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This was a good book I thoroughly enjoyed the Romanesque setting, and Tyren is an interesting, realistic main character I also enjoyed the political intrigue, something I wish would appearin fantasy it makes itcomplex and interesting There s a good amount of swordfights and battles, too.This was also one of those few books for which the showing not telling mantra does not work, as this book was pretty much all telling and still managed to be good It was a unique sort of This was a good book I thoroughly enjoyed the Romanesque setting, and Tyren is an interesting, realistic main character I also enjoyed the political intrigue, something I wish would appearin fantasy it makes itcomplex and interesting There s a good amount of swordfights and battles, too.This was also one of those few books for which the showing not telling mantra does not work, as this book was pretty much all telling and still managed to be good It was a unique sort of feel kind of sparse while still managing to hold the reader s attention it really fits with the cover of the book It was a bit clunky in places, though Hopefully that improves as the author getspractice.Definitely going to read the sequel The one problem I had with this book was that it s one of those fantasies where the names are confusing It must be a part of the culture in the book you ve got Torien, his sons Tore and Tyren, that sort of thing I won this book on a goodreads giveaway.This book was my buddy during hurricane sandy, we lost power pretty early on, so i got through 1 2 if notof it during that one night There was always something happening and new characters kept on being introduced which became a little confusing at first since the name were a bit similar, but you ll get the hang of it I difinitly want to know what will haven with Tyren and what he will do next as well as Aino he s interesting but a bit hard to I won this book on a goodreads giveaway.This book was my buddy during hurricane sandy, we lost power pretty early on, so i got through 1 2 if notof it during that one night There was always something happening and new characters kept on being introduced which became a little confusing at first since the name were a bit similar, but you ll get the hang of it I difinitly want to know what will haven with Tyren and what he will do next as well as Aino he s interesting but a bit hard to figure out what his plans are and such.Overall this was a pretty good read D #READ E-PUB õ His Own Good Sword à Noble Born Tyren Risto, Bound By Tradition To Serve In The Imperial Military, Had Resigned Himself To Accept Whatever Ceremonial Office Was Awarded Him Within The Capital City But The Impulsive Act Of Defending A Common Foot Soldier From Injustice Has Earned Him The Enmity Of The Powerful Marro Family Tyren Now Finds Himself Relegated To The Outland, Where He Must Confront A Native Rebellion Headed By A Ruthless New Leader Unprepared And Rapidly Outnumbered, He Is Now Forced To Weigh His Commitment To Duty With His Growing Doubts About The Justice Of His Own Cause Tyren Begins To Wonder If He Will Ever Return From This Command Alive And If He Was Ever Meant To Thoughts on the Overall Book I love fantasy books that are based off history or real cultures, so the premise of this book being set in a fantasy version of the Roman era really appealed to me Though a made up land, the author did her research well into actual Roman culture and it shows in the story It s also just the kind of book I like to read, about a hero with an overbearing sense of justice who has to defy the odds even when it s most unconventional Cover Yae or Nay I really like the Thoughts on the Overall Book I love fantasy books that are based off history or real cultures, so the premise of this book being set in a fantasy version of the Roman era really appealed to me Though a made up land, the author did her research well into actual Roman culture and it shows in the story It s also just the kind of book I like to read, about a hero with an overbearing sense of justice who has to defy the odds even when it s most unconventional Cover Yae or Nay I really like the cover I love horses, and the grey stone look to it kind of makes it feel like the misty setting of the story I like the title and font too, it was the title of this book that actually caught my eye to begin with It just said to me this is my kind of book And it says everything you need to know about the story.Characters Tyren was a really good hero, and I liked how he struggled with doing his duty as a soldier, and his own inner longings to see justice done There was a good supporting cast as well, and I really liked Torian though I wasn t sure I would in the beginning of the book Ms McCrina is also very good at making slimy characters such as Tore and Luchain Marro I really liked the names in this book, they were very unique.Writing Style The writing style was good, and fit the story well Third person from Tyren s point of view and several chapters from Torian s The description was good and the setting and backstory was handled well in the first chapter so that the reader knew what was going on, but it did not bog down the story The fight scenes too, were good and realistic and bloody the way I like them and I also appreciated the fact that when someone got wounded they were actually wounded and not running around in the next hour There were a lot of twists and turns in this story that I didn t expect and I liked that I like a story where I can t see what s coming.Problems What bothered me I didn t really have any problems in the story itself, though I might have liked to have a map in the book to show where the places are, but that s just a personal preference for me I also might have liked to have a cast list especially during the first couple chapters because there were a lot of characters introduced and it was a little hard to keep them all straight at first, but once you get into