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A brand-new historical fantasy from a legend of the genre. Fans of Bernard Cornwall, Conn Iggulden and Joe Abercrombie will love this.

Reinmar of Bielawa, sometimes known as Reynevan, is a doctor, a magician and, according to some, a charlatan.

Discovered in bed with the wife of a high-born knight, he must flee his normal life. But his journeys will lead him into a part of Europe which will be overtaken by chaos. Religious tension between Hussite and Catholic countries is threatening to turn into war.

Pursued not only by the affronted Stercza brothers, bent on vengeance, but also by the Holy Inquisition, and with strange, mystical forces gathering in the shadows, Reynevan finds himself in the Narrenturm, the Tower of Fools. The Tower is an asylum for the mad, or for those who dare to think differently and challenge the prevailing order. The 'patients' of this institution form a gallery of colourful types including the young Copernicus, proclaiming the truth of his heliocentric solar system.

But can Reynevan escape the Tower, and avoid being drawn in to the conflict around him, without losing his own mind?

The first in an epic new trilogy set during the vibrantly depicted Hussite Wars by Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the best-selling Witcher series that has become an international phenomenon and inspired a best-selling videogame and Netflix show.

Translated by David French, who worked with Sapkowski on six Witcher books.

©2020 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Requires a bit of historical knowledge

Great book overall. As it's based around quite a significant historical time/place there is alot of info all at once. It may require you to watch a few videos on Hussites, Jan Huss and the Kingdom of Bohemia to get full enjoyment. For those reading after the witcher series, it shares similarities in the way that the main characters are basically their own Hanza. It's like a book based about slightly magical Jasiker/ Dandelion as the main character but instead of having the protection of a witcher, he has a few strong lads to help him out.

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Not the Witcher

to be honest I thought it was a continuation of The Witcher Series but was a tad drawn out but none the less I enjoyed it very much looking forward to next book now

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  • Manonim
  • 27-11-2020

So glad it’s finished ...

This was a book made tedious by being undecided. It was a mix of detailed academic history diluting what might have been a good adventure - it couldn’t seem to make up it’s mind and so both faltered. If I was still able to read a hard copy, I could have whizzed through the endless names and lineage, but whilst listening didn’t want to miss any of the actual story restarting. The hero (!) was sadly unengaging but despite wanting to know what happens with his cohorts, will not bother with the series as it gets released

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  • NeilRC94
  • 05-12-2020

Great start to a new series.

As this is a concept I've come into blind, I don't know much back story. Unlike the Witcher where I had played the game and had a general sense of the whole idea. However, I think that Andrzej Sapkowski is off to a great start. The characters and story very well fleshed out and it definitely has the combination of brutally honest world views mixed in with amazing dark humour. Add to this the fact that Peter Kenny's narration brings the whole world to life and I for one, can't wait for book two to be released.

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  • 01-02-2021

Heavy but so atmospheric

It is very rich in elements of the period - names, places, languages and folklore. I would advise against trying to remember every detail since there are just so many of them. It's better to see them as parts of the style. The ones worth remembering are repeated often enough.
It's not a light read, but if it's not a problem then I can't recommend it strongly enough.

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  • 11-01-2021

A bit conflicted

I didn't enjoy this as book as much as the Witcher series of books.






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