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I Know Not: The Legacy of Fox Crow by [Ross, James Daniel]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Quest (24 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056B0NSM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #477,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an excellent read. Gritty, violent without detracting from the story, and with excellent plot development, I cannot understand why this hasn't been shouted from the rooftops as a great addition to the darker side of the genre. One for the grown ups!
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Well worth the money.. wont bore you with the details. If you like a blood thirsty fantasy with lots of killing and gore with a pscho main character then this books for you.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x920badc8) out of 5 stars 62 reviews
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b6e828) out of 5 stars Solid Story 24 Jun. 2011
By Volpot - Published on Amazon.com
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Well this was pretty good. It's not grand prose. But it was an enjoyable read.

The book tells the story of a man who awakens with total amnesia in the midst of the dismembered corpses of the defenders of a castle. He begins to recognize that he seems to have some skill at arms as well as insights into the evil nature of man that probably mean that his in his life before his amnesia he was a pretty nasty character. After leaving the site of the slaughter where he awoke, he encounters a noble lady and her hapless guard escort and is persuaded to assist them in their passage to the region's large city. Of course, mysteriously, everyone they meet seems to want to kill the lady. Their adventures together form the story.

The story is told in a first person style that I enjoyed; primarily because of the main character's droll wit. The main character's observations of human nature, while not profound insights worthy of recognition by the great philosophers, are still interesting and often amusing; thus helping to keep up my interest in the story. The story moves at a brisk pace and concludes at an appropriate time with an appropriate ending (although seemingly leaving room for sequels).

Now one thing to be aware of. The author (in the main character's voice/thoughts) frequently describes, in gruesome detail, much of the violence that occurs throughout the story. Not content to state that a sword killed someone, the main character will describe in his thoughts the amount of entrails that a gashed sword cut to the gut created, the color of the entrails, the quantity of blood spurting from the wound, the smell of the voided bowels, etc. I think he goes into this detail to establish within the storyline that the main character is underneath his amnesia a ***really nasty guy***. Or perhaps the author did it to gain the description of his work as being a dark fantasy. I don't know. Now it did not bother ME excessively; but those of more tender sensitivities might take warning.

All in all a decent read. If there is a sequel, I'll probably buy it.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b6e87c) out of 5 stars Decent Gritty Fantasy 21 July 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good, not great, example of the dark fantasy/ amnesiac assassin genre. The prose, written in first person, excels at witty, wry observations and dark humor; the author's lengthier, occasionally overly florid descriptions are less inspired but still decent. The combat is for the most part reasonably believable and well paced. There is little overt magic, limited mostly to minor divine influences and some healing potions. "I Know Not" is on par with Dalglish's "Shadowdance" books, though there is more of a High Medieval than Renaissance Italy feel to Ross' writing. What the book most reminded me of was a somewhat less grim, developed version of KJ Parker's writings (particularly his Scavenger trilogy). Overall enjoyable, and I will read the sequel.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Joshua Wachter - Published on Amazon.com
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A man wakes up with amnesia. From several of his unconscious, knee jerk, responses he dopes out that the man he was, wasn't a very nice character. But even he is eventually surprised at just how un-good he was in his past life. Along the way we encounter a lovely scion of a noble family, a squad of leaderless youths in need of training and a host of enemies at every turn.

Circumstances and a faded and at times threadbare desire to... if not be a 'good' guy, at least be a half way 'decent' one casts Fox Crow into the mold of Champion and later (depending on how one looks at it) a hero. For all of that this isn't a fairy tale of good deeds and cotton candy endings. Gritty and unrelenting the story is a must read.

The Deposed King
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b6ea50) out of 5 stars A Character Story 25 Sept. 2011
By Joseph A. Kraska - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was quite good. It features a witty amnesiac antihero who knows more about death than he can readily explain. The amnesia gives him some moments to forget his hard child hood and past life, and question the course of his life in the present, culminating in a situation where--while not exactly redeeming himself--he decides that he is the person that he was no more. This is a character story from beginning to end, and is quite worthwhile reading.

In the story, crows are signs from the God of Death. Near the end of the novel, while awaiting his inevitable death from injuries too much for a man to sustain, the character awakens with a crow on his chest, with his injury healed. Death is telling him figuratively, "I am not through with you yet." Acknowledging that he has a lot to atone for, and this remaining life will be his purgatory, he says to the crow: "That is fair".

This is not the final moment in the novel, and neither does it represent its ending. However, it represents a beginning and end. The part in the middle is the story of Fox Crow, and his path of discovering for himself that he wants to be a different person.

Read the novel to see how this develops.

One gets the idea there might be more stories about Fox Crow. One hopes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b6ec3c) out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 16 Mar. 2012
By Wulfrunner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first novel I have read by James Daniel Ross and I was pleasantly surprised. He was able to use a case of amnesia to weave some exceptional and unusual character development. The plot is well thought out, but this book is really about the character "Fox Crow". The pacing is fairly quick, with well balanced action (actually it's a little on the violent side), suspense, and unexpected plot twists. The reader is given just enough information to stay enticed and interested, but not so much that it is easy to guess what is "really" going on. That might be annoying to some who like to have everything spelled out for them, as seems to be the trend with modern bestselling "fantasy" novels; however, if you're looking for something mature and original then this book would be a good choice.
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