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5.0 out of 5 stars Slaine Kicks AXE,
This review is from: Slaine the Exile (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!!!!!!!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Land of the Young,
This review is from: Slaine the Exile (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
4.0 out of 5 stars 'He did not think it too many.',
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This review is from: Slaine the Exile (Mass Market Paperback)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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Slaine the Exile by Steven Savile (Mass Market Paperback - 4 Dec 2006)
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