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The Cerberus Rebellion (A Griffins & Gunpowder Novel) by [Johnson, Joshua]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 698 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gunpowder Fantasy Books; 3 edition (25 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Read 6 Sept. 2013
By MDStien - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've been getting interested in the idea of a fantasy world gone through an Industrial Revolution of sorts ever since I read Brandon Sanderson's Alloy of Law. Looking for good novels to read I surfed the web and scoured bookstores looking for interesting reads. I just happened to stumble across Joshua's blog while looking for ideas on Industrial Fantasy. From there I clicked the link to his book, read a preview and purchased in on the Kindle. I read it in two days.

Needless to say I loved it! It blends the ideas of epic fantasy with a pre-modern setting amazingly well! We have magic and railroads co-existing alongside griffin's and gunpowder! The characters are interesting and diverse, with a cast of kings and rebels that never feels stale. The author even works in elves without making it feel cliche!

There is some criticism I would offer though. The battle scenes were brilliantly done with thrilling fights and some wonderful descriptions of artillery duels and sieges. Too often though we would end with the battle in mid-swing and then see the aftermath. Of the nearly dozen or so battles, we see only two through to the conclusion. While it does cut on space (which I assume was the author's intention) it can sap the suspense that built up during the first half of the story.

The characters all get a decent amount of page time, we get a feel for their wants, desires, ideas, politics, and mannerisms. From the paranoid King Eadric to the cunning rebel leader Magnus we see some fun characters and ideas.

All in all it is a good read and well worth the money. I'd encourage you to pick it up, its cheap fun with the promise of an exciting sequel down the line!
4.0 out of 5 stars A wartime fantasy of epic proportions 12 Dec. 2012
By Megan Pink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a fantastical war novel that caught my attention with its "Griffins and Gunpowder" heading. There were many epic battles fought with sword and guns and flights on Griffins that later continued on trains. It was hard to wrap my head around the anachronisms but incredibly enjoyable. Like a giant game of fantasy Risk. I will definitely read another book in the series
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skipped the good parts... 5 Sept. 2012
By Travis Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The auther did an amazing job building up anticipation for the huge battles that were part of the Kerberosi rebellion, but then just skipped over them and told us the results. I was very excited in reading the first 3/4 of the book about armies of 500,000 or more. The author spent great amount of time describing the castles and forts that were part of the battles. Then all we know is who won, not how. On top of that, the book does not resolve and will require reading the 2nd book of the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read 10 Sept. 2012
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ansgar is a medieval world with trains and guns from more modern times. King Eadric Garrard is the ruler but some of his lands have been taken by his ancestors by force and their people wish to separate from Ansgar. Eadric trusts no one. He's convinced if he relaxes his guard someone will try to kill him. In direct contrast he also believes his people love him and are loyal to him, despite the fact he refuses to come to their aid when they need him.

The rebels' chance comes when distant countries ask for Ansgar's help and Eadric orders his nobles to call their troops to arms. The western Dukes and their followers call their levies but instead of marching to the King's aid, they begin an attack on his armories and borders. Meanwhile the people of Kerberos also strike for independence.

The Cerberus Rebellion is set in a well thought out world and the characters are true to life. I did find so many characters quite confusing as it was difficult to keep them straight in my head. Also, it slowed the story down when the author told us in detail the color and type of clothing each character wore. This wasn't really necessary and less detail shown as part of the story would have been better.

I enjoyed the progress of the story, particularly the introduction of the ancient members of the elf nations who acted as advisors to the humans. I really liked Raedan, Baron of Broken Plains and would read the sequel to find out what happens to him. His magical abilities brought life to his character as it gave an insight into this thoughts and actions.

The author has developed his idea of The Cerberus Rebellion well and this fantasy novel is definitely a good read for lovers of the genre.

Originally posted at LAS Sci-Fi/Fantasy Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sound and Fury 12 Nov. 2013
By Asian Mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very crowded canvas that the author has unfolded before us. It is a story of the empire of Ansgar (ruled currently by King Eadric), the rebellion of an area within it called Kerberos (why there is a difference in spelling between the text and the title escapes me) and also that of a group of nobles holding fiefs, titles and/or land, etc., in "the West."

The story seems relatively simple; the Kerberosi have never really accepted Ansgari rule; they and the nobility of the West see an opportunity to escape Ansgari taxes and commercial regulation when King Eadric decides to help some peoples across "the Vast Sea." He orders levies which give his enemies the pretext to gather their forces and while his attention is focused on the threats/opportunities over the sea, the rebellions break out.

Otherwise, there is general confusion, caused and compounded by a plethora of names. By default, Eadric is the main character even though others appear more interesting; none of them develop. The nobles shift alliances guided by wisdom on the order of "You don't want to marry your heir to a house that you do not want to one day rule." Military superiority is achieved by drilling farmers and peasants every day "to ensure that their form was as close to perfect as could be expected." (What does the author think the other parties doing?)

The nobility have some delineation--greater lords, lesser lords, etc., but it is somewhat disconcerting that both dukes (there are several) and the King of all Ansgar are indiscriminately addressed as "Your Grace."

The author has shown that he can invent characters and situations; the story-telling remains an open question. The language definitely needs work.
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