fantasy non-fiction science fiction ect. but this book is an exeption. At least I didn't have to buy it I got it at free friday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    What?

    This book was hard to get in to. The names in the book are some I've never heard and the book is itself jumps around to much. Overall I felt it was pretty bland, confusing and boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Just could not get into this book

    As rule once I start a book, I finish. It had too many obscure ideas. That is the author did not setup the world.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Ugh...

    this book is interesting, but hard to follow, I quickly got bored with it because the writer does not make a clear beginning.
    good thing i got it for fbf

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Minus stars

    After all the hell it took to dowload this free friday book, it turns out to be a boring, stomach churning piece of junk. What of waste of time and energy.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

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    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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