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Accused of practising pagan magicks, a young boy flees for his life In fear for her life, a woman suffering from a mysterious illness is forced to break out of the mine where she has been enslaved An innocent warrior is exiled by the holy man of this mountain tribe and told to make his own way in the world In the Empire of the Saviours, The People are forced to live in fortified towns Their walls are guarded by an army of Heroes, whose task is to keep marauding pagans out as much as it is to keep the People inside Several times a year, living Saints visit the towns to exact the Saviours tithe from all those coming of age a tithe often paid in blood.When a young boy, Jillan, unleashes pagan magicks in an accident, his whole town turns against him He goes on the run, but what hope can there be when the Saviours and the entire Empire decide he mud be caught Last year I read Necromancer s Gambit by A J Dalton and, although I had some issues with the editing, overall I enjoyed the dark fantasy that the author created You can t ever go far wrong with an army of resurrected corpses in my opinion Recently I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of Mr Dalton s new novel and I ve been looking forward to checking it out.The Empire of the Saviours is a society built around very structured roles and strong religious doctrine Saviours control the Saints who in turn command the Heroes who maintain order and force the general populace, The People, to abide by their rules It was easy to picture this set up in a similar vein to something like Clash of the Titans The Saviours are forever playing a never ending game of cosmic chess with the Saints, Heroes and People as their pieces For The Saviours power struggles and petty jealousies are played out over the course of eons.It s the strong characterisation that ultimately won me over Through Jillan, the reader is introduced to a whole host of memorable warriors, townsfolk, heroes, gods and monsters Jillan himself is still very young and is mostly innocent in the ways of the world He is forced to learn the rules as he attempts to flee from persecution Very much a blank canvas when we first meet him there are some nice subtle hints about the man he has the potential to grow up to be.The villains are all deliciously evil and lead by the twisted Saint Azual He has been a living Saint for hundreds of years and dreams of becoming a god in his own right Over the course of the novel, his tenuous grip on sanity slips away and his acts become increasingly violent and unpredictable Azual s rage knows no bounds and he will destroy anything that gets in his way Unpleasant and brutal, he truly is a nasty piece of work.The other villain I particularly liked, or disliked depending on your point of view, was Minister Praxis When the reader first meets him he is the religious leader of Godsend, the backwater village where Jillan grows up, and he is driven by a fervent fundamentalism that makes him instantly dis likable As the main plot unfolds Praxis is tasked with taking the religion of the Saviours to the pagans and I enjoyed the various predicaments he finds himself in His smarmy aloofness and strict bearing make the arguments he has with Torpeth, the pagan religious leader, a great deal of fun Both men are so sure of their opposing viewpoints their constant back and forth regularly devolves into childish name calling These scenes, which are already funny, are made all the surreal by the fact that one of them spends the vast majority of the novel naked.My favourite character though was an enigmatic being known as The Peculiar He She It features in some of the novel s best moments Mysterious and every so slightly smug about it I couldn t help but like him her it Even now I can t decide if The Peculiar was evil or good probably chaotic neutral thinking about it I liked the sense of ambiguity that surrounds every action that this perplexing individual makes.Dalton has written a compelling story that works on multiple levels There are some well observed action and classic fantasy battles that are suitably rousing Alongside that there is some interesting world building to discover and a surprising amount of dry humour to enjoy Empire of the Saviours is a great deal of fun and certainly worthy of your time.Empire of the Saviours is published by Gollancz and released on 17th May 2012 A sequel, Gateway of the Saviours, will be released in the future. A filthy, naked madman This ought to be enough reason to check this book out but if it isn t and you are a demanding reader how about this AJ Dalton has crafted a world rich and absorbing and with a full set of characters including the naked madman who are a joy to be with.The plot line is one of a young man who through no fault of his own has to find his own way in the world as his circumstances change somewhat the day he unleashes his unknown but potent wrath upon the village bully, the consequences of