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Age of Iron (Iron Age) (English Edition)
 
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Age of Iron (Iron Age) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Angus Watson

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Revue de presse

"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

LEGENDS AREN'T BORN. THEY'RE FORGED.

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!'
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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

'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.'
THE BOOK BEARD

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

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2379 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 560 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit (2 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IA2E6DM
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Amazon.com: 4.3 étoiles sur 5  6 commentaires
6 internautes sur 7 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/
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Warriors, Druids and the Iron Age 12 septembre 2014
Par Nuzaifa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Shockingly, I've come across very few books that are set in Britain during the Iron Age. Watson's Age of Iron paved the way for my debut into this sub-genre and I can safely say that it was a delightful experience.

What little is known about this time period is mostly learnt from the POV of Julius Casear. Watson makes a bold move by creating an epic story that is based on the could-have-beens of this era. And the touch of fantasy? Brilliant.

One of the novel's strongest points is the characters. The story begins with Dug, part seasoned warrior and part world weary mercenary who is hoping for a comfortable life in Zadar's army. Lowa, a female archer in Zadar's army is a force to be reckoned with. And then we have Spring, a mysterious, young girl who is on the run-she was an intriguing characters who was wise beyond her years.

What I loved about the characters is that they were not typical heroes/heroines, they were painted in shades of grey and well developed. It was the undeniable realness of these characters that had me hooked from page one. There is no doubt that Dug, Lowa and Spring are an unlikely trio with distinctly different personalities. It was an absolute pleasure to read about each of their internal struggles and interactions with each other especially, the platonic relationship between Dug and Spring.

I was a bit wary because fantasy novels sometimes, tend to go overboard with information dumping. Thankfully, this was not the case in Age of Iron! Age of Iron falls on the lighter side of the historical fantasy genre so it was very easy to get into the novel. Even though Watson introduces a multiple characters with switches in POVs, there was no jarring effect so it was relatively easy to keep up with.

Although I stated that Age of Iron was on the lighter side of historical fantasy, please note that this is not for someone who shies away from violence and gore. There is a lot of dark humor and considering the time period, it's expected. I didn't mind the dark side because I felt that it made the story more authentic.

Where most fantasy novel in this time period tend to be male focused, Age of Iron portrays women as equals and this I LOVED.

Watson's writing style is not poetic however, his blunt style suits this novel. The action scenes were well paced and the dialogues were entertaining.

Age of Iron brilliantly weaves the elements of history, fantasy, action and humor in this gripping novel. This is a solid must read for epic fantasy fans. I simply cannot wait to meet Dug, Lowa and Spring in the next installment.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 My wife picked it up for me as a holiday read and I'm glad she did 16 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This isn't what I'd describe as my usual read and so I approached it with some trepidation. My wife picked it up for me as a holiday read and I'm glad she did.

I'll admit some of the very modern slang and style of language took a while to adapt to, but once I settled with it I thought this was a cracking read.

Aside from repeating what is already written in these reviews, I loved the fact that Dug is a very flawed hero - and many of his flaws (as a forty year old man) were easy to relate to. It helped me build a strong level of empathy with the character quickly and I found myself laughing out loud a few times.

Well worth the read and I'm looking forward to the follow-ups. Highly recommended
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good start for the trilogy 17 septembre 2014
Par Alba Forbe - Lost in Chick Lit - 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 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Read! 4 septembre 2014
Par Kim McLoughlin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The lovely Clara at Little, Brown Book Group sent me an email one day asking me if I was a fan of Game of Thrones. I'm a huge fan so seeing this email from Clara meant that there was an awesome opportunity coming up. After letting Clara know how much I loved Game of Thrones, she introduced me to this book and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing it.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is going to be a great series. I do see the similarities to Game of Thrones, but I wouldn't say that it is exactly the same. I loved how throughout the chapters each characters story developed, getting to see their side of things and how they experienced everything and their journeys progression throughout the story. Everything flowed well. No focus was lost on the 3 main characters, each with their own motives, but coming together as a group.

Covers are normally what draws me to a book first if its new to me. The cover for this book gives the impression on a male focus. Don't let this fool you. Lowa, loved her (and Spring), lets just say you wouldn't want to be on the wrong side Lowa that's for sure!

The book is a great insight into the history of the Iron Age and the changes brought about by the Romans. Lots of action and adventure with some dark humour thrown in. I found myself throughout the story often sitting with a grin on my face, or even chuckling to myself.

Congratulations to Angus Watson (Orbit), may you have many future successes!

Kimmy
Opinionated Cupcakes
http://opinionatedcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/age-of-iron-by-angus-watson-review-by.html
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