Review: The Ten Thousand – Paul Kearney

01 Nov

This book rocks. No, wait; this book ROCKS! 🙂

The novel follows the journey of the Macht; they are a mercenary force who are recruited by the brother of a tyrant. Their job: to invade the main continent and overthrow the High King, installing his brother on the throne. This journey is experianced through the eyes of two main characters, Rictus and Gasca, who have just joined the Macht. As the novel progresses, they will be put through everything that is good and terrible about war.

Paul Kearney as written a book that, I’m sure, is going to create an insane jealousy in many other writers! Not only are there epic, savage battles, but there is also a love story, a journey across a continent, brilliant battle-tactics, some great one-liners and a very fitting use of swear words (this book would not have been the same without them). This book is everything a great war novel should be, teaches some of the fantasy writers out there a thing or two, and takes you on a wild ride that’ll exhaust you and sadden you and exhilirate you! Paul puts you there with the Macht, inside the most terrifying parts of the battles; you feel their pain and determination and elation, and you will cheer when they cheer and cry when they cry.

For fantasy fans out there, imagine this: Leonidas and his 300 transported to Steven Erikson’s book, Deadhouse Gates; but Leonidas is now part of the Ten Thousand, and they are travelling with Coltaine of the Crow Clan, across an entire continent, fighting battles along the way, having almost no time to rest. Imagine that, and you’ll have a small taste of what’s waiting for you in The Ten Thousand. After 300, I wanted to be a Spartan. After The Ten Thousand, I wouldn’t mind standing next to Rictus or Gasca, wearing the Curse of God, facing the Honai, as a Macht. 🙂



The Ten Thousand

The Ten Thousand

Check out this link, it’ll take you through to Paul’s website, and after you’ve done that (and read the book! I have eyes everywhere! I am watching! Read it! 😉 ) follow this link to the David Gemmell Legend Award website, where you can check out the books and authors that have been nominanted and vote for the worthy winner! The Ten Thousand is one of those books! 🙂


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