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The Falcon Throne: Book One of the Tarnished Crown [Format Kindle]

Karen Miller

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"A truly epic read full of intrigue and betrayal anchored in wonderful characters - some I loved and some I loathed, but all I wanted to know more about. Whether it's combat, politics or human interaction Karen Miller is on the money. Loved it."—John Gwynne on The Falcon Throne

"Well-constructed fantasy.... This is a dark fantasy that should appeal to fans of Game of Thrones."—RT Book Reviews on The Falcon Throne

"The story is complex and engrossing; fans of George R. R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie should particularly take note."—Publishers Weekly on The Falcon Throne

"Mammoth first installment packed with political intrigue and widescreen action."—Barnes & Noble Book Blog on The Falcon Throne

"Ms. Miller is wonderfully talented in building her worlds and in filling them with well-developed characters that are believable in their thoughts and actions."—Darquereviews.com on The Prodigal Mage

"Adventure, magic, friendship, love, and a battle of good versus evil -- I can see this tale becoming a classic."—Scifichick.com on The Awakened Mage

"A skillfully created world of ritual and tradition provides a stunning backdrop for her exciting adventures."—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) on Empress

Présentation de l'éditeur


In a divided kingdom, some will do anything to seize the crown.

A BASTARD LORD, rising up against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for.

A ROYAL CHILD, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father's stolen throne.

A DUKE'S WIDOW, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who'd control them both.

And TWO BROTHERS, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery.

All of this will come to pass, and nothing will remain as it once was. Royal houses will fall, empires will be reborn, and those who seek the Falcon Throne will pay for it in blood.


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  • Editeur : Orbit (9 septembre 2014)
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Amazon.com: 3.4 étoiles sur 5  24 commentaires
13 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 "Those who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like." 31 octobre 2014
Par Stephen J. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Karen Miller knows how to pull readers into a story, she knows how to make you empathize with (if not necessarily like) her characters, and she knows how to make you understand why even the worst of them do what they do. Unfortunately, over the course of THE FALCON THRONE, she turns this skill to torturing her characters so mercilessly that in the end she winds up torturing her readers (or at least this one). A perfectly accurate Victorian Gothic version of the title might be, "THE FALCON THRONE, Or, A History Of Suffering from Bad to Worse, Wherein Nothing Goes Right for Anybody However Noble or Selfish Their Decisions Except for the Most Dislikeable A--hole in the Plot (and the Offstage Villain Who Barely Appears)."

(An old-style theatrical playbill might add the tagline, "Featuring the Weirdest-Sounding Fictional Rural Argot Ever!", but that reaction is more subjective; for all I know the dialect Miller uses for her border folk is real -- it is simply strange enough that it is disorienting rather than engaging.)

This is not to say the story is poorly told, or slow-moving; for skill of execution and characterization the book probably merits three to three and a half stars rather than two -- I did, after all, finish it. Nonetheless, the last third of it was an ever grimmer slog for me, primarily to find out if *anything* better than mere survival would happen for *any* vaguely decent, likeable or sympathetic character in the huge cast. (Spoiler: It doesn't.) Also missing was pretty much any example of the kinds of things for which people used to read fantasy: A feeling of wonder, of the strangeness and vastness of the world and its "time-abysses", to use John Clute's term; a sense that the world and the lives of the people in it are worth fighting for (a point on which most of China Mieville's fiction also falls down); a feeling of mythic resonance as well as grotty dirt-snuffling reality. Even George R.R. Martin has his dragons, and his Others, and his greenseers, wargs, and children of the forest, and even Sharon Kay Penman's THE SUNNE IN SPLENDOUR, a biographical novel of Richard III which has all the politics and backstabbing of Miller's novel and ends in a similarly tragic fall for its heroes, has its triumphs and its joys in much of the tale. THE FALCON THRONE reads like Miller, to riff on the old joke about Puritans, was terrified that somewhere, somehow, some reader might momentarily feel delight or joy or hope.

Readers who do not miss seeing the bright as well as the dark aspects of life in their fiction, and who enjoy the soap-opera intrigue, angst and reversals for their own sake, will probably like this novel; but for me, the deliberate ruthlessness with which *nothing* good was allowed to work out for our heroes quite frankly destroyed both my suspension of disbelief and my interest in finishing the story. Life's too short.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Game of Throne-esqu 16 septembre 2014
Par Yoyogod - Publié sur Amazon.com
It's rare that I read a book and don't really know what to think about it, but that's the case with The Falcon Throne. I've enjoyed other books by Karen Miller, and I certainly didn't dislike this book. It just seems like this book was written to cash in on the popularity of Game of Thrones.

Both works have Throne in the title. Both books are fantasies set in pseudo-medieval kingdoms. Both works are about politics with lots of treachery and backstabbing and power-hungry lunatics who want to seize a throne at all costs. Both works have large numbers of major characters. Both works keep magic more or less in the background. Both works tell fairly dark stories.

