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Thursday, July 20, 2017

REVIEW: A Throne of Bones

This is a nice, detailed review of ARTS OF DARK AND LIGHT Book One, A THRONE OF BONES. 854 pages and free on Kindle Unlimited.

This is great a fantasy book and a insanely promising start to the series.
  • Great set of characters and their development. Unlike ASOIAF saga, there is no boring point of view in the book, and all the main characters are interesting and different between them. Very glad also that honorable characters are not stupid, and the "bad" ones have interesting motivations and aren't just doing evil things so the good guys can fight them. My favorite is Marcus.
  • Attention to detail. This creates interesting, logic and spontaneous situation development. Unlike other books where it seems the author is cheating every time to move the pieces at his will, Vox moves pieces, but it seems he limits himself with some set of rules based on rational causes and effects, and this makes the narration more natural. It's clear Vox is very knowledgeable about:
  • War strategy and tactics. No insta teleporting troops, or building entire navies like in GoT show. This creates interesting progression and great battle narration.
  • High Fantasy conventions and role playing games. It's great to see interesting mages lore, and spells. Very important to give authenticity to the world.
  • Female psychology. The female characters are very interesting, especially Severa being her very enigmatic and humane at the same time, and not femme fatale, psycho, mother or strong woman boring templates.
  • World building. The setting is fascinating. From the more realist aspects like the roman empire-like territory, to the supernatural characters and lore. This last thing is obviously only teased, but can't wait to read more about it.
  • Non-materialist human perspective. Shit happens in the book and people make bad actions, but most of them (not all) are not only moved by money, lust and power, and have religious convictions. I find this refreshing in a world full of nihilist fiction, despite some of it being very good, like the Abercrombie saga. Here the violence flows naturally although brutally, it has reason to appear more than shock value. No more rapes or tortures every 20 pages for the sake of it, like in Rape Rape Martin books.
  • Some powerful crafted scenes. And not only flashy and with shock value, but with real emotional power. Very good rhythm despite the amount of pages without neglect attention to detail.
I can't recommend this book enough for Fantasy fans or people who wants a good novel. I'm going to start the continuation ASAP.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous MawBTS July 20, 2017 7:36 PM  

Sounds interesting. I still haven't read any of Vox's fiction, except for "Opera Vita Aeterna".

When that story was on the Hugo slate, some people tried to conduct MST3K-style riffings of it on Twitter. They soon gave up because it was actually good and they couldn't find anything to make jokes about.

Blogger Esmar Tuek July 20, 2017 7:57 PM  

That review has done the job for me, I'm buying it. Kindle edition, and I need to got to amazon uk so no affiliate $s..

I haven't read myself into a well built fantasy world for some time...looking forward to it

Anonymous VFM #6306 July 20, 2017 9:06 PM  

It isn't well-built fantasy. It (in its current, growing state) is a thin, 2000-page slice of the full-fleshed multi-perspective military and social history of Selenoth.

Complete with jaunty orc-rape tunes.

Blogger Sam Spade July 20, 2017 9:42 PM  

Wow, never expected my review to be posted here. That's an honor.

I wanted to detail more some of my points, but it thought the review was too long already.

One thing I forgot to mention is how the reader can sense Vox passion writing it,it's very contagious. You can feel Vox enjoying moving the chess pieces and analyzing the new state of the board.

I enjoyed SJWAL a lot, and is a very important book, but in my opinion Vox skill in fiction writing is insane.

Blogger Nate73 July 20, 2017 9:57 PM  

Sam Spade: I appreciate the comparisons to ASoIaF. For a long time that was the only fantasy I read and it's been pretty difficult for us ex-fans to finally accept that 1) the books aren't going to be finished, and 2) if they were it would involve dangling plot threads, hard to pronounce scrambled letter names, and lots of references to rape and prostitution. Seriously, like every place has prostitutes in ASoIaF.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer July 20, 2017 10:37 PM  

I got me a kindle a few days ago. My first two purchases were The Lawdog Files and a Throne of Bones.

Lawdog is as funny as Catch 22. I was an e4 once... snicker.

Blogger tz July 20, 2017 10:50 PM  

A throne of phones

Mr Cook walked out of the president's office toward engineering. Carcinogens are the perfect poison he thought, as long as you are patient. His predecessor was in the grave, and he already had years of innovative ideas where he just had to insure the supply chain would produce obscene profits...

Blogger Steve Mackelprang July 20, 2017 11:12 PM  

Do yourself an enormous favor and read this, ... and once you are well and truly a fan, read the " rest of the story."

Blogger Scott Rassbach July 21, 2017 12:56 AM  

So, for those of us who've read Throne of Bones and the early edition of 'Sea of Skulls'...

How's the full edition of Sea of Skulls coming?

Blogger Resident Moron™ July 21, 2017 12:59 AM  

If that lazy Vox would just put saving the world on the back burner for a few months and finish Sea of Skulls ...

Anonymous CoolHand July 21, 2017 4:19 AM  

Damnit, I had machine work I needed to do this weekend.

Why you make time disappear!?

At any rate, it's too late, I'm a hundred pages in now, no turning back...

Blogger Publius July 21, 2017 1:52 PM  

I just hired a new part time employee who also works at the local library. He likes fantasy so I told him about Throne of Bones and how much I liked it and why. Now he is trying to get it ordered in for the library to stock 😁 Every little step and push back towards good, non SJW writing is worth it.

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