A Blade of Black Steel

The preque to Alex Marshall 's A Crown for Cold Silver, an outstanding, game-changing epic adventure featuring an unforgettable female warrior.

After five hundred years, the Sunken Kingdom has returned, and brought with it a monstrous secret that threatens to destroy every country on the tar.

As an inhuman army gathers on its shores, poised to invade the Immaculate Isles, the membe of the Cobalt Company face an ugly choice: abandon their dreams of glory and vengeance to combat a menace from another realm, or pursue their ambitions and hope the Star is still there when the smoke clears.

Five villains. One legendary general. A battle for survival.
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Published May 26th 2016 by ORBIT (first published May 24th 2016
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all accepted and completely normal) There are several really awesome gay characters, omen and men both, who are not stereotypical in the least and are both kicka$$ and original.

I love how Alex Marshall turns every single fantasy trope on its head.

I love that about a story.

As a reader, you really feel as if you 're getting to know these characters well, and personally, I ca n't help but love most of them, not in spite of but because of their laws.

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A lot of really awesome gender and sexuality stuff is going on in YA iction, but it 's important for adults to relate to that stuff too.

It 's not like we grow out of queerness.Other non-spoilery things I like: Zosia calling Hoartrap a bag of dicksDiggleby calling the Pope a dog buttBang 's lookThe fact that Best would n't bother threatening to turn this car around- she 'd just do itThe love of a oman for her war hammer

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I mean, I liked a lot of the themes of the irst in the series, all the cussing, girl-chasing, older matron ex-queen bent on reclaiming her lost queendom, the heavy-metal aspects of getting the evil band back together and being the underdog villains amidst wonderful dialogue and demon-strewn wastelands ( that they may or may not have had a part in bringing about).

This ride was just too fun.It may be coming off the heels of grimdark epic fantasy, but this feels like something a lot more genuine and funny and emotional than most of the thing I 've read.

Awwww.And then there 's so much awesome demon shit, warlocks, totally nasty battles, and totally emotional battles, too, wrenching the way only a good story can wrench.I 've gone over, pretty fully, to this dark side, this bad boy ( or bo) of epic fantasy.

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There 's some stagnation happening in one plotline that feels like some wheel spinning, but then on the other side, there is the balls-out insanity that happens at the nd of Part One. The WTF chapter I 've ever seen in a antasy ook, I think.

Not entirely sure where this is going to wrap up, but I have no doubt it 's going to be one fun ride in the concluding volume.

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“ A Blade of Black Steel ” is the eleventh essa of a series—a follow-up to the excellent “ A Crown for Cold Silver, ” which absolutely must be read before this ook.

“ A Blade of Black Steel ” has character; it ’ s about people coping with their perceptions—perceptions that guide and mislead them into actions that have consequences that become lost in time and space.

I especially had a lot of fun seeing the witchy, twitchy Hoartrap get in touch with others while being out of touch with how he is viewed in his touching relationships… At times he acted more like a Whoretrap than a Hoartrap, even getting in bed with a more-than-major character… There are also new characters introduced with their own quiddities, quirks, and queer mysteries.

Hoartrap gets to spin quite a tail:) that is a prelude to a ludic tall tale worthy of singing about.The worldbuilding, which was a huge focus of “ A Crown for Cold Silver, ” continues on, part of which includes exploring new places, in particular the Sunken Kingdom, Jex Toth, where Maroto gets some bang-up action.

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