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The Silver Skull eBook » The Silver  PDF/EPUB or I don t have a date I finished this book because I didn t finish it I very rarely put down a book without finishing it, but I could not survive the first few chapters of this one The story itself was interesting enough I m a big fan of Celtic mythology and I ve loved a number of other books that have touched on Celtic folklore themes Not this one.The characters are just too wooden My overall impression from the first few chapters is a literary finger puppet show where the puppeteers are I don t have a date I finished this book because I didn t finish it I very rarely put down a book without finishing it, but I could not survive the first few chapters of this one The story itself was interesting enough I m a big fan of Celtic mythology and I ve loved a number of other books that have touched on Celtic folklore themes Not this one.The characters are just too wooden My overall impression from the first few chapters is a literary finger puppet show where the puppeteers are not taking it seriously All of the characters use essentially the same voice, and none of them are particularly interesting I did like the descriptive parts of the novel the odd lights in the river at the beginning, the bear fight, the mirror conversations but not enough to suffer through the rest A fascinating fantasy take on Elizabethan England.The story centres around Will Swyfte who is the most famous spy in all of England Only the title is a facade He never went on any of the quests the stories about him refer to The truth is he is a spy who fights against unseen arcane forces that threaten England s existence with the aid of the Spanish view spoiler They creatures he fights are referred to as the Enemy, demons, the Unseelie Court or the faery and they have preyed on humanity A fascinating fantasy take on Elizabethan England.The story centres around Will Swyfte who is the most famous spy in all of England Only the title is a facade He never went on any of the quests the stories about him refer to The truth is he is a spy who fights against unseen arcane forces that threaten England s existence with the aid of the Spanish view spoiler They creatures he fights are referred to as the Enemy, demons, the Unseelie Court or the faery and they have preyed on humanity for centuries But now as they hunt for something taken from them they have unleashed a deadly weapon in the shape of a silver skull mask A mask that causes its victims to suffer death by disease hide spoiler In short however there are a ton of various plot twists, hidden agendas and motives and no one is fully trustworthy The hero of the book is an enigmatic character full of darkness and various underlying currents Far from being a typical hero he is a man of loose morals, who does what he does to protect England and to protect innocent people In that regard he is a man of contradictions and a very realistic and gritty being To add to that he is driven by his haunting past and what the Enemy did to him Which all adds to the intrigue of the novel.I will read the sequel just to find out what happens next and because it was a well constructed novel Even if it did take a few liberties with history But it was all worth it in the name of fantasy Meet Will Swyfte adventurer, swordsman, rake, swashbuckler, wit, scholar and the greatest of Walsingham s new band of spies His exploits against the forces of Philip of Spain have made him a national hero, lauded from Carlisle to Kent Yet his associates can barely disguise their incredulity what is the point of a spy whose face and name is known across Europe But Swyfte s public image is a carefully crafted facade to give the people of England something to believe in, and to allow them to sleep peacefully at night It deflects attention from his real work and the true reason why Walsingham s spy network was establishedA Cold War seethes, and England remains under a state of threat The forces of Faerie have been preying on humanity for millennia Responsible for our myths and legends, of gods and fairies, dragons, griffins, devils, imps and every other supernatural menace that has haunted our dreams, this power in the darkness has seen humans as playthings to be tormented, hunted or eradicatedBut now England is fighting back Magical defences have been put in place by the Queen s sorcerer Dr John Dee, who is also a senior member of Walsingham s secret service and provides many of the bizarre gadgets utilised by the spies Finally there is a balance of power But the Cold War is threatening to turn hot at any momentWill now plays a constant game of deceit and death, holding back the Enemy s repeated incursions, dealing in a shadowy world of plots and counter plots, deceptions, secrets, murder, where no one and no thingis quite what it seems There are times when you read a book that s so amazing to you that you feel the author had you personally in mind when they wrote it, that s exactly how I feel about Mark Chadbourn s The Silver Skull The Silver Skull is set in an alternate version of the Elizabethan England period The story follows Will Swyfte the greatest spy England has ever known He s handsome, daring, smart and dangerous He s everything a great spy should be With Spain on the brink of war with England and the Unseelie c There are times when you read a book that s so amazing to you that you feel the author had you personally in mind when they wrote it, that s exactly how I feel about Mark Chadbourn s The Silver Skull The Silver Skull is set in an alternate version of the Elizabethan England period The story follows Will Swyfte the greatest spy England has ever known He s handsome, daring, smart and dangerous He s everything a great spy should be With Spain on the brink of war with England and the Unseelie court pulling strings behind the curtains Will has been tasked with saving the whole of England from certain doom Sounds kind of silly does it not The core of the story is indeed a spy adventure story On the surface the plot does feel a little like an Elizabethan James Bond novel, but in reality The Silver Skull is so muchthan that First of all the book is actually quite scary There is a scene where Will must infiltrate an enemy stronghold located in an abandoned house you can literally feel the tension building the deeper he gets The pursuit that takes place when he tries to escape had my hair standing on end The story is very dark, foreboding and surprisingly violent I ve never had fairies scare the living crap out of me before Nasty, brutal, super intelligent, the