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This Crooked Way By James Enge,

  • Title: This Crooked Way
  • Author: James Enge
  • ISBN: 9781591027843
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • Morlock Ambrosius returns Travelling alone in the depths of winter, Morlock Ambrosius bitterly dry drunk, master of all magical makers, wandering swordsman, and son of Merlin Ambrosius and Nimue Viviana is attacked by an unknown enemy To unmask his enemy and end the attacks he must travel a long crooked way through the world past the soul eating Boneless One, past a sMorlock Ambrosius returns Travelling alone in the depths of winter, Morlock Ambrosius bitterly dry drunk, master of all magical makers, wandering swordsman, and son of Merlin Ambrosius and Nimue Viviana is attacked by an unknown enemy To unmask his enemy and end the attacks he must travel a long crooked way through the world past the soul eating Boneless One, past a subtle and treacherous master of golems, past the dragon taming Khroi, past the predatory cities of Sarkunden and Aflraun, past the demons and dark gnomes of the northern woods Soon he will find that his enemy wears a familiar face, and that the duel he has stumbled into will threaten lives than his own, leaving nations shattered in its chaotic wake And at the end of his long road waits the death of a legend.
    This Crooked Way Morlock Ambrosius returns Travelling alone in the depths of winter Morlock Ambrosius bitterly dry drunk master of all magical makers wandering swordsman and son of Merlin Ambrosius and Nimue Vivia

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    1. This one is at least partially a fix up of short stories that had appeared previously, primarily in Black Gate magazine, wrapped in a bit of a framing device Necessarily, that makes it a bit choppy, but I didn t regard that as a bad thing Much of it is an interesting sequence following Morlock and the same set of characters on various stages of a perilous journey, but each stage is told from a different character s point of view and gives a different interpretation to Morlock Although he s alway [...]

    2. Personally, I blame Star Wars, but the Lord of the Rings movies are doubtlessly at fault, too, and I suppose people were just fed up a bit with all those sword swinging barbarians whatever the reason, the Sword Sorcery had a bit of a hard time, even to seeming extinct for a while superseded, by Epic Fantasy and its huge doorstepper novels that had lost even the last bit of decency by extending themselves beyond the trilogy format While the situation has not exactly been reversed, Sword Sorcery h [...]

    3. The second installment of James Enge s projected trilogy about Morlock Ambrosius, son of Merlin and Nimue and a very powerful magician, is less successful than the wonderful Blood of Ambrose, but This Crooked Way is still a pleasure It s a collection of stories, episodes as Enge calls them, rather than a connected narrative, and the book suffers for it.Also, several of the episodes were published as standalone stories, some before the first book, Blood of Ambrose , was written, so Enge has to d [...]

    4. Recipe Start with a base of Leiber, add a pinch of Arthurian mythos, a couple of tablespoons of Pratchett, and a double handful of Lovecraft, and you ll get something like James Enge s Morlock Abrosius books, starring the Ambrosii, the most dysfunctional family in fantasy Morlock has some unresolved daddy issues, and his mother is almost completely crazy That s without discussing his sisters, or the lesser relationsThis is the second book in the series The first book, Blood of Ambrose, was a slo [...]

    5. Further adventures of Merlin s hunchbacked alcoholic son, if Merlin had lived in a world with no Britain I say adventures because this is a series of semi linked short stories, much in the line of and with stylistic references to Zelazny, Vance, and Leiber Haven t seen that in a while, have you The semi linking is how Morlock keeps running into his interestingly insane parents while on a quest to rescue his horse We get Morlock through viewpoints human interestingly varied and nonhuman not so in [...]

    6. I found Blood of Ambrose a bit of a tough read It was quick but it didn t seem to read very quick if that makes sense The language was hard to follow This Crooked Way is a lot easier to read The writing flows a lot better With that said this book is filled with little episodes that sorta connect together but don t really I personally enjoyed the parts that were just Morlock a lot better before he hooked up with that family I found the parts where the family told stories a bit dull and I didn t r [...]