which send him out into the world at large, but not without attracting some attention from the region s Saint Meanwhile a young woman struggles to comprehend her place in the world, a village elder is cast out to spread the good word and our naked man seeks acceptance and redemption in his own peculiar way Thematically, displacement is the key and it lends itself very well to some good story telling whilst pulling the reader into the world This is the kind of book I like to read, a world different to our own but close enough in themes to have resonance, a driven story line with the occasional moment of laugh out loud humour and as previously mentioned a full cast who are that well written they could all have a book of their own Kudos to you Mr Dalton, looking forward to Book 2 People say you shouldn t judge a book by its cover, but when you see a cover like Empire of the Saviours, it s hard not to imagine a great dark and gripping fantasy novel Sometimes letting your initial judgement of a book be determined by the cover is not a good idea because the book may not meet your expectations, but I was glad to see this wasn t case with Empire of the Saviours.When I first picked up Empire of the Saviours, I found it a bit difficult to get into due to the start of it focusing a lot around the locals and their beliefs I sometimes find it difficult reading books with this kind of environment, but as the story developed we quickly discover all is not what it seems and the pace of the book quickly picks up.The one aspect that impressed me the most was Dalton s focus on characterisation and the details we find out about each character Some people find books with heavy focus on characterisation hard to read due to the amount of information involved, but Dalton s style of writing and the story he moulds around the characters make it a lot easier to read The character I enjoyed reading about the most is Jillan because throughout the book we see him experience numerous different emotions due to different situations, and how he dealt with him made his a great character.If when you first read Empire of the Saviours like myself you find it difficult to get into I highly suggest you push past this because what you will discover is a world that will grip and intrigue you Not only that but the book has some great actions scenes in it and these were the scenes that I loved devouring the most due to their intensity and great flow I don t want to discuss these too much as I feel the battle scenes are one of the books true aces and are a pleasure to read.Even with all of these great things to say about the book there were definitely some points were I felt that certain scenes dragged on a bit or the pacing slowed down but thankfully there weren t too many moments of these throughout the course of the book The one negative about the book I did find hard to deal with the most was when a POV switch occurred, there were no font change or formatting to indicate this was going to occur So unfortunately there were occasions where I suddenly found myself reading a different POV and sometimes I didn t discover right away I feel if a font change or formatting was added to allude to this then the book would become much easier to read.Other than the small negatives I mentioned above I still thoroughly enjoyed reading Empire of the Saviours, it is a well crafted book with great writing and a thoroughly enjoyable story I would highly recommend it to any fan of the fantasy book genre. w i don t read a hell of a lot of fantasy since the sad passing of David Gemmell, the genre seemed to lose its guiding light There are some notable exceptions in people like James Barclay, Paul Hoffman, Ben Aaronovitch and Sam Sykes to name a few I especially avoid the cliched Fantasy Novels, so when i saw this book i was tornThe cover was both Clicheand yet the cover art was so similar to Sam Sykes novel that i just had to give it a go Sam s books are fantastic fun.I was so glad i gave it a go, A J Dalton has obviously put so much time effort heart and soul into the creation of his world and he has done it with a true eye to detail and imagination The Bad guys are disgustingly bad, and the good guys are not perfect as they shouldn t be, the characters are just so well rounded and built by the author the world becomes real not fantasy The plot has many twists and turns and what was most surprising was the large dollop of humour and fun that Dalton weaves into the story.I really enjoyed this, and a new name is added to the list of Fantasy writers i will read Parm Product DescriptionIn the Empire of the Saviours, the People are forced to live in fortified towns Their walls are guarded by an army of Heroes, whose task is to keep marauding pagans out as much as it is to keep the People inside Several times a year, living Saints visit the towns to exact the Saviours tithe from all those coming of age a tithe often paid in blood.When a young boy, Jillan, unleashes pagan magicks in an accident, his