Difficult, dark, sometimes dreadful but this dirge is wonderful at times, filled with little whims and peculiar regrets. Those notions, those simple eulogies, the ephemeral nature of the tale is the only thing that keeps it going as it would be churlish and dross otherwise. I think that you will have to convince your self that this is good. I am unconvinced (other than some well worked passages) still worth a read.

The third book in David Gemmell's four part Rigante series of books. Before there was George RR Martin, Joe Abercrombie, John Gwynne and Conn Iggulkden there was David Gemmell. Others had played with heroic fantasy, alternative histories and timelines, alternate realities since the fifties but David Gemmell was the one to bring the genre into the mainstream with each book selling millions of copies. Mr Gemmell found a worthy vein and mined it religiously. Rarely did he vary a winning formula and why should he. Each and every book he produced worked well. A spare but capable writer Mr Gemmell created the genre and inspired many great writers to follow him.

Ravenheart is a good example of his work and well worth a read.

A moment of Deja vu,came first, This idea seems familiar. Then it struck me, David Brin's "Uplift" series of books "Startide Rising" etc. A great idea and I do not fault Mr Tchaikovsky for taking this idea and moving it to another level. Indeed Mr Tchaikovsky was aware of what he was doing as the spacecraft at the start was named the "Brin 2" an obvious homage to the originator of the idea. I really enjoyed Mr Brin's work but have to say that the writer here takes to the tale in a more macabre fashion enjoying playing with and destroying stereotypes.

A very different take on Mr Brin's idea and one that I believe works well.

I do not wish to give away anything of the tale and so shall tell you little other than to read this book. I am looking forward to the sequel. This is pure straightforward Sci-fi, not hard Sci-fi as some have suggested, there is little technical detail and the tale is easy to follow if surprising at times. I would heartily recommend this book to both followers of Mr Brin's and Mr Tchaikovsky's works as well as most middle of the road Sci-fi readers.

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