The Guns of Ivrea

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.

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  1. 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.

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  1. 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 02 11 bPiratical 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 accide [...]


  2. A few years ago I read and enjoyed Gideon s Angel by Clifford Beal It was a novel set in 17th Century England and was enhanced with light fantasy elements, most prominently magical artefacts and religious beings It was a very clever novel, well paced, full of masterful descriptions of the times and had some great characters too That said, it never quite picked up the following it deserved people tend to be a little wary around fantasy novels using a historical setting, they re not quite Alternat [...]


  3. This isn t a twist on historical fantasy, such as Clifford Beal has written before Gideon s Angel was set in Cromwell s 1650s but an outright fantasy with liberal application of historical detail Beal s invented world sighs with Mediterranean glory, brimming with pirates, free cities, mythological beasties, and a religious schism just waiting to happen The details never weigh down the pace of the story, and it s a tale packed with set pieces that ought to have been illustrated in a Renaissance [...]


  4. 3 starsThis started out with a ton of promise, and I was really excited to settle in for a shipboard adventure About halfway through, though, the book didn t hold my attention I lived for the battles, both on land and at sea, but found some of the characters too flat and the religious underpinning trite and uninteresting I will than likely read the next book in the series to see what happens to Danamis and Stryker.


  5. This would have been a decent startup for a fantasy in the old war among gods heating up after centuries genre, but there s way too much sexual violence and libido for what is essentially a YA scenario, and the women are all either witches or whores except for one who is set up as a major character and then suddenly murdered right at the end The main religion seems kind of generic, too Unless reviews indicate that the sequels get better, I ll skip the middle volume s.


  6. I had to skim this one hard core because it is SO very repetitive Characters who will have quite literally JUST found something out in scenewill then repeat that same information Over And Over To their various compatriots who need to know Oy So if you want to skip this one read on for the spoilers as I gleaned them from this incredibly long Epic Saga Part One Long repetitive, mostly all dudesough I did stop for one potential rape scene where the woman used some sort of mystical magics to literal [...]


  7. Been a disappointing downward spiral this reading I was so thrilled by the whole premise and setting and the first few chapters really got hooked in Brother Acquel, Captain Strykar, Prince Nico, Widow Timandra these were a bunch of characters with whom I was prepared to share the pain and the joys of victory With some fantastical Pirate encounters out on the sea combined with the political intrigue played out against the backdrop of an overarching questioning of one s faith religious beliefs The [...]


  8. The Guns of Ivrea is the first novel in the Tales of Valdur by Clifford Beal It is set on and around the island nation of Valdur The novel follows Brother Acquel, Nicolo Danamis, Citala, and as their lives intersect and they try to stay alive, right wrongs and achieve their goals.Each of these characters is vibrant with a rich story of his her own Danamis and Acquel evolve over the course of the novel as they face hardship after hardship and difficult decisions They come to understand themselve [...]


  9. That has been a book which disguised its quality in the beginning.The cover and the description convinced me to read the book I liked the setting, the characters and the story which seemed straight forward in the beginning But the I read and the the author revealed the interesting the story itself got Unexpected twists and turns gave the story depth I thought I identified the pawns in the game and I was wrong Normally I m not a fan of stories where religion plays a greater role But here reli [...]


  10. Look I think critically I shouldn t give this four stars I felt that characters could ve been fleshed out a little we didn t really get to know them and so despite the constant action, it s hard to care about all of them This is mostly a problem with the main ones though I loved the side characters In the case of the core three or perhaps two, considering we were often inside their heads, I don t think I truly got to learn about them nor understand them And the vague references to the backgroun [...]


  11. 3.5 of 4 starslynns books 2016 02 04 theThe Guns of Ivrea was a very entertaining swashbuckling adventure that contained a number of genuinely unexpected surprises.The main story is primarily one of treachery and deceit which I would say follows three main strands.Captain Danamis enjoys the status of pirate princeling and King s Admiral with stewardship of the port at Palestro Years ago a unique deal was struck with the pirates and the, then, new King, Sempronius II This is a deal whereby the pi [...]


  12. I m surprised by the criticism of those who rated this very entertaining and clever novel so low The sexual overtones must have been in an earlier edition just like the repetitiveness The only issues I had with this book was a plethora of nautical terms I was unfamiliar with but that is my shortcoming since even my Kindle failed me on some of them, I do not feel too bad about it The pacing is good, the characters are interesting and well rounded, the story arch was well constructed and the book [...]


