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Age of Iron [Format Kindle]

Angus Watson

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"Watson's tale is gore soaked and profanity laden -- full of visceral combat and earthy humor, and laced with subtle magic. The blend of historical accuracy and authorial liberties suggests an old-school sword-and-sorcery epic, though with some clearly modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure."―Publishers Weekly

Présentation de l'éditeur


Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people.

First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who's vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution.

Now Dug's on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join ­- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one rescued child and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that's going to get them all killed . . .

It's a glorious day to die.

'Watson's tale is gore soaked and profanity laden - full of visceral combat and earthy humor, and laced with subtle magic. The blend of historical accuracy and authorial liberties suggests an old-school sword-and-sorcery epic, though with some modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure!'

'Would I read the next one? Yes, absolutely. Bring me my hammer, bring my beer, bring it on.'

'Watson has created a brilliant and confident debut . . . If you like your fantasy packed with hammer-wielding heroes, bloodthirsty druids, strong female leads, action, intrigue, betrayal, and a brilliantly conceived world then AGE OF IRON is for you.'

'Thoroughly entertaining from the get go . . . I really got a kick out of the AGE OF IRON'

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3005 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 561 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit (2 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IA2E6DM
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  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°104.095 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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Amazon.com: 3.6 étoiles sur 5  28 commentaires
20 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 It is dark, twisted, funny and exciting. 5 septembre 2014
Par TenaciousReader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This was a very down and dirty, gripping, enjoyable read. It is dark, twisted, funny and exciting. Despite that, this is going to be a really hard review to write. I enjoyed it. Actually, I really enjoyed it. But the interesting thing is, while reading I could pick out things that I think other people may complain about. So, do I ignore them, since I don’t really care? Or do I let people know, since am sure some readers will. I decided to go with a list of who I think should read this book at their own risk. I’m certainly not going to tell them to not read it, because, like I said, I found it to be a really good story.

Who should read this book with caution?

* People who are easily offended by descriptions of women’s bodies. Personally, I never felt it was out of line in this book, I didn’t feel the women were objectified. But were there descriptions of the female form? Yes. If that bugs you, well prepare yourself. Now you know and can choose to read at your own risk of being outraged.
* People who don’t like to laugh at dark humor. I don’t know who these people might be, but if humor that comes from a dark place or sarcasm, or self-deprecation bothers you, well, I have to wonder why you are reading my blog. I love this stuff. And you probably won’t get this book.
* People who are easily disturbed by deranged characters. If you lose sleep at night easily when reading about twisted individuals who get their jollies in depraved ways, well, you might not want to read this book.
* People who don’t enjoy seeing women excel in battle. What? You think only men can be useful in battle? Well, then, you are not my friend. And you might not enjoy this book.
* People who are unsettled by violence. Don’t want to hear about a skull getting crushed under the weight of a war hammer? This may not be the book for you.
* People who hate bright and mysterious little girls. If you are the type to dislike orphans (and probably kick puppies in your free time), then this book might irk you.
* People who would rather read ancient British Celtic than a modern translation/style of speech The speech in this book has a more modern feel, with some modern words like OK. I found its easy and fun to read, but I know some people complain about this. If it’s something you tend to bellyache about, and you'd rather read the more authentic ancient British Celtic, prepare yourself.

There, that’s out of the way. Now I can move away from my anticipated reaction of some others to what I care about with my review, this is about my reaction.

There are several things really going for this book. First. I love the characters. Dug, Lowa and Spring are all fascinating, strong characters. You could flip between any of them, and I’d be happy because at the end of this book, I want more of all of them. I love when a story features multiple characters and I can’t pick a favorite because I just love them all. That was definitely the case here.

The humor is another strong aspect of this. Like many of the successful grimdark authors, Watson is able to balance the horrific aspects of his story and world with some dark edged humor that lightens things up and makes everything more palatable.

I do want to mention, this is a fantastical story, and as such sometimes has moments that require a little bit stronger suspension of disbelief. But that’s fine since the story is so fun. Some of the characters, especially antagonists, almost seem like caricatures, but they are fun to read, and in my opinion do not take it too far. And the main characters are all so enjoyable.

