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Hearts of Iron: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga)

Hearts of Iron: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Scott James Magner
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Product Description

SideQuests are stand-alone stories or novellas that chronicle the heroes, villains, and adventures in The Foreworld Saga across numerous eras and ages. They can be read in any order with or without prior knowledge of The Foreworld Saga.

When The Italian Job meets the Knights of the Round Table, the ultimate medieval heist caper is born.

It is the summer of 1035 AD and three sons of Tancred de Hauteville are in ambivalent service to Guimar, Prince of Salerno. The three men, who have been trained by their father in the art of war since childhood, spend the sweltering afternoons practicing swordplay, trading barbs, and thinking of how many men they would need to take the prince’s poorly fortified castle for themselves.

But when a mysterious agent asks the prince for the brothers’ services in obtaining a gilded chest, eldest brother William recognizes an opportunity to strengthen the Hauteville legacy. When he assembles a crew of skilled mercenaries, loyalties are tested and truths revealed. Among the group, there is a traitor, a spy, and the carrier of a long-held secret. The trust William places in each of his men will decide the future for himself and his family.

A bold new SideQuest in the Foreworld Saga, Hearts of Iron shows a different side of the middle ages , but with all the deft-sword play, historical accuracy, and political intrigue you would expect from the series that brought you The Mongoliad trilogy.

About the Author

Scott James Magner is writer, editor, designer, developer, and worldbuilder. His work appears in tabletop and online roleplaying games (most notably Dungeons and Dragons, AION, and TERA), card games, miniatures games, and board games. He has a passion for movies and classic science fiction, and spends his days tweaking and twisting new worlds.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (14 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1NYL1I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it yeah 11 Oct 2013
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thanks very much i absolutley love fantasy and sience fiction, so keep up the good work,for the great read ted aylingthanks again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you are hoping to get a direct deeper insight into a specific character or aspect of the Foreworld / Mongoliad (The Mongoliad: Book One (The Foreworld Saga)) world, this Sidequest may find you either surprised or disappointed in that it does not directly relate to either.

At the same time, the writing remains accomplished, the action fast paced and one gets a bit more understanding of the period more generally (maybe a remote one but still), so judged on its own, the work does not fare badly.

The action surrounds a trio of Norman brothers in the service of Salerno, on a little expedition to Sicily. Like most of the side quests, the book is focused on one stream of action and is therefore more of a short story than a novel in its own right.

Potentially some further SideQuests may link the story more directly to the main thread of events in the Mongoliad books, as it is, I would recommend it for someone who likes the Foreworld style of writing and reading about the period in general, even if little additional understanding of the saga directly is gained from reading the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This novel left you high and dry - no finish. 13 Dec 2013
By Peter
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This started off like a good story but had no proper finish. Where is it going now and dose really care?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 30 July 2013
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I didn't like the writing style and cannot see how this links into Foreworld Quest. The time period isn't a couple of hundred years out and simply having a lead family who are Norman isn't enough to link through to Roger and the rest of the Bretheren.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising entry from a new author.... 31 May 2013
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I recently finished reading Scott James Magner's first Novella, Hearts of Iron. I had no previous exposure to the Foreworld Saga, or any SideQuest offerings, but in the end it did not matter. As a voracious reader of most things Fantasy, it was very refreshing to come upon an author who put time and effort into the finer details of their writing. Far too often Fantasy writers gloss over the technical aspects of warfare, and it was a relief to see that Scott provided quite a bit of information within each encounter.

As a reviewer, I won't bore you with a duplicate synopsis of the story, or potentially spoil things you wish to discover for yourself. Instead, let me emphasize that this Novella displays a strong grasp of unique and memorable character creation, undoubtedly honed over the years of working within the gaming industry, and an eye for descriptive detail. I am a visual reader, and while being a Novella does limit the overall descriptive length, I found a visually rich story being spun before my eyes as I cycled page after page.

Is it all songbirds and singalongs? No. As noted, this is a promising first entry by Scott James Magner. Rarely do you find someone who hits a home run on their first at bat, but the Author displays instincts and understanding that with time will be honed further. I can only hope that he continues to receive opportunities, because I feel it would be a shame to let someone with such promise escape the grasps of wanting readers. Specifically, for me, it was a single character. In hindsight, it could very well be chalked up to the length limitations dictated by the format (Novella). I wanted some conclusions to be reached at a slower pace.

I've already recommended this book to my inner circle of fellow Fantasy readers, and now I do so to the greater public. If you're a Prime member, you've got your freebie to use. Additionally, if you're on the fence about plunking down a meager amount for some quality Fantasy - try a sample, it won't kill you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and authentic! Superbly written! 27 July 2013
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Hearts of Iron drops you into the Byzantine corridors of power, providing an unflinching study of a harsh world. The three brothers, sons of a Norman knight, use their blades--and their brains--as they deal with threats, promises, allies, and enemies. Magner's writing delivers detailed authenticity that immersed me into the story. This novella should please fans of Dune or A Song of Ice and Fire, or anyone who prefers something more complex than "good king vs. bad king."

An excellent addition to The Foreworld Saga!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hearts of Iron: A Foreworld SideQuest 17 May 2013
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Crisply written tale with Machiavellian twists and turns. A great addition to the series. Look forward to more from this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story set in the Foreworld universe 4 Jun 2014
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This story is up to the standards set in this series of stories.
The characters have fairly complex back-stories and characters and the story, while simple is engaging and well written.
As usual in the Foreworld series, the action scenes are well choreographed.
A fun read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Raymond E. Feist... 12 Mar 2014
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If you like the riftwar saga by Feist or Dave Duncan's King's Blades series, you will probably like this. The characters are fully realized, and the action is taut and descriptive. The writing and pacing are tight, but maybe a bit fast for some readers. I could definitely read more in this series, by this author.
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