  13. The Guns of Ivrea, book one of the Tales of Valdur, brings to us an epic, swashbuckling adventure that will leave you desperate for Acquel is a young monk serving at the temple of Livorna, soon forced to flee for his life when he and his brothers discover something that could mean the end of the faith or a reformation of epic proportions Nico Danamis, the son of a pirate and the admiral of the kings fleet in Palestro, is soon chased out by a mutiny led by those he trusted the most, and Captain [...]


  14. The Guns of Ivrea is Clifford Beale s first foray into fantasy having previously published historical fiction and a pretty good job he s made of it The setting of island kingdom of Valdur is strongly reminiscent of 15th Century Italy I m seeing Sicily in my mind s eye and has pirates, mercenary companies, corrupt priests, ancient malevolent gods and merfolk What do you want The world and characters are well constructed and believable The story, told through multiple points of view, is admirably [...]


  15. A young monk discovers his religion is based on lies, gets framed for murder and goes on the run A dashing captain falls for a mermaid princess and enlists her people in the fight against his treacherous uncle who leads a mutinous fleet against him This well wrought fantasy adventure is brimming with detail the ship scenes are particularly rich with nautical terms and the moments of action are excitingly depicted It feels very much like a First Instalment, especially toward the end when the page [...]


  16. A late medieval world with a vaguely Mediterranean feel is the backdrop for this story featuring pirate princes and reforming monks shades of Luther Being fantasy of course, the evil bad guys are really nasty, human sacrifice anyone Thankfully they don t get much stage time And to add a bit of racial tension there are the Mer people of the seas This is book 1 which is only noted on the flyleaf and not on the cover, bad, naughty publisher Luckily it doesn t end on a cliffhanger.


  17. A great read Pirates, Mere folk and a lost religion This story has a entertaining story that leaves you guessing and great lead characters It has the right balance of action intrigue A monk who might be the new messenger of a old religion A pirate who s kingdom is in Jeopardy A mere princess who s people are enslaved by a vice and are slowing dying out







  18. I wanted to like it, as the premise seemed interesting, but then I started reading and only made it as far as chapter 8, at which point I was tired of cringing at and being bored by the writing.When it comes to characters, their personalities are relayed by dictation rather than action, behavior, or speech, and all the dictated personality is both predictable and clich With one exception, only the women receive any kind of description, and all of them are some form of perfect, with various male [...]


  19. First off, this is going to be a scathing review since I had to force myself to finish the last fifty pages Alright, so this book started out alright Not great, but not anything worse than what I usually read The naming wasn t exactly creative or subtle with names like Tetch for a pirate, della Rovera for a church chick I m guessing that Beal is a Borgia or Medici fan , or a foppish guy named Danamis, but again, I ve read egregious ripoffs, so it wasn t a deal breaker Also, I m not going to lie [...]


  20. Sigh The hook seemed like a good one Pirates, mermaids, and magic Immediately puts one in mind of such saucy tales as Tim Powers On Stranger Tides There is a marked dearth of new, good pirate tales, so bring it on Sadly, The Guns of Ivrea just doesn t deliver It s a laudable, sincere piece of writing, and Beal obviously takes his subject matter very seriously There s plenty of detail and description of the clothing, the food, the weapons and ships though sadly not enough when it comes to the mag [...]


  21. c2016 FWFTB monk, secret, pirate, merfolk, alliances Meh Pretty standard old school spec fic Three main characters that all come together midway though the book No particular plot surprises and no unique characterisations The strap line mentions ets George R R Martin Hmm not so much IMO No real political intrigue or unexpected events It will probably be a good read for some one starting out with spec fic but not for the avid readers of the genre The smile on Stykar s face evaporated His eyes dri [...]


  22. Lots of potential guns pirates mermaids magic but it never really finds it s feet unfortunately, the only character I gave a damn about was the support character Stryker which is a bad thing for multiple main characters The pace is wildly off in places and I found myself going whuh quite a bit, it could be a minute in time or 5 weeks in time from passage to passage and some things without spoilers are completely out of left field without any explanation what so ever.



  23. I made it to page 82 out of 473 on a trade paperback Flat writing, too many characters and the bones of a good story if it wasn t yet another grimdark y tale of religio political cynicism.


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