whole town turns against him He goes on the run, but what hope can there be when the Saviours and the entire Empire decide he must be caught Jillan is initially hunted by just the soldiers of the Saint of his region, but others soon begin to hear of his increasing power and seek to use him for their own ends Some want Jillan to join the fight against the Empire, others wish to steal his power for themselves and others still want Jillan to lead them to the Geas, the source of all life and power in the world There are very few Jillan can trust, except for a ragtag group of outcasts.His parents threatened, his life in tatters, his beliefs shaken to the core, Jillan must decide which side he is on, and whether to fight or run. The first thing that made me want to read this book in the first place was the genre of the book I had never heard of Metaphysical Fantasy before and as a fairly new reader I was willing to give the book a go Just after a few pages I was hooked as each character brought something into the book and you could a real sense of the personality of each character The only criticism that I can make is that it seems everything happens a bit too fast and we dont get a real origin story from the characters at the beginning Apart from that a truley good read I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fantasy. A.J Dalton was I believe the first author to officially coin the term metaphysical fantasy where things such as free will and destiny are swayed by external influences such as gods Where nature nurtures and we consider than the first level of thinking Jordan did it with Tel aran rhiod dream world and to a certain degree so did Donaldson with the Thomas Covenant books What A J has done is make the term interesting and fun focussing away from the tried and tested dream world scenario and move it to levels of society, religion and the elements of nature.We start with what at first appears to be quite formulaic young lad who seemingly gains forbidden pagan magic and so runs But, the book becomes so much We re introduced to Saints Heroes meddling gods and magic There s quite a huge cast of characters and multiple points of view throughout So if you re one that prefers a steady story told by just one character you will be disappointed. I will admit I only got as far as page 92 before abandoning the book as I realised I didn t care what happened The plot just seemed so unbelievable The female character, Freda, is born in a cave in darkness and her mother dies pretty soon afterwards Despite this she survives and when she meets other humans later is able to quickly learn their language and behaves in a moral way The hero meanwhile fleeing from his town where he faces certain death and with no money walks into an inn because he s hungry.I know it s a fantasy but I require my stories to be based in some sort of reality. *Free Kindle ⇘ Empire of the Saviours ☔ In The Empire Of The Saviours, The People Are Forced To Live In Fortified Towns Their Walls Are Guarded By An Army Of Heroes, Whose Task Is To Keep Marauding Pagans Out As Much As It Is To Keep The People Inside Several Times A Year, Living Saints Visit The Towns To Exact The Saviours Tithe From All Those Coming Of Age A Tithe Often Paid In Blood When A Young Boy, Jillan, Unleashes Pagan Magicks In An Accident, His Whole Town Turns Against Him He Goes On The Run, But What Hope Can There Be When The Saviours And The Entire Empire Decide He Must Be Caught Jillan Is Initially Hunted By Just The Soldiers Of The Saint Of His Region, But Others Soon Begin To Hear Of His Increasing Power And Seek To Use Him For Their Own Ends Some Want Jillan To Join The Fight Against The Empire, Others Wish To Steal His Power For Themselves And Others Still Want Jillan To Lead Them To The Geas, The Source Of All Life And Power In The World There Are Very Few Jillan Can Trust, Except For A Ragtag Group Of Outcasts His Parents Threatened, His Life In Tatters, His Beliefs Shaken To The Core, Jillan Must Decide Which Side He Is On, And Whether To Fight Or Run Fantasy Why I just had to read it when I got myself a copy I even met the author A.J.Dalton when I bought it Had a lovely chat with him so I just had to see what it was about when he said to me If you like Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire, you like it I got half way into the book enjoying it as you do with a new book and on each chapter he changes to a completely different character each time Just couldn t get my head around the characters and story Had to give up and abandon it as I got to the half way mark But it still sits proudly on myself I bought A J Dalton s Flesh and Bone trilogy and loved it, so I didn t hesitate to try Empire of the Saviours He didn t let me down A complex world with complex characters Again, he s created a huge world to get lost in and a deep story I ve persuaded several friends to buy this book and they loved it too And just like Flesh and Bone, I can so see this as a film.