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Book Title: Irons in the Fire|
Date of issue: 2009
ISBN 13: 9781844166206
The author of the book: Juliet E. McKenna
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 31.23 MB
Read full description of the books Irons in the Fire:As I began reading this series, I experienced something unexpected... For the first time I found myself 50% through the first book of a series by Ms. McKenna and she had not "hooked" me yet. I believe that this was due only to the fact that 1)that first half is spent introducing a large number of characters we have never seen before; not to mention laying the back story for what is truly an epic trilogy... So whatever you do DO NOT start reading and give up 20% in... cuz the moment certain hugely imperfect totally human familiar faces show up (and the action heats up) the author has you strapped in and the rest is quite the wild ride; including a few twists I did not see coming. By the start of book 2 I was so totally entranced by the depth of so many of the new characters not too mention learning so much more of those returning ones. I think Ms. McKenna has so perfected her skill at creating characters that are neither good nor bad that most of them end up somewhere around brown rather than black, white or even gray... I felt that even the most vile individuals we encounter; except for one or two.. not only had multiple traits that made them almost look like they were redeemable at times... Truly she wrote all by a few so human that I felt true regret for most all when justice caught up with them. Civil war is never clean; emotions run high and atrocities are generally committed on both sides; and if one side does begin on the moral high ground; their struggle soon becomes as much about fighting to maintain some part of it as well as fighting the actually enemy. I felt like the progression of the war and the aftermath was realistic not to mention a few major twist that felt so right yet so unexpected in a book like this. My introduction to Ms. Mckenna's work was finding hardback copies of Tales of the Einarinn 1-4 in one visit to the bookstore; devouring them in less than 3 days and then immediately searching store to store till I found the 5th. She did not disappoint when I next explored the Compass series either.. the moving word-pictures she created throught out were so detailed, rich and complete I not only came to know the new friends in depth; but truly would recognize every major character's face & every location traveled to; if somehow I was magically dumped inside the book. Sometimes authors of fantasy novels get so hung up with the "Fantastic" and the good vs. evil aspects of their stories that the good guys & bad guys end up 2-dimensional more images of one another. I prefer characters like Livak and most every other we have come to love; not only are they not perfect they generally have no illusions of ever attaining that state. Every character could very easily be someone you may pass on the sidewalk any day in some city on our planet. I purchased and read this entire trilogy as epubs quality was top notch, with a layout and even the map images were clear and easily readable. (I hate trying to visualize any book with a lot of traveling in the story if I don't have a good foundation of where and how far apart locations are)
Read information about the authorJuliet E McKenna is a British fantasy author living in the Cotswolds, UK. Loving history, myth and other worlds since she first learned to read, she has written fifteen epic fantasy novels, from The Thief’s Gamble which began The Tales of Einarinn in 1999, to Defiant Peaks concluding The Hadrumal Crisis trilogy.
Currently exploring new opportunities in digital publishing, she’s re-issued her backlist as ebooks in association with Wizard’s Tower Press as well as bringing out original fiction. Most recently, Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom offers readers a wholly new and different fantasy world to explore.
In between novels, she writes diverse shorter fiction, ranging from stories for themed anthologies such as Alien Artifacts and Fight Like A Girl to a handful of tales for Doctor Who, Torchwood and Warhammer 40k. She also reviews for web and print magazines and promotes SF&Fantasy by blogging on book trade issues, attending conventions and teaching creative writing.
Learn more about all of this at julietemckenna.com and on Twitter @JulietEMcKenna
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