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Blackwing, Ed McDonald

Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Magic & Sword and Sorcery, Teen & Young Adult

The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some eighty years ago, thanks to Nall’s ‘Engine’, a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the Engine created the Misery – a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a No Mans Land along the frontier. But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch. Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic’s defences. Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic’s bluff.

Blackwing is a novel that is making strides in the fantasy genre and a novel that has been praised highly by fantasy readers as one of the best novels of the year. After reading this novel I can happily say that this really is one of the best novels of 2017 and an incredible, unforgettable fantasy read. Blackwing is a fast-paced, gritty, epic fantasy tale unlike anything I have read before; The novel captured me from the very beginning thanks to the author’s immaculate world building as well as the authors impeccable writing. As I write my review I am finding that I am still shocked from the brilliance that is in between these pages, I need to take a moment and appreciate this novel because it floored me!

Blackwing begins in a strange and deadly wasteland named Misery; Misery is a post-apocalyptic plain which is disturbing, ruthless, unforgiving but also fascinating. The vast scope of the land of Misery is highly unpredictable, it is a land full of grotesque, mutated creatures that instill terror in the hearts of everyone… well, almost everyone. This is the point in the novel where the reader is introduced to the Blackwing Mercenaries; they are the deadliest and most fearsome crew that brave Misery and all the terrifying creatures it holds and this is all I am willing to say about this novel! The plot of this novel is so brilliant that I do not want to spoil it for you lovely readers who hope to read this wonderful book.

The novel’s author Ed McDonald has written a story that is unpredictable and full of intense action, it may be a fantasy novel but it is a story that is so much more than just fantasy. It is novel that features heavily on politics, the inner workings of it and let’s not forget the disputes and betrayal that accompany it. The politics, combined with fantasy, action, monsters and so much more make Blackwing an unforgettable, splendid novel.

McDonald’s writing and storytelling are flawless and very impressive seeing as Blackwing is his debut novel. As a reader, I was surprised and enchanted how he had managed to build an exciting, in-depth and memorable world for his piece of literature so that to me screams talent and makes me fall even more in love with this incredible book. At this point in my review, I wish I had more to write about but the story of Blackwing is so in-depth and brilliant that I do not want to spoil it or give away too much information as this novel is to be read, experienced and felt.

To conclude my thoughts on Blackwing if you are looking for an epic fantasy tale that is unique, full of incredible action as well as a compelling storyline then this novel is for you! This wonderful tale gets Four Stars from me!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I really do appreciate it. Please do comment below your thoughts on this novel and whether you could see yourself reading it. Do you adore fantasy novels? How about novels that feature post-apocalyptic lands? Do let me know below as I would love to know what all of you lovely readers are thinking. Thank you once again for reading!

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!   


Amazon U.K. / Goodreads / Book Depository / Publisher; Orion – Gollancz

Thank you so much again for reading! 

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You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which
I think I would never understand. It seems too complex
and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post,
I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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Nthato Morakabi
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Fantastic! I will have to pick this up.

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booksareallyouneed
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I’ve heard of this but I hadn’t really seen any reviews until now. You have definitely convinced me it is worth a read!

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booksareallyouneed
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Hi, my name’s Isabel. How about you? I read a lot of YA fantasy, but I’d like to start reading more adult fantasy soon 🙂

booksareallyouneed
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I think you would really like Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It’s the one that really got me reading YA fantasy and I honestly couldn’t put it down!

booksareallyouneed
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I haven’t, but I’ve heard so much hype around it that I’m a bit afraid I won’t like it as much as everyone else! Would you recommend it?

booksareallyouneed
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I haven’t really read many, I’m meaning to read the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and also the Name of the Wind. Have you read these?

booksareallyouneed
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My name is Isabel. How about you? I read a lot of YA fantasy but I want to start reading Adult fantasy as well 🙂

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Interested to read your thoughts as I’ve got an ARC of this book on my To Read Pile. I’ve just moved it up to the top.

I Read, Therefore I Blog
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No problem – always enjoy reading a good review.

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I Read, Therefore I Blog
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Yes I read a fair amount of fantasy but I’m on a bit of a crime and thriller kick at the moment. Erm … I mean that reading wise. I’m not actually going out committing crimes. 😀

I Read, Therefore I Blog
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I haven’t read Gone Girl but I saw the movie adaptation and thought it was okay.

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Sounds pretty dang cool!
And even though it’s not as important as the content, I adore the cover, so great.

Been looking for a new fantasy book to sink my teeth into and this might just fit the bill.
Especially as you mention great world building, which to me is a very important part of fantasy.

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Writer at the Threshold
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I will order it up next month ^^

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TeacherofYA
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Ok, nm I found it in the US store…I really love the first cover you showed more than the second. Is that the U.K. cover? It’s gorgeous!

TeacherofYA
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I want to! Once it releases!

TeacherofYA
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I love the U.K. cover then! It’s gorgeous and I saved the pic.

TeacherofYA
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I usually just use some anime from an app but I know ppl who do! I wish it came in posters!

TeacherofYA
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I totally do, lol. Totally. I’m a big coverwhore lol! 😂😳😂

TeacherofYA
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Aww, it’s U.K.? Damn! I like getting Kindle books and I can’t get the U.K. ones and this sounds FAB! Hopefully it will be released in the US? 😩🤞

TeacherofYA
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Yes I did find it but it’s not available yet like you said. Love that first cover though.

TeacherofYA
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Nah, I can’t afford books right now with ALA but I’ll keep it in mind for sure! Thank you!

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TeacherofYA
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Ooh I’m excited about reading it!!

TeacherofYA
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Nope! I’m the exact same way!

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Annie
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I admit I haven’t read much fantasy, but I always feel like I should try the genre more1

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Annie
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Maybe 😀

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Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
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Sweet review.😀

I’m reading this at the moment and absolutely loving it.

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
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Nothing wrong with short reviews, as long as you say all that you want to then that’s all that matters.

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
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Ha!😂 I generally only read fantasy and yes, I find writing reviews for fantasy hard!😂

Not really the place and character names. But, what I find really hard is if it’s a book in a fantasy series, you can’t really mention what has gone on in the previous books, etc as it would spoil them if someone read the review and wanted to read them which is why I only vaguely skim over the story to avoid spoilers as trying to recap a book without ruining what happened in the previous books is a nightmare! 😂

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I try my best to stay spoiler free but series make it very hard. Especially when you get to the final few books!😂

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Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek
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Thank you and yes it does. Often with fantasy the book starts slowly and/or takes a while to pull you in but not with Blackwing, it pulls you in straight away.

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