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The Emperor's Knife

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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 December 15, 2013

    Too bad this only has 3 stars. I expected more

    If you want to read a similar book like this, read "Shadowborn". It is "less confusing" bc apparently ppl think so. Shadowborn is an excellent triology. Really great. If yiu want any more free book recommendations, put your headline as: 2soulreader
    Enjoy. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Enjoyable

    Better than expected.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    Didn't want to put this down.

    This is very different than anything I have ever read. Intriguing throughout. With the dark cover I didn't expect to find such a lovely story inside. Mystery, imagination and romance. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Great Fantasy!

    Great read for all fantasy and mi-evil eras. had a hard time putting the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Novaclaw

    You may come back to the clan camp and join. Welcome to Treeclan

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    To aspenkit

    We were welcomed at smudge result 4! Treeclan is accepting us. Come little kit. Let us travel to our new home.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Aspenki

    Suckled

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Just got this book....

    I just got this book and it looks cool so ...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!#

    Oooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Mmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyy

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Good read

    Very good complex story.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    I thought it was a good book a little long to get to the point.

    I thought it was a good book a little long to get to the point.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Great

    Swag yolo bruh

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Yo below

    Who would knoe.

    0 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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