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A Stunning Blend Of Visionary Storytelling And Majestic Prose, The Mark Of Ran Is A New Masterpiece Of Imaginative Fiction In This Epic Adventure, Paul Kearney Records The Voyages Of A Reluctant Hero, A Band Of Outcasts, And A Quest Into The Unknown No One Has Ever Dared Before In A World Abandoned By Its Creator, An Ancient Race Once Existed One With Powers Mankind Cannot Imagine Some Believe They Were The Last Of The Angels Others Think They Were Demons Rol Cortishane Was Raised In A Remote Fishing Village With No Idea Of His True Place In The World But In His Veins Runs The Blood Of This Long Forgotten Race And He Shares Their Dangerous Destiny Driven From Home, Accused Of Witchcraft And Black Magic, Rol Takes Refuge In The Brooding Tower Sanctuary Of The Enigmatic Michal Psellos There Rol Is Trained In The Assassin S Craft And Tutored By The Beautiful But Troubled Rowen It S No Accident That Rol And Rowen Have Been Brought Together, But The Truth About Their Past Is A Secret They Will Have To Fight To Discover Now They Ve Set Their Sights Across The Sea In Search Of The Hidden City And An Adventure That Will Make Them Legends If It Doesn T Kill Them First

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    The world is dying, seemingly forsaken by its creator Mankind schemes, plots and wages wars across it, forgetting that another race once dwelled here To some they where Angels, exiled for a long forgotten crime to others they were demons So starts the first book in Kearney s new series, a tale woven with an eloquent style that is hard edged and gritty Set in a decaying world filled with legends and fragments of a glorious past, Kearney introduces his readers to fantasy on the high seas, the continent of Umer being a collection of islands, large and small rather than the forest filled land masses we are typically presented with, although there are those too separated by huge tracks of wild oceans and brutal seas.In Rol Cortishane veins runs the blood of the Elder race Driven from his home, Rol seeks refuge in the ancient citadel of Michal Psellos, where he is trained to be a killer of men, an assassin without pity After years spent mastering the art of murder, Rol defies Psellos and returns to the high seas.Kearney is one of the best writers of British fantasy around His prose is consistently of the highest standard His use of language is concise, yet vivid in one paragraph he can paint a picture that would take another author a page to describe His dialogue intelligently adds to world building, scene setting and distinctive characterisation In a story set over a period of years, Kearney s character development is dynamic, clear and, most of all, realistic The plot itself is tight and never stagnates or wastes pages on unnecessary sub plots it is completely driven by character action and resulting consequence that meld together in a snowball effect, taking you on a breathless ride that avoids traditional fantasy quests.This is the beginning of Cortishane s story A tale in which he journeys across the breadth of this teeming, wicked world and finds a legendary Hidden City where the desperate and the dispossessed fight for survival This is the first of the chronicles of Rol s great voyages, and those of his compatriots a band of outcasts who took to the wide oceans of the world when every nation of the earth set its face against them Ussa s Orphans they were called, the Beggars of the SeaThough it is a comparatively short novel for the epic fantasy market, so much happens you could swear you d read a book twice its size It s fun, original and enthralling, and sure to appeal to fans of Steven Erikson, R Scott Bakker, Glen Cook and even George R R Martin This book is a must for serious readers of fantasy fiction.

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    Disappointing That s the word for it This proves that the author of a favourite series does not churn out great books all the time This book is as bad as Monarchies of God series was good, despite both being written by the same author While the writing is quite good, I didn t feel any connection whatsoever with the book The characters seemed far off, lifeless The plot seemed directionless It s like driving after you ve had to drink than is good for you The treatment of women in the book was the worst The main female character was a made to be a little than a cheap slut firstly being used by her master and anyone who wished to sample her for a price, paid to her master , then falling for the main character who s 10 years her junior, spreading her legs for him, later discovering that they were siblings, then running off to be a tyrant in some far off land It s all so fake and unreal And disgusting Probably Paul Kearney really had had too much to drink before penning this.

