The Axe and the Throne

The Axe and the Throne

by M. D. Ireman

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"This book will offend, frustrate, sadden, and shock you, and then it will reward you... an absolute killer that everyone needs in their collection." -Chris of

2016 Cygnus Awards Finalist

It is a fool's errand and Tallos knows it, but against his own better judgment and the pleading of his wife, Tallos has committed himself to a voyage north. His lifelong friend's eldest sons are said to have been taken by Northmen, a raiding people ill-reputed for their savagery. The boys are already dead, Tallos knows, and in that dark place of grim reasoning he wishes only to find their corpses quickly so he can fulfill his promise and return to his wife. Instead, he finds something far worse.

Bounds of Redemption Series
Book 1: The Axe and the Throne
Book 2: Tides of the Realm
Book 3: Title Pending

"I've read this book twice now, and I have to say, the second read was eye opening. It is brilliant. There is so much depth, both in the characters and in the plot, full of hidden gems and woven with mastery, that it begins to get into A Song of Ice and Fire territory. Yet whereas the later books in Martin's series took me weeks to finish, I blitzed through The Axe and the Throne so quickly on my first read that I did not fully appreciate it."
-Goodreads Reviewer, Goblindoper | See full review on Goodreads.

"The violence and brutality is vivid. The characters are skillfully developed and each one is flawed in some way that makes them more real and believable. The plot line develops slowly and unpredictability, which I appreciate. I have no idea what lays in store in future chapters. There were instances where I didn't want to continue reading for fear of what my be happening to favored characters...
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one to be published!"
-Amazon Reviewer, Craig Ramage | See full review below.

"Not only does every character have an amazing amount of depth, but there seems to be a genuine surprise around every corner. I recommend this to anybody who is into fantasy, and can't wait for the second book!"
-Amazon Reviewer, Thorn | See full review below.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151264709
Publisher: JayHenge Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Series: Bounds of Redemption , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 540
Sales rank: 86,605
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

M. D. IREMAN was diagnosed as 'left-brained' early in life due to a troublesome affliction: an affinity for math and science. The stigma of his condition followed him from primary school into college, where he earned a scholarship to the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. Against the pleas of his doctors, however, he gave up his scholarship to pursue a different calling.

Now a middle-aged recluse with more thumbs than friends, he lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife, the deer, rabbits, hawks and coyotes.

His hobbies have included everything from tabletop card games and first-gen MMOs to CNC machining.

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The Axe and the Throne 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you can hang on through the first few chapters you will find yourself hooked and turning pages. This book jumps around a lot between characters. The magic in this book is so small and underwhelming that it does not over power the characters. This is however real gritty fantasy and this book can get real dark at times but there is a solid plot and enough originality to set it apart from other fantasy books out today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From a fan of Joe Abercrombie, Steven Erikson, Ian c Esselmont and the rest of the Juggernauts...this book is beastly. SUPERB & REFRESHING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, when can we expect the next one?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pros. -Interesting characters. -Page turner. Cons. -Every chapter uses same cliff hanger gimmick. -So many great characters with not enough time spent with any of them. Bottom line. Better than average.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Interesting characters. Wishing books 2 and 3 were written. This one is special. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good piece of epic fantasy. The characters are engaging and the plot twists in unexpected ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I consider myself a discerning reader and can be somewhat snobbish with pedantic writing, shallow characters and incomplete development. This story has none of those things. Although it took me nearly two thirds of the book to really grasp the underlying trend and start to imagine and anticipate where the storyline was going, the humanness of each characters perspective and insight into human nature was evident from the start and accurately described in the forward. I appreciate most books that inspire new insights into the reasons behind the actions of humanity and this is one of those books. I'm excited to start the second in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to a series. The plot is intricate and is a complex weaving of characters from different cultures and perspectives into a tale of bravery and foolishness. It is slow to develop, but the momentum builds and leaves the reader hungry for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the sequel.
Fantasy_buff More than 1 year ago
Well written with interesting characters and a great setting. I would definitely recommend this book to any and all fantasy buffs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well written fantasy epic with deep character development. Mr. Ireman does a masterful job of interweaving seemingly unrelated stories and people. I eagerly await the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that the chapters of certain characters were much more enticing than others. I definitely had trouble putting this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to book 2!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A satisfying tale of clashing cultures which is fast moving yet elegant and magical. The author spins a web of unforgettable characters whose disparate worlds become entangled in the threads of tyranny, lust, greed, envy, revenge, love and honor. Burn through the pages if you cannot restrain yourself, but don’t miss the details which will no doubt ignite Book 2.