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The Last King's Amulet (The Price Of Freedom Book 1) by [Northern, Chris]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in The Price Of Freedom (4 Book Series)

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Chris Northern is European, a traveler by inclination, and an electrical engineer by education. He has worked at jobs, been some places and done some things. He also once owned some stuff but he doesn´t much do that any more. He is often to be found eying the horizon; shortly thereafter, he is often found to be gone.

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I chose this e-book after reading about it on the BookBub e-mail. I'll be honest, the cover design drew me in but the book description hooked me. I love flawed characters and Sumto is certainly not your average hero. I'm not usually a fan of Fantasy novels but I found this one relatable and not too far-fetched. It would have been easy for the author to have written a cliched 'bad boy come good' storyline but Northern takes Sumto on the scenic route through Failuresville and then leaves him tantalisingly at the edge of Successtown, quite possibly never to be allowed in. I immediately bought the next book in the series, The Key to the Grave, and I look forward to reading more of Sumto's journey. I would have given this book 4.5 stars if I could, simply because there were several typos, but I figured that's more the fault of the proofreader than the author so I gave it 5 stars.
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Set in a city republic modelled on ancient Rome.
Sumo is a spoiled brat, son of a Patron(Senator) and one of the most privileged people in the city.
Burdened by debts from gambling and drinking he is forced to finally take up his period of military service.
Slowly and reluctantly he takes up the responsibility he has avoided for years as a rebellion forms amongst the Client Tribes around the city.

There is a lot of discussion of the sociological and economic premise upon which the city is founded. Sumo spends a lot of time justifying the relative merit of the City's governance versus the alternatives. Bearing in mind this is is pseaudoclassical Rome his point of view is quite interesting.

The entire book is first person from the point of view of Sumo. This leaves soem gaps in the timeline of activity. Towards the end in particular the limitations of first person narrative can be jarring - as Sumo is not aware of everything happening. A little more exposition would have helped give a better rounded ending.

A fabulous read with a very gripping evolution from fop to hero of the main character.
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Enjoyable tale written in a distinctive style that pulled me into the main characters. Always a good sign when I want to read the follow up book.
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good read
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Sumto is a lazy gambler, who enjoys his drinking. Well I could identify with that and immediately started off with a degree of empathy for the chap! Author Chris Northern has invented and developed a vast fantasy world, loosely based on technology and political construction similar to that we might associate with the early Roman empire. Into this he has introduced a complex magic system only ordinarily used by the ruling classes. The reader, through the wonderful first hand accounts of the anti-hero Sumto, is then shown this world of adventure and intrigue.
The secondary characters, Meran the ugliest man alive, and his love interest the young Jocasta are equally in depth. Together they struggle against very powerful enemies and events much larger than they. At times I roared out loud with laughter, the humour is well placed and delicately managed. It serves as a marvellous introduction novel to what might hopefully be a series. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and recommend it whole heartedly to anyone looking for a tale of adventure in a whole new world.
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"What a very interesting story". That was my thought as I progressed through the first of the currently 3 books about this character. OK that may not be the sort of praise that may inspire a person to buy this book, but believe me, I had just fought my way through another work by a different and far less entertaining author, so the breath of fresh air which was Chris Northern's quazi Rome on another world with a dollop of interestingly contrived magic thrown in made me want to keep reading.
This is the first of what turn out to be three massively entertaining books, and a story that continues from one book to another. Chris could have in effect just written one huge book, but he broke it down into 3 wonderful normal size slices of entertainment.
If you like the promise of both political intrigue combined with a seriously flawed but more interesting for it hero, together with an intelligent use of magical skills and a constantly evolving and adventurous plot, then you should definitely start reading this series. I found it massively entertaining.
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Every now and again I'll read a fantasy that seems totally out of left field. Just as rare are books that I simply can't put down. This book is both of those things.

A really original take on Ancient Rome with magic thrown into the mix makes for a cool background but it's the characters, particularly Sumto, who held my spellbound throughout. I can't even decide what I like about him. Maybe it's that he has no illusions about himself. Anyway, I'm absolutely going to read the rest of the series and see where this leads.
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I started this book tongue in cheek because of an earlier reviewer who identified with the main character a lazy drunkard who beats his slaves.

I didn't identify with that part of him, and hold no sympathy for drunkards.

When the book got past the self pity stage and the hero started making something of his life, drying out and getting fit, I found the book really came into it's own.

I found it a most entertaining read as the hero gets more and more involved with army life and uses the lessons that he has learnt and read to great advantage.

I think what is missing in the first 70% of the book is the number of men in a cohort, the command structure is not quite clear, although the author does go into considerable detail.

While I would have been tempted to score the book 5 stars, the story starts dropping off at about the 70% mark, and ends rather abruptly.

Perhaps this is so that it can continue in book 2, but it leaves quite a few questions unanswered.

In reviewing this I have tried not to spoil the plot for anyone reading it.

A good read and I look forward to reading book 2.
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