Cry Of The Newborn: The Ascendants of Estorea 1 by James Barclay

Cry Of The Newborn: The Ascendants of Estorea 1

byJames Barclay

Kobo ebook | December 23, 2009

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The Estorean Conquord has stood for 850 years. Its Advocate, Herine Del Aglios, knows that she presides over the greatest civilisation in history. But she wants more. And in Estorea's recently conquered territories dissent is brewing. Forced to fight old friends and neighbours in the cause of the ever-growing Conquord, they face brutal choices and savage demands for money and men to be fed into Estorea's wars - demands made by Paul Jhered, head of the Gatherers and the iron hand of the Advocate, With Jhered by her side, Herine believes that nothing can go wrong. Until a disastrous and bloody reversal in the war to overrun the Kingdom of Tsard puts Estorea's armies on the back foot and has Tsardon troops flooding into the Conquord.

As the empire trembles, far from the war four unique children are discovering their powers. They are the first true Ascendants, in touch with the elements, able to shape the world. An empire descending into war is about to discover the wonder and terror of magic ...

James Barclay's new series is a triumph of epic plotting and heart-stopping action.

Title:Cry Of The Newborn: The Ascendants of Estorea 1Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 23, 2009Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0575096675

ISBN - 13:9780575096677

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from As a fan of "The Raven" novels I'd been disappointed by "Ravensoul" and so approached this new epic somewhat cautiously, worried that James Barclay had perhaps run out of steam. I could not have been more wrong! At over 800 pages this was a bit of a slow burner to begin with - so many characters and a fully realised world to wrap one's head around - but well worth that initial effort. The political machinations of Estoria were detailed and fascinating and the battles brutal: at times exhilarating, at others unflinching. The development of the young Ascendants followed a similar trajectory and it was not always easy to care for the "heroes" of the tale. As with all of Barclays novels there are some truly wonderful characters (see: Jhered) who you simply cannot help but get behind and that emotional investment always leads to a roller coaster ride of will-they-or-won't-they make it (although in this case the ride only starts several hundred pages in). So, to summarise. Long? Definitely. Overblown? Perhaps a little. Worthy successor to The Raven? Absolutely.
Date published: 2014-01-22