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review 2016-07-03 13:59
Talion: Revenant (Project Reread #7)
Talion: Revenant - Michael A. Stackpole

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes. blogspot.wordpress.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Talion: Revenant

Series: -----

Author: Michael Stackpole

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 467

Format: Kindle digital edition




Project Reread:


I am attempting to reread 10+ books in 2016 that I have rated highly in the past. I am not attempting to second guess or denigrate my younger self in any way but am wanting to compare how my tastes have changed and possibly matured. I am certainly much more widely read now [both in the good and bad quality sadly] than then.
I will hopefully be going into the reasons for any differences of opinions between then and now. If there is no difference of opinion, then it was a hellfire'd fine book!
Links may link to either Booklikes or Blogspot, depending on when the original review was. 




Young Nolan survives an attack that kills off the rest of his family. He proceeds, on foot and alone, to Talianna, the city of the Talions to join. Talions are the impartial Law Enforcers of the nations of the Shattered Empire.

Years later Nolan, now a Talion Justice, with mystical abilities, is called upon to protect the King of Hamis, who was the king that ordered the attacks on Nolan's family all those years ago.

Now Nolan must protect a man he hates, from a magical creature that can't be killed, all the while aware that there is a traitor among the Talions.


My Thoughts:


This book was originally published in 1997. I read it then, then again before 2000, then in 2001 and again in 2006. Each time I enjoyed it. My start this time was a little rough and I was worried.


The writing started off clunky with a lot of "he did X, she said X, they ate X" kind of declaration statements. Had me thinking I was going to have to downgrade this to a 3 star. Thankfully, things took off. The writing smoothed out and the story, once again, enveloped me. I think that if I was reading this for the first time now, I'd probably give it a "meh" rating. However, my enjoyment is still as much as the previous times and that is why the rating is staying up high.


Stackpole excells at writing standalone stories and this is a great example. He has an idea, he has just enough "oomph" to get it out and then that is it. While there are lots of threads left open that "could" make for more stories, I wouldn't want a sequel to this. Sadly, Stackpole seems to have gotten out of the writing game in recent years and those projects that he has undertaken seem to have been abandoned. His Crown Colonies books are the prime example. His skill had grown in those books but that "oomph" wasn't there and the series was abandoned after the second book, on a cliffhanger.


On a side note, I find that I don't like this cover, black and white skull, at all. Give me the other original cover which just screams "Fantasy".





This review has been more about Stackpole than Talion, but Talion has been the vehicle by which I've traveled Stackpole's career.

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review 2016-02-18 10:48
Engaging but disappointing.
The New World - Michael A. Stackpole

The last part of the trilogy and the one that I liked least. This sews up all the plotlines but the book is largely one long battle scene. There's a lot of fighting and death and, although I understand why it's included, it gets a bit tiresome in the end. I thought that I would keep this trilogy to read again but, having completed Book 3, I can't see myself revisiting it in the future. Engaging but disappointing.

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review 2016-01-18 17:08
A very good follow-up to A Secret Atlas
Cartomancy - Michael A. Stackpole

A very good follow-up to A Secret Atlas although a bit wordy. There is a lot of action and character development with many surprises along the way, especially in the last lines of the book! Enjoyable enough and I'll read the last part of the trilogy soon. Reminiscent of the work of Robert VS Redick in a lot of ways so, if you enjoyed his work, you'll like this - but read the first part of the trilogy first!

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text 2015-12-29 17:13
An excellent start to a fascinating trilogy
A Secret Atlas: Book One of the Age of Discovery Trilogy - Michael A. Stackpole

I waited to have the whole trilogy before starting to read it: the first book is intriguing, a bit long but really engaging. It reminds me of the Chathrand Voyage Quartet by Robert V S Redick in the way that it introduces a whole new fantasy world with strange creatures, magic and political machinations. So far, so interesting. I look forward to reading the next part.

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review 2015-11-23 21:57
Of Limited Loyalty (Crown Colonies #2)
Of Limited Loyalty - Michael A. Stackpole

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Of Limited Loyalty

Series: Crown Colonies

Author: Michael Stackpole

Rating: of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 483

Format: Kindle





Several years after the events in the previous book, the Crown sends another agent to investigate a splinter group that has gone its own way and is looking to establish itself as an autonomous town.

What that agent, along with Owen Strake and the rest of the gang, find is Cthulhu'ic and a menace to the whole world. Can an understaffed,under-dragon'ed and under-magic'd group of people survive?


My Thoughts:

I knocked off 2 stars because this is NOT a duology. It is a series that has apparently been abandoned.

Good story, lots of action, magic, intrigue and stuff. But the ending is a cliffhanger and not a wrapping up of the story. Considering book 1 was released in '10, book 2 in '11 [this book] and nothing has been made mention, that I could see, on Stackpole's site about a continuation, I am forced to accept the fact that Stackpole bailed out, again.


I think I shall have to be done with Stackpole's books until such a time as he finishes a series or goes back to writing stand alone novels. That I could handle.

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