Winterbirth by Brian RuckleyWinterbirth by Brian Ruckley


byBrian Ruckley

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 2008

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An uneasy truce exists between the thanes of the True Bloods. Now, as another winter approaches, the armies of the Black Road march south, from their exile beyond the Vale of Stones.
For some, war will bring a swift and violent death. Others will not hear the clash of swords or see the corpses strewn over the fields. Instead, they will see an opportunity to advance their own ambitions.
But soon, all will fall under the shadow that is descending. For while the storm of battle rages, one man is following a path that will awaken a terrible power in him -- and his legacy will be written in blood.
Brian Ruckley was born and brought up in Scotland. After studying at Edinburgh and Stirling Universities, he worked for a series of organizations dealing with environmental, nature conservation and youth development issues. He lives in Edinburgh. Find out more about Brian Ruckley
Title:WinterbirthFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 7.25 × 4.25 × 1.5 inPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316068063

ISBN - 13:9780316068062

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well.... I tried to like it, really I did. The world is well-presented. The author has a good sense of description. The non-human races are intriguing. And the history is good. But. The pacing was absolutely leaden. Nothing happened, then a lot of people did a lot of talking. Then nothing happened again. There were some glossed-over fights, a seige, a lot of hiking in the woods, more talking, and some tantalizing glimpses into the non-human races - and then it was over. That's it. No "300-style gore", as promised on the cover. No tension. No suspense. Just a lot of politics, a lot of walking, and a lot of waiting. I'll try book 2, but I don't have hopes - I think it's just the author's style, and I doubt it will change. Disappointing.
Date published: 2008-08-21