the story you pretty much know who is who.Conclusion 4 stars I enjoyed this book a lot, and I think it has a lot of potential for a debut author I eagerly await the sequel Recommended Audience This book reminded me a lot of Rosemary Sutcliff s type of stories, so anyone who enjoys her books would definitely find this one satisfactory in both story line and writing style Besides that older teens and adults who like either historical fiction with a twist, or historical fantasy would really enjoy it as well Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS I received a review request for this book from the author and was instantly hooked on to it by its blurb Focusing the story in an alternate Roman empire like world wherein the Vareno people have conquered the Cesino tribes and built a massive empire Their occupation hasnt been a smooth one and the outlands have always been troublesome a la Scotland for the Roman Empire In this exciting setup the story promptly opens up with Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS I received a review request for this book from the author and was instantly hooked on to it by its blurb Focusing the story in an alternate Roman empire like world wherein the Vareno people have conquered the Cesino tribes and built a massive empire Their occupation hasn t been a smooth one and the outlands have always been troublesome a la Scotland for the Roman Empire In this exciting setup the story promptly opens up with Tyren Risto, a Vareno noble who has to explain to his family as to why he has gotten his posting orders in the Cesino Outlands His explanation aside, his family doesn t quite understand his actions on behalf of a slave and is quite unhappy with the situation.Tyren however is intent upon doing right by his country and his military orders Setting out on his journey to the outlands, his family drops a Cesino slave on him and the slave s behavior is a bit strange and gives Tyren doubts about his intentions Tyren on reaching the outpost discovers that there s muchto doing than just holding it He has to contend with his difficult subjects, the indifference of his men and also the worry of doing the right thing by everyone Amanda McCrina s debut shows quite some flair to her writing style, her prose while far from being economical is a bit reminiscent of K.J Parker in its inquisitive style The story begins slowly however there are many secrets and observations packed along the way for the reader to grasp and if they do, they will be rewarded in the latter half of the story The pace is on the slower side in the first half of the book however it does pick up quite nicely during the second half to give the readers a good climax The best part of the story is the characterization from Tyren to its other characters the author gives us a well rounded view into their thought process and viewpoints This helps in understanding the conflict quite precisely and also gives us an insightful look into the main character The only drawbacks for me in this story were the spartan world building and its pace, the world building is something which leaves a lot to be deserved as the author while focusing on the characters and the plot keeps the world building to a tad minimum, and this perhaps is the big factor going against the story The pacing while on the slower side does pick up and only might be a niggling factor if the readers expect action from the first few pages His Own Good Sword is a quiet debut but it s a significant one, Amanda McCrina is an author with a lot of potential and with her understated but smooth writing style marks herself out as a writer to look out for Book one of the Cymeria series is a good historical fantasy and I m eagerly waiting to see where the author takes the story next inThe Sword Unsheathed Megan Whalen Turner fans, pounce First time author Amanda McCrina has written a story full of twists and turns and swift, violent action that should appeal to lovers of Turner s political intrigue As the story begins, young Tyren Risto is reluctantly returning to his home We learn that he s being punished for supporting a Cesino that is, native soldier As a result, his first command will be in a minor outpost among the Cesino The young man has also lost his chance for a prestigious Megan Whalen Turner fans, pounce First time author Amanda McCrina has written a story full of twists and turns and swift, violent action that should appeal to lovers of Turner s political intrigue As the story begins, young Tyren Risto is reluctantly returning to his home We learn that he s being punished for supporting a Cesino that is, native soldier As a result, his first command will be in a minor outpost among the Cesino The young man has also lost his chance for a prestigious marriage that would have advanced his family politically Tyren struggles to find his feet in his first command, not realizing the currents swirling around him This character naive, brave, and tending to act on his gut feelings reminded me of Costis in The KIng of Attolia , and I like Costis I had the privilege of reading this book in galley form, and was impressed by the plot and characters from the outset, but I found that there were a few anachronisms in the prose On rereading, I found that these had been cleaned up McCrina s prose is straightforward and clear, very suitable to Tyren and his equally passionate and upright father Both the middle aged man and the young one find themselves in very deep water, being used as tools by people far subtler andruthless than they are As the story ends, it seems that the enemies of Tyren s family are in the ascendancy If Tyren survives, will he find himself allying with the native rebels And is there any hope for a just and lasting peace and a decent future If this book has a weakness, it is that the women and girls get short shrift I was encouraged to see, on Amanda McCrina s blog, that Tyren s younger sister will play a major part in the second volume of the