The Guns of Ivrea

The Guns of Ivrea Patrick O Brian meets George R R Martin in a gritty new fantasy epic Acquel Galenus former thief and now monk uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna one that could shake the f

  • Title: The Guns of Ivrea
  • Author: Clifford Beal
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Patrick O Brian meets George R R Martin in a gritty new fantasy epic Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core A secret that could get him killed A secret that could enable an older, sinister form of worship to be reborn Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, merPatrick O Brian meets George R R Martin in a gritty new fantasy epic Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core A secret that could get him killed A secret that could enable an older, sinister form of worship to be reborn Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him Citala, fair haired and grey skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men She puts events in motion that will end her people s years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence All their fates will intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again e plot never stops thickening and the galloping pace keeps it from clotting All this plus sound historical settings, terrific supernatural set pieces and walk on parts for D Artagnan and John Milton What s not to like The Daily Mail on Gideon s Angel Clifford Beal has a real talent for bringing history to life in the most engaging way Full of thrilling action, with a touch of the supernatural, and yet without flinching from the darkness of war and the soldier s life Adrian Tchaikovsky on The Raven s Banquet

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    1. 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/02/11/bPiratical fantasy? Yes, please. I love me some seafaring scoundrels. Throw in some mercenaries and mermaids, and The Guns of Ivrea sounded like a maritime journey I wanted to take.Unexpectedly, we’re also given a good dose of politics and religious lore. The book opens very cinematically, deep in the tomb of Saint Elded, the revered prophet of the faith. A young monk named Acquel is with a maintenance team checking for damages when he [...]

    2. A few years ago I read and enjoyed Gideon’s Angel by Clifford Beal. It was a novel set in 17th Century England and was enhanced with light fantasy elements, most prominently magical artefacts and religious beings. It was a very clever novel, well-paced, full of masterful descriptions of the times and had some great characters too. That said, it never quite picked up the following it deserved; people tend to be a little wary around fantasy novels using a historical setting, they’re not quite [...]

    3. This isn't a twist on historical fantasy, such as Clifford Beal has written before - Gideon's Angel was set in Cromwell's 1650s - but more an outright fantasy with liberal application of historical detail. Beal's invented world sighs with Mediterranean glory, brimming with pirates, free cities, mythological beasties, and a religious schism just waiting to happen. The details never weigh down the pace of the story, and it's a tale packed with set-pieces that ought to have been illustrated in a Re [...]

    4. 3 starsThis started out with a ton of promise, and I was really excited to settle in for a shipboard adventure. About halfway through, though, the book didn't hold my attention. I lived for the battles, both on land and at sea, but found some of the characters too flat and the religious underpinning trite and uninteresting. I will more than likely read the next book in the series to see what happens to Danamis and Stryker.

    5. This would have been a decent startup for a fantasy in the "old war among gods heating up after centuries" genre, but there's way too much sexual violence and libido for what is essentially a YA scenario, and the women are all either witches or whores--except for one who is set up as a major character and then suddenly murdered right at the end. The main religion seems kind of generic, too. Unless reviews indicate that the sequels get better, I'll skip the middle volume(s).

    6. I had to skim this one hard core because it is SO very repetitive. Characters who will have quite literally JUST found something out in-scenewill then repeat that same information. Over. And Over. To their various compatriots who need to know. Oy. So; if you want to skip this one read on for the spoilers as I gleaned them from this incredibly long Epic Saga: Part One -Long; repetitive, mostly all dudesough I did stop for one potential rape scene where the woman used some sort of mystical magics [...]

    7. Been a disappointing downward spiral - this reading. I was so thrilled by the whole premise and setting and the first few chapters really got hooked in. Brother Acquel, Captain Strykar, Prince Nico, Widow Timandra - these were a bunch of characters with whom I was prepared to share the pain and the joys of victory. With some fantastical Pirate encounters out on the sea - combined with the political intrigue played out against the backdrop of an overarching questioning of one's faith & religi [...]

    8. The Guns of Ivrea is the first novel in the Tales of Valdur by Clifford Beal. It is set on and around the island nation of Valdur. The novel follows Brother Acquel, Nicolo Danamis, Citala, and more as their lives intersect and they try to stay alive, right wrongs and achieve their goals.Each of these characters is vibrant with a rich story of his/her own. Danamis and Acquel evolve over the course of the novel as they face hardship after hardship and difficult decisions. They come to understand t [...]

    9. That has been a book which disguised its quality in the beginning.The cover and the description convinced me to read the book. I liked the setting, the characters and the story which seemed straight forward in the beginning. But the more I read and the more the author revealed the more interesting the story itself got. Unexpected twists and turns gave the story more depth. I thought I identified the pawns in the game and I was wrong. Normally I'm not a fan of stories where religion plays a great [...]

    10. Look I think critically I shouldn't give this four stars. I felt that characters could've been fleshed out a little more; we didn't really get to know them and so despite the constant action, it's hard to care about all of them. This is mostly a problem with the main ones though. I loved the side characters. In the case of the core three or perhaps two, considering we were often inside their heads, I don't think I truly got to learn about them nor understand them. And the vague references to the [...]