As for magic, it is still lighter on fantasy than a Sanderson book, but I don’t think it is as low magic as many of the popular grimdark books. That’s not a bad thing, just an observation.

My only complaint, and it is minor, is that at times I felt the “Slavery and oppression are bad …. mmm’Kay?” message was a bit heavy handed. Often less is more, and for me personally, I felt it would have been a stronger book if parts of it were trimmed to sound a bit less …. preachy for lack of a better word. And this is MINOR! It was by no means a preachy book, it just maybe dwelled on this particular message a tiny bit more than I would have liked.

Overall, I have to say this is a great debut, the next one is firmly on my TBR list as I look forward to continuing the adventure with Dug, Lowa and Spring.

Review posted at TenaciousReader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2014/09/02/age-of-iron-by-angus-watson/
10 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 The good parts outweigh the mediocre. 28 septembre 2014
Par Greg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Age of Iron wasn't really what I'd expected. Judging by the cover illustration and time the story is set in, I guess I was hoping for more of a noble savage Celts facing off against the unstoppable Roman legions story, like something Robert E. Howard or maybe even Joe Abercrombie would have written. But understandably, that isn't every reader's, or writer's, bag.
That said, Age of Iron is still worth the read. The characters are interesting enough, although maybe not all that original, which isn't necessarily a show-stopper. I finished the book, which says a lot because usually whenever I'm on the fence with a book, I'll drop it for something else on my list -which is also why my star ratings are 4 and above or 2 and lower, loved it or hated it.
Mr. Watson had a great idea. There is most definitely is a lot of uncharted territory in the Iron Age that makes fertile ground for storytelling. However, he fell short by not making Age of Iron really feel like it was a tale unique to that period in history. So it ended-up being, more or less, a standard revenge against the evil ruler tale.
I think Watson’s reasoning for using modern language for the dialog was to make the characters more relatable and point out that people from this, all but forgotten, time were not much different from us today. But when I read words like “gung ho” or “schlong” it made the story too satirical and deterred from the intensity of the action.
Also the flow is a little uneven. Some of the characters were too flat for me to care about, but others held up the story nicely. The book has a fairly large page count and would've held my interest better if it was a couple hundred pages shorter. I definitely enjoyed the beginning and ending better than the middle. Overall, the good about the story outweighs the mediocre, making for a fun read.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Too many warts ... 17 avril 2015
Par Jeryn Coldfire - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Dug Sealskinner, is old and, truth be told, a bit down on his luck. His best days are probably behind him, his wife and daughters dead and buried years ago. He's not much to look at, and while he carries himself like a man who's fought in -- and survived -- his share of battles, he doesn't strike instant fear in the hearts of his enemies or send ladies swooning weak-kneed to the floor. But the truth is, underneath the dirt and grime, Dug is a solid fellow who keeps making big-hearted decisions that draw him further into conflict with some very bad people.

In many ways, Dug is very similar to very book in which he serves as protagonist. AGE OF IRON by Angus Watson definitely has some warts, and while Dug's comrades are willing to look past his flaws, I struggled to get past some of my issues with AGE OF IRON, even as I recognized that many of the pieces were there for a successful trilogy.
To be honest, as I read the book, I imagined Watson was like many authors who self-published their work, found success and were picked up by a traditional publisher who then distributed the work without going back through and giving the book a thorough scrubbing. The Kindle edition I read the book had several spots where punctuation was misplaced, extraneous words were inserted or sentences didn't flow especially well.

Early in the book, we're introduced to a bad guy named Ulpius who seems like he will be integral to the story -- we get 4-5 pages of back story detailing Ulpius's childhood, describing his vanity, how he committed his first murder and where he got the mirror he carries around with him. Then, in the present day, Ulpius walks up to a seemingly unconscious Dug and Dug wakes up and hits him in the head with his warhammer, crushing his skull and instantly killing him. It turns out Ulpius wasn't important to the story at all and the pages we spent learning about his past were a total waste -- something an editor should have fixed.

