DEAD WEIGHT: The Tombs [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Faerie War is over. Did we win?

This is the first installment of the serialized novel DEAD WEIGHT, set within the world of THE FAERIE WAR. 

In "The Tombs," a former military bard, Boy Scout wallows in grief and self-pity in post-war San Francisco. He wants nothing more than to numb his mind and escape from the memories and stories that plague him from his time serving in the U.S. Marines during the ...

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Overview

The Faerie War is over. Did we win?

This is the first installment of the serialized novel DEAD WEIGHT, set within the world of THE FAERIE WAR. 

In "The Tombs," a former military bard, Boy Scout wallows in grief and self-pity in post-war San Francisco. He wants nothing more than to numb his mind and escape from the memories and stories that plague him from his time serving in the U.S. Marines during the war. 

However, conflict is brewing once again. Forces from Earth and Faerie seek to use Boy Scout's talents for their own purposes. Will he dance the same old dance, or can he cut the strings both worlds tied to him?

Remember: Not all faerie tales have happy endings.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148227861
  • Publisher: Bard's Cloak of Tales
  • Publication date: 1/31/2014
  • Series: Dead Weight, #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 487,859
  • File size: 261 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    ¿He loved the sight of an unblemished paper, full of infinite po

    “He loved the sight of an unblemished paper, full of infinite possibilities of what a writer or artist might create.”

    In Dead Weight: The Tombs, a Tale of the Faerie War M. Todd Gallowglas has turned a blank page into magic.  I started reading this book in the afternoon and when I next looked up from the page, it was dark. 

    There is a dreamlike quality to the book, almost as if you are viewing the world created underwater.  It will stand up to a second reading. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Capsule review:  This was one of the most original, exciting thi

    Capsule review:  This was one of the most original, exciting things I've read in some time.  The world building is superlative.  The action is gripping and the main character manages to be deeply sympathetic despite being presented as deeply flawed.  As part of a series, the supporting characters are not fully fleshed out and the story is not fully resolved - it will leave you eager for the next installment!

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    An interesting take on the urban fantasy genre. Gallowglas is re

    An interesting take on the urban fantasy genre. Gallowglas is releasing this as a serial, so this is just a taste of the world he created. The world of Faerie enters our modern world and there is a war between factions, but this is only alluded to in memory. Told from the point of view of a soldier that fought in the war, it deals with how the world has moved on and hints about coming events that could change everything... again. I like the idea of the artist and the bard as integral players in the events and I can't wait to see how the story progresses. The balance of toughness and fae magic is a bit refreshing as is the fact that it's an urban fantasy with no vampires, werewolves, or zombies. And it's written for adults, not teenagers (though teens could certainly enjoy it.)

    NOTE: I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review. Dead Weig

    I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.

    Dead Weight: The Tombs is part one of a six part story set in the United States about a former soldier of the Faerie War who goes by the name “Boy Scout”. Not only is he a former soldier, he is a very important part of the war as was his job of being a Bard during the war. Boy Scout is being hunted and he knows who is after him and he knew that it was coming but he isn’t completely sure why. This book is not intended for children. It is graphic at time and there is some strong langue and other elements that I will expand on in the spoiler section.

    Spoiler Section: I’m not going to give too many spoilers away so you can read it for yourself but this is for people who are thinking about it but not completely interested. Hopefully this will help you make up your mind.
    When the story really starts going there are a group of faeries after Boy Scout called “Red Caps.” An elite force of powerful faeries that get their power from soaking their caps in the blood of humans. The more drenched the cap is the more powerful their magic is. At this point in time Boy Scout isn’t prepared to take them on and has to call on the help of some one he has known for a long time to help him. This person’s name is Cendrine. When he calls her she busts out of his closet and takes care of the Red Caps fairly easy. This is where they begin their journey.
    Onto the elements that make this not for children. As you read above the Red Caps. They soak their caps in the blood of humans. When they show up Boy Scout is currently getting high so he can forget all the pain that was left with him during the Faerie War. The language can be strong at times too but it is never unnecessary to the story. Characters do die in the book and some in violent ways, and some you get attached to. But then again, what good book doesn't have loving characters that die?
    End Spoiler Section

    Over all I feel that this was an Excellent read. I’m normally not fond of fantasy stories that are set in our world at all. But M Todd Gallowglas knows how to do it right. I was hooked from the start of the first page and didn’t want to put it down until I was finished. I can’t wait to see the next part of the series!

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    We won, or did we? War is hell. I have never been a huge fan of

    We won, or did we? War is hell.

    I have never been a huge fan of serialized novels. As I read the first few pages of Gallowglas’ new entry, I was not that intrigued. The deeper in I read, the more the story grabbed me. It is a gritty, noir urban fantasy with a great amount of potential.

    As the story starts in the aftermath of a war, it has so much room to grow. There is a huge potential for the back story, and of course, an interesting ride to see where the primary arc is taking the reader.

    I found the characters interesting, but with this just being the first installment, there was not enough room to really flesh the characters out to my satisfaction.

    I look forward to seeing where this story leads.

    Note: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.

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