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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (8 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575074000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575074002
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The eagerly awaited final part in Paul Kearney's rollercoaster blood and thunder fantasy epic

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Paul Kearney was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. He lived for some years in Copenhagen, then spent two years in America before returning to Britain in 1998.

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Richard Hawkwood hauled himself out of the gutter whence the crowds had deposited him, and viciously shoved his way through the cheering throng, stamping on feet, elbowing right and left and glaring wildly at all who met his eye. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec 2002
Format: Hardcover
Picking up the story 16 years after The Second Empire, Kearney brings back the major characters of the previous four books to conclude one of the best fantasy series ever written. Why this series hasn't gained more recognition within the genre is a mystery, as I can think of few series that packs such an emotional punch, kick and werewolf bite.
Ships from the West has more of the blood-and-thunder warfare that made the previous books, although the emphasis for most of the book is more magical than martial. (How long did the armada last?!?) Richard and Corfe's stories drive (or should that be "sail"?) the plot, but there's still room for every other major character to reach their own personal resolutions - some surprisingly so. And while I didn't like some of these resolutions, this dis-satisfaction is down to personal preference rather than any fault in the execution.
Brilliant, shocking, moving and - thank God - as consistant as anything the fantasy genre has to offer. Thank you, Paul Kearney.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By plot hound on 11 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
This book takes place sixteen years after the previous one. This allows for the situation to have changed considerably, old enemies have formed alliances and the divide between the old and new churches has become firm.

All the elements from the previous books are still there, plenty of intrigue, magic and battles as well as some new characters.

The pace is quick as we approach the final battle, Kearney shows a willingness to sacrifice his characters when appropriate.

Corfe is still the strongest character but some of the others get some extra depth as well.

The magic is used in a minimalist way that allows the battles to be fought intelligently.

The ending has several twists and turns and avoids any clean cut or simplistic finish.
Nothing is clean, everything is shades of grey.

The one flaw is that Aruan was described in the earlier books as so powerful that it doesn't make sense that he didn't simply assassinate his key opponents and take over with ease.

That is a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent book but although good it is the weakest of the five books.

It is amazing that this series isn't better known, I had never heard of it before a few months ago and it is a lot better than most of the fantasy out there.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Lorenz on 14 Aug 2003
Format: Hardcover
I really love this series - as a whole it easily deserves 5 stars - but the last book was a disappointment.
It lacks the depth and the heart of the first four books and everything seems incredibly rushed. If he had taken his time and written a longer book or maybe even expanded the series by a book or two, this could've been one of the best series ever.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Paul Kearney is in my opinion a great storyteller. But if you are considering this book, you have to read its four predecessors. All five books in the series are in effect one huge book split into sections. But so much of what happens flows through the previous 4 books I can’t see how anyone could read this one in isolation and really get to grips with the entire back story which has preceded this story.

So if you are thinking of this one book and you haven’t read the other 4 in order, don’t buy it, do yourself the greatest of all favours and get all 5 books, read them in order then marvel at what a damn great story teller Paul Kearney truly is.
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