Twelve families. One throne. Welcome to the Empire of Salt.
The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king.
It will summon strangers to the city - Elias Post, a hunter; Tellius, an old swordsman banished from his home; Arthur, a boy who cannot speak; Daw Threefold, a chancer and gambler; Vic Deeds, who feels no guilt; and Nancy, a girl whose talent might be the undoing of them all. As the sun sets, their arrival inside the walls will spark a series of explosive events. Before the sun returns, six destinies will have been made - and lost - in Darien.
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By Simon on 13-07-17
Great Expectations Partly Met!
I'm a big fan of Conn Iggulden's work. He brings history to life with diligent research and his great quality writing coupled with impressive visualization infuses colour and detail. So when I heard that he was to write a novel in one of my other favourite genres I was naturally delighted. Even more so when I read that a quality narrator like Daniel Weyman was at the microphone.
I have to say that what then unfolds isn't at all bad. There are interesting characters and a detailed enough world, though we never seem to get the kind of background on either that you might expect from Iggulden's work. The story moves along at a fair pace and there is action that Weyman does breathe life into.
Unfortunately I never quite felt that the characters quite made it all the way from two to three dimensional persona and the lighter-hearted humour that the author aimed for didn't quite work for me. The chemistry wasn't quite right particularly where female characters were involved and the magical powers that some possessed seemed a little too convenient to the plot and simplistic in design.
So, one of my favourite authors bravely tries something new and fair play to him but in the crowded fantasy genre this one doesn't stand out.
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By Sebastien on 13-10-17
A perfect book for fans of Game of Thrones
A skillfully told tale of magic and intrigue. Darien is a corrupt city living under the iron grip of twelve wealthy houses. But when three strangers with unusual abilities find themselves caught up in a conspiracy to take control of the city, they're forced to choose whether to stand by the devil they know or risk one who might be much, much worse.
Darien is a terrific novel from an expert storyteller and the narration by Daniel Weyman is stellar. The combination of the two makes this one of my favourite audiobooks of the year.
By Lyndon Skjaveland on 26-07-17
liked it alot .... it was hard to follow at first. looking forward to book 2