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Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne) (original 2018; edição 2018)

por Peter McLean (Autor)

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"The first in an unmissable series, Priest of Bones is a fresh and compelling take on grimdark fantasy. Mashing together soldiers, gangsters, magic and war into a heady mix that is a hulking big brother to The Lies of Locke Lamora."--Anna Stephens, author of Godblind The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety heads home with Sergeant Bloody Anne at his side. But things have changed while he was away: his crime empire has been stolen and the people of Ellinburg--his people--have run out of food and hope and places to hide. Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his with help from Anne, his brother, Jochan, and his new gang: the Pious Men. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, everything gets more complicated. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the back-street taverns, brothels, and gambling dens of Tomas's old life, it becomes clear: The war is only just beginning.… (mais)
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Título:Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne)
Autores:Peter McLean (Autor)
Informação:Ace (2018), 352 pages
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“Priest of Bones” is a fantasy gangster book that captivates the reader from the very first lines.

Tomas Piety is returning back to Ellinburg after almost three years, during which he has been fighting a war that wasn’t his to fight. Even though, he had to fight and get back home safe, to return to his people after his conscription had ended. Tomas may have become a priest in the army when their own priest was lost in battle, but before the war, he was a businessman, leading the Pious Men. Upon his return, he finds the Stink poor as hell and his businesses overtaken. His aunt is nowhere to be found. Tomas has to bring his crew together and get his businesses back. He will then be able to look after the people in his streets, his people.

What has happened in Ellinburg is bigger than him, bigger than anything he could imagine. Strange, foreign people have taken over the city while he and the other bosses were away at the war. And for that, he had to work for the Queen’s Men, no matter he liked it or not. When Queen’s Men approached you, you had no other option but to do as they say.

The book is narrated in first person, by Thomas himself. It is as if he is writing his memoirs and we only read his side of the story. Even so, this does not seem to be inadequate as we do get a lot of the action, without missing much. This Thomas Piety, sounds a lot like Thomas Shelby from Peacky Blinders. He is owning his streets and he is protecting them as well. He doesn’t allow mistreats, he doesn’t approve of hurting women, child abuse and drug trade. He is helping the poor and all people in his streets by giving them a job in one of his businesses or helping them restore their own. He earns his people respect.

Apart from Thomas, their is a great deal of other characters in the book, like Bloody Ann, who is second in command and his brother Jochan who has battle syndrome, but he could take down a small army only he and two or three more men. Thomas takes advantage of that as he always sends the right man for the right job. So step by step, we follow the story as he takes back his businesses.

The fantasy in the book comes with a magical twist. Those strangers are using magicians, respectable people with great power. Not everyone though likes them. Thomas needs his one magician if he wants to win this war, and he finds him. Because this is another was to be fought, and he needs every mean to win it! ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Dec 1, 2020 |
4.5*

This book was awesome and would be a 5* book if there had been a bit more detail/etc added in, that is my only complaint.
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Gangsters went to war and came back to find their turf taken away. You can guess how that goes!

You see the scars that vets and others who have been through trauma on display, and you also see the hearts that still strive for something better.

If you like a fast pace, grimishdarkish writing, fights, a touch of magic and a lot of fun, then give this book a go!!


- on the subjects of rape, pedophilia and drugs that some reviewers seem fixated upon...

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Rape never happened, though it was clear such took place in the war (welcome to war), the potential rape was stopped and later in the book when one of the members beat a whore (off camera) he was dealt with in kind.

Pedophilia was alluded to in regards to a young character, but he never suffered it. However the narrator and his brother DID suffer it as children and that made them very anti such activity. At one point the gang removes a competitors whore house that dealt with kids, and found new homes for the abused children. No graphic details...

Drugs play a role and the gang leader is very anti drugs. He used to import "poppy" but he only supplied it to actual doctors for their use as medicine. The bad people sell drugs on the street... ( )
  WDBooks | Nov 13, 2020 |
The Reviews didn't lie.

I picked up this book because it was said to be like the Lies of Locke Lamora for adults and I was not dissatisfied. Thomas Piety is now one of my favorite characters. ( )
  ChaseBolling | Sep 8, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this tale. McLean set me in this world with great assurance, and I could feel the dirt and grime as well as the stakes of this crew of gangsters and thugs returning from a war full of atrocities to try and take back their crime syndicate. The characters, especially Bloody Anne (who deserves her own series, frankly), were interesting and, for such a brutal environment, surprisingly fragile. My one caveat is that the magic seemed like a bit of an add on, not central to the story or the world. ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
Der Armeepriester Tomas Piety kehrt mit seinen Soldaten zurück in seine Heimatstadt Ellinburg. Doch die Stadt hat sich verändert, Kriminelle haben sein Imperium zerstört und treiben nun ihr Unwesen. Thomas will das nicht auf sich beruhen lassen und tut alles, um sein Imperium zurückerobern. Außerdem gibt es da noch den jungen Billy the Kid mit besonderen magischen Fähigkeiten.
Ich lese selten Fantasy, doch irgendwie habe ich mich zu diesem Buch hinreißen lassen. Die Leseprobe fand ich ganz interessant, aber das Buch konnte mich nicht so recht packen. Der Schreibstil ist direkt und manchmal drastisch, konnte mich aber nicht überzeugen, denn es gab doch viel, was sich wiederholte. Außerdem fehlte mir auch Spannung, dafür ging es recht brutal zu.
Manche Charaktere waren interessant, andere ein wenig eindimensional. Tomas ist Priester und Soldat, wobei sein Verhalten eher das des Soldaten widerspiegelt, denn er geht seinen Weg und metzelt nieder, was ihm in die Quere kommt. Er will das zurück, was andere während seiner Abwesenheit übernommen haben. Über seine Gefühlswelt habe ich zu wenig erfahren.
Dies ist der Auftaktband der Reihe „Der Kampf um den Rosenthron“, der mich nicht so überzeugt hat, dass ich die Fortsetzung unbedingt lesen muss.
Es ist ein düsterer und grausamer Fantasyroman. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Mar 30, 2020 |
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"The first in an unmissable series, Priest of Bones is a fresh and compelling take on grimdark fantasy. Mashing together soldiers, gangsters, magic and war into a heady mix that is a hulking big brother to The Lies of Locke Lamora."--Anna Stephens, author of Godblind The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety heads home with Sergeant Bloody Anne at his side. But things have changed while he was away: his crime empire has been stolen and the people of Ellinburg--his people--have run out of food and hope and places to hide. Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his with help from Anne, his brother, Jochan, and his new gang: the Pious Men. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, everything gets more complicated. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the back-street taverns, brothels, and gambling dens of Tomas's old life, it becomes clear: The war is only just beginning.

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