Monument Paperback – 3 Jul 2003
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Ian Graham is a magnificent storyteller (David Gemmell)
A very promising debut indeed (THE ALIEN ONLINE)
The most exciting fantasy novel you will read this year (David Gemmell)
Bloodthirsty, action-packed fantasy ... this author is going to be one to watch (STARBURST)
Ian Graham writes with energy and inventive nastiness ... impressively unpleasant (SFX)
A major debut novel from a British author who will take the fantasy genre by storm.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Ballas is a thief who roams from village to village in the land of Druine stealing anything he can get his hands on in order to support his drinking habit. He is a big, ugly brute of a man who looks as if he has been on the wrong side of many physical confrontations - and he has. This pattern continues, as Ballas is beaten to a pulp on a regular basis (but not without leaving a path of human destruction in his own wake).Read more ›
This is a solid story that shows great promise for the author. The lead character is a drunken, violent thief and as the story starts there is not much to admire about Ballas. As the story unfolds you do warm to the character, warts and all as he does display a certain animal cunning and determination. Eventually the whole world seems to be after Ballas as he flees towards the mountains he thinks offer him a way to freedom. The story does falter slightly towards the end, there were a couple of bits I had to read a few times for it to click in but otherwise it hangs together well.
An enjoyable romp which suggests that Mr Graham has a lot to offer in the future (but get your hair cut son)!!!!!
I got this book several years ago at least but to the credit of Ian Graham I find myself re-reading it at least once a year. Ballas' tale of a fugitive on the run I still find utterly enthralling, even after the numerous readings I have had already, and I any fan of the genre will be hooked. "Monument" is different from may books in the genre owing to the askew morality of the protagonist, Ballas being a violent liar, drunkard and criminal, can't help but root for the man every time despite his flaws. I won't delve into too many details of the plot but after robbing a valuable artefact Ballas finds himself on the run and hunted throughout the land. Manically seeking refuge from those who hunt him he travels wide and far and comes into contact with a superb ensemble of supporting characters. While the book does not go into too much detail concerning the lore and history of the world it is set in this does not detract from the story as I found myself as motivated as Ballas to reach the end and find resolution.
The ending itself I immensely enjoyed and the book as a whole. Ian Graham has yet to release a second novel but I look forward to it very much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bold, violent and full of blissful atmospheric unpleasantness!Published 6 months ago by Mr. Lee Burgess
This novel is a great read. I found the protagonist repugnant at first but this turned into fascination. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nigel Hickey
I only purchased this book because it had David Gemmell's name on the front cover.
And as a debut novel goes I really enjoyed it, the plot, story and world were all good and... Read more
This book is the literary definition of tank beast. whoever doesn't appriciate the vast, sweaty, heaving behemoth that is ballas has the intelectual capacity of a pebble. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2007 by Dug
With an interesting "hero" this promised to be be fantasy that was a bit different from the usual fare, but somehow it never went beyond the usual heroic fantasy it was tryin to... Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2006 by Tom
I loved this book! I don't know why everybody is giving Graham such a hard time this is a Blistering piece of work! Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2004
I picked up Monument on a whim and I wish I hadn't. After reading through this poorly written excuse for a novel all I want is my money back and for Ian Graham to keep selling... Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2004 by Amazon Customer
i will start with saying i am young and therefore compared to most, i have not read loads of fantasy books though it is my preferred genre. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2004 by K. J. Verma