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Blood and Coin: The Ranger Archives Volume 2 Paperback – June 19, 2022
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From Philip C. Quaintrell, author of the popular fantasy series ‘The Echoes Saga’:
'For lovers of your classic Tolkien, this series has it all' - Alan Coleman - Amazon customer
'Best newcomer to the genre. Philip is up there with Feist and Sanderson' - Philip Spick - Amazon customer
Monsters breed legends… and legends breed monsters. This is the way of things. This is the way of the Ranger.
Turned from the path of the assassin, Asher roams the world no better than a nomad, with naught to offer but his sword and grit. But woe betide the monster that believes his sword and grit will not be enough…
In a twisted chance of fate, the brash actions of Doran Heavybelly — a dwarven hunter with a lot to say — forces Asher back into the world of man. And so the ranger is brought into the light, into the gaze of Illian’s greatest crime guilds and onto the lawless island of Dragorn.
A deal must be made, and with a creature far worse than any of the fiends Asher has put to his sword. To save those who cannot save themselves, the ranger must choose between his life and theirs. Should he make such a deal, 'tis not his life that would be forfeit but the man he has worked so hard to become.
In the end, it will all come down to blood and coin…
''The Echoes Saga' demonstrates a simple commitment to the power of story' - Stephen Dudley - Amazon customer
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- ASIN : B0B3VD8WTC
- Publisher : Independently published (June 19, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 568 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8836582395
- Item Weight : 1.87 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.42 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #165,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #3,790 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2022
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I am a super fan! I am a Quaintrellian no doubt!
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I don't write many reviews, because I want to start reading the next book. I would recommend all these books to anyone who enjoys a great story and complicated characters.
My only complaint is that I will have to wait to read the next book! Once I finish this trilogy I will re-read the other 9 books again. I have read them all 3 times in the last few years and will enjoy them all again.
So, thank you Mr Quaintrell, for sharing you wonderfully written and extremely enjoyable stories with me.
I hope that you are rewarded for your work and get fame and riches too.
Thank you for writing a series of books that I can read over and over again and never get bored of. The world is so very detailed and rich with history, races (like elves and dwarves) and legendary
heroes. Also, side stepping the usual tropes, like a young man or woman who has hidden parentage and their heroes journey with a cast of the usual characters to guide them. When they become the hero they discover they are royalty or super powerful magic wielder.
Good fast paced & worthy of a read but I'm guessing that this is a multi book 'ology, beyond at least yet to be written No.3, so not sure if I would read a whole lot more.
At this point, having read all of The Echoes Saga (9 beautifully crafted books made up of 3 distinct, but interwoven, trilogies which can be read as stand-alone or as a whole and still be brilliant!) and the first book of The Ranger Archives, re-entering the world of Verda is both nostalgic, like visiting an old friend, and exciting; Blood & Coin explores a previously less developed storyline in the protagonist (Asher)'s past, and location in the criminal island of 'Dragorn.' With a consistency I've come to expect from Philip, he's done it all so, so well.
Philip's consistent and insightful character development and pacing subtly (like an Arakesh?) sneak up on you and thrust you deep into the story. If you're like me, once you're there you'll see--it's a great place to be!
"The Ranger Archives" continues to provide great story without merely repeating events from "The Echoes Saga". Story, characters (good and bad) and fight scenes all combine to make this second book in "The Ranger Archives" worthy of your attention and your money.
Since I cut my fantasy teeth on LOTR all those years ago, I have been searching for another author who excites me in the same way.
Can’ t wait for the last in the trilogy. I’m off to re read Echoes Saga now -again.