web site hit counter The Ghosts of the Conquered (The Aspect Cycle Book One): An Epic Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Series - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

The Ghosts of the Conquered (The Aspect Cycle Book One): An Epic Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Series

Availability: Ready to download

Some heroes live by the sword. Some heroes die by the sword. Some have no idea they are heroes, they are just fighting to stay alive... Kane used to be a hero. He was one of the Del Carpio, an honor-bound wanderer committed to keeping the peace in troubled times, a protector of the weak and the vulnerable. Now he doesn't know what he is. His world has been shattered; his Some heroes live by the sword. Some heroes die by the sword. Some have no idea they are heroes, they are just fighting to stay alive... Kane used to be a hero. He was one of the Del Carpio, an honor-bound wanderer committed to keeping the peace in troubled times, a protector of the weak and the vulnerable. Now he doesn't know what he is. His world has been shattered; his sword brothers are dead, butchered in an unsuspecting moment and he hates himself for surviving when they did not. He suspects there must have been a traitor in their midst, but who? And why? Jenn is the Beggar King's puppet. She used to be a warrior, a Del Carpio like Kane, until with one stupid mistake she damned herself. Now she doesn't even recognize who she is or the things she is capable of. She used to be a good person. So why is she breaking into a child's bedroom intent on committing murder? Swann, the White Feather, is a legend. He's also a marked man. The underworld kingpin known as the Steel Man wants him dead and has initiated the Game of Dominion to see that it happens. The Game is a cull to weed out the weak, the old, and the unwanted. Swann, though, has a gift for staying alive. Which might be a problem for the Steel Man. This is the story of two soldiers beaten down by the madness of war, trying to make their way home. This is the story of two sorcerers, one driven mad by the demands of raising the dead, the other absolutely rational in his hatred for mankind and his quest for a lost magic. This is the story of mad gods and beggar kings. This is the story of the Ghosts of the Conquered...


Compare

Some heroes live by the sword. Some heroes die by the sword. Some have no idea they are heroes, they are just fighting to stay alive... Kane used to be a hero. He was one of the Del Carpio, an honor-bound wanderer committed to keeping the peace in troubled times, a protector of the weak and the vulnerable. Now he doesn't know what he is. His world has been shattered; his Some heroes live by the sword. Some heroes die by the sword. Some have no idea they are heroes, they are just fighting to stay alive... Kane used to be a hero. He was one of the Del Carpio, an honor-bound wanderer committed to keeping the peace in troubled times, a protector of the weak and the vulnerable. Now he doesn't know what he is. His world has been shattered; his sword brothers are dead, butchered in an unsuspecting moment and he hates himself for surviving when they did not. He suspects there must have been a traitor in their midst, but who? And why? Jenn is the Beggar King's puppet. She used to be a warrior, a Del Carpio like Kane, until with one stupid mistake she damned herself. Now she doesn't even recognize who she is or the things she is capable of. She used to be a good person. So why is she breaking into a child's bedroom intent on committing murder? Swann, the White Feather, is a legend. He's also a marked man. The underworld kingpin known as the Steel Man wants him dead and has initiated the Game of Dominion to see that it happens. The Game is a cull to weed out the weak, the old, and the unwanted. Swann, though, has a gift for staying alive. Which might be a problem for the Steel Man. This is the story of two soldiers beaten down by the madness of war, trying to make their way home. This is the story of two sorcerers, one driven mad by the demands of raising the dead, the other absolutely rational in his hatred for mankind and his quest for a lost magic. This is the story of mad gods and beggar kings. This is the story of the Ghosts of the Conquered...

30 review for The Ghosts of the Conquered (The Aspect Cycle Book One): An Epic Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Series

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    I got this as part of the epic fantasy bundle from StoryBundle. This book was not for me. First part of a new epic fantasy series in the vein of Steven Erikson and Joe Abercrombie. Lot's of characters, none of which are too sympathetic, and all of them suffer a lot most of the time. Very, very grimdark. Too much skinning of children and killing of babies for my tastes. I don't really need acts like that to convince me of how evil a villain is. Add to that that it feels like an incomplete book, most I got this as part of the epic fantasy bundle from StoryBundle. This book was not for me. First part of a new epic fantasy series in the vein of Steven Erikson and Joe Abercrombie. Lot's of characters, none of which are too sympathetic, and all of them suffer a lot most of the time. Very, very grimdark. Too much skinning of children and killing of babies for my tastes. I don't really need acts like that to convince me of how evil a villain is. Add to that that it feels like an incomplete book, mostly introducing a lot of characters and setting, without having any resolution. I don't mind series, but it would be nice if parts could be read stand alone at least a bit. For fans of grimdark fantasy series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gordy Acosta

