The Boy With the Porcelain Blade

The Boy With the Porcelain Blade

Book - 2015
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Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game. Ruled by an insane king and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted--but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the "insane" women kept in the haunting Sanatoria. Told in a continuous narrative interspersed with flashbacks we see Lucien grow up under the care of his tutors. We watch him forced through rigorous Testings, and fall in love, set against his yearning to discover where he comes from, and how his fate is tied to that of every one of the deformed Orfano in the Kingdom, and of the eerie Sanatoria itself.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780575134027
057513402X
Characteristics: xi, 321 pages ; 20 cm

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Glokta
Jul 08, 2015

this is one of the more interesting fantasy debuts of recent times. It's a character driven story that manages to strike some interesting notes. It puts enough of a different spin on standard fantasy genre things to make it relatively unique. At only about 300 pages it's a quick read and worthwhile if you are into darker fantasy stuff or just looking for something different.

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nerowolfgal
Aug 15, 2014

Really interesting world-building, well done characters and writing that is vivid and moves along well. Very well done, I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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