I'm not saying that Falcon is a copy of Game, because it clearly isn't. It is, however, very much the same sort of story. If you enjoy Game of Thrones, the books or the TV show, you'll probably enjoy this. Unfortunately, its also long, fairly depressing, and you will see bad things happen to characters you like.

Personally, I will probably pick up the rest of the series when it's written.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fab start to The Tarnished Crown! 12 décembre 2014
Par Gizzimomo Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Wow...... I mean..... WOW!

I know some people have had problems with Karen Miller's books in the past and I'm sure there will be people who won't like The Falcon Throne either but fortunately I don't fall into either of those camps as I love Karen's books and this one is no exception to the rule. It has a much darker feel than her books have had for me before and I must say like I REALLY like it!

Here we have a book with multiple threads running simultaneously and they are all linked together in one way or another and make for a wonderfully rich and intense book from the Prologue through to the end and with plenty left for future books too, it's that great. Here are some of the characters we get to meet in this book:

Balfre - Son of the Duke of Harcia and heir to the dukedom, unfortunately just being heir isn't enough for Balfre, he wants more and is highly ambitious without a thought for those who he treads upon on the way to his ultimate goal. He feels entitled.... to everything, and is extremely jealous of his younger brother Grefin and his relationship with their father. Balfre often acts like a petulant, jealous little boy but instead of this being a grating attribute on a reader is actually an important factor in his twisted character.

Grefin - Balfre's brother and the son their father Aimery trusts the most, the son his father wishes were his heir. Grefin doesn't want to be heir, he truly believes it's Balfre right and desting to inherit heHarcia and can't understand why his father is so against Balfre, of course we know why though. Grefin is more reserved a character than his brother, more steadfast and sensible. He has a wife and children meaning he is more centred and down to earth than Balfre and despite being the younger brother and heir to nothing he holds no ill feeling towards his brother, no speck of jealously.

Liam - Liam's first appearance is as a baby, son of the Duke of Clemen, Harald. Heir to the dukedom until his father is deposed, baby Liam is believed to have been killed.... but has he? Rescued from the massacre that slaughtered his family by his nursemaid, Liam grows into a young man under the guise of Willem in the depth of the Marches, his true name only known by a select few but will he survive long enough to regain his father's stolen duchy?

Roric - The bastard cousin of Duke Harald of Clemen takes it unto himself to remove Harald as Duke of Clemen before the Duke completely destroys the duchy, and to take over rule of Clemen. He believes he is the right man for the job but only time will tell if that's true as he is haunted by the events leading to his taking over control of Clemen, the death of the former duke and his family, especially over the death of baby Liam. Little does he know that Liam not only survived the massacre but is growing rapidly into a young man who knows exactly who he really is and what has been stolen from him.

Izusa - A witch woman with much more to her than meets the eye, who's side is she really on and what does her master really want from her?

Molly - Innkeeper at The Pig Whistle in the Clemen/Harcia Marshes, the hub of gossip and stop-over for travellers from both countries. How are the Marshes going to be affected by the political unrest in both Harcia and Clemen and how does Molly fit into the story?

And these are just a few of the many and fascinating people you will meet during the course of this book, watching their individual story unfold and examining how these story all fit together into a much larger and complicated scene is a real pleasure! It a tale of family conflict, political intrigue, in-fighting and underhand moves all set off with a pinch of magic to give it additional shine!

What is there to love about this book?

In this case it would be easier to ask what's not to like as the book is really well done in my humble opinion and I can honestly say that I seriously enjoyed every single moment I spent in this world that Karen Miller has created. It's such an interesting and exciting book to read that it was tremendously hard to put it down every night to the point where I was actually falling asleep reading it as I just couldn't put it down of my own accord. It's gripping, really gripping and heart-felt honest stuff.

Was there anything not so good?

There wasn't really anything worth mentioning that was really terrible about it. I want to say that from maybe there were times where it felt like maybe there was too much information to take in all at once, too many character to get a real feel for them as individual characters, too much going on at once but to tell you the truth I quite like books that that so for me it wasn't a negative but I have the feeling that for others it may be too much being thrown at the reader.

I did have a little niggle and that was where the author is trying to make this feel a bit more other-worldly by giving the people in this world there own language base, taking everyday phrases we use and changing them into something else.... you get a lot of 'rumtiony shig-shag' and strange phrases like that which was a little distracting to begin with as was the way the common folk speaking the book, like they say 'Iss' instead of 'Yes' and the way their speech is portrayed in this book takes a little getting used to, by the end of the book you have kind of forgotten how annoying it was at the beginning.

Was it an interesting read?

It's a very intriguing book, full of action throughout that never really slows down at all. There is a lot going on throughout and it's a lot of information to sort through and keep straight while you read, as I said before I like it that way but I know other won't and may get a bit confused by the multiple threads of story as there are 6 or 7 running simultaneously during the whole book. Each thread carries one, maybe two, character's story and they all run side by side during the space of the years covered in this first book, nearly two decades worth up until the books rather climatic and completely heart-wrenching conclusion which made me both incredibly wrought with sadness but also shaking with complete anger too, for me it those evocative emotions brought on by the written word that make a book special and memorable for me.

