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The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (The Erebus Sequence Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Den Patrick
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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- The Boy with the Porcelain Blade displays an impressive talent for character and story (We Love This Book)

If you enjoy your buckle being swashed with a healthy side order of conspiratorial plotting this could well be the book for you (The Eloquent Page)

a solid and brilliant book with a unique and engaging voice (Starburst Magazine)

The story is brimming with abductions, assassination attempts and internal politics (Lynns Books)

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is an intriguing novel that opens like a flower to reveal all to those who choose to read it (Fantasy Book Review)

This is a rollicking tale of feuding families, vendettas, politics, deception and rivalry...The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is a rich and satisfying novel, and a surprisingly assured novel from this relatively new writer (SFF World)

a tale that left me hanging for more (Falcata Times)

Patrick manages to blend two intertwining narratives masterfully (Nerd Like You)

a strong and confident first novel with a great mix of romance, skulduggery, swashbuckling and intrigue (Geek Planet Online)

Den Patrick has offered up a bold an immersive introduction to his Landfall trilogy that deserves to duel its way onto the bookshelves of many readers (Film in Words)

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A world of betrayals and deceit. A hero alone. A delicate sword. A thrilling new fantasy from an exciting new voice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1447 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (20 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HW2EBF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Den Patrick was born in Dorset and shares a birthday with Bram Stoker. He has at various times been a comics editor, burlesque reviewer, bookseller and Games Workshop staffer. Anything to avoid getting a real job in fact.

He lives and works in London. His first three books for Gollancz, the War Manuals, are released autumn of 2013. Three novels, The Erebus Sequence, are in the works.

http://www.denpatrick.com/

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
18 year old Lucien de Fontein is an Orfano - a deformed orphan left outside Demesne (a huge castle that houses the ruling families of Landfall) and made a ward of the king (who has not been seen for years and who lets his majordomo rule in his stead). Since the age of 8, Lucien has been taught and tested every year, ready to assume a position of responsibility within the Demesne. But Lucian knows that something's rotten within the state of Landfall and he's acquired a number of enemies, the most dangerous of which is Superiore Giancarlo who'll be running Lucien's last test and who's just looking for an excuse to do him real harm ...

Den Patrick's fantasy novel is a nicely written but slim tale of intrigue and discrimination in a claustrophobic castle where everyone is subject to the scrutiny and malice of their neighbours. The novel's chapters alternate between Lucien's final testing and its aftereffects and an account of his childhood, which gives the story an episodic feel. My main issue is that for someone highly educated and politically aware, Lucien charges headlong into trap after trap, reacting to events rather than driving them forward. Worse is the fact that he's been aware for 4 years that something bad is happening to Landfall's women and yet does absolutely nothing until the plot requires him to, which made it difficult for me to care about him. This is a shame because Patrick keeps the action moving and I enjoyed the Medieval Italian influences to his fantasy world, however while the book sets up a sequel I'm not that interested in reading on - although I would check out Patrick's other books.

My favourite character in the book is actually the mysterious Anea, who always wears a veil in public and who communicates by writing notes to be read out by others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please :) 7 Aug 2014
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The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is a great first novel for a promising new author.

The story is set predominantly in the Castle of Demesne on the Island of Landfall. Here the nobility and ruling families preside over the land showing little interest of the world outside their own walls. Instead the political machinations and power struggle of the families has become all that they are concerned with. Their ruler, the enigmatic and absent King, leaves the families alone, allowing his proxy, the mysterious Majordomo, to be the deliverer of his will.

Enter the Orfani, children who are given a special and privileged place in society. Without families of their own, they each vie for the acceptance and adoption of one of the great families. Lucien is one such Orfani, training hard to join House Fontein when he is old enough. He is brash and inquisitive and fully capable of making allies and enemies in equal measure. His place in the world seems to be shaping up to be more than he had imagined. What does the Majordomo have in mind for him? Why are women disappearing? And what is the dark secret behind the Orfani?

A great mystery and a well paced narrative. The book hops from flashback to present day nicely with all the revelations in either time period nestling neatly with each other to drive the story forward. The somewhat confined locale allows the reader to become more immersed in the world of Demesne and really get to know the castle almost as another character. The book is easily read as a standalone but with enough world building to leave me quite keen for the next chapter in the sequence.

I recently bought a Kindle and, although I had already purchased the book in hardback, I decided to get the Kindle version so that I could read it on holiday. I have to say that I had no problems with the ebook what so ever so it would appear that the problems that other reviewers have stated, have been resolved.
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If you like your fantasy novels epic with vast lands, magic and many races then this is definitely not the book for you, think more claustrophobic gothic horror with a slight twist of fantasy adventure.

I am not going to go through the synopsis of this book as it baffles me why reviewers do that (simply read the back cover), but I will tell you that it only took me 2 days to read this book. It wasn't the best novel I have ever read but Den Patrick has an amazing talent of leaving each chapter on a huge cliff hanger, so much so that you simply have to keep reading to find out what happens next.......

I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Boy with the Porcelain Blade' as it was a welcome break from the usual stereotypical fantasy books I read, Den Patrick's novel contained twists which were both unexpected and dam right creepy. I am slightly bewildered to why this book is not a stand alone novel as I am not really sure where the author can go from here? In my opinion everything seemed to tie up nicely and the story was completed without much room for manoeuvre. I for one was pleased the novel finished the way it did as usually you have to wait months, sometimes years for the next instalment in the series to complete what the first book started.

My only bug bare with this novel was a few unanswered questions that doesn't really effect the story but annoyed me never the less (hence the four stars instead of five). I have mentioned the little niggles I have in the comments under this review, it does contain #spoilers# so please do not read the comments section if you haven't read the book. I think the author sometimes brushed over certain topics as a means to an end and it didn't quite wash with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling Gothica
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is an unusual slice of fantasy fiction: a little bit Renaissance Italy and a little bit Gormenghast, with a dollop of the X-Men thrown in for good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars with great characters. A lot of fun
An atmospheric read, with great characters. A lot of fun!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-knotch
Lucien de Fontein is an Orfano, one accorded all the privileges of status, but without being an actual part of one of the four families of Landfall – an Italianate land of intrigue... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Glen Mehn
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more.
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade features an Italian-esque world which gets more deeply complex and unusual as the book goes on as Lucien, our outcast hero of sorts, discovers more... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars!
Intriguing plot , solid cast of characters, vivid landscape. Good fantasy fun, and I look forward to the next one.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. E. Cox-gardner
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality Kindle formatting
The storyline is interesting, but the book is ruined by the the poor kindle formatting. Sentences staring halfway though and jumping lines made it difficult to follow.
Published 7 months ago by SBSH
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, dark, and full of stunning secrets
This debut novel takes place on the island of Landfall, in the castle of Demesne where the mysterious and never-seen king resides, with the skeletal and intimidating Majordomo as... Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Barnes
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Gormenghast homage
Would have enjoyed more but for the missing bits (sentences? paragraphs?) in the e-book. Works fine as a standalone, so no worries there, but well-crafted rather than inspiring...
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars great premis, poor quality
this book started out great and i was really begining to enjoy it, however the editing of the digital copy is appalling, huge chucks appear to be missing making the narritive... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MR K I MACRAE
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, interesting and original
I really enjoyed this book; well paced with a non-linear narrative that still manages to provide plenty of twists and turns and some excellent suspense. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MS KATE L ARMSTRONG
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