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The Thousand Names Read Ý 102 ☆ ❮PDF❯ ⚣ The Thousand Names ✈ Author Django Wexler – Gym-apparel.co.uk Enter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel—but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic Captain Marcus d’Ivoire commander of one Enter an epic fanEnter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic Captain Marcus d’Ivoire commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy remote outpost But that was before a rebellion upended his life And once the powder smoke settled he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuou. The steps of the novel echoed through the throne room The book king watched as the large tome took a bow infront of himPlease rise so I can see your beautiful cover said the book kingThe book did as it was told The high noon sun basking its front it looked up to his monarchI was told that you'd like to be ranked for the book army Is that so asked the kingYes my liegeFrom seeing you enter I assume you have a good pacing You're posture is well balanced That's a good start But if you want to fight in my army you need martial knowledge How acuainted are you with fighting techniues inuired the book kingI'm a military fantasy flint lock sub genre In me you're going to find epic battles military strategies tactical maneuvers on the battle field and the cruelties of war from the grunt perspective said the novel His voice rang loud and proud through the royal hallImpressive said the book king But being a high ranked member is than just knowing your military How are your plots and charactersI present two very interesting characters I tell the story of Marcus d’Ivoire a captain in the Vordani colonial army His forces support a prince in a remote desert kingdomWith the army is also the young woman Winter Ihernglass who disguises herself as a man to be able to fight in the Vordani forcesBoth of their fates change when a new colonel is assigned to their troops There is mystery subterfuge action and tales of friendship and betrayalVery well My reports say that you performed uite excellent in all categories and are a delight to spend time with I think we need of those inspiring novels in leading roles within the army So please state your name for the record said the kingThe Thousand Names said the novelHereby I pronounce The Thousand Names a five star general of the book army May you be an example for other books of your genre Dismissed decreed the book king

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H who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order His military genius seems to know no bounds and under his command Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning But their allegiance will be tested as they begin to suspect that the enigmatic Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural a realm with the power to ignite a meteoric rise reshape the known world and change the lives of everyone in its path. I have had my eye on The Shadow Campaigns series for a while now The flintlock fantasy genre is one that really seems to appeal to my tastes as a reader I wouldn't refer to myself as a history buff by any means but history has always fascinated me Mr Wexler has managed to give The Thousand Names a 17th century or early 18th century feel with the muskets cannons and military atmosphere This managed to make my inner historical nerd jump with glee every time a fight broke out But that is not all that makes this book fun and entertaining The characters are well developed the world building has a middle eastern feel to it and the humor had me laughing out loud throughout the bookThe characters are what really made this story thrive for me The storyline mainly follows two POV's Captain Marcus d'Ivoire and Lieutenant Winter Ihernglass Both are members of the Vordan army but have come to their current positions through very different circumstances Marcus attended the war college in Vordan and chose his assignment in Khandar after graduation while Winter is trying to run as far as she can from a troubled past I enjoyed both characters but Winter's storyline was probably the highlight of the book for me She is undoubtedly one of the most interesting female characters I have read in uite a while Mr Wexler makes sure to detail her past and present struggles Being one of the only female soldiers and seeing what she has to go through but still managing to persevere made it easy to cheer for her Colonel Janus was also a great character While we don't get any of the story from his POV his interactions with Marcus and Winter really brought his character to life almost just as much He is intelligent and a bit eccentric at times but his personality added some good humor and diversity to the dialogueThe Vordanian army posted in Khandar are pretty much considered a group of outcasts These are the troublemakers and lowest ranking soldiers in the army So they have been sent over the ocean to be out of the way but still serve their country They're job is to train the Khandar soldiers and support the prince but a group of religious fanatics know as the Redeemers send the Vordan army and prince running for their lives The Redeemers overrun the capital city Ashe Katarion and take command of the Khandar soldiers They also have the backing of the local desert tribes and their mysterious leader the Steel Ghost The Vordan army is left leaderless and in a foreign country So the king sends fresh and untested new recruits along with a new leader Colonel Janus He not only intends to fight back against the Redeemers he has every intention to win But what seems like a cut and dry war to defeat the Redeemers and put the prince back on the throne turns into a search for a power that could tear the Vordan's apartThe setup for the next book was done perfectly Mr Wexler leaves the reader with enough information to know that some big decisions are about to be made Also the epilogue reminded me of an ending to a Marvel movie where halfway through the credits you get that extra scene that makes you all the anxious for the next movie Yeah That's this book Luckily this series is finished so I don't have to wait to start the next book There were a couple of minor issues I had but nothing that took away from my overall enjoyment There are a few small sections in the book where we get a POV from certain Khandarian characters I thought this change of pace was done well but would like to have seen of these sections Also the magic system is not explained very well I assume it is because there are a limited amount of magical scenes in this book but I would have liked a better understanding of certain scenes Hopefully they will be abundant in book 2 and discussed in greater detail Like I said just minor things that stood out to me but did keep me from giving this 5 stars So if your looking for a good military fantasy read with memorable characters gritty humor and a well developed story look no further than The Thousand Names I have found one of my go to fantasy genres in flintlock fantasy so I will be continuing with book 2 The Shadow Throne right away 45 stars

