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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 itsel This was great fun a brilliant dark twisty and at times horrifying other times gorgeous romp The dark moody ravens and rain atmosphere works perfectly with the set up the characters and the endless feuds and secrets pervading Demesne The split timeline one telling of protagonist Lucien's youth and the significant moments of his training and the other of the current events of the plot work together really well We get to see Lucien grow up from awkward hilarious child he can't wait to be 10 when he expects he'll have to start shaving to paranoid youth expecting an assassination attempt from one of his fellow Orfani at at time The Orfani themselves are a rare breed human but with strange mutations and abilities who are found and trained as warriors assassins and politicians for reasons that are never made entirely clear to Lucien It's a fate he has to find out for himself and the denouement is skillfully realised I particularly liked it when the pieces fell into place and Lucien's peculiar abilities suddenly made sense A really great book in the trilogy and I'm looking forward to picking up the seuels The World of Rafael Salas brilliant dark twisty and at times horrifying other times gorgeous romp The dark moody ravens and rain atmosphere works perfectly with the set up the characters and the endless feuds and secrets pervading Demesne The split timeline one telling of protagonist Lucien's youth and the significant moments of his training and the other of the current events of the plot work together really well We get to see Lucien grow up from awkward hilarious child he can't wait to Camping Makes Me Happy be 10 when he expects he'll have to start shaving to paranoid youth expecting an assassination attempt from one of his fellow Orfani at at time The Orfani themselves are a rare Idols for Destruction breed human The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant but with strange mutations and abilities who are found and trained as warriors assassins and politicians for reasons that are never made entirely clear to Lucien It's a fate he has to find out for himself and the denouement is skillfully realised I particularly liked it when the pieces fell into place and Lucien's peculiar abilities suddenly made sense A really great Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum, book in the trilogy and I'm looking forward to picking up the seuels

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An ornate yet dark fantasy with echoes of Mervyn Peake Robin Hobb and Jon Courtenay Grimwood An original and beautifully imagined world populated by unforgettable charactersLucien 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 l This story tells the tale of the Orfano Lucien di Fontein as he grows from a child into a young man in the claustrophobic city keep of Demesne Demesne is ruled by a mysterious and reclusive king who has not been sighted by anyone in years and who gives his orders through his eually mysterious Majordomo Four major houses struggle for political prominence alongside the kings favored Orfano children Little is known of the Orfano except that they are favored by the king and suffer from strange deformities On the orders of the King the Orfano are raised in the noble houses and treated like regular nobility This story alternates between happenings in the present day where Lucian is 18 years old and flashbacks to various points in his childhood The story is rife with political scheming and nefarious plots involving the highest members of Demensne society It also has plenty of action and even a bit of romanceLucien di Fontein was a likable character who was easy to root for He was supported by a bunch of likable and interesting allies The various villains of the story all had decent reasons for doing what they did All in all this was a decent read that never uite managed to be as good as it threatened to be Rating 35 starsAudio Note Jack Marshall was a tryer but he was not a particularly good narrator Wild Horses (Saddle Club, beautifully imagined world populated At Sixes And Sevens by unforgettable charactersLucien 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 l This story tells the tale of the Orfano Lucien di Fontein as he grows from a child into a young man in the claustrophobic city keep of Demesne Demesne is ruled Save Rafe! (Middle School by a mysterious and reclusive king who has not The Hand That First Held Mine been sighted Ghost Light by anyone in years and who gives his orders through his eually mysterious Majordomo Four major houses struggle for political prominence alongside the kings favored Orfano children Little is known of the Orfano except that they are favored LDN Graffiti by the king and suffer from strange deformities On the orders of the King the Orfano are raised in the noble houses and treated like regular nobility This story alternates Sworn to Silence between happenings in the present day where Lucian is 18 years old and flashbacks to various points in his childhood The story is rife with political scheming and nefarious plots involving the highest members of Demensne society It also has plenty of action and even a Frog Is Frog bit of romanceLucien di Fontein was a likable character who was easy to root for He was supported Doctor Who by a Secrets On Morgan Hill bunch of likable and interesting allies The various villains of the story all had decent reasons for doing what they did All in all this was a decent read that never uite managed to Emma (Emma Trilogy be as good as it threatened to Conversations with James Baldwin be Rating 35 starsAudio Note Jack Marshall was a tryer Fifth Avenue, Uptown but he was not a particularly good narrator


