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King of Assassins by RJ Barker

King of Assassins by RJ Barker

  King of Assassins is the explosive concluding volume of RJ Barker’s epic Wounded Kingdom trilogy. Whatever you were expecting from this climatic book, I think it’s safe to say you’re going to be getting much, much more than you bargained for. This is a masterful conclusion to a thrilling series, tying in threads of…

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The True Bastards by Jonathan French

The True Bastards by Jonathan French

  The True Bastards is the follow-up to Jonathan French’s riveting first Lot Lands adventure, The Grey Bastards. This sequel expands on the story left partly unfinished at the end of the first book, but not in the ways you might expect. This volume switches to the viewpoint of Fetching, now chief of the half-orc…

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Cleaning up a M1866 French Chassepot Bayonet

Cleaning up a M1866 French Chassepot Bayonet

I recently ordered a French M1866 Chassepot rifle bayonet from 1873 off ebay. The rifle was an early modern style breechloader, and the bayonet was slid over the barrel and a slot on the grip locked it into place. I love the curved yataghan style blade, and in fact I’ve decided to write the character…

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The Heron Kings earns a Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The Heron Kings earns a Publishers Weekly Starred Review

This week I learned (thanks to Mage’s Almanac) that the trade publication Publishers Weekly gave The Heron Kings a very nice starred review. I’m told by people familiar with the industry that this is a good thing to have, indicating books of “exceptional merit.” I don’t know about that, but apparently booksellers and even film…

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Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker

Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker

Not enough bone to make a ship out of, but coyote skull insisted on being in the picture.   It’s embarrassing how long it’s taken me to get around to this. RJ Barker is well into his second series and here I am still on the first one. It’s part laziness, part other things getting…

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Got my ARC of The Heron Kings!

Got my ARC of The Heron Kings!

  I received the Advance Review Copy of The Heron Kings in the mail the other day. It’s weird, I always dreamed of physically holding my book in my hands for the first time, and this is…kinda that? It’s not anywhere near the final version–it’s full of typos and placeholder marks and the like. More…

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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

I knew this hat would come in handy one day.   The Hod King is the third of a projected four-book series by self-published sensation Josiah Bancroft. I won’t bother with the setup because hey, it’s the third book. If you’re reading this you should know it already! This volume begins with Senlin taking on…

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Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

Swapped out the sword on my desk with a new antique.   In my review of Peter McLean’s first book in this series, Priest of Bones, I said I kind of hated Tomas Piety. I still do, and his “wife” even more so, but this time around I feel much more satisfied with how things…

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Model 1855 French Infantry Officer’s Sword

Model 1855 French Infantry Officer’s Sword

I ordered my second ever antique sword recently, and it finally arrived! It’s a French Model 1855 Infantry Officer’s Sword. Here’s an album: The hilt is of brass like all those of the period, and the grip is probably horn but possibly wood. There was likely a wire wrap around the grip ribs but it’s…

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Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

…wait, is that a spider? Arm of the Sphinx is the second, much more firmly steampunk installment in Josiah Bancroft’s brilliant Books of Babel series, and represents a kind of inflection point in Thomas Senlin’s journey. What began as a quest to find his lost wife Marya among the vast, labyrinthine Tower of Babel has wrought…

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