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  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Solaris (26. Oktober 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1906735778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906735777
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,8 x 17,1 cm
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Paul Kearney is the celebrated Irish writer behind the classic fantasy series The Monarchies of God. He is also the author of The Way To Babylon and the highly regarded fantasy trilogy that began with The Ten Thousand.

 

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von M. Heider am 5. November 2010
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Wie schon mit dem diesem Buch vorangehenden Werk "The Ten Thousand" legt Paul Kearney hier wieder ein Fantasybuch vor, das im Fehlen übernatürlicher Elemente eher als historischer Roman in einer erfundenen Parallelwelt zu bezeichnen ist. Diese Parallelwelt lehnt sich sehr stark am klassischen Griechenland des vierten vorchristlichen Jahrhunderts an und wird von Kearney überzeugend zum Leben erweckt. Die Handlung des vorliegenden Romans, der wieder den Söldnerführer Rictus als Hauptprotagonisten verwendet, folgt dem ersten in etwa zwanzig Jahren Abstand, und so wie bereits der vorige Roman interpretiert er wieder ein echtes Ereignis der griechischen Geschichte auf freie Art und Weise neu, in diesem Fall die erzwungene Einigung Griechenlands durch die Makedonen am Vorabend des Perserfeldzuges Alexander des Großen.

Man kann Kearney sicher ohne Übertreibung als einen wahren Meister der realistischen Darstellung von Schlachten und überhaupt Kriegen bezeichnen, einschließlich der überzeugenden Charakterisierung von Soldaten aller Art, wobei er stets frei von Schönfärberei und meist auch Pathos ist - zumindest dort, wo seine teils poetische Sprache nicht zu sehr Raum greift. Kearneys Kriege sind eindringlich und voll des beiläufigen, wie selbstverständlich erzählten Schreckens, und seine Charaktere sind allesamt überzeugend. Von der Handlung her bleibt "Corvus" allerdings hinter "The Ten Thousand" zurück.
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Terrific Military Fantasy 26. Januar 2011
Von RG69 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Corvus is a sequel to The Ten Thousand(which was based on Xenophon's Anabasis). This novel is completely original, though Corvus has shades of Alexander the Great. Though you don't have to read The Ten Thousand to enjoy this book, I would recommend it to fully understand everything. The first novel takes place mostly in the Ashur Empire(Persia), this novel takes place completely in the homeland of the Macht(Greece/Macedon). The Macht are the most fierce some fighters in the world with their phalanx, but they are divided into countless city states that constantly squabble. Corvus however plans to conquer all of the city states under his banner and rule a united Macht homeland. To accomplish this he must recruit Rictus and his band of mercenaries. Rictus is a living legend, having lead the Ten Thousand back home in the previous novel taking place 2 decades earlier. Though the novel is called Corvus it really mostly focuses on Rictus and his family. I really enjoy Paul Kearney and wish more people would start giving him the chance. I greatly enjoyed the late David Gemmell and Angus Wells and I would put Paul Kearney right up their with them as far as my favorite British authors. Really a great read. Also check out the Monarchies of God series if you enjoy this book.
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A Harsh Campaign of a Conqueror (Spoiler Free Review) 28. November 2011
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If you like bloody conquests with tactics and consequences fought by battle hardened soldiers, then this is your book.

Story:
Corvus is similar to Alexander the Great, as he marches his armies across the land and demands fealty from the other nations. He conquers by diplomacy, by blocking resources, and by force. This is a true sequel to The Ten Thousand, and a much better story. Rictus, the surviving leader of the Ten Thousand mercenaries that attempted to topple an empire is living peacefully on his farm with his family when he receives an offer he can't refuse from an enigmatic young conqueror named Corvus. Now the aged mercenary captain must join Corvus in his bloody Campaign to unite the kingdoms under his rule. The campaign will take him through deserts, forests, and mountains as they battle the other kingdoms for supremacy.

