Interregnum: Volume 1 (Tales of the Empire) Paperback – 10 Apr 2014
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He is a gifted storyteller who serves up enough twists and turns to hold the interest and I found myself wanting to keep on turning the next page. Even though this is a substantial novel, I completed the last 50% of the book in one sitting. I really didn't want to put it down, it was that good!
If I had any complaint, it would be the odd typo here and there, but don't let that put you off a terrific story with a twist that I really didn't see coming.
If like me you enjoy a bit of escapism and enjoy reading tales of heroes and villains, honour and treachery, civil war and a quest for peace, with wholly believable characters and settings, then this is probably a book for you.
I will be ordering the other two books by Mr Turney very soon. Very well done!
This is somewhere in between: the world of Interregnum is less convincing as it is invented and somehow lacking in depth (there is a strong sense that it is based on the Roman and Parthian empires and I think he would have done better to have continued with actual historical fiction).
Also, towards the end of the book, Turney appears to have lost interest and just wanted to end it, so the plot sort of lurches to a sudden finale, and the actual language and style deteriorates and some passages are actually quite badly written. Still, the first part of the book keeps you turning the pages, so I am hoping that the next ones in the series improve.
The book is focused around the period of Interegnum, basically meaning no governance and english readers will recognise a similarity to English feudal society. The main characters are created around a highly successful named Caerdin and his band of mercenaries called the grey wolves for nearly twenty years after the collapse of an empire and everything that they held dear they eek out there militaristic existance selling there swords to the highest bidder until they stumble upon a young man named Quintillian, I dont want to spoil the book, so I wont tell you what happens, all I will say is that the book is full with political intrigue, great sword fights and great personalities.
The book combines Roman and Medieval similarities but the world that S.J.A Tunney has created is highly believable and I was drawn into the story and I could barley put the book down on my way to work every day, I know like me you will have been apprehensive about reading the book, its a great story on an epic scale and covers many points through out, with a great rivalry to cover all of the story.
If you purchase this book and finish reading it I recommend you read Iron Root and the Dark Empress both set around the same timeline as Interregnum.
Overall I gave this book 4 out of 5 its good but not great.
It start out in a fairly recognisable parallel universe. The names of the people and Islands changed to protect the innocent as it were but still a familiar world of Tiberius and Claudius even if they are renamed along with Capri.
However this plot then increasingly deviates and really takes off. I can imagine the fun had writing this and discovering just where it went. I won't drop any spoilers but really an excellent book and easy to see why the author considers it his finest work.
The story is quick to build and is thoroughly engaging, making the reader identify with the main characters quickly. I struggled to put the book down from the beginning and although some small details of story line appear at first to be slightly unlikely, this is a fantasy book so it is acceptable. The end feels very slightly rushed and has a greater number of the issues I discuss below, but overall the story is a great piece of fantasy work.
Unfortunately the thing which distracts from the high quality of the storyline is the low quality of the proof-reading and editing. As I said before, this gets worse towards the end but by that point I was too engaged in the story to simply file the e-book in my "Annoying, do not read" folder on my Kindle (a folder which is slowly filling with some of the cheaper e-books I have tried recently). Basic things such as almost continuous incorrect usage of speech marks, occasional poor punctuation and simple mis-spelling increase in frequency as you work through the book; meaning that you have to spend a lot of time thinking "Ah, I think he actually meant to write..." which can get more than a little frustrating.
I admire S.J.A. Turney's efforts to self-publish - something I hope to do myself some day - but I believe further effort should be made in the proof-reading and editing of the text before the next book is published as these errors are enough to put some readers off.
If you are the type of person who reads reviews of your books Mr Turney, please feel free to reply to this review as I would be very keen to help work with you on proof-reading of any future works (or even working on a revised edition of this excellent novel).
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Excellent novel. I just bought book 2 on the strength of it.Published 1 month ago by Andrew Findlay
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