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    The Review is originally available at Realms of Speculative FictionPaul Kearney might just be one of the undiscovered, rather than hidden, gems of fantasy fiction His d but The Way to Babylon 1992 , two subsequent stand alone novels and a traditional epic fantasy series Monarchies of God counting five books, all failed to bring a financial breakthrough even though these books were often praised by critics at least as competent efforts if not beyond that His latest started but never finished trilogy The Sea Beggars the first book of which I am about to review, was sadly dropped by Bantam, Kearney s publisher at the time, just after the second book The official explanation was not surprisingly of a financial nature Hopefully his streak of bad luck will have ended this year with a new upcoming title The Ten Thousand September 2008 backed by a new publisher Solaris, which also plans to reissue the five Monarchies of God books as an omnibus duo.Intrigued by Adam s The Wertzone perseverant endorsement of Kearny as a severely underrated author, as well as by the blurb on the cover of The Mark of Ran , written by Steven Erikson, proclaiming Kearney as one of the best fantasy authors out there, I ve decided to read the damned thing myself And guess what, despite the fact that the book has its flaws, I was still pleasantly surprised and have to agree about the underrated part at least.The World is slowly dying, forsaken by its Creator Mankind schemes and plots and makes war across the world, forgetting that they are not its sole inheritors Another race once dwelled here We witness the story of Rol Corthisan, an orphan and a farm boy, whose undisclosed heritage makes him unaware of his hidden potentials now where have we heard that before After his safe haven is destroyed he has to seek his only chance at help and knowledge Afraid and alone he sails through a storm to a neighboring island state, where the mysterious figure of Michal Psellos takes him in While under his patronage, Rol learns many skills most of them are about being deadly as well as finds himself in love with Rowen, his beautiful tutor and the only person besides Rol, who shares his ambiguous status in Michal s household and is unfamiliar with her parentage Without giving out too much let me conclude this brief synopsis by revealing that everything is not what it seems to be in the tower of Michal Psellos and after things get complicated and then resolved after a fashion, Rol sets out onto the sea, where a new life awaits him, a life full of danger and opportunities but even as he tries to run from his personal past, a different kind of past rushes headlong into his direction instead The Mark of Ran reads like a simple and straight forward story, which it is after a fashion, but Kearney also manages to transcend such trite generalization with his competent writing skills, fluid narrative, killer pacing, detailed world building the annexed map and the mythos are intriguing at the least , carefully deployed mystery element of the general plot and the likeability of the characters, as well as plausibility of their actions I m not sure why, maybe the cover blurb is to fault for the comparison, but Kearney s prose seems in a way akin to that of Erikson the flow of narrative for example If I tried hard enough I might also find some similarities between Rol and Crokus a character in Erikson s Malazan Book of The Fallen series.Where the story starts to drop in intensity is well into the second half of the novel, which follows Rol as he traverses the seas as a sailor officer The seafaring part cannot possibly match up to the earlier chapters Rol s growth as a character seems to stall significantly in exchange for in my opinion filler action scenes and seemingly random courses in seamanship The terminology itself didn t bother me that much, but if you are not interested in principles of sailing and old sea vessels this sections of the book might bore you some.Otherwise, I have to congratulate Kearney for not being afraid to kill people in his book, although the main cast seems a bit untouchable at moments The body count is quite high in the end One other thing I liked is how Kearney handles the love story well not the love part of the story per se, it is only that he treads around this theme really elegantly, showing us love s bitter sweet side without overdoing it.With barely under 400 pages this novel rarely falters The Mark of Ran is a well executed epic fantasy, which doesn t deserve to be buried under a heap of unremarkable fiction littering the market I will save the peculiar story of how I got this book for later All in all, this novel is than a decent read and although a bit short of brilliant, it still made me eager to read its sequel The Forsaken Earth.3,5 5 Thrinidir