    7. _This_ is how wizards should battle not just blood and thunder and lightning but subtle trickery and planning and collections of odd objects which are the things you need to build the things you need Enge even makes the discussions of magic interesting.Curiously, in the appendix there s a mention of one C Linwood , whose 25 volume legendarium was incomplete at his death It s a reference to Lin wood Carter and his unfinished Khymyrium project.

    8. This might be the most uneven book I ve ever read.Part of it is obviously due to it s structure The novel is made up of a sequence of short stories Some of them were probably going to be duds Don t get me wrong Some of them are awesome Where Nurgnantz Dwells is amazing, for one thing For another, despite his general weakness in characterization , James Enge does a surprisingly impressive job with his female characters, and the two stories with female narrators are certainly the best of the middl [...]

    9. This was an around the corner surprise I picked this book up, started and stopped 3 times Only when I had run out of anything to read did I come back to it and now I am terrifically glad I did This author s writing style is a bit tangled for mee reason I kept laying it down He does not really describe things in detail and he talks is very lose concept riddles sometimes things I learned to love love love about his writing style by the end of the book If you like things magikal, read this is diffe [...]

    10. Picks up the story from The Blood of Ambrose, where the Emperor has banished Morlock from the empire so naturally Morlock is still skulking around in it While the overall plot of the book is to find Velox and save his mother Nimue, each piece is told by a different character that Morlock runs into along the way We begin to see the love hate relationship mere mortals have with him although he strives to help, his mere existence in the end is a danger to all who know him.The Wolf Age picks up afte [...]

    11. Finally Done with this one I give it 2 1 2 stars I liked parts of it but overall no I feel like James loves Morlock too much The first book was fine because he didn t mind putting Morlock in a tough spot that could have ended with Morlock dying if it weren t for the help of other characters This book not so much James also kept putting Morlock into situations that had nothing to do with the main plot It felt like he just wanted to show off how badass of a character Morlock was I do plan on read [...]

    12. I very much enjoyed this It s a series of short stories, but I felt that this didn t leave the book disconnected Instead, it gave a sense of time passing between the good parts , with characters having lived and known each other, building relationships, in between.I especially liked the chapters told from the supporting characters perspectives I felt like these chapters had some excellent characterization I was somewhat annoyed during Thend s chapter, but it was in a way I would wholly except to [...]

    13. After I was half way through this book I realized it was book two in the series of Morlock Ambrosius However, you do not need to read the first one to thoroughly enjoy the second James Enge handled the writing of the story from the point of view of each character per chapter I was impressed I started out reading the book to find out what happened to his horse I won t spoil the ending, but you do find out at the end.

    14. Clever and entertaining, certainly a bit dark and episodic, it was a interesting and original book Now I just wish that I had read the first book in the series before this one Fortunately in reading genre fiction it is often easy to get a story without all of the background info The previous book is now on my to read list, though I wonder why the library doesn t have it but does have this one.

    15. This book is written in an interesting episodic format, primarily because it is comprised of previously published short stories woven into a longer narrative I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the stories told from the perspective of those people who traveled with the legendary figure Morlock Ambrosius.

    16. Enjoyable young adult sword and sorcery Not a really strong narrative The quest of Morlock the hero is a flimsy framework to hang a series of adventures encounters on But the encounters are imaginative and enjoyable Would read further books in the series.

    17. Engaging but sadly disappointing in its first person portrayal of women solely as slaves to their periods and fear of rape.

    18. as I stated in the first book s review, this series rocks up too late reading to leave a comprehensive review

    19. Cleverly written and while there is a cast of character, it is much focused on Morlock Ambrosious Merlin and Nimue s only surviving son than the previous book.

    20. I only made it to page 212 of this one It s like a collection of short stories The writing is okay, and it s quite imaginative, but for some reason I just couldn t get through it.

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