Popular The Guns of Ivrea By Clifford Beal are Ebook Clifford Beal originally from Provid
Popular The Guns of Ivrea By Clifford Beal are Ebook Clifford Beal, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, worked for 20 years as an international journalist covering defence and security issues He writes historical fiction and fantasy and is the author of Gideon s Angel Solaris Books 2013 and The Raven s Banquet Solaris Books 2014 , both supernatural tinged thrillers set in England,France, and Germany in the 17th century He is currently working on an epic fantasy series the first of which is entitled The Guns of Ivrea Solaris Books 2016 After a swashbuckling past where he trained in European rapier combat, he now leads a sedentary life but daydreams of returning to fighting trim When not imbibing endless mugs of tea and writing, he can usually be found imbibing endless mugs of tea and reading He lives in Surrey, England with a fiery redhead of a wife and a crazed Boston terrier.. Patrick O Brian meets George R R Martin in a gritty new fantasy epic Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core A secret that could get him killed A secret that could enable an older, sinister form of worship to be reborn Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, merPatrick O Brian meets George R R Martin in a gritty new fantasy epic Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core A secret that could get him killed A secret that could enable an older, sinister form of worship to be reborn Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him Citala, fair haired and grey skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men She puts events in motion that will end her people s years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence All their fates will intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again e plot never stops thickening and the galloping pace keeps it from clotting All this plus sound historical settings, terrific supernatural set pieces and walk on parts for D Artagnan and John Milton What s not to like The Daily Mail on Gideon s Angel Clifford Beal has a real talent for bringing history to life in the most engaging way Full of thrilling action, with a touch of the supernatural, and yet without flinching from the darkness of war and the soldier s life Adrian Tchaikovsky on The Raven s Banquet. A viral Book The Guns of Ivrea 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/02/11/b...Piratical fantasy? Yes, please. I love me some seafaring scoundrels. Throw in some mercenaries and mermaids, and The Guns of Ivrea sounded like a maritime journey I wanted to take.Unexpectedly, we’re also given a good dose of politics and religious lore. The book opens very cinematically, deep in the tomb of Saint Elded, the revered prophet of the faith. A young monk named Acquel is with a maintenance team checking for damages when he accidentally glimpses Elded’s body and discovers a shocking secret that can shake the foundations of the entire church.Suddenly, Brother Acquel finds himself marked for death. He barely manages to escape, though not before slipping away with an ancient talisman belonging to the dead saint. Acquel’s desperate flight leads him straight to the doorstep of Captain Strykar, leader of the Black Rose mercenary band. In need of a new holy man, Strykar allows Acquel to travel with them, leaving the monk in the care of the company sutler, the widow Timandra. Meanwhile, they are on their way to the coastal city of Palestro where pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis commands the largest fleet in Valdur and carries out his privateering activities for the king. However, Danamis’ recent dealings with the Merfolk have made his devout men jittery and unhappy, and his latest trade may prove to be his undoing.This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and if you’re fond of breakneck action and twisty political hijinks, you’ll definitely find lots to like in The Guns of Ivrea. Clifford Beal keeps things moving at a quick pace, applying his tight plotting and solid storytelling skills to ensure something interesting happens in every chapter. Battle sequences are plentiful and exquisitely detailed, creating an atmosphere so rich and thick that you can practically smell the cannon smoke, though these scenes are still succinct and smooth enough that they do not wear out their welcome. The intrigue surrounding Brother Acquel’s startling discovery—and the extraordinary relic in his possession—is also a mystery that rests comfortably on the narrative, and as we follow along with the story, the big question surrounding the truth of Saint Elded’s identity serves as motivation to keep the pages turning.So it was a surprise when I found that I didn’t feel as connected to the story as I thought I would be. Even now I’m having trouble putting my finger on the cause of this detachment, but my best bet would be on the characters. What felt lacking was a layer of intimacy, which ultimately kept them all at arms’ length. Despite the entertaining plot, it was hard to feel invested when at the end of the day I felt no great concern for the characters’ fates, though they were enjoyable enough to follow. I knew Danamis and Strykar had a complicated friendship because that’s what the narrative told me, not something I felt. Brother Acquel’s acceptance into their fold was likewise a relationship that was more told than shown, as was the monk’s romantic involvement with Timandra, which I didn’t feel emotionally at all. Similarly, Danamis’ alliance and subsequent bond with the Mer princess Citala in the in the later parts of the novel also felt under-developed.But speaking of the Mer, by far the coolest thing about this novel is Beal’s unique take on these creatures of myth. They are abhorred and mistrusted by those who live on land due to the teachings of the human religion, which revile the Mer for being abominations and inferior beings. We didn’t get to see much of the Mer in this book, at least not as much as I’d hoped, though their history plays a very important role in the overall story.It would be very interesting to see what the author has planned for the rest of this series. I hope the more time I spend with these characters, the more I’ll get to come to sympathize with them, but right now Beal has certainly hooked my attention. The Guns of Ivrea is an energetic and suspenseful fantasy that blends nautical adventure with political intrigue and religious conspiracies. I’ll be looking out for the sequel.