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    This book should have been right up my alley It is a tried and true formula, barely tweaked The formula that worked for Harry Potter, and Mistborn, Belgariad, Star Wars, Name of the Wind, and countless other fantasy novels Young orphan with special heritage powers legacy who has to go through an apprenticeship where he learns about and masters his powers so he can fight off the big baddie with the help of some memorable sidekicks, and throw in a romance for good measure.And yet I really disliked this book It was unnecessarily crude and gritty and simply unpleasant to read It isn t that the writing is bad, the author s command of language is impressive But rather that I don t like to read about abusive sex acts and torture and people rutting and urinating in public I don t get to read much for fun these days, so when I do, I want to be able to enjoy my reading I don t dislike all books that are gritty or dark Mark Lawrence s Thorns series and GRRM s Song of Ice and Fire come to mind But for those the grittiness is essential to the plot, rather than added as a stylistic choice to a heroic plot And it didn t work for me.Large chunks of the story were completely unnecessary and irrelevant to the plot The first half and second half were almost entirely unrelated almost like they were two different stories which led it to feel disjointed The main protagonist is entirely unmemorable, and inconsistent chapter by chapter sometimes kind, sometimes cruel, but not in any way that feels like character growth or complexity, but rather in a changing the personality to fit what the plot demands at that point The author has clearly done his research, and his description of ships and how they run is written with the sort of detail and jargon that rings true to me a person who has no knowledge of ships But while I can recognize the effort that went into creating that air of authenticity, I didn t particularly appreciate it because I didn t understand the distinction between the different masts or rigs, etc so to me it read like unnecessary detail that bogged down the pacing and left me skimming large chunks of text So I can understand why people would like this book It follows the classic fantasy memes, has a lot of detail and expertise written in, and for people who like dark and crude this would resonate For me, it did not The only reason I finished was because I was stuck waiting for several hours with nothing else to read I won t be reading the sequels.

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    RatingReview This review originally appeared on Out of this World Reviews The Mark of Ran by Paul Kearney is the first in the Sea Beggars duology As my mind wanders over the story and its characters, I m not quite sure where the series title comes into play The main character, Rol Cortishane, is at times without home or hearth, but never does he beg He never needs to Cast into the world after his guardian grandfather is slain by an angry mob, Rol seeks out an old associate of his grandfather s in whom he finds a mentor willing to train him in the ways of his ancestry Rol is not human While he looks human enough, certain traits come to the forefront when Rol is pushed emotionally or physically his eyes glow, his strength is superhuman, and he heals quickly.While the story is entertaining enough, it seemed to jump from place to place a bit too often with less than smooth transitions between Much of the tale revolves around Rol s initial training, his interactions with his mentor, and his love hate relationship with the mysterious and beautiful Rowen, who is not human, either About halfway through, Rol takes to the sea, and while I expected the story to really take off from that point, it instead fizzles in a somewhat predictable direction.I ve heard good things about Kearney, so it was with some disappointment I have to say that I will not be reading the second book in this series The author s Monarchies of God and the novel, The Ten Thousand, have both stood out in others reviews, though, so I ll set my sights on those the next time Kearney s name comes around.

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    I shamelessly picked up this book in my local Waterstones because the cover shouted out at me I was very interested in seeing how a maritime ship based fantasy novel would go and I am really pleased I bought it A slow start soon speeds up gear into a real saltwater romp with plenty of action and some very interesting characters.This is a fantastic read and the world that Paul Kearney has created is incredibly detailed with great depth and interest and I loved referring back to the map at the front of the book I loved this book so much, I have ordered book two from even before I finished this one

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    A fascinating and dark opening to a series that at the time of this review sadly remains unfinished Kearney really knows how to expertly craft a world that feels living and breathing and, perhaps most importantly, lived in There are some shocking twists, a touch of magic that relates well in a grounded world, and a real sense of history and loss A must read, hopefully with an end to be published someday.

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    It started off well I would have given the first third 3 or 4 stars but it started to lag when he got to the Tower and just dragged on from there, at one point feeling nautical than story if that makes sense Certain elements that could have been interesting hello, mysterious sword and how you doin , enigmatic not quite humans were introduced and then either not developed built on, or the development started happening way too much later to keep me engaged I started skimming during the sea faring part and gave up at the 3 4 mark It felt like the author lost the thread of the main story I had glimpsed in that first part and just started meandering around hoping something would jump out Any compelling edge was completely lost.

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    The plot was a little confusing, especially since I don t know a lot about sailing There were many references to war and sailing that I didn t understand but I was curious the entire time I was reading the book I didn t like the time gaps though and the direction it went with Rowen and Rol.

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    Never ending action This was a very good book, with lots of fighting Rofl the main man was not a very likeable person, but in the end he did the right thing I m waiting to read another book in this seriesto see if Rol and his sister, Rosen, get together again.