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Sláine #1: The Exile [Kindle Edition]

Steven Savile
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The first verse in the Lay of Sláine Mac RothTir-Nan-Og – a land of savage beauty where fierce warrior tribes fight for land, cattle and honour. Fate can be seen in every aspect of life in this kingdom, but none more so than in Sláine Mac Roth, son of the Sessair.Struggling to come to terms with his warrior’s gift, the Warp Spasm, the young Sláine gets his first taste of bloody battle when his kinsmen raid a rival tribe. But with fate guiding his path, Sláine’s epic journey is just about to begin.Sláine the Exile begins a brand new epic series of adventures starring the savage warrior Sláine Mac Roth. Also available in the series: 'The Defiler'

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"Exile" is the first verse in the Lay of Slaine Mac Roth, son of the Sessair. It follows his life between the ages of 12 and 19, and begins with young Slaine coming to terms with his warrior's gift, the Warp Spasm. "Exile" chronicles his acceptance into the elite warriors of the Red Branch, and his eventual exile from his own people for crimes against his King. Slaine encounters Ukko, a filthy dwarven scoundrel, who attaches himself to the young warrior, 'guiding' him towards his eventual return to claim the Kingship of the Sessair.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Limited (6 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XEKG26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steven Savile has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval,Stargate, Warhammer, Slaine, Fireborn, Pathfinder and other popular game and comic worlds. His novels have been published in a dozen languages to date, including the Italian bestseller L'eridita. He won the International Media Association of Tie-In Writers award for his Primeval novel, SHADOW OF THE JAGUAR, published by Titan, in 2010, and the inaugural Lifeboat to the Stars Award for the novel Tau Ceti co-written with Kevin J Anderson. SILVER, his debut thriller reached #2 in the Amazon UK e-charts in the summer of 2011 selling over forty thousand copies in the process. He wrote the story for the huge international best selling computer game BATTLEFIELD 3 which sold over five million copies in its week of release, and he served as head writer on the popular online children's game SPINEWORLD which had over one million players when live. His latest books include The novelisation of the computer game RISEN 2: DARK WATERS, THE LAZARUS INITIATIVE co-written with Dave Sakmyster and NORTHERN SOUL co-written with Steve Lockley.

His popular OGMIOS TEAM series includes Silver, and the origins novels Solomon's Seal, WarGod and Lucifer's Machine.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slaine Kicks AXE 31 Mar 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Slaine the Exile

I came to Slaine late on - I'd stopped buying 2000ad 20years ago, for shame
A friend introduced me to the Books of Invasions and I was entrapped once more.
I bought this book on the back of them, and wasn't disappointed!

What a read from start to finish! This book, the first in the trilogy,
centres on Slaine aged 12-19 and how he started on his journey to become
the fearsome warrior you will know from 2000AD.

This happens at heart breaking pace, exiled, and on the run from his clan.
With only Brain Bitter, his trusty axe, and the goddess Danu for friends.
He comes across the filthy wretch of a dwarf called Ukko who becomes the butt
of Slaine's jokes - but no more than any loyal friend would be.
The Story then centers on their journey to free his clan and the land from Slough Fegs twisted
grip and to be the King Sessair.
The action sequences are fast-paced, brutal and downright bloody.
A page turner that I couldn't put down, so much I soon finished this and the second
book Slaine the Defiler and am now awaiting the third instalment.

Steven Savile has crafted a masterpiece here. The story is so good it hurts.
He has used lots of Celtic myths and legends and you will so want to meet the Skinless man in the 2nd book.

Nuff said - BUY It NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Land of the Young 17 Jan 2012
By Jason
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Slaine the Exile retells the early adventures of Slaine MacRoth, from his exile from his tribe, to his wanderings into the land controlled by the Drunes. On the way, he meets Ukko the dwarf and together they set out to make their fortune and eventually oppose the Drunes who are draining the land of power.

So what is this? Sword and sorcery in a Celtic setting, based on the early comic strip from 2000AD. It is not exactly the same as the comic, and you do learn new things about the characters - Ukko's fondness for big women for a start!

This is a very good adaptation of the comic, and the sequel is also great
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bloody gore. 16 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
That's right heaving axes and splintering bone with an epic story all in this neat package. Watch how this twisted .ads of flesh and bone tunnels all before it. I love slaine, so should you
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'He did not think it too many.' 12 Dec 2012
By Susi
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having known Slaine from the posters in my brother's room when I was young, then the hardback graphic novels as a teenager, then through whatever comics I could find, I was MAJORLY excited when I bought 'Slaine the Defiler.' So excited I didn't realise it was the second book! -_- So I found '...excile' and read it immediately.
It's a quick read with ever moving action. I wish I was like Slaine...rutting and murdering my way through The Land of the Young... I'm happy that Savile brought forth Slaine's character flaws as well as his wonderful-ness, I was dreading another Twilight-esque perfect hero (vomit). I was pleased to see Slaine's very beginnings and his slight struggle to full warrior-hood. Characters were quickly developed so you understand them and their actions almost immediately. Ukko...well what can I say? He's depicted very well as a horny little theiving coward and is in some ways a modern voice in the dialogue. Happiness for the warrior is always just out of reach and his struggle to honour his deity is profound.
On another note, editing is somewhat poor. Character names are sometimes confused and a few oddly structured sentences need another read.
But all in all, a fast, action packed read, to either further your 'Slaine' knowledge or as an introduction to his adventures.
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1.0 out of 5 stars As Flavourful as Cold, Grey Porridge 30 Nov 2006
By Yag-kosha - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I have little familiarity with the original Slaine comics from the 1980's I cannot comment as to whether or not the present novelization follows the graphic source materials. From what I can gather the original comics were at least partially based on artists' interpretations of classic Irish literature as the "Cattle Raid of Cooley" (Tain Bo Cuailnge) and sections of the "Book of Invasions" (Lebor Gabala Erenn), and to a lesser extent gleanings from Greco-Roman literary references to the historical Celts. It would be much more advantageous to spend one's time studying the above two texts in any number of translations from the Old Irish. As a stand-alone book, "Slaine: the Exile" leaves much to be desired.