World Building:
This is historic fantasy and the people are based heavily on the ancient Romans. Their way of life is fully explained, without compromising the pacing of the book. There is one fantasy race named the Kufr, which are gold skinned people with long equine faces who excel in archery and horsemanship. There are also magic breastplates crafted by the Gods. Everything else could have taken place in Ancient Rome. There are no magic spells, no creatures, no mystical ancient ruins... Just soldiers on a conquest. Even though there is very little fantasy, the world still feels very complete and there is enough in here to please the fans of Medieval Fantasy. (Or Bronze Age Fantasy.)

Characters:
Corvus is a young warlord with violet eyes, who is a master strategist.
Rictus is a battle scarred veteran with a mane of long blonde hair, and a leader of men in battle.
Karnos is a lewd glutton who is transformed into a commander by his tribulations.

The Characters are much better this time around. They have a sense of honor and duty, but they feel no pity for their enemies as they run them through. They don't revel in death; in fact, many of the characters detest it. But they understand that you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs either.

Writing Style:
The writing style is gritty, epic, and heroic. You really feel the trials of the army as they attempt the impossible. The hunger, wounds, cold, and loss of comrades. This is a fast paced story full of battles, tactics, and gore. The characters are pretty good, but the military campaign is the primary focus of the book. The men are instruments and casualties of the conquest.

Action:
The action scenes and battle strategies are very detailed. You do feel the impact of spears, the clash of armies, and the agony of defeat. There are brawls, cavalry, archers, battle tactics, castle sieges, ambushes... And you feel the impact of every thrust of the spear or slash of the sword.

Maturity: M
There's swearing, rape, horrific deaths, gore, etc... It's not for young readers.

Overall:
This is a gritty book about a harsh military campaign and the men in it. The characters are battle hardened men of honor, who fight to the death for their leaders. It's dark and violent, but it is not devoid of humanity. The characters are well written and you understand their motivations and their personalities. The book also goes into detail about the battle tactics, strategies, weapons, innovations, and supply lines needed in war. If you like battles with depth and consequences fought by battle scarred men, then this is your book.

Read it if you love battle stories set in Ancient Rome.
Read it if you love gritty battles.
Avoid it if you like high fantasy, dragons, or magic.
Avoid it if you like feel good stories, this is a book about war in the Bronze Age.

If you enjoyed this book, you should read the Drenai and Rigante Books from David Gemmell, the Robert E. Howard Conan Stories, the mercenary books by Joe Abercrombie, or the Books set in the Warhammer universe.
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best volume of the entire series 29. Juli 2013
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Corvus is the second book in Paul Kearney's Macht trilogy (The Ten Thousand being the first). It's also one of those rare cases where the sequel is better than the first volume, and Corvus definitely does not suffer from that all-too-common "second book in a trilogy" issue. It's not just a placeholder volume.

This is straight-up military fiction. There's little-to-no magic involved, except for the armor possessed by some among the Macht known as the Curse of God, which is black, which fits itself to the wearer, and which seems to be better than other armor at protecting one from injury. If you happen to like fantasy without a lot of magic, then this book may well be for you. If you're expecting dragons or elves or some such, look elsewhere.

There are some changes from the first book. For example, while it was not entirely clear that the Kufr were human in the previous volume, now it is clear that they are. I like the progression in the Macht characters' understanding of the Kufr.

I found fewer typos/grammatical errors this time around, although a couple still appeared. Just to give one example, when Karnos (more on him later) wakes up on the battlefield after having been wounded, he is described as being "more thirsty" than he ever had been in his life. It's not a choice to use "more thirsty" versus "thirstier." In this case, "thirstier" is actually correct. Maybe this seems minor to some people, but I notice things like this. If it doesn't bother you, great, but if copy editing is a concern of yours, now you know. I will say, it didn't really stop me from enjoying this book.

I liked some things about the storyline involving Rictus's wife and daughters, and disliked others. I can't say much more without spoilers, so I apologize if this section of the review is a little sparse.

