As the King of Talbadas nears his end, and treasonous parties seek to usurp the throne, young farmer Halm Dresden soon finds that his father's dying advice, the actions of two elves, and a nightmare vision have put him on a destined path.As impressionable youth and some of his friends join this treacherous league, he has a sword made and prepares for looming conflict....
|Title||:||The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart (The Hero of Talbadas #1)|
|Number of Pages||:||438 Pages|
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The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart (The Hero of Talbadas #1) Reviews
This book is about a hero that we can all relate to. Dresden is a normal young man who didn't have aspirations to become a hero. It is inspiring to see how he grows into the role and to witness his struggles with the realisations of what it means to be a hero. There are a number of characters that you very quickly grow attached to. There is such depth, intrigue and strength to them that it is easy to relate to them and like them. Not far below the surface of the story are some interesting ideas and concepts about life and how it plays out. There is much wisdom in text. The writing was polished and descriptive. As the author weaves his tale, it is sometimes magical and sometimes strikingly real, you can't help but be swept along for the ride. There were times I was on the edge of my seat, and it was always hard to put the book down. I look forward to reading book 2.
The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart is a new work by a new author, and what a tale this author has to tell. With the very first pages, I was sucked in by the "in media res" of the story, which begins with some world building and the introduction of Dresden, the titular Hero of Talbadas, dallying with an elf. We then flash back to the beginnings of Dresden's, and the kingdom's, long trials. The story slowed down a little bit at this point, but that was probably a necessity. We have to know who Dresden is and who he was before he became a hero.The writing in the book is crisp, precise. The details of Dresden's fighting style are intriguing, and the clear descriptions definitely helped me understand exactly how the characters moved, a feat when writing an action scene. There is humor throughout the book, and the author has set up an intriguing set of alterna-pantheons. Can't wait to learn more about each, and clashes between the various sects. I also quite enjoyed the crafting of Dresden's sword; the scene sang for me in the interplay between the blacksmith and his assistant. Which made it all the more shocking when...oh, you'll have to read it to find out.The promise of this series is exciting. This first volume is merely the start of everything to come. There are definite similarities to "A Song Of Ice And Fire," I think. Not in terms of plot, but in the fact that like ASOIAF, this story will take volumes to tell, each piece building on the last, becoming bigger, more exciting, more epic. Because we know from this very first novel that Talbadas will fall. It is the particulars which we want to know. And once it has fallen, what will emerge from the ashes?
Started with a good pace and kept my attention. The only thing keeping me from rating it an easy 5 stars is the multiple cultures that confused me a bit. Other than this i thoroughly enjoyed the book. Very good fights and enough sadism to keep me wanting the hero to prevail. I definitely look forward to the next installment of the series.
Drawing from the heartfelt, humorous and horrific sides of human nature, and using authentic 14/15th century European martial art "Kunst des Fechten," The Torment, The Shadow, The Heart is my first novel, and a 6-year labour of love.This combines my passion for writing, fantasy, martial arts, most things medieval and many things viking. Thanks to translations and understanding of the 1459 and 1467 Talhoffer fechtbuchs, the martial arts took a turn for the better.Star rating not provided as this is my work.Hope you enjoy this