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Blackwing

by Ed McDonald

Series: The Raven's Mark (1)

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"Set on a postapocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man's desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny... Hope, reason, humanity: the Misery breaks them all. Under its cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, the arcane remnant of a devastating war with the immortals known as the Deep Kings. The war ended nearly a century ago, and the enemy is kept at bay only by the existence of the Engine, a terrible weapon that protects the Misery's border. Across the corrupted no-man's-land teeming with twisted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies bide their time. Watching. Waiting. Bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow has breathed Misery dust for twenty bitter years. When he's ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault. Ezabeth is a shadow from Galharrow's grim past, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he's spilled or the gods he's supposed to serve… (more)
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Dark fantasy that is a lot of fun to read.

The worldbuilding, the magic, is kinda weird, but it's just a setting. The characters are fun. The story is dark, with lots of death and drama. Well executed. ( )
  cwebb | Sep 25, 2023 |
Grimdark has become out of style lately but Ed McDonalds manages to hook me with his writing style. Is written more like a Western than a fantasy. It's grim without being overbearing or too bleak. It was also a quick read which is always nice with fantasy. ( )
  FourOfFiveWits | Sep 19, 2023 |
Wild West sheriffs that are really knights meet steam punkish ness meets necromancers meets magic everywhere meets fantasy meets sci-fi like lunar caluclations meets batty immortal wizards and non humans meets MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK ON THE SHELF!

Sprinkle in some who-dun-it? too. ( )
  HotPinkMess | Jul 31, 2022 |
It was an excellent fantasy story with a well written and complex world, and a magic system that was able to hold itself up consistently.

I liked the characters well enough, though I didnt fall in love with them the way I would have liked too, which was the only thing really letting the story down for me. Even so, it was packed full of flawed, funny and badass characters - there just weren't any I personally was able to connect to. ( )
  TCLinrow | Mar 17, 2021 |
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"Set on a postapocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man's desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny... Hope, reason, humanity: the Misery breaks them all. Under its cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, the arcane remnant of a devastating war with the immortals known as the Deep Kings. The war ended nearly a century ago, and the enemy is kept at bay only by the existence of the Engine, a terrible weapon that protects the Misery's border. Across the corrupted no-man's-land teeming with twisted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies bide their time. Watching. Waiting. Bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow has breathed Misery dust for twenty bitter years. When he's ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault. Ezabeth is a shadow from Galharrow's grim past, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he's spilled or the gods he's supposed to serve

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