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The Shadow of Black Wings (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/7/13


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""Fast paced and full of energy""
-Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the "Shadows of the Apt"
""This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight ... a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read.""
- Publishers Weekly
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012 semi-finalist.
"An ancient empire stands on the brink of a civil war.
His arrival may push it over the edge."
It is the sixteenth year of Queen Victoria's enlightened rule and the world trembles before the might of her ironclad navy and the dreaded Dragon Corps. The largest ship ever built sails from the Brigstow Harbour on a journey to the mysterious lands of Orient. Its load - a regiment of the Royal Marines and one Bran ap Dylan - freshly graduate in Dracology at the Llambed Academy of Mystic Arts.
In the empire of Yamato, sealed from the rest of the world for the last two centuries, a wizard's daughter Sato witnesses her father joining an anti-government conspiracy. Her friend Nagomi, training to be a priestess, is haunted by dark visions that she must keep secret. Neither of them is aware that a change is coming to Yamato... on the wings of a dragon.
A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, ""The Shadow of the Black Wings"" is the first volume in "The Year of the Dragon" saga. The second volume, ""The Warrior's Soul,"" is expected in August.

著者について

James Calbraith is a 34 year old Poland-born writer, foodie and traveller, currently residing in South London. Growing up in communist Poland on a diet of powdered milk, Lord of the Rings and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around university faculties, he moved to London in 2007, found a decent IT job and started writing in English. His debut historical fantasy novel, "The Shadow of Black Wings," has reached ABNA semi-finals and was published in July 2012. His volume of short stories, "Transmission," published on Amazon Kindle in June 2012, has reached the tops of Kindle bestseller lists in USA, UK, France, Germany and Italy.


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  • ペーパーバック: 334ページ
  • 出版社: Flying Squid (2012/7/13)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 8393552915
  • ISBN-13: 978-8393552917
  • 発売日: 2012/7/13
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Wonderful blend of history & fantasy 2012/9/11
投稿者 Vered Ehsani - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
Imagine a really well written historical fiction, taking place in the mid 1800's, focusing on the adventures and intrigues occurring in and around imperial Japan. Now add an element of alternative history: the Roman Empire was never vanquished and is vying with other European powers for access to the Orient. And then top that off with a rich layer of dragons, magic and other fantasy elements. That's what you have with The Shadow of Black Wings. James Calbraith does a wonderful job at weaving fact and fantasy into an alternative but very realistic history that pulls the reader into its richness. I'm definitely going to be reading the next book in the series.
5つ星のうち 3.0 I was actually pretty disappointed in the book by the end 2014/12/17
投稿者 Hannah E Thompson - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I was actually pretty disappointed in the book by the end. While I'm curious to see where the worldbuilding is going, I really have minimal investment in the plot. I'm actually, on completion of the first book, not entirely certain what the plot is about. I'm all for books that raise questions at the end, but I also need a few satisfying answers, or at least noticeable puzzle pieces (even if I don't know where in the puzzle they fit, I should know that they're important). There were no answers.

In addition, while the political intrigue was interesting, as well as the historical throwbacks, I really wasn't impressed with the magic system(s?). I cannot honestly tell you how magic works in this book, just that apparently there is magic and there are different traditions of magic that only work well in some places.

And (this isn't too much of a spoiler since you pick up on it within the first chapter) why is Bran so loyal to Emrys? I really saw nothing that would lead me into a greater understanding of this dynamic--not to mention it wasn't made clear immediately why that is so abnormal. I honestly thought at first he was ridiculously loyal to Emrys because that was the dragon he'd been stuck with and the only dragon he'd ever have, so they needed to back each other up.

Overall, I was a bit dissatisfied with this book and likely will not read the second, unless I find it for free.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 I just love it! 2013/5/6
投稿者 Maghon Thomas - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
Well, dragon riders are just awesome! This is a fascinating world that is created with some lovely characters.

Bran is pretty cool as main for he is a DRAGON RIDER! He seems like he is a slacker in other things except this. And due to that slacking, or rebellion, whatever you wanna shoot for, he finds out a seriously big whammy of a secret! You know where those people in your family happen to "be" with other people who are not part of your family. LOL So, he's decided he is going to indulge in his curiosity.

Bran's dad also plays a pretty big role here, and I thought it was cool to learn not only more about his dad, but about his granddad, and it's also a bonding moment. And we also have some speaking time with Sato and Nagomi. These girls are the coolest, as you usually think of protectors and warriors being men, but these two take it to a whole new level!

There are some really interesting story plots and I like the way things unfold. It's such a unique way of doing things. And it's so different, but of course, it's a historical type fantasy, so it's a different time with different outlooks. There's a background romance, I know that's kinda cryptic but if I come out and say it, I will spoil some things. Plus there is more to the journey for the next book and I am going to predict a little more romance to come.

It's a very cool read, especially if historical fantasy is your cup of tea. It's unique and it's different which makes it a plus for me, AND there's dragons! LOL I love that! Very Cool! I look forward to reading book 2. 4 DRAGON LOVING PAWS!
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5つ星のうち 4.0 The lush recreation of the Victorian Empire is presented with some familiar elements, yet imaginative details and additions 2013/2/24
投稿者 Gaele - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
I will admit - the steampunk potential of this story combined with some paranormal/fantasy had me intrigued. I was not disappointed in the least. The lush recreation of the Victorian Empire is presented with some familiar elements, yet imaginative details and additions, magic and dragons and a taste of elements similar to The Art of War by Sun Tzu, enrich and provide elements that demand notice. With a map provided to help readers follow and organize the story in their own mind, the multiple characters and complex political maneuvering is easier to follow but this is not a simple fly through read.

Calbraith has researched and incorporated actual historical detail, integrating it so neatly into the narration and story that it is a near seamless transition between familiar, actual and fantastical. This daunting yet necessary task could detract from the well-crafted world we are immersed in, yet the details only serve to further the story and character development. Multi-layered characters, with Bran particularly well balanced: cockiness and brashness of youth counterbalanced with his realization that he doesn't have all the answers, and perhaps is not invincible. When he moves forward, despite his doubts, readers are left with the understanding that his decisions are well thought through, mostly.

The book is a terrific start for a series, giving us plenty of untouched upon elements early in the first that are not addressed again, and a bit of an open end for Bran. It has the flavor of other high-fantasy books that I have read, engaging and unique with characters that you can find likable and interesting, and just enough of a mysterious twist to keep you wondering what next. I'm curious (and excited) to see the next in the series.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Some good, some bad 2013/8/25
投稿者 Cat Mom - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I liked the characters in this book, and the plot is definitely different. It does get a bit confusing, with names of things not explained and countries a good bit muddled. The year 2606 would make one assume this is far in the future, but everything about it puts it in the past. Far too much space was given to descriptions of things that have no impact on the plot or characters, and those descriptions served only to slow the pace of the book down to a plod. I was also put off by Bran calling his dragon a friend, and then referring to it as "it."

My biggest fault with the book is the lack of any real endings by the time the book ends - most books at least give some of the plot twists some sort of closure, with others left open for the next installment. In this book, virtually everything is left hanging, with absolutely nothing resolved - very frustrating if you don't have the next volume in hand.
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