REVIEW: ‘The Tattered Banner’ by Duncan M. Hamilton
The book follows one character, Soren, through a pivotal slice of his life as he is plucked off the streets by a nobleman hoping to pull a diamond out of the rough. Though the book is in third person, for the most part, you experience the world from Soren out, with Hamilton’s world growing as Soren becomes more worldly. This writing style offered readers the experience you can get from reading urban fantasy, but with a more classic fantasy feel. It fit well with the fast paced tale. We follow Soren from the streets, into the academy where he begins to learn swordsmanship, and then into a variety of adventures of ups and downs.
Today, Abercrombie announced via his blog the project he has been teasing over the last few days, The First Law graphic novel. I have to say, I’m a bit surprised that it didn’t get more pre-promotion aside from a few days of teases, but as you’ll see from my review of the first issue, it’s worth picking up.
Author Michael J. Sullivan is no stranger to the our site. I’ve reviewed his Riyria Revelations series (Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire & Heir of Novron) and marked it as one of my favorite reads last year. As for redditors out there, he is no stranger to the writing and fantasy subreddits either, contributing as a fan as much as a writer, and often offering interesting insight into the industry. This look at the industry, a formulaic approach that applies to most entertainment industries, is what makes his kickstarter so fascinating.
Though his Kickstarter has already achieved its fundraising goals and still has 17 days to go, it was hard to overlook the chance to offer readers an opportunity to make a pledge and not only get a signed book at a lower price than you usually can in stores, plus a freebie or two thrown in, but also get the book six months earlier than market. Sullivan is on the short-list of writers whose work I pick up because of their name and not the cover blurb now, so I was honored to get a little bit of his time today:
Any fans of both Game of Thrones and Skyrim around here? I love both and noticed a familiar sword in a GoT teaser I saw earlier. But I guess all is fair since the Skaal clothes look really similar to the Wildling clothes.