    Excellent read, any of the shortcomings of the story are due to my attention span and memory. With a story of this size, with as many characters as it does, I have trouble organizing it in my mind. Given that the story is great, but I'd have preferred it to be a bit more streamlined personally, just my preference as it's constructed well. I'm definitely planning to read any more books in the series. Excellent read, any of the shortcomings of the story are due to my attention span and memory. With a story of this size, with as many characters as it does, I have trouble organizing it in my mind. Given that the story is great, but I'd have preferred it to be a bit more streamlined personally, just my preference as it's constructed well. I'm definitely planning to read any more books in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I struggled for about 4 chapters to get into this story, but that was just because there are a LOT of subplots. Multiple characters leading into what I assume will be an epic final battle. There's a lot to keep track of, but it is worth the effort, in my opinion. I will be picking up the next one when my brain has rested a while. I struggled for about 4 chapters to get into this story, but that was just because there are a LOT of subplots. Multiple characters leading into what I assume will be an epic final battle. There's a lot to keep track of, but it is worth the effort, in my opinion. I will be picking up the next one when my brain has rested a while.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    A fantasy epic in the making is a term often thrown around but this book deserves it. Great characters will suck you into their stories right from the start. And what stories they are. Looking forward to the next in the series

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved the characters, even and especially, the evil Ishakar. The world created here is lush and expansive and fantastic. I could get used to this kind of fantasy series in my life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    What a great book! It has a little bit of everything....strong characters, magic, sorcerers, swords, thieves....the list goes on and on! The plot for each character is very well written, and the ending definitely left me wanting more! A very well written book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I had read through 250 pages of " Ghosts of the Conquered" when I realized that I had no idea what was going on. The first six or so chapters concerned themselves with five or six different characters, all of whom deal in death one way or another. They are either being hounded by fiends or they are bent on seeking revenge themselves against others.Death is the hallmark motif of the story: gruesome, ghastly, gory death described in a veritable pornography of detail. Except for that, there seemed I had read through 250 pages of " Ghosts of the Conquered" when I realized that I had no idea what was going on. The first six or so chapters concerned themselves with five or six different characters, all of whom deal in death one way or another. They are either being hounded by fiends or they are bent on seeking revenge themselves against others.Death is the hallmark motif of the story: gruesome, ghastly, gory death described in a veritable pornography of detail. Except for that, there seemed to be no further goal for the authors. By the time the book, or rather, the first volume of this planned trilogy of horror, ends, the reader might be wishing he could wash his brain clean of the authors' piling on of gruesomeness. You name it and the writers have included it: zombies, ghouls, sorcerer- created beasts of prey. Assassins, torturers, baby murderers and every other sort of evil creep imaginable is within these pages. Not to mention the burning of heretics at whose immolation " the priests of the true gods" warm their claws, uh ,hands,There are some echoes of familiar biblical, that is, New Testament, themes in the book. One of the characters in early chapter is of a wandering priest, disciple named ( as revealed near the end of the book) Jon the Revelator. Another plot device seems to have been drawn from the story of King Herod when he called for the murder of babies in Judea in order to kill the foretold " King of the Jews". In "Ghosts, etc." the evil King does a lot worse, if that is possible, than call for the murder of children, he also wants them...well, you read it if you can stomach it. ( Of course, after the recent baby, oops, fetal tissue, selling scams, reality outdoes fiction, almost.) I gave " Ghosts of the Conquered" a two star rating because the authors did create quite a world, one of pestilential cities, haunted temples presided over by blinded monks and barren wastelands of graveyards. I admit that the writing at times is very good, almost poetic, but it is the poetry of horror. I have read a good deal of military fantasy; it is one of my favorite genres of novel. (That is what I thought the book was from the descriptions provided on Amazon's website) Also, I enjoy a good horror novel, one with a story whose purpose is to give one a thrill of fear. But this book was just too over the top with descriptions of slaughter that disgusted me. Not Recommended.I will not be buying the other books in the series. Warning: Every kind of imaginable violence. And some beyond imagination.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    The author sent me a digital copy of this book before it's release in order to do an early review. I am not a professional reviewer. I am a reader and fan of fantasy books. This review is my fair opinion of The Ghosts of the Conquered. There are a lot of characters and a lot of different stories and at the end of the book, they didn't all connect. Some of the story was confusing and was eventually cleared up but at the end of the story there are still some loose ends that kept me from understand The author sent me a digital copy of this book before it's release in order to do an early review. I am not a professional reviewer. I am a reader and fan of fantasy books. This review is my fair opinion of The Ghosts of the Conquered. There are a lot of characters and a lot of different stories and at the end of the book, they didn't all connect. Some of the story was confusing and was eventually cleared up but at the end of the story there are still some loose ends that kept me from understanding the connection of some characters and their stories to what I believe is the main plot. I am still not sure there is only one main plot. 1. A group of legendary warriors who fought for good have been betrayed and slaughtered. Two survivors aim to have revenge while fleeing a mad king, protecting a baby and aided by a blind man. 2. An evil sorcerer plans to destroy all of mankind with part human, part animal creatures he has created. 3. A ruler has his own sorcerer raise a dead ancestor and dead army to war with an insane ruler who hates him and who had his wife assassinated and his baby daughter stolen. There is an army fleeing through a mountain tunnel from another army while the dead army is approaching. 4. A thief/assassin has been targeted for assassination by his own people and goes after them when they kill his daughter. 5. There are two immortals of opposing faiths, the preacher and the Executioner. Their roles are not yet clear. Getting all the characters and their stories sorted and then linked to a main plot took some patience and some rereading, but once most of the puzzle was pieced together, it became a pretty interesting book. I will most likely read the second book to find out more about the main characters and I'm curious to see where some of the missing pieces of the stories are going to fit.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tirion

