Summary

Short-listed for the 2016 British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel.
Guns of the Dawn is a pacey, gripping fantasy of war and magic from Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky.
The first casualty of war is truth....
First, Denland's revolutionaries assassinated their king, launching a wave of bloodshed after generations of peace. Next they clashed with Lascanne, their royalist neighbour, pitching war machines against warlocks in a fiercely fought conflict.
Genteel Emily Marshwic watched as the hostilities stole her family's young men. But then came the call for yet more Lascanne soldiers in a ravaged kingdom with none left to give. Emily must join the ranks of conscripted women and march towards the front lines.
With barely enough training to hold a musket, Emily braves the savage reality of warfare. But she begins to doubt her country's cause, and those doubts become critical. For her choices will determine her own future and that of two nations locked in battle.
©2017 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By AReader on 12-11-17

Not for me

I really enjoyed this as a printed book, but I disliked the voice of the narrator of this audio more and more as I continued. I just didn't think it matched the material at all. Others may disagree, I suppose. I will return this.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rob Kendal on 05-06-18

A brilliant book but not what I was expecting

I loved this book in the end, but it's less fantasy and more pride and prejudice with a couple of warlocks here and there. nonetheless, a great epic, well told.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. McCormick on 27-01-18

Stand alone book

I truly wish more authors would follow Mr. Tghaikovsky’s lead and write strand alone books that did not end with some minor character development left open: which is a sure hint of a future book. This is not YA, not gory, not dark, not full of offensive language or warped minds and deeds. This is an easy listen with interesting character that wraps up nicely in the end. I do not need a continued story for Emily I need more great stories like this.

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4 out of 5 stars
By SKP on 29-05-18

Great World Building, So-So Story

I recently read Children of Time, and it blew my mind — one of my favorite books in a long while. I loved it so much I decided to check out Tchaikovsky’s other works. This one had pretty good reviews so I gave it a whirl. And… sigh.

Here’s what was great:

The narrator. Good performance, food character voices without being annoying, lovely diction.

World building. Super detailed and rich, in the civilized places (estates and towns and such) and especially in the not-so-civilized ones (lookin at you, swamps).

What I didn’t love:

The love story / stories. Found them predictable and boring.

The beginning and end — basically all the non-war parts — I found draggy and tedious. I had no interest in the main character’s family (in fact I found both sisters to be quite annoying) and also had a hard time caring about her backstory.

At the end of the day, the gender stereotypes and goo-goo-ga-ga king worship rubbed me the wrong way, and I couldn’t get past it. That’s what I loved about Children of Time — pure sci-fi, gender issues either taking a back seat or turned on their heads.

I will say this though — throughout this story I could see the seeds of what became Children of Time. Pretty cool.

I recommend this if you like cool battles, solid world building, and early military strategy. If you’re looking for fantasy, this isn’t really that (although there are some wizards). I don’t regret listening to this, but I’m not telling all my friends about it either.

Happy reading!

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