fairies Chadbourn creates are the ultimate super villain James Bond never had to deal with these guys I love how Chadbourn has taken so many staples of generic fantasy Olde England, fairies, dashing heroes and has twisted them into something brilliant The depth of characters and the plot leave room for a sequel with out leaving you hanging at the end Chadbourn has recently signed a 6 book deal with Pyr I can only hope a few of those are sequels to The Silver Skull Swords of Albion I admit I was caught by surprise at how much I liked this book I knew by page 100 that I had something really special in my hands I recommend this book to anyone who has a head This is a must read, and is my favorite book so far this year I loved it Elizabethan James Bond versus otherworldly foes in a Cold War that s gone hot. Could not keep me interested There are a lot of things about this book that appeal to me I m fond of historical fiction with a fantasy twist I like English history Secret societies, in this case a special spy ring for Queen Elizabeth, are great Swashbuckling action can t get enough And yet, it kinda fell flat for me, and the reason I fear resides in the main character Will Will is they spy s spy He has a public face which is intended to give the people of England a hero to pin their hopes on in face of the impendin There are a lot of things about this book that appeal to me I m fond of historical fiction with a fantasy twist I like English history Secret societies, in this case a special spy ring for Queen Elizabeth, are great Swashbuckling action can t get enough And yet, it kinda fell flat for me, and the reason I fear resides in the main character Will Will is they spy s spy He has a public face which is intended to give the people of England a hero to pin their hopes on in face of the impending Spanish invasion Of course, his true purpose is to thwart the plans of a muchsinister foe, one with powers beyond human ken.Still sounds great, but Will is kinda blah His speaking, which I believe is intended to sound witty and educated, comes across as something read from as script Others around him manage to joke, or make sarcastic cuts without sounding so artificial Like his friend and servant Nat Nat is great, I enjoyed his escapades muchthan Will s Nat is in over his head, and is willing to say as much, but he still does the right thing For me, that makes him all theheroic.NeededNat and less Will.I had some issue with the Enemy as well One moment they seem all powerful, transfiguring humans into scarecrows, or whispering in their victim s ear and causing them to commit suicide But then when they confront Will they resort to sword fighting or brawling, and of course losing How convenient for Will, and how annoying for me the reader.So, while it wasn t a terrible read, it just wasn t as spectacular as it could have been Kinda bummed, as I could see this being a great series As it is, I ll search elsewhere for a compelling, swashbuckling action series There are things that go bump in the night Things so horrible that most kill themselves after learning the truth Someone must protect England from the horrible machinations of so sinister an Enemy enter Will Swyfte, a spy extraordinaire and known to most of the English public.I did like the book, but I found myself putting the book down if I read every word Skimming the novel was fareffective in getting through the plot The world was interesting An Enemy so horrible that the knowledg There are things that go bump in the night Things so horrible that most kill themselves after learning the truth Someone must protect England from the horrible machinations of so sinister an Enemy enter Will Swyfte, a spy extraordinaire and known to most of the English public.I did like the book, but I found myself putting the book down if I read every word Skimming the novel was fareffective in getting through the plot The world was interesting An Enemy so horrible that the knowledge presence turns men to suicide or insanity In some aspects, the Enemy is so powerful and mysterious that is hard to understand why they did not just destroy us from the beginning The writing style was good, but too slow The story and characters were good At first I thought this must be the middle of a series, but eventually the puzzling back story was fleshed out I found the manner it was fleshed out flashbacks placed at certain points to be very well orchestrated I would rate this higher if I had not had to skim the book to get through it It probably still deserves 3.5 stars though I actually really enjoyed this one It was so dark and ominous and bloodthirsty and even though it was long and slower to read in parts overall I really enjoyed the story.I rushed out to get the second book but then never ended up reading it Kinda mad at myself for that But hey, we all know what that means this book will get a re read at some stage Highly recommend for those who love their fantasy dark and gritty. I loved this book Mark Chadbourn does a wonderful job of portraying England as it probably was The dirty crime and grim filled streets, the bad guys lurking in corners of the bad areas There was a slight problem with the first 80 or so pages as it was a little hard to know who the enemy was and who The Enemy was It wasn t fully explained and it almost made me feel as though there was a story I hadn t read But it came full circle and those willing to understand that the explaination comes I loved this book Mark Chadbourn does a wonderful job of portraying England as it probably was The dirty crime and grim filled streets, the bad guys lurking in corners of the bad areas There was a slight problem with the first 80 or so pages as it was a little hard to know who the enemy was and who The Enemy was It wasn t fully explained and it almost made me feel as though there was a story I hadn t read But it came full circle and those willing to understand that the explaination comes slowly will get a lot out of this Another slight problem was almost the same as above, the main character Swyft almost felt as though we should know him already but he does grow on you Over all an author who can write a historical fantasy with the facts and funness that Mark does is wonderful Never once did I think I was reading history instead it was a fantasy with a few historical people A few moments of great action, a carriage ride that is so intense it makes you feel as though you are in the carriage and the fighting on the ships makes me want to see the Spanish armada in action Can t wait forof this series

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