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Quicksilver Rising (The Quicksilver Trilogy, Book 1) Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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‘Quicksilver Rising is brilliantly conceived and beautifully constructed. From the first gripping action scene it had me hooked. It has all the ingredients to become a classic of the genre’ David Gemmell
‘Nicholls tells a story into which the reader is dragged as willing victim. He has an eye for action and character, keeps the pace high, plot finely tuned and pages turning; and in Quicksilver Rising has delivered a hugely entertaining read.’ James Barclay
‘Stan Nicholls puts modern dialogue into the mouths of high fantasy characters and echoes of our politics into the kingdoms he creates. Easily as much fun as you’d expect.’ Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Guardian
‘Nicholls knows his stuff … deft characterization … full of action, magic, romance and politics’ Starburst
Exhilirating, innovative fantasy writing … delivered with tremendous panache’ Publishing News
‘A cracking blend of high fantasy adventure and thought-provoking political thriller – a real feast for intelligent imaginations.’ Louise Cooper
’Fast-paced, high adventure … a bare-knuckle fight with a magic punch.’ Mark Chadbourn
From the author of the internationally acclaimed Orcs series comes a powerful new epic fantasy filled with spectacular magic, action, adventure and political intrigue. In the land of Bhealfa magic underpins the social order. Different classes enjoy different qualities of magic; from meagre charms for the destitute, to grand conjurations for the rich. But the most skilful and expensive spells of all are those used by the authorities to control the entire population. Reeth Caldason is the last remaining member of a tribe of warriors who were brutally massacred decades ago. Cursed with episodes of blind rage that endanger anyone near him, he is forced to wander the world seeking revenge for his people and a cure for his magical affliction. But the spell that binds Reeth is an esoteric one, and his search has so far been fruitless. Only when a young sorcerer's apprentice named Kutch tells him of the mysterious Covenant does he regain a glimmer of hope. Forming an uneasy alliance the two head for Bhealfa's capital city in search of this secretive magical society, unaware that they are about to be drawn into a dangerous world of conspiracy and sedition.See all Product description
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Book one in the Quicksilver Trilogy
Stan J. Nicholls
Quicksilver Rising is the first book in the Quicksilver Trilogy. The main character of the book is named Reeth Caldason. Reeth is the last remaining warrior of his tribe who were massacred decades ago. Since he has been cursed with an uncontrollable rage which is a danger for his enemies and friends alike he's wandering around the world. His quest: find a cure for his curse and avenge the death of his fellow tribesman.
In the beginning of the book Reeth meets the young apprentice wizard named Kutch. Kutch master has just been murdered by a group of paladins, the so called guardians of the law. The young wizard seems to now more about a solution to Reeths problem. Teaming up they move out to the capitol city of Bhealfa in search of a secret magical society unaware of the dangers in front of them.
After writing "The Nightshade Chronicles" Stan Nicholls has succeeded in evolving as a writer. This is high fantasy as it should be written. As always Stan knows how to keep his readers turning pages wanting to know what will happen next.
Really enjoyed this one, can't wait to start reading part two of the trilogy. Might just be even better then Stan Nicholls much acclaimed "Orcs".
Pieter W. Lak
31 october 2006
It enters into the action straight away and is fast-paced, clever and sharp all the way through. The sequenses describing fights are breath-taking, superbly well written. The characters are well formed and believable. The story is the first in a trilogy, but it doesn't leave you feeling empty. You know you've read a book as it gets right into the story from the begining and stays there.
The use of magic as (possibly) a symbol of money, greed, power in modern life is a great stroke.
A most enjoyable read. Recomended.
For me the magic was heavy handed and overbearing. Magic was used throughout the book to mirror modern life. There was even a magic lottery. This may be to other peoples tastes but not mine.
On the other hand the fight scenes, particularly the opening scene are very good. Pacy believable and absorbing, they were by far the best side of the book.
The plot though was what disappointed me the most. The book seemed to plod along to an identikit fantasy model with no real inspiration.
I won't be reading the concluding two books.