    The author draws you into a dark and forlorn world. A world where very little good is to be found, at least in this volume of the series. As expected of an initial novel in a new world, it builds the world and characters, sadly somewhat slowly. The world, while dark, does have an interesting history that plays a vital role on its present. I recommend this for anyone desiring an adventure that doesn't mind seeing the dark side of humanity. But though, that is what seems to be the point of this boo The author draws you into a dark and forlorn world. A world where very little good is to be found, at least in this volume of the series. As expected of an initial novel in a new world, it builds the world and characters, sadly somewhat slowly. The world, while dark, does have an interesting history that plays a vital role on its present. I recommend this for anyone desiring an adventure that doesn't mind seeing the dark side of humanity. But though, that is what seems to be the point of this book, it is used to show that even in darkness, light can flourish. I look forward the rest of the series. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this to read and review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Todd

    I read a wide variety of books but fantasy has never been at the top of my list. I’ve read some I enjoyed and others that I couldn’t make it to the end. This new venture is a winner. The characters are believable and the story sucks you right in. It makes you feel as though you’re part of the story, experiencing events along with the characters. The twists and turns keep you interested and wondering what will happen next. I look forward to the next book in this series. Fantasy just might move hi I read a wide variety of books but fantasy has never been at the top of my list. I’ve read some I enjoyed and others that I couldn’t make it to the end. This new venture is a winner. The characters are believable and the story sucks you right in. It makes you feel as though you’re part of the story, experiencing events along with the characters. The twists and turns keep you interested and wondering what will happen next. I look forward to the next book in this series. Fantasy just might move higher on my list of preferred reading material.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James Kidd

    I read this on my kindle/kindle app at odd moments, which given the complexity of the plot and cast of characters, was not the best way of experiencing the book. Notwithstanding I enjoyed this and will read the next. Yes, lots of standard fantasy stuff, but very nicely done and some unsettling stuff going on. The bit where Jenn is "questioned" (I'm being deliberately vague) makes for very uncomfortable reading, btw. Powerful, yes, uncomfortable all the same. I read this on my kindle/kindle app at odd moments, which given the complexity of the plot and cast of characters, was not the best way of experiencing the book. Notwithstanding I enjoyed this and will read the next. Yes, lots of standard fantasy stuff, but very nicely done and some unsettling stuff going on. The bit where Jenn is "questioned" (I'm being deliberately vague) makes for very uncomfortable reading, btw. Powerful, yes, uncomfortable all the same.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Book 1 of another series. This is a rather involved story with several characters in different settings all over the place. I had to concentrate to keep everyone straight but the read was worth the effort. Lots of sword fighting, magic, raising the dead. Some characters are immortal, others are simply human. I'm interested enough to want to continue the series. Always this need to "know what happens next". Good writers do that to me. Book 1 of another series. This is a rather involved story with several characters in different settings all over the place. I had to concentrate to keep everyone straight but the read was worth the effort. Lots of sword fighting, magic, raising the dead. Some characters are immortal, others are simply human. I'm interested enough to want to continue the series. Always this need to "know what happens next". Good writers do that to me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Keene

    I was really busy when I began reading this so it was a little confusing at first. once life slowed down so I could concentrate I loved it. there are so many characters and so many experiences that it makes it an all around great story. never disappointed with Joseph Nassise stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Traver Adolphus

    I gave it four chapters. Got tired of the lack of continuity.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leonida

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dana

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Nassise

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

  19. 4 out of 5

    Adam Goldstein

  20. 5 out of 5

    billy burley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark Kearney

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barry Preston

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Bradley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tara

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Denardo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia MacKay

  27. 4 out of 5

    JACK PHENNEGER

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Neff

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marti

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Syddall

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.