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The Ancients [Kindle Edition]

Nick Marsh , Eric Smith
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The war is over. But the fight for the world is only beginning.

The bloody civil war that ruined the country is lost, and Dazlar, last of the Royal Guards, returns weary and alone to the village of his birth, hoping for peace at last.
The war was only the first move, however, in a terrible plot now launched by the new ruler of the land. Lord Protector Cranmer has discovered a frightening truth at the heart of the world, and means to exploit it for his own dark purposes.
The gruesome discovery that Dazlar makes during his fateful homecoming will place him at the very centre of Cranmer’s plans, and the reluctant knight will be called upon to fight once more, alongside a strange girl from another world.
But this time the stakes are much higher than mere territory and rulership.
This time, the battle is for existence itself.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Marsh; 2 edition (18 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O1QV48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nicholas Marsh has never forgiven his parents for giving him a happy childhood, thus depriving him of the necessary angst and bottled-up rage to become a full-time writer. Not only that, his genetic inheritance has so far thwarted every attempt to grow a beard to make him appear dark and brooding. Four weeks of strenuous effort only result in a near-invisible fluffy covering that even a student would quickly shave off in embarrassment.
Since his late teenage years he is proud that he had managed to maintain his height at a constant five feet ten inches. If only everything in life were that simple. He currently works as a veterinary surgeon in Plymouth, and doesn't think the job is all that bad really. On his days off he spends his time being cruel to pot plants, drinking cups of tea and, occasionally, writing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Proving fantasy can be continually reinvented 25 Mar. 2014
By Ashles
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An intriguing premise in which multiple mysteries are implied leads to an increasingly epic scope.
it is difficult in the fantasy genre (with its reliance on 'magic') to surprise the reader as, in theory, anything is possible. The strength of this book (as with all the best SF/Fantasy) is to set up an internal logic and then surprise the reader within the world's own rules.
Moments such as an exploration of how high the sky might be lead to intriguing and often unsettling puzzles which the main characters must solve.
It's hard to say more without giving away some of the more interesting plot twists.
Overall this is a book that will keep you guessing and does something different with the genre that genuinely works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not so black and white 26 April 2012
By neil
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I found this book to be a true page turner i enjoyed the twist which sets it apart from normal fantasy fare and I personally loved the darkness of the book. The characters which could have easily been 2 dimensional each had something that set them apart and made them that little more real, even minor characters such as dazlar's step father were fleshed out. This actually made "evil" villain Cranmer much more sympathetic a character. the books climax is certainly epic and all in all this book is well worth a read. my only regret is that i didnt get it sooner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient, but not old hat 14 May 2012
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For a few years now I've found my interest fantasy stories severely dulled, not at all helped by copycat epics where the same plots about misfit orphans who are the only ones able to save a magical realm are trotted it with depressing fanfare and little actual excitement for the reader. Buying a Kindle might have turned that around, though, particularly having had my appetite for further fantasy stories whetted by Nick Marsh's "The Ancients".

The setup seems very straightforward, with Ye Olde Grizzled Veteran heading home to the village he left behind, encountering the body of a young woman by the roadside. It's no surprise that the soldier has secrets he'd rather remained hidden, nor that the dead woman has more to her than he expects. Indeed, we're not very far into the story before a few large clues as to what's really going on land at our feet, strong enough clues to give away the big twist to many readers. At that point I feared the worst, but unlike an M. Night Shyamalan plot "The Ancients" has considerably more to offer than simply the twist, so that when the author actually spells it boldly out and you realise that we're only halfway into the book it's clear that he is not hoping to simply wow you with the concept at the expense of story and character. Sure enough, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, but it's the small things that really impressed me. The beautifully handled scene between the usurper and his king, who sits waiting to be executed, for example: an awkward, almost trivial encounter instead of the grand set piece many writers might have opted to present, making the scene much more touching and realistic and adding a great deal of character depth too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It 23 Jan. 2015
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Excellent book very good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy with a twist. 26 Jan. 2012
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I bought this Kindle book having enjoyed the author's previous two print books (although this one was actually written earlier). It's quite different from his other work, being a seemingly straightforward fantasy, but then becomes something else part way through. Well-written characters and a plot that keeps you reading.
An enjoyable e-read, and well worth the small amount it cost to download.
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