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Publisher’s Weekly Review for Son of the Black Sword

((I got a Starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. They don’t hand those out those stars very often.

Son of the Black Sword
Larry Correia. Baen, $25 (432p)
ISBN 978-1-4767-8086-3

Bestselling fantasy author Correia (the Grimnoir Chronicles) casts a compelling spell with this India-influenced series opener. Elite fighter Ashok Vadal, bearer of the magical ancestor blade Angruvadal, has dedicated his life to serving the law. He fights demons and kills rebels who try to bring back religion and stand up for the casteless, the lowest of the low in this highly stratified fantasy-world society. When the Inquisition sends Ashok to infiltrate a rebel group working to free the casteless, he’s certain it’s punishment for the revelation that he himself was born a lowly untouchable. The Inquisition’s real goal is to engineer a reason to annihilate the casteless entirely; unfortunately for them, Ashok is the worst person they could have chosen for the job. Correia skillfully sets in motion this story of plots within plots, revealing complex, sympathetic characters and black-hearted villains with equal detail and insight. Full of action, intrigue, and wry humor, this exciting series launch promises many more thrills to come. (Nov.)
—Publishers Weekly

Book Bomb this Thursday, the 8th
Fisking the New York Times' Modern Man
Nathaniel Givens
Guest

Congrats! That’s awesome!

… but you’re totally going to lose your “hated outsider” status if you start getting major recognition from folks like Publisher’s Weekly!

richard mcenroe
Guest

What, THAT Reichwing hate rag? /sarc

Bruce
Guest

Funny. I thought Larry was supposed to be a talent-less hack. How can this be for one of his books?

Dave H
Guest

It’s a setup for a prank, like the popular kids used to do in school. They invite some poor nerd to come sit with them at the cool table, make him think he’s been accepted as one of them, and then humiliate him.

I’m not sure how one would humiliate Larry though. That’d be like trying to humiliate a bear. It wouldn’t work, which is actually a good thing for the pranksters because if it did he could leave pieces of them strewn across the landscape.

TallDave
Guest

Still no Kindle edition? Come on Larry, I hate trees as much as the next guy, but I have small children who view all paper as an irresistible magnet for crayons. Also, I no longer remember how normal books work.

Anna Puma
Guest

A bit early for April Fools…

So congrats! Bask in the accolades.

Old NFO
Guest

Outstanding! 🙂

Shadowdancer
Guest

Congrats, Larry! This line made me laugh:
The Inquisition’s real goal is to engineer a reason to annihilate the casteless entirely; unfortunately for them, Ashok is the worst person they could have chosen for the job.

I want to read the book EVEN MORE now. I can’t wait!

Expendable Henchman
Guest

“Ashok” huh?
I get the feeling that he’s inspired by “Asok the Intern” from Dilbert. The poor, hapless, abused, bottom of the social ladder intern who seems to be the smartest employee of the firm. But he’s just so gullible…

WoT
Guest

Saw you this weekend on Redshire. You were in the VK28.01, I was in an SU-152. You might have spotted some hits for me…. but in the end, the team fell apart and we all died. Seemed to happen a lot this weekend for some reason.

kerani
Guest

Dude. It’s like if you practice at something long enough, you eventually get competent at it.

(Congrats!)

Wes S.
Guest

And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the Torcommers and the foul denizens of Vile 770 . . .

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

He’ll be accused of cultural appropriation. You can bet money on it.

Steve Shook
Guest

Excellent review as well, that should send the Hugo fanboi crowd into a rabid foaming fit.

detroyes
Guest

It’ll give them an even greater foaming fit when the sales figures come out and SoTBS outpaces all of their preferred favorites. Combined.

What was it that pipsqueak at The Guardian said? That Mr. Correira’s sales would “pay a price” for Sad Puppies?

SJW75126
Guest

Scalzi has his book in his “New Books and Arcs” post along with an admonishment to readers not to take shots at any of the authors. Apparently, Baen sends him books to promote.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2015/10/05/new-books-and-arcs-10515/#comments

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

I find it amusing how Scalzi feels the need to tell his fans *how* to discuss things. Micromanagement of one’s fanbase strikes me as the height of control freak.

Tammy
Guest

Was lucky to have received an advanced copy at Dragon Con at the Baen event. Stayed up all night reading it. Best High Fantasy I have read. In a while. On par with Lord of The Rings and. In The Name of The Wind

detroyes
Guest

Really looking forward to reading this. My only hesitation in doing so is the knowledge that, by the time I’m finished with it, I’ll be itching for the next volume RIGHT NOW.

Its bad enough that we’re almost a year away from the next MHI book…

Stephen St. Onge
Guest

Gee, if this keeps up, the literati will have to upgrade you to the ‘C’ list!

Steve Johnson
Guest

Wait, Larry’s a gamer … Indian flavor to the fantasy world … could it be inspired by Tekumel?

Or is nobody but me THAT old-school?

MattG
Guest

Sorry if this has addressed elsewhere, but are there any major differences between the eARC and final release other than a layer of editorial polish?

BigFire
Guest

Well, it’s available now on Kindle edition on Amazon.com. They kinda jump the gun here.

airboy
Guest

I got my ebook from Baen. I read the book in three days. Excellent work. The characters are all flawed (both sides). It is unusual that I pick up a book and then don’t put it down. I’m in the habit of reading a half a dozen books at the same time.

But once I started this I continued to completion. I may buy a 2nd copy in hardback to have one on acid free paper.

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