The author has a professional obligation to provide us deep and compelling prose not only concerning the protagonist and his kin, but their environment. On both counts Savile has failed us.

Surprisingly, there are no extended, detailed descriptions of the world in which the characters live, here styled the "Land of the Young" (Tir nan Og). Not even a graphic of a map is presented in the book. This is remarkably odd, since the majority of fantasy-oriented fictions are furnished with this convenience. Nature-worship, through a Mother Earth Goddess (Danu) in her various avatars, is the core of their belief-system, and yet the characters' surroundings, the natural world in which they live, is hardly painted at all, and where it *is* mentioned, only with the quickest of anemic brush-strokes, offering the reader a hasty silhouette sans any crucial details. The author, due to his ineptitude with the English Language, fails to impress upon us the characters' awe of nature, and even fails to provide us the utilitarian necessity of a simple map of their world--be it in prose or by visuals. One way to remedy this deficiency would be to have a small chapter in the form of a dialogue between the learned druid Cathbad and his young apprentice, Dian, educating him and us on the lands occupied by their tribe, the layout of their capital Murias, other major habitations, natural features of note (mountain ranges, rivers, fords, lakes and seas), as well as the relative situation of their various allies and enemies. In this way not only Dian learns in the story, but so do we. Tragically, this idea did not occur to Savile.

After a series of contests before the watchful eyes of King Grudnew, the main character Slaine is later initiated into the ranks of the elite warrior band called the Red Branch, but we are given no inventory of the skills, no glimpse into the rigorous training undoubtedly hammered into them. In the "Tain" weapons, shields and armour are respected, honoured, and provided with individual names as if living things, but here are not treated as anything more than inanimate, mundane tools. Of the marvelous feats that the Irish hero Cuchulainn could execute, only one is mentioned, and that being the Salmon Leap. Slaine's warp-spasm (riastrad), a berserker's paroxysm whereby the protagonist can swell up into a terrifying mass of muscle, is described nowhere nearly as effectively as in Kinsella's translation of the "Tain."

In terms of the language, it is rushed, sloppy, without any indication that the author had any interest or passion for storytelling. The author speeds at breakneck pace through each scene, as if he were desperately trying to complete a college term-paper that was due in the morning rather than drawing us deeply into a strange and vibrant world that is a fusion of the late Ice Age and the European Celtic Iron Age. Perhaps Savile did not know any better. Perhaps he did not care. Furthermore the text is peppered annoyingly with modern colloquialisms, jarring and inconsistent with a supposedly "ancient" milieu. Slaine's amorous exploits also are written as if they were nothing more than the casual, shallow conquests of a Guinness-soaked pubcrawler. Again, for a character who supposedly worships a supreme Goddess, his interactions with females ring shockingly hollow and disrespectful.

In conclusion, I cannot recommend this book to the curious, unless they have a masochistic need for yet another exemplum of threadbare wordsmithing and heartless storytelling. If you want insight into the ancient Celtic world please consult the "Cattle Raid of Cooley", or the "Book of Invasions". Mongoose Publishing offers a well-designed game book ("Slaine: The Roleplaying Game of Celtic Heroes") that is full of much more flavour and information on the Land of the Young, including a functional map. Another RPG book with real-world information is "Celtic Age: Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts", by Avalance Press.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Savile's SLAINE is Exiled 11 Jan 2007
By Mace & Lacey Gannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Since recently having read the awesome Steven Sevile's gothic vampire fantasy novel, INHERITANCE, and loved it immensely, I thought I'd give his latest fare a try.

Is this the same writer...? SLAINE had all of the ingredients of a Conan type epic, but this celtic warrior just didn't do it for me. It's a decent enough novel, albeit a tad long-winded and too mundane for a fantasy world. But it is not a bad book.

But his Book #1 here isn't nearly as well written and engaging as his Book #1 of 3 in his vampire trilogy. (the final volume is due out in March) Where INHERITANCE shone like a blood slick jewel, Slaine was somewhat dull in comparison. The world wasn't as dark and fueled with awesome adventure as his fantasy vampire novel was. The action and the characterization weren't as captivating in Slaine.

I'm sorry Mr. Sevile, but reading about warriors playing soccer in a fantasy setting just doesn't sit well with me. Keep it primitive. Lots of missing detail in this novel, too. Really need to flesh your characters and their world out for the reader Steven. Like you did so well in Inheritance.

If you get anything out of this review, dear readers, it is to please give this writer a try. Just not this book first. If you like tons of interesting characters, both Good and Evil, and everything inbetween, then grab his Carstein trilogy, Book #1:Inheritance novel.

You'll see what I mean.
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