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The Thousand NamesSly to a small fortress at the edge of the desertTo flee from her past Winter Ihernglass masueraded as a man The Thousand MOBI #204 and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials hoping only to avoid notice But when chance sees her promoted to command she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible oddsThe fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnic. For some time now I’ve been co moderating a fantasy group on Goodreads One of the troubles with attempting to be an active group co moderator are monthly reads Ultimately only a few read the selections in a timely enough fashion to discuss so I’ve been making it a personal challenge to read the books chosen The Thousand Names won our ’round the world fantasy’ African setting poll so I dutifully ordered it from the library While it began promisingly enough it soon segued into a detailed military fantasy one of my least favorite fantasy sub genres uite honestly it’s probably a toss up between that and romance heavy UFNames begins with a gathering of various power factions in the city of Khandar The resistance has pushed the white devils back and are debating the next move Led by the chief of the civil authority Jaffa other guests include the head priest of the Redeemers a new faction of a militant religious order; the general of the army; and the Steel Ghost the mysterious leader of the desert nomads Shortly after the meeting Jaffa surreptitiously meets with the Holy Mother She casually commands one of her followers to interrogate a waif caught following him to their meeting–after she was first killed Its the first promise that something magical and fantastical is happeningMy interested piued I decided to read onPart One begins with a small group of the aforementioned white devils on guard duty One is on the receiving end of harsh chaffing and the reader soon discovers that Private Winter is a woman in disguise Scene switch to a captain in the same army Marcus d’Ivorie as he rides to meet the ships that are either bringing reinforcements or taking his men home He greets Count Colonel Janus the new leader of the army and fan of plain speaking Janus is clearly an eccentric genius although Marcus has his suspicionsThe remainder of the book is largely between narratives focused on Winter and Marcus sometimes within the same chapter along with a couple scattered short pieces from various others introduced in the first chapter Because Wexler devotes significant chunks of both text and action to each the switches between characters are smooth although sometimes they end on a bit of a cliff hanger as a new event unfolds Resolving one issue but ending with lead in to another was a nice device that kept me interestedUnfortunately for me however Wexler has a deep love for military detail His introductory acknowledgement thanks someone who introduced him to “historical war gaming” and the jacket binding mentions “When not planning Shadow Campaigns he wrangles computers paints tiny soldiers” His enthusiasm shows in the plotting The majority of the book focuses on movements of the invaders against the Khandar alliance using the dual perspectives of Winter and Marcus for insights into engagements of both the grunt view and leadership Wexler writes well enough that I was initially engaged especially as Winter started to shine However the sheer overwhelming attention to the detail and movements is too much to sustain my interest We’re talking Name of the Wind thickness here at slightly over 500 pages Really given my interest in war strategy is largely indifferent it’s a mark of skill that Wexler had my interest at all In Wexler’s defense he does use a variety of engagements from ambush to a targeted strike to all out battle which brings additional interestThe mystical elements begin to come into play when Winter discovers a daughter of the Holy Mother I won’t say any to avoid spoilers but one of the disappointments for me as a fantasy reader is that events and explanations relating to the magical system come principally at the end of the book It feels a little tacked on especially as it results in significant political and personal cliffhangersCharacterization is thorough and well done If perhaps a little stereotypical the familiarity gives an anchor point to the story and allows for a tiny bit of boundary pushing Wexler does a nice job with the female viewpoint although he over emphasizes Winter’s obsession with a tragic relationship incident I also appreciated a nice twist or two relating to characterizationThematically I can’t help but be a little disappointed by lost potential created from the opening scene of the defender’s situation followed by a focus on the invaders Wexler largely leaves the morals and ethics of invasion and defense aside except for a token nod to commanders prohibiting raping and looting Marcus wrestles significantly with personal loyalty issues but I think any ethical issues on the part of the invaders were largely clear cut The Holy Mother offered potential for ethical issues of cultural preservation but those were left mostly with the cliff hangerOverall it was a bit of a miss for me largely because of my own genre preference and the lack of finesse in ethical issues and characterization I think fans of The Deeds of Paksenarrion would enjoy it as well as anyone who enjoys detailed troop engagementsFour stars for writing skill and military detail two stars for personal enjoyment so I’ll average it out and call it three