    11. 3.5 of 4 starslynns-books/2016/02/04/theThe Guns of Ivrea was a very entertaining swashbuckling adventure that contained a number of genuinely unexpected surprises.The main story is primarily one of treachery and deceit which I would say follows three main strands.Captain Danamis enjoys the status of pirate princeling and King’s Admiral with stewardship of the port at Palestro. Years ago a unique deal was struck with the pirates and the, then, new King, Sempronius II. This is a deal whereby th [...]

    12. I'm surprised by the criticism of those who rated this very entertaining and clever novel so low. The 'sexual overtones' must have been in an earlier edition just like the repetitiveness. The only issues I had with this book was a plethora of nautical terms I was unfamiliar with - but that is my shortcoming (since even my Kindle failed me on some of them, I do not feel too bad about it.)The pacing is good, the characters are interesting and well rounded, the story arch was well constructed and t [...]

    13. The Guns of Ivrea, book one of the Tales of Valdur, brings to us an epic, swashbuckling adventure that will leave you desperate for more. Acquel is a young monk serving at the temple of Livorna, soon forced to flee for his life when he and his brothers discover something that could mean the end of the faith or a reformation of epic proportions. Nico Danamis, the son of a pirate and the admiral of the kings fleet in Palestro, is soon chased out by a mutiny led by those he trusted the most, and Ca [...]

    14. The Guns of Ivrea is Clifford Beale’s first foray into fantasy having previously published historical fiction and a pretty good job he’s made of it. The setting of island kingdom of Valdur is strongly reminiscent of 15th Century Italy (I’m seeing Sicily in my mind’s eye) and has pirates, mercenary companies, corrupt priests, ancient malevolent gods and merfolk. What more do you want? The world and characters are well constructed and believable. The story, told through multiple points of [...]

    15. A young monk discovers his religion is based on lies, gets framed for murder and goes on the run. A dashing captain falls for a mermaid princess and enlists her people in the fight against his treacherous uncle who leads a mutinous fleet against him This well-wrought fantasy adventure is brimming with detail - the ship scenes are particularly rich with nautical terms and the moments of action are excitingly depicted. It feels very much like a First Instalment, especially toward the end when the [...]

    16. A late medieval world with a vaguely Mediterranean feel is the backdrop for this story featuring pirate princes and reforming monks (shades of Luther!). Being fantasy of course, the evil bad guys are really nasty, human sacrifice anyone? Thankfully they don't get much stage time. And to add a bit of racial tension there are the Mer people of the seas. This is book 1 which is only noted on the flyleaf and not on the cover, bad, naughty publisher! Luckily it doesn't end on a cliffhanger.

    17. A great read! Pirates, Mere-folk and a lost religion. This story has a entertaining story that leaves you guessing and great lead characters. It has the right balance of action & intrigue. A monk - who might be the new messenger of a old religion. A pirate who's kingdom is in Jeopardy. A mere-princess who's people are enslaved by a vice and are slowing dying out

    18. writing did not work for me so I couldn't muster any interest after trying various pages and reading the ending just in case it hooked me (and it didn't)

    19. I enjoyed this story. interesting world. there was a set-up for sequels but the main plot lines resolved fully. NOT a cliff-hanger, thanks!

    20. I wanted to like it, as the premise seemed interesting, but then I started reading and only made it as far as chapter 8, at which point I was tired of cringing at and being bored by the writing.When it comes to characters, their personalities are relayed by dictation rather than action, behavior, or speech, and all the dictated personality is both predictable and cliché. With one exception, only the women receive any kind of description, and all of them are some form of perfect, with various ma [...]

    21. First off, this is going to be a scathing review since I had to force myself to finish the last fifty pages. Alright, so this book started out alright. Not great, but not anything worse than what I usually read. The naming wasn't exactly creative or subtle with names like "Tetch" for a pirate, "della Rovera" for a church chick (I'm guessing that Beal is a Borgia or Medici fan?), or a foppish guy named Danamis, but again, I've read more egregious ripoffs, so it wasn't a deal breaker. Also, I'm no [...]

    22. *Sigh* The hook seemed like a good one - Pirates, mermaids, and magic? Immediately puts one in mind of such saucy tales as Tim Powers' "On Stranger Tides". There is a marked dearth of new, good pirate tales, so bring it on. Sadly, The Guns of Ivrea just doesn't deliver. It's a laudable, sincere piece of writing, and Beal obviously takes his subject matter very seriously. There's plenty of detail and description of the clothing, the food, the weapons and ships (though sadly not enough when it com [...]

    23. c2016: FWFTB: monk, secret, pirate, merfolk, alliances. Meh. Pretty standard old school spec-fic. Three main characters that all come together midway though the book. No particular plot surprises and no unique characterisations. The strap line mentions 'ets George R R Martin' - Hmm - not so much IMO. No real political intrigue or unexpected events. It will probably be a good read for some-one starting out with spec-fic but not for the avid readers of the genre. "The smile on Stykar's face evapor [...]

    24. Lots of potential (guns! pirates! mermaids! magic!) but it never really finds it's feet unfortunately, the only character I gave a damn about was the support character Stryker- which is a bad thing for multiple main characters. The pace is wildly off in places and I found myself going "whuh?!" quite a bit, it could be a minute in time or 5 weeks in time from passage to passage and some things without spoilers are completely out of left field without any explanation what so ever.

    25. I made it to page 82 out of 473 on a trade paperback. Flat writing, too many characters and the bones of a good story if it wasn't yet another grimdark-y tale of religio-political cynicism.

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