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Uprising (Heirs of the Demon King) [Paperback]

Sarah Cawkwell
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5 Jun 2014 Heirs of the Demon King
Mathias Eynon's dreams were small. A dabbler in magic, he expected to live in obscurity in his home in the Welsh hills, not drawing attention to himself. But fate has other plans for him. It is the Year of Our Lord Fifteen Ninety, and a revolution is quietly brewing, here and further abroad. Richard V has overstayed his rule, some say; others whisper that the whole line of Demon Kings must be burned out. Mathias, son of a man executed for the practice of magic, is set to become a symbol, and a leader. And to do that, he needs champions. A wise woman sends him to the corners of the known world to the frozen lands of the north, to the pirate-haunted ports of Spain, to the mountains of the German Empire, to the burning sands of the Holy Land to bring back masters of the four magic arts. With Richard s Witch Hunters on his heels, he sets out to gather his allies.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abaddon Books (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781082235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781082232
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,137,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An NHS worker by day and a writer under the cover of night, Sarah's first novel 'The Gildar Rift' was published by the Black Library in 2011. Since then, she has written several other novels and short stories set in the grim-dark worlds of Warhammer. 'Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising' is her first full-length original work and is due for release in May 2014. Other works include tie-in fiction for World of Warcraft and several original tales for an assortment of publishers. Sarah lists her hobbies as reading, writing, reading about writing, writing about reading, online gaming and writing about online gaming. She needs to get out more.

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About the Author

Sarah Cawkwell is an English author based in the North East. Old enough to know better, she's still young enough not to care. Married, with a son and two intellectually challenged cats, she's been a writer for many years, contributing to the Warhammer universe. When not slaving away over a hot keyboard, Sarah s hobbies include reading everything and anything, and running around in fields with swords screaming incomprehensibly. Her minimum bribe level is one chocolate orange.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fire, forge and flowers 9 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Sarah Cawkwell’s first full length novel is somewhat safe, ticking all the boxes for a middle-of-the-road, well-paced fantasy story. It’s got the hero and his beautiful girlfriend; it’s got a “Fellowship” on a quest; it’s got the ‘all-powerful-until-the-denouement’ evil characters; it’s got light touches of humour, of sadness; it’s got the ‘coming-of-age’ story in a world full of change and magic. All classic fantasy ingredients…for a reason. What is slightly different (though done much better by Mark Alder in his recent “Son of the Morning”) is the backdrop of an alternative history of England mixed with a heavy dose of the supernatural. In this case based on the premise of “what if a demonic intervention meant Henry Tudor did not win the Battle of Bosworth and the Plantagenet line continued to rule England from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century A.D.?’

Readers will get a good sense of the author’s grounding in Warhammer and online gaming given the narrative plays exactly like one of those scenarios. The story is centred around one Mattias Eynon, a young lad living in Wales with an inherent gift of magic – a gift that was brought to England by Richard the Lionheart (this is the pivot on which history diverges). This is an England where the ‘Eastern Promise unlocked a whole new world. It was a world terrifying and overwhelming in equal measure –but it was also a world of limitless potential.” Yet, it was also an England where “Freedom was a thing long forgotten.”

There is some inexperience in the narration. Early on the author stresses the slow creep of magic into society, with sentences like: “Slowly, but surely, magic became part of the culture” or “The words of magic began slowly to trickle down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good fantasy novel 4 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An enjoyable read, this first novel deals with a world torn between using magic or banning it. Richard the Lionheart brings magic back to England on his return from the Crusades and it flourishes until the reign of Richard III who defeats Henry Tudor at Bosworth Field, changing history.

His descendant, Richard V, is out to persecute magicians and ban magic from England, using his Inquisition to carry out his plans.

The books deals with how the more powerful magicians and the two main characters, Mathias and Tagan, get together to defeat the king.

The novel is quite engaging and the reader is involved enough to want to know how the story will end. It works as a stand-alone book although there may be others to follow. The characters are well- developed and the locations are made interesting.

All in all, I was suitably impressed to want to know if the author comes up with a follow-up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's magic, not a history lesson. 28 July 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I enjoyed 'Valkia the Bloody'. I enjoyed this one as much despite my initial concern of having a history lesson retold. There is a little back-story for the line of kings but there is no history exam involved; you really only focus on one king.

Each notable character introduced gets a little lime-light of their own. I think it helps enrich the story as the "adventuring party" gathers together, especially involving the main pillars of magic.

I liked how the inventions balanced the combat against magic. England is having an industrial revolution while the rest of Europe embraces magic, having ploughs working the soil without man or horse. There are some mild references, regarding the inventions, that could be cross-referenced with the Warhammer world that Sarah has written for before. Personally, I believe she is tipping her hat to those who have previously read Warhammer. If a reader is without that knowledge they are not missing anything: it could be considered an 'easter egg'.

I found the story to be well paced, easy to read and enjoyable enough to favour another chapter instead of doing something else. The use of magic and global locations was nicely done, adding greater contrast than would be possible it purely based in one country.

If I had one gripe (hence the missing 5th star) it would be the pursuing Charles Weaver. I don't want to spoil anything but I felt a bit cheated regarding his mask, once it is identified.

I look forward to reading the next book.
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By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
It is a little long-winded at times, especially the first few chapters but beneath the top layer of British monarchs and their offspring there is a fantasy with potential.

After the initial dance of demon monarchs we get to the main character Matthew, who lives in blissful ignorance of his impending fate. The path he is set to travel will tear him from his loved ones and make him question his very existence.

The author has combined the Inquisition, heresy and witchcraft with demonic power and ancient magic. Cawkwell has changed the royal lineage by changing the outcome of the Battle of Bosworth.

Matthew and Tagan set off on a quest to gather together a merry band of magical beings. Each one more eccentric and unusual than the next.

All of them are trying to escape the clutches of the vicious Inquisitor Weaver, who just happens to have a direct line to the evil force threatening to consume all that is magical in Britain.

This story takes up the pace mid-book and has a strong ending that suggests a sequel. The build-up and historical explanation at the beginning were sluggish to the point of being detrimental to the story.

It would have been better to serve all that potential straight up at the beginning with the hors d'oeuvres instead of waiting till the main course to get to the point.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.
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