Phaestus is angry that Rictus joined with Corvus (an enigmatic and charismatic young leader) instead of standing with the rest of the unconquered Macht. He gets ostracized from his city and he and his son formulate a revenge plot involving Rictus's family. What I like about this storyline is that it doesn't turn out the way you expect, due to various parties having incorrect and/or incomplete information. While not 100% thrilled with the outcome, I still think Kearney made a reasonable choice with the way he wrote this part of the story.

The main characters were complex and were not superhumans. Corvus made some tactical mistakes - he wasn't all-powerful. He's also egotistical. But, you find yourself rooting for him because his good side shows through in many of his actions.

Rictus's legend has grown; he wants to lead a simple life but keeps being called back to war. His relationship with his wife is strained, or so it seems. He doesn't grow much in this book, but we experienced his true growth as a character in The Ten Thousand.

Those are the main good guys; there are a lot of supporting characters who don't get fully fleshed out. Now for the villains (although, thankfully, they're not supervillains -- they seem like real people). Karnos is a study in contradictions with respect to slaves, promises he makes, etc.

Phaestus just wants to be able to go back to his city. When he's healthy, all is well, but when he falls ill, things get out of his control. He has raised an honorable son, however, and has a few other good moments, as well.

There are plenty of battle scenes, and Kearney seems to take great joy in writing them full of gory detail. You get both the up close, personal view (e.g. Rictus stabbing at people with his spear) and also the views of the commanders, which lines break, etc. One or two slightly improbable occurrences mar one battle's aftermath, but it's not too bad, overall.

It's cold and wintry during much of the march, and while harsh conditions are alluded to, we don't hear too much about frostbite or communicable diseases. I mean, too much of that and you get bogged down in it. But a little more might've enhanced the story. Still, that's a minor concern.

I'm finding I have less to say about this book than usual. It's hard to pick apart, which is good, because I've become adept at trashing novels for relatively minor infractions.

In the end, I liked this book quite a bit; you might not really need to read The Ten Thousand to understand it, though without the first book, Rictus's character is kind of flat.
Wow! Much better than the Ten Thousand! 5. September 2012
Von Mace & Lacey Gannon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book has been - unfortunately - been sitting amongst my other 'to be read' stack of books, having liked but not loved the previous novel, The Ten Thousand.

I liked Paul Kearney's Ten Thousand. It was written extremely well in all areas, characterization, plot-line, pacing, action scenes, etc... But I just didn't love it.

But Corvus I loved!!

It had all the strengths that the previous book built upon, but ended up the much better novel. I think adding in Rictus's family to the story, along with their tragedy, was the selling point for me. And also the adding in of the new character, Corvus, of course. He was very interesting as the Alexander the Great of fantasy.

This book was so well written that I already purchased the last book in the series, as well as two other of Kearney's older books in the Hawkwood series.

The only thing I wished Kearney would add to his great world-building in this trilogy is some weird creatures, thus making this a much more fantasy-like novel. With his obvious tremendous writing skills, adding in some type of creatures would be taking this series to an all-time high.

I hope I find fantasy type creatures in his other books...
Even noble wars are brutal 1. April 2014
Von Michael J. Lane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is book 2 in a gritty series that has a science fiction sub-text. The story is positioned in an era akin to the Bronze Age. There are references that remain unexplained to an origin implying that a higher technological level once existed. Against this backdrop, Rictus, the surviving general from The 10,000, is forced into the services of a young leader who tries to engage in war more humanely, if that is possible, and unite the Macht under his banner. What ensues is a vivid depiction of this campiagn. Spoiler ahead

Be forewarned that this is not a pretty picture. I am surprised that other reviews have not mentioned that there is a particularly brutal and gut wrenching rape scene. I had to ,literally put the book down for a week before I could finish it.

Overall, this novel has well developed characters, and is emotionally engaging, while depicting the intricacies of a war campaign.
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