Guns of the Dawn

  • by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by Emma Newman
  • 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- AReader

Novel Angle

First of all I have to underline that I find the narrator Emma Newman absolutely brilliant. I strongly disagree with previous reviews criticising the narration. As the best narrators she adds flavour and depth to the story.

I found more faults in the story itself. I find a double root canal more appealing than the love triangle... I also found the story lacking in understanding of musket warfare at the age the fantasy is imitating.

What saves the story is the novel angle - with the lady of leasure at its centre. In a genre fraught with repetitive "coming of age" stories - this was refreshing!
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- Asbjørn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio