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The Channel War (The Norothian Cycle Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

M. Edward McNally
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book V of the Norothian Cycle (#1 The Sable City, #2 Death of a Kingdom, #3 The Wind from Miilark, #4 Devil Town)

One year after escaping the Sable City, Tilda Lanai and her friends are living within the Empire of the Code, but the darkness is never far behind them. The sorceress Nesha-tari is still locked in a civil war for the vacant throne of Ayzantium, and across the Channel the man now known as John the Red is ready to open a new war on behalf of the five dragons called the Gunnak.

John crosses the Channel at the head of an army, and the spark fired in the desolate hills of Ayzantium roars toward a conflagration intended to burn across all the lands of Noroth. The Gunnak mean to destroy whatever cannot be forced to bow - be it kingdoms, empires, or people quietly settling down after all they have been through.

This may not have been a good time to start a family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1728 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BNL Enterprises (31 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4YU0R8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M. Edward McNally is a North Carolinian of Irish/Mexican extraction. Grew up mostly in the Midwest along the I35 corridor (Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota), and now resides in the scrub brush surrounding Phoenix, AZ, where the scorpions and the javelinas play. Masters in English Lit from ISU and Russian/East European History from ASU, though both date from an earlier era when there was a lot of Grunge on the radio and Eddie wore entirely too much flannel, even in the summer.

Deus impeditio esuritori nullus.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Five and still going strong 21 April 2013
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The fifth book in the Norothian Cycle, The Channel War is the continuing saga of a great cast of characters who I feel I know quite well now. Don't get too attached to anyone though, the author isn't above making you sit up when he polishes off a character!

This book centres on a war between various factions fighting over different bits of land and I found the maps useful (available from [...]), but I would like higher resolution versions. They're OK on my 10" tablet, but I don't always have that with my (monochrome) Kindle.

One of the really nice things about this series is that the writer can write. OK, there's an occasional typo, but the standard of grammar, punctuation, spelling etc is excellent. The dialogue flows well as does the pace of the tale.

There are dragons, wizards, demons and other monsters, but somehow they're quite believable without being silly.

I'm looking forward to the next volume now ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This story just gets better and better 6 Jan 2014
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How does Ed do it ? Where does he find the descriptive words from? I just love the characters even the evil ones like balan (must be careful not to say 3 times). I just never want this tale to end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 2 July 2013
By DeeDee
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I am reading the cycle and can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. However, I always get a bit disappointed when favourite characters are killed off as I always think from the way the story is written that they have a lot more to contribute; but I wont spoil it for other readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one yet! 1 April 2013
By BorntoRead - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy prior to the book's release and all I can say is WOW! Tilda and friends are back and this has to be the best one yet. The beginning scene with Tilda and Zeb sets a heartwarming tone for the book, but then action and slaughtering abound as Allison, John, Nesha-Tari and many others fight terrifying battles with demons and monsters. Dragons reveal hidden agendas, and their pawn humans have to be sharp enough to stay a step ahead. Just when you think the book is going to take you in one direction, McNally hits you with something totally unexpected. I have to admit, I cried during a few scenes and then laughed out loud during others. We have a few new additional characters to the novel as well. As always, characterization, description and pacing is flawless. Highly recommend for those who love LOTR or Game of Thrones. My only complaint is that this isn't an HBO series yet.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fire on the land, and storm over the sea..." 19 April 2013
By Hamilcar Barca - Published on Amazon.com
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The Norothian Cycle series keeps getting bigger and better with each volume.

There is a nice balance here between Action (fighting & magic) and Drama (politics and character development). You'll meet some new species (halflings, dwarves, gnolls), and be formally introduced to one of the Great Dragons of the Land. It's always breathtaking to meet a dragon.

What separates this epic fantasy series from the hundreds of other ones available for your Kindle is the complexity of the conflict and the "grayness" of the characters. The young Gunnak dragons pit themselves against the older Great Dragons, and neither group is exactly heroic. Their human minions don't just line up mindlessly behind them. There are national grudges that often override the Dragons' agenda. Even our knights in shining armor - the Codian Empire - make some terrible misassumptions that lead to needless and costly strife.

Then there is the third force - the Devils. Just because they're demonic doesn't mean they have to be the black hats. Frankly, their proposed strategy against the Gunnak menace makes the most sense to me. I like it when things aren't black-&-white.

This is not a standalone novel, so start with the first one, The Sable City, which is currently free. See if you don't get hooked on this series like I did. Then read the other four books, and try to guess how this is all going to play out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book In A Great Series 2 April 2013
By Rubin - Published on Amazon.com
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Two great things about this series. #1 The Characters. Samurai, Celtic warrior, Roman legionnaire, wizard, and other cultural warrior types all fighting in the same world. The author makes them all plausible and likable. #2 Frequency. The author is very prolific, making sure that you don't have to wait too long for the next volume. And you will finish each book eagerly waiting the next release.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! 25 July 2013
By moonspender - Published on Amazon.com
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Obviously, start with the first in the series, but when you get this far, you'll have found out that it was totally worth it.
I once again give it the highest praise I can: Buy this book! Buy this series!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 Jun 2013
By Boo - Published on Amazon.com
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Waiting for the next book to come out can't wait what a great storyline read them all couldn't put them down once i started reading them
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