The Sable City [NOOK Book]

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"Matilda Lanai, she of the sickening fall and the miraculous, silt-spitting, quaking resurrection. It might be a sign at that. The Island girl wasn’t stupid. She knew how to work. And she had it inside her to be ruthless. Block had seen it plain as day."

Epic Fantasy, Muskets & Magic. Historical fiction in a fictional world.

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The Sable City

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Overview

"Matilda Lanai, she of the sickening fall and the miraculous, silt-spitting, quaking resurrection. It might be a sign at that. The Island girl wasn’t stupid. She knew how to work. And she had it inside her to be ruthless. Block had seen it plain as day."

Epic Fantasy, Muskets & Magic. Historical fiction in a fictional world.

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Editorial Reviews

Adarna SF review blog - Frida Fantastic
The book grabbed my attention from the first page and I found it hard to put down, which is a bit of a problem considering its epic word count of 183,000. Hence, be warned.
Big Al's Books and Pals - Staff Reviewer
In my younger days, I was a big fan of fantasy, but I feel I've moved on and no longer enjoy the genre, or maybe the genre has changed, and left me behind? I was asked to review this particular book, and although I was a bit leery at first, I'm glad I did. This is the kind of fantasy that makes me remember why I enjoyed it growing up. There's plenty of action and adventure; swords and sorcery; politics and intrigue, but it's ultimately a character-driven story.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011240867
  • Publisher: M. Edward McNally
  • Publication date: 3/11/2011
  • Series: Norothian Cycle , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 30,499
  • File size: 719 KB

Meet the Author

M. Edward McNally is a North Carolinian of Irish/Mexican extraction. Grew up mostly along I35 northbound (KS, IA, MN) and now resides in the scrub brush surrounding Phoenix, AZ, where the scorpions and the javelinas play. MA in English Lit from ISU and Russian/East European History from ASU, though both date from an earlier era when there was a lot of Grunge on the radio and Eddie wore entirely too much flannel, even in the summer.Deus impeditio esuritori nullus.
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  • Posted January 15, 2012

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    A must buy

    Although I normally make small individual reviews, this series has me doing the rare combined review. I LOVED this series. I do mean L.O.V.E. This series NEEDS to skip everyone's to be read lists and go straight to BUY. This series, entirely, had me entranced. I did not stop, not even for air. This series is great for men and women alike. There is no doubt in my mind that this series can easily make for an amazing muti-million (Hundreds) dollar movie series.

    With all that being said, on with the review. The writing style was masterfully done. Everything was perfectly balanced. The characters were done flawlessly. Their realistic personalities, combined with the richness in the detailed world, blurred the lines between real and fantasy. The author has an uncanny way of drawing you so far into the story-line that you can easily lose yourself. The pace was unrelenting. It never let me peel my eyes away from the pages of the story. It kept my eyes at bay with the twist and turns, edge of your seat, burst of humor, and the lively playfulness. The plot's climax could bring you to your knees. The only disappointment I had, was like all things, the book came to an end.

    All three of these books easily made a 5 star rating, with mind blowing grace.

    ~~ WereVampsRomance

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

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    Great Epic Fantasy Read!

    ohn Deskata, the heir to House Deskata, has been exiled. Matilda Lanai (Tilda to her friends) and her captain go on a mission: to bring back the heir and save the House they serve.

    I loved Tilda from the very first moment McNally introduced her. She¿s a tough little thing and you learn very quickly that this young girl can take care of herself. Which is a good thing if you¿re going on a mission to find a missing man. Unbeknownst to her at the time, the search for John Deskata would lead to the fabled city, the dark city, the city called Vod¿ Adia. Only visible for about a month every 100 years, it lures adventurers in with the promise of riches beyond their wildest dreams. Along the way, Tilda will find herself allied with a strange motley of characters: a wizard, a soldier, a Duchess, a healer, a samuri warrior, an enigmatic woman, and a priest. Together, they will have to brave the Sable City and the evil that lurks there in order to help John Deskata to get back in time to save his House.

    If you like epic fantasy, you¿ll enjoy this first of the Norothian Cycle. Sometimes the book seemed to slow a little with all the back story but the importance becomes obvious later on as the reader gets further into the book. And as the first book of the series, there¿s a lot of ground-work to lay down. The world-building and characters are amazing. You find yourself cheering them on as they fight for their live and biting your nails hoping they all make it through. I have to say my favorite character is a toss-up between Tilda and the beautiful, yet mysterious Nesha-tari.

    I look forward to reading the others in this epic fantasy series. Keep your eyes peeled for reviews of those in the future

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    great fantasy

    Sable City falls into the fantasy category. I'll admit right from the start that I'm not a fantasy fan. There are a few that I enjoy, but most are not my style. This book was actually interesting, so that's saying a lot from me. The book wasn't riddles with errors or confusing parts and considering my dislike of the fantasy genre was well written. I did get bogged down in the descriptions and battles, but from what I can gather this is a normal part of fantasy. When writing fantasy the author has no choice; they must give descriptions since we've never met these creatures or countries in our other reading.

    Not sure if I'll be reading any more fantasy books, but if you are a fan of the genre then I highly recommend this book. The author has a great writing style and will keep you entertained the entire book.

    I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    Fantasy and Adventure for anyone!

    Eddie has created a wonderful world of action and adventure, wizards and warriors, and even a few dungeons and dragons in "The Sable City." A little bit Lord of the Rings (with the lighter-hearted feel of "The Hobbit"), a little bit Belgariad, a little bit Chronicles of Prydain, and wholly entertaining, even those who find themselves less than excited by a sword and sorcery story should find this one worthwhile.

    It all starts when Captain Block - a dwarf of over 400 years of age who has lived in the Miilarkian Islands since before the savage tribes civilized themselves - is sent out to find the scion of House Deskata and bring him back from exile. Then we are slowly introduced to other small groups of adventurers, all with their own goals and plans, and all of which, eventually, end up in the fabled Sable City.

    It is nearly impossible to try to outline any of the plot without providing spoilers, so let me give you a bit of a snippet of what Eddie says when he describes it: muskets, magic and Matilda. OK, so there aren't a lot of muskets, and magic doesn't wander around as much as in many stories, but it is there. A half-Lamia character is quite interesting, although my favorite characters were the succubus Uella and the devil lord Balan - as is my wont, I enjoy evil characters that have glee and joie de vivre in their evilness.

    There is plenty of action and adventure, but also great world building and character development - this book has it all! I spent a good bit of time in the edge of my seat in anticipation and laughed out loud many times. I highly recommend this engaging adventure fantasy for anyone! Look for the sequel: "Death of a Kingdom," which is available wherever find e-books are sold!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Recommended - good read!

    The Sable City is a well-written sci-fi thriller with some unusual and imaginative fantasy characters. It makes you want to read the next book in the series to see what happens next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great book

    Long book, but the pace is great. An enjoyable epic fantasy. The bit just before the party all came together slowed a bit, but then we were flung right back into the action. Great world building and authentic relationship dynamics between the characters. No nice neat bows with contrived endings, here. Planning a re-read for sure. Not giving it four stars because I think the book could stand some content editing to slim it down, but certainly worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Really enjoyed!

    Loved the book and all the different characters. Had a little trouble remembering who was who at first but half way through got the hang of it. Loved the way it ended and looking forward to reading the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Good book

    Entertaining & hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Fantasy

    Some parts drawn out.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Recommended.

    Clean fun western!! It was suspenseful and fun book to read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    A can't put it down read!

    Grabs you from the first chapter and holds your interest all through this exciting and unpredictable adventure. Excellent development of characters.

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