Some of the language used is very modern, which seems odd for a book that is marketed for being about the little-known Iron Age during the time that Julius Caesar and the Romans invaded Britain before pulling back and returning to Rome. For the most part, I don't have any issue going with the flow and accepting it as a stylistic choice, but we also get weird bits of dialogue like this, when fighters under the evil king's command finally find the fugitive Lowa in a tavern:

"What's up, boss?" said one. "Oh Mother! It's Lowa Flynn! Results! What's the reward again?"

In another scene, one of the bad guys returns to the castle where his king and his court reside:

He'd pictured it so often, he'd dreamed about it every night, but every time he came back, the first sight of Maidun always struck him like a bucket of cold water to the face.

It was so awesome.

Watson has created interesting, human characters in Dug, Lowa and Spring, and they drive much of the story in interesting ways, especially as they make mistakes. Fans of grimdark may enjoy the book, but too often I found myself thinking, "This is what reading Joe Abercrombie would be like if Abercrombie wasn't a good writer." Dug reminds me in a lot of ways of Abercrombie's Dogman -- world-weary and tired of fighting, but not as insightful or quite as humorous. Whereas Abercrombie's plots almost always defy and subvert the conventional tropes, Watson's characters fit neatly into their well-trodden roles, and while the heroes are engaging, the bad guys often seem like pins placed in the lane for the purpose of being knocked down.

AGE OF IRON has been marketed as a book that's unique due to its setting in Britain's Iron Age, and there are some interesting things there, as the Roman way of life begins to intrude into British culture, even before Caesar leads his soldiers onto British soil. But outside of the talk and threat of Roman invasion, this is a standard medieval fantasy setting.

I'd had high hopes for the book after seeing it ranked 14th on Fantasy-Faction.com's best books of 2014, so obviously others enjoyed the book far more, but I just can't see past the warts to finish this trilogy. I enjoy a good character-driven, violent action story as much as the next reader, but I need a better effort than AGE OF IRON proved to be.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good start for the trilogy 17 septembre 2014
Par Alba in Bookland - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
In the last year, I have been reading mainly women's fiction, so recently I decided to start reading more genres again. After enjoying a couple of crime books, I was offered this book to review and I was told if I had enjoyed Game of Thrones, I would like it. I had read the three first books of Game of Thrones in a row a couple of years ago and I am planning to go back to the series soon. Anyway, I went for it and I am glad I did. I took me a while to get into the story, basicly because I am not very good with names and I was a bit lost with the characters at the beginning, but after that I was hooked.

The main characters of this epic story are Dug, an old mercenary with exceptional skills with his hammer, Lowa, who used to be King Zadar's favourite, and now has become his worst enemy, and Spring, a little girl that is too smart and knows too many things for her age. We follow their story, first separetely and then together, around the south of England. The story flowed well, the chapters focused in different characters, not only the main ones, so you got a wide view of the story with insights to different towns, sides of the battle and costums and traditions.

It was really interesting to read about how the Iron Age in England might have been, as it is a not well known era. We know a lot about the Romans but not about their opponents. I am very intrigued to find out how the story is going to continue in the second book of this trilogy as I expect that the Romans are going to finally arrive at England.

Also I would say the book is equally funny as horrifying so if you offend easily or just don't like gore descriptions of decapitations, cannibalism or arena fighting, just don't go for it. In my opinion, all this fits in the story perfectly. As do the blood-thirsty druids and their dark magic. So for an epic fantasy packed story with a strong female lead, go to this book.

Well written and enthralling, Age of Iron is an excellent debut for Angus Watson, one you don't want to miss. I'll keep my eyes open for his future work.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent! Masterful! Totally engaging storytelling! 11 août 2015
Par LJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Completely exceeded and shattered my expectations! I am totally immersed in this series, thank you for renewing my faith in story telling, writing in general. Thank you for the witty exchanges. Superb, intense character building. I have been physically taken back in shock, then I begin laughing out loud, seconds later I find myself physically sweating during a fight, battle or scene so vividly described by the author. Well written, well done, well done! Thank you.
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