- Hardcover: 800 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; BCA edition edition (20 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575076178
- ISBN-13: 978-0575076174
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 5.4 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,073,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cry of the Newborn: The Ascendants of Estorea 1: The Ascendants of Estorea Book 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Hardcover – 20 Oct 2005
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The large scale battles are detailed and exhilarating. Cry of the Newborn is a satisyingly self-contained fantasy blockbuster.. set against a more thoughtful, realistic background. (David Langford SFX)
A novel of staggering scope and skilfull storytelling. The Cry of the Newborn is a massive and epic work and looks likely to (deservedly) cement Barclay's place amongst the UK's very best fantasy storytellers. (John Berlyne SF REVU)
A completely new, breakout series from 'the Sergio Leone of the genre'(SFX)See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
lost in a sea of funny names (for people and places) and alot of administrative detail that i found hard to digest. however i believe its all necessary and totally worth it. when it all 'kicks off' the story flys and the characters are so solid they might as well have been real people. the children are a little plodding as characters but they seem to be picking up with age. all in all i loved it, the battles are exquisite (as Barclay always are) im so looking forward to the sequel, cant believe its not out till september!
This is set in a world where a Roman type empire is expanding and funding itself through taxation and the drafting of local armies. Very much the key elements are expansion, tax and religion. Into this world comes the birth of four children with exceptional powers that are at odds with the agreed religion of the empire.
This comes at a time where the empire over-expands and becomes involved in a war that they are on the verge of losing, the future of the empire is at stake! And what of the powers being wielded by the four children…?
This is a brave attempt by the author to move away from his Raven chronicles and to venture into new territories. I loved his Raven stuff and was really looking forward to this….
Initially I was quite depressed and frustrated, the story gets off to a very slow start and some of the hierarchy was confusing and over detailed. For 100 pages or so I thought the author had delivered a stinker but then suddenly it all kicked off and the story sucked me in. The story became exciting, the characters started to flesh out and the action became intense.
In the end I really enjoyed it and all credit to the author, it is another winner.
I wasn't disappointed. It is a little slower in pace than Dawntheif at the beginning, but once it builds up the momentum, you cannot put it down. Again James Barclay has created a wonderfully visual and brilliantly imagined magic system, a set of characters beautifully realised, some you will love, others you will hate. Paul Jehred in particular is a blazing character :) utterly brilliant stuff.
I'm currently reading Shout for the Dead, which is continuing the series in excellent fashion.
The 4 ascendants are the main point of the story, and we have to go through how they deal with their powers. This develops from standard fantasy story device to something much more interesting as they are fleshed out into different characters. Also Barclay manages convey a real sense of how their magic works and the toll it takes on the children and the reaction of the rest of the continent.
The war is superbly described, from the small raids on towns to the larger pitched battles between armies. Not only the battles but the consequences the war has on the different countries involved.
The stand out character is Exchequer, the tax-man steals the show with his hard nosed approach to collections and loyalty the Conquard.
If you have the patience, this is an enjoyable book, but be warned there is a second part to trudge through, which will probably be just as long.
Yes the book has faults and characters becoming genre classics (defender, honest general, star struck lover) but it manages to create a unique and inviting world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived in good time, still to read, reading rest of series.
Not finished the book yet but i am enjoying it, it is very different from his other books i have readPublished on 22 Feb. 2014 by Mrs M A Main
This is the first book of the Ascendents of Estorea duology, and what a way to start the series. The characters are well done, the environment is brilliant, and I love how the... Read morePublished on 15 July 2013 by Mr G.
I was a fan of chronicles of the raven but certainly it was nothing out of the ordinary in the sword and sorcery section of the fantasy genre. Read more
Excellent read,after the first thirty pages the action is non-stop,original story line combined with excellent battle scenes.Published on 16 Feb. 2010 by Amazon Customer
The mighty city of Estorr has expanded its power and influence over the surrounding kingdoms, forging over the course of 850 years a vast empire known as the Conquord. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2007 by A. Whitehead