Was it enjoyable to read?

I found it to be totally enjoyable, very intricate and often complicated but well balanced. It's a ballsy book, quite graphic in places and be very prepared for the death main of characters as Miller isn't afraid to kill off main characters, my favourite character in the book sadly didn't make it until the end of the book, almost but not quite and it was a shame to see them fall. It's the characters that make this book for me, they are the backbone of the story and each character is as different from the next as can be. You have quieter, more reserved characters and you also have in your face, devil-may-care characters too, the balance between each of them is brilliant and each of them are fascinating in their own way, making the book very special. I didn't find myself let down by any of them in the slightest, each had their place in the storyline and each were important to said story in one way or another they are easy characters to either root for or totally despise and I must say that even the despicable characters (yes Balfre I do mean you!) have times where you can empathise with them.

Was it a well written book?

I believe so although there is a lot of swearing throughout as this book has a darker undertone than I'm used to with this author, but it's all good with me. It has a very rough-house feel to it and has none of the flounce that people often attribute to female written fantasy (so not true these days!). The character work, as I said in the previous paragraph, makes the story fly but you also get a good feel for the world and the characters surrounding too, it's not in your face though and the descriptive work on the surroundings is more reserved but still leaving you feeling like you know where you are in the world.

The balance of the book is impeccable and the pacing is just perfect for a book of this kind. The story grabs you by the throat and keeps a firm hold until the last page of the book. I finished the book with the feeling that things literally are only just beginning as the book ends and I am so excited to see what is going to occur in the next book in the series. Despite being a fantasy book the plotline is completely believable and apart from the magical elements it's the kind of storyline you'd expect to find in a historical English novel, it feels very 'War of the Roses' with the two duchys (Clemen and Harcia) filling the roles of the two Houses in the War of the Rose (York and Lancaster), maybe it was that that made this book so good for me as it felt very familiar in many ways.

From the writing point of view I think that Miller has done a spot on job. Yes, maybe it's a little over-complicated at times but I found it easy enough to follow, the language used was generally good (apart from what I've already mentioned above). I said the storyline felt a bit familiar but it was by no means predictable in any way, things happen that I found completely unexpected and often a bit random. I found that the book also ramped up the emotional impact throughout too, I experienced almost every emotion imaginable while reading The Falcon Throne from anger to grief, sheer hatred and loathing to pure joy.

Would you recommend it to others?

If you are a die-hard fantasy fan like me then it's a must read, Miller really grabbed me with this book, it's engrossing and captivating full of every feel imaginable. Written to keep readers on their toes it's well handled and quite eye-opening. It's epic, es it's a big book but it needs to be to fit in all the action-packed, emotionally charged plot-lines. In my opinion it's a must read and a must continue reading too, I will be buying a physical copy for my collection and I will most definitely be reading the other books in The Tarnished Crown series.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Tried way too hard. Concept was great but the overall work felt incredibly forced and trite. 14 novembre 2014
Par R. Z. Caine - Publié sur Amazon.com
I hate to say it, but I had to force myself through it. The concept was good but otherwise, I just couldn't connect with the characters. They were horribly one dimensional and lackluster. The prose is overwrought and stilted. Just felt like the entire book was forced. I'm all for an author writing outside of their comfort zone and find that some of the best books are ones that authors have taken a chance on and broken away from the tried and true, but this one tried and failed.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A pig in slop 2 décembre 2014
Par Lightsyde - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
That the writer possesses a great deal of storytelling skill there's absolutely no doubt. Karen Miller knows enough about writing characters, suspense and plot. But whenever I finish books like these I strongly feel I've been the target of a great deal of psychological manipulation. All characters being regularly smeared with a great deal of mud, tortured in one form or another throughout the series, loosing or gaining like-ability depending on the mood swings of the Author. Ultimately a journey that lacks a destination in any sense of the word.

The story is good enough and without going into it too much, I'd say another version of game of thrones, with even less fantasy. The characters are written well enough (though they could be improved). The plot itself is full of pointless drama and unenjoyable twist and turns that while interesting and occasionally humorous, are ultimately more depressing than enjoyable. And I don't say this lightly - too many good authors forget that a story is meant to entertain, not dangle a carrot in front of their readers as though they (the readers) were donkeys. I've never read from Karen Miller before, and after this I'd greatly hesitate to buy another one of her works. Because in the end, the book as a whole is an interesting chore to read, but nothing more.

Whenever I finish books like this I want to scream at the author - "What was your point?" I don't appreciate soap-opera styled books that meander aimlessly through themselves like a pig in slop. I sorely wish kindle had a categorization for them so I'd know how to avoid it.
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