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Farlander

3.9 41
by Col Buchanan
 

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The Heart of the World is a land in strife. For fifty years the Holy Empire of Mann, an empire and religion born from a nihilistic urban cult, has been conquering nation after nation. Their leader, Holy Matriarch Sasheen, ruthlessly maintains control through her Diplomats, priests trained as subtle predators.

Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the

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Farlander 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
AdamBourke More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is a good book with thorough world building and very well fleshed out characters. At no point does back story become overwhelming. An all around well crafted and well paced story. The attention paid to some of the side stories may seem wasteful at times but it should be remembered this is a trilogy. Overall it is well paced and especially picks up toward the middle.
Bookworm69MM More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book along with its surprise twist towards the end wich for me made the main character much more believable and not just your typical hero or anti-hero. I also loved the fact that Col Buchanon writes about a bit of morality in this book and that every choice has a consequence good and bad. Can't wait for the next one in the series.
NorthernNooker More than 1 year ago
Excellent for the most part and up until the ending I was going to give it 5 stars. It did set things up nicely for future books but it could have wrapped things up a little better IMO. Still, I recommend this book. It is refreshingly original and a great read. I look forward to more books by Col Buchanan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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