series Challe is an intriguing character, as is Maryna, the Cesino healer I am looking forward to seeingof them If you have loved Rosemary Sufcliffe or Megan Whalen Turner s books, you might well enjoy reading about Tyren s adventures while waiting forof Eugenides and company If you do enter Tyren s world, I d love to know what you think Let me know Opening In truth, he would rather not go to Vessy He d considered just sending a letter from the post station at Chaelor That would be the easiest thing, for himself and his father both About a month ago, Amanda McCrina contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing her book, His Own Good Sword The synopsis she sent along intrigued me, so I agreed She very kindly sent me a print copy It s always a bit of a risk, agreeing to review a book What if you don t really like it It Opening In truth, he would rather not go to Vessy He d considered just sending a letter from the post station at Chaelor That would be the easiest thing, for himself and his father both About a month ago, Amanda McCrina contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing her book, His Own Good Sword The synopsis she sent along intrigued me, so I agreed She very kindly sent me a print copy It s always a bit of a risk, agreeing to review a book What if you don t really like it It can be awkward to say how you actually feel, when you know the author is going to be reading Thankfully, in this case I truly enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it.Tyren Risto is the second son of a noble family He has just been given his first posting in the army, which sends him to the Outland, home of the rebellious Cesino tribes Tyren, unlike most of the other noble young men, has a great deal of sympathy and respect for the Cesino in fact, he owes his un glamorous post to the fact that he stood up for one of them While he is there, the border erupts with new rebellions and Tyren must decide where his future, and his honor, will lie.First of all, I very much enjoyed the setting and time that are evoked It s historical fantasy in the sense that this world is not ours, but it s very much drawn from Roman history, especially as seen through Rosemary Sutcliff On the other hand, the Empire is not just Rome in a different guise, and the Cesino have their own culture and history.I liked the tensions that the various characters, especially Tyren, must resolve For Tyren, there is a question of upholding his family s honor versus his personal sense of right and wrong He s also torn between the two parts of his heritage, the Cesino and the Empire It s a difficulty that s going to be familiar to readers who tend to like the kind of books that I do think Phaedro, or Gen, or Miles An added layer of tension is the difficulty that Tyren and Torien, his father, have in seeing each other accurately The real affection and respect between them gets clouded and that s something Tyren must deal with I especially liked the way this theme was handled in this first book.All in all, His Own Good Sword is a nice example of a coming of age story, a young man discovering who he really is and who or what he can really serve and still be at peace with himself While there are a few clunky moments, I also found the writing smooth and in some places beautifully descriptive If you have a chance to get a copy, I definitely recommend it Book source the authorBook information Winter Goose Publishing, 2012 historical fantasy YA, but could also be upper mg or adult I am a bit torn in writing this review.On the one hand, His Own Good Sword is very obviously a first novel, with the expected narrative defects in particular, a tendency to tell not show and to mishandle important information Readers are told how they should feel about specific events in the story shocked, saddened, horrified , but the plot is not fleshed out enough to prompt those feelings organically What are meant to be important events are introduced so suddenly and passed so I am a bit torn in writing this review.On the one hand, His Own Good Sword is very obviously a first novel, with the expected narrative defects in particular, a tendency to tell not show and to mishandle important information Readers are told how they should feel about specific events in the story shocked, saddened, horrified , but the plot is not fleshed out enough to prompt those feelings organically What are meant to be important events are introduced so suddenly and passed so quickly that there s not really time for readers to dothan register some surprise before away we go to the next plot point Along those lines, the information provided is sometimes too much, sometimes too little Several narrative twists are obvious I guessed the identity of a Marri spy and the main character s decision at the end of the novel long before in advance and I m usually bad at guessing In other places, the author rushes through what should be important revelations In one chapter, for instance, she mentions the existence of a renegade priest in the next, the main character casually, unrealistically stumbles upon him on a routine survey of the countryside I would have likedbackground information about the cause of the quarrel between the two primary families Theirs is an unusually hostile relationship for very little reason.On the other hand, this is the author s first novel Years ago in college, I wrote and produced a mystery film, and as I remember, it was obvious and klunky as well In light of that experience, this novel does have its strengths It s a fantasy novel that doesn t rip off Tolkien or Lewis or even Game of Thrones With the main character named Tyren, I thought this might be a GoT ripoff it s not a far jump from Tyren to Tyrion The main character is dynamic and generally interesting.Kudos to the author for putting in all the time and effort it took to create this May her future novels get even better My personal policy is to never leave a review unless I can whole heartedly give a book five solid stars This one definitely meets that mark with me and this book is, quite honestly, outside the circle of what I usually look for in a fantasy read It doesn t have witches or wizards, but there is long, dark lore with such a strong historical fabric as I read I felt as though it really happened There are no spells or enchantments, though there is a long standing prophecy that gradually takes My personal policy is to never leave a review unless I can whole heartedly give a book five solid stars This one definitely meets that mark with me and this book is, quite honestly, outside the circle of what I usually look for in a fantasy read It doesn t have witches or wizards, but there is long, dark lore with such a strong historical fabric as I read I felt as though it really happened There are no spells or enchantments, though there is a long standing prophecy that gradually takes hold of the characters and plot in unexpected ways, that had me guessing till the very end.There is love, loss, betrayal o so much betrayal but it makes the central character, Tyren, so extraordinarily dynamic and complicated.Others have given summaries of the plot, so I will not do so here but I will say that there was not a single character that felt flat, and every relationship whole or strained, suspicious or forced felt so real that I felt that I really knew each and every one of them I had my favorites, too, but was constantly kept guessing as to who could be trusted, and who was part of the enemy, and how all their unraveling lives would tie together at the end.Amanda McCrina delivered it all, and with masterful skill.The story begins subtly, with loyalties and loves strained and frayed, and secrets pressing in from every corner, as Tyren swallows the shame of being posted to the fringes of the empire, as opposed to the glorious commission his family expected, as part of upholding the family name As the story progresses, though, so does the action, with the kind of masterful tension building that I rarely see in newly published novels nowadays More than that, the plot twists kept me guessing, as murders and betrayals, escapes and imprisonments, drove the plot onward in ways I didn t expect His Own Good Sword feels as though it was directly from the complex entanglements of Roman Britain, with a very Celtic Roman feel that is as rich and original as it is solid and believable More than that, it lends itself readily to a King Arthur returns style tale that is very believable, gorgeously rendered, and with increasing stakes that puts all of the characters heroes and villains alike with high stakes they would give anything for I impatiently await the second book in this story, as Tyren s predicament in the final scene, though serious, lays the groundwork for an equally engaging continuation of his journey I would heartily recommend this to anyone who loves to lose themselves in another world and come away feeling as though they have lived a whole other life there I may be about to damn this book with excessive praise, and I apologize for that This is the best fiction I ve read so far this year, and I enjoyed itthan Game of Thrones That s the truth Let me elaborate I like fantasy with strong elements of history and politics, and His Own Good Sword has both in abundance However, I rapidly grow weary of the best lacking all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity and protagonists dying in droves to prove how grimdark and I may be about to damn this book with excessive praise, and I apologize for that This is the best fiction I ve read so far this year, and I enjoyed itthan Game of Thrones That s the truth Let me elaborate I like fantasy with strong elements of history and politics, and His Own Good Sword has both in abundance However, I rapidly grow weary of the best lacking all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity and protagonists dying in droves to prove how grimdark and realistic the setting is His Own Good Sword examines the nature of loyalty and the flaws of a political system rooted in hating the Other The protagonist, Tyren Risto, is heavily conflicted about what he believes and haunted by the choices he makes The plot and politics are endlessly nuanced, never picking a side and championing it, but instead showing flawed characters in untenable situations, making mistakes or simply doing the best they can And it manages all of this without being relentlessly dark or punishing the reader While I loved the book, I am going to level a couple of complaints, if only to demonstrate I didn t find it flawless First, the ending didn t so much come to a climax as run out the clock Just when things are really taking off, the book ends, with an eye toward the sequel While I m glad the next book will have somewhere to go, I was frustrated at how little was resolved This book does not stand alone but I imagine I won t care much about that once the series completes Second, and I admit to this being something of a personal peeve, His Own Good Sword has the most confounding case of samey name I ve read in a long time Tyren, Torien and Tore, who know some Cesino from Choiro and Verio who may be Varro from Varien who speaks Vareno, but who doesn t like Maryna, Muryn, Maego or Magryn Any of the three Magryns, really, who by the way are all called Magryn Oh god I beg you to find someletters in the alphabet Or at least include a nice guide to characters in the front so I can remember who everone is, because all these names look identical to me But here s the thing I don t give a lot of books five stars, but I m giving one to His Own Good Sword, because it earned it It kept me guessing It kept raising the stakes More than once I sat up and said oh shit as something alarming and unforseen happened When it was over, I immediately wantedThat s a ride well worth five stars Highly recommended if you like historical fantasy Or even if you don 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