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  1. says:

    A fascinating character driven fantasy The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is a solid debut novel from author Den Patrick Lucien is an orphan and one of the Orfani all Orfani have deformities He is lonely and tormented by his differences despite being afforded the best education and training alongside the nobles of Landfall But unrest is growing and Lucien finds himself caught up in political rivalries and conflicts where he has to rely on than just his blade to protect the ones he loves Patrick has crafted a fascinating world in The Boy with the Porcelain Blade Incorporating many interesting elements from Renaissance Italy House system fighting styles and the fact the characters speak Italian the author weaves an action packed tapestry that was both fun to read and uniue His multi layered characters who were all different and wonderful in their own particular ways enthralled me I was especially taken by the Orfani themselves Their existence alone was an incredible part of this story and their deformities and strangeness for example they don’t have red blood kept me glued as the story powered on and their mysterious heritage was revealed Patrick does layer the story with clues here and there and part of the fun in reading this book is in finding these clues I also really enjoyed how The Boy with the Porcelain Blade was structured The reader gets glimpses into Lucien’s past and these events help illuminate what is happening in the present with great effectiveness One criticism I do have however is that I wanted to learn about Landfall and the sprawling castle of Demesne Compared to other major releases in recent years there is a distinct lack of detail revealed by Patrick I found myself yearning to know and I was extremely frustrated when my uestions when unanswered by the end of the book Patrick obviously chose to write a book focused on the characters themselves and whilst this worked really well and I was captivated I still wanted to know about their environment around themAll in all this was an extremely fun and vivid read A character based fantasy with Renaissance and gothic elements woven in A must read for fans of Lynch I can’t wait to read the next book4 out of 5 starssmashdragonsblogspotcomau


  2. says:

    This story tells the tale of the Orfano Lucien di Fontein as he grows from a child into a young man in the claustrophobic city keep of Demesne Demesne is ruled by a mysterious and reclusive king who has not been sighted by anyone in years and who gives his orders through his eually mysterious Majordomo Four major houses struggle for political prominence alongside the kings favored Orfano children Little is known of the Orfano except that they are favored by the king and suffer from strange deformities On the orders of the King the Orfano are raised in the noble houses and treated like regular nobility This story alternates between happenings in the present day where Lucian is 18 years old and flashbacks to various points in his childhood The story is rife with political scheming and nefarious plots involving the highest members of Demensne society It also has plenty of action and even a bit of romanceLucien di Fontein was a likable character who was easy to root for He was supported by a bunch of likable and interesting allies The various villains of the story all had decent reasons for doing what they did All in all this was a decent read that never uite managed to be as good as it threatened to be Rating 35 starsAudio Note Jack Marshall was a tryer but he was not a particularly good narrator


  3. says:

    Vanity is always the first casualty of survival 3 5 I picked up The Boy With The Porcelain Blade from the library on a whim mostly because the cover was nice and the title sounded a bit intriguing For the first half or so I was rather underwhelmed annoyed partly by constant switching back and forward in time and partly by the arrogant main character Lucien But slowly the book started to grow on me as the characters got fleshed out and the action started building momentum You'll marry me Lucien You'll marry me if you want to live And you'll help me teach my mother a lesson What you do at night is your own concern but I will want an heir at some point so try not to catch anythingLucien is an Orfano part of a group of people that are born with a specific set of deformities black nails poisonous spines fleshy growths They are the King's favoured allowed to train with the best swordsmen in the city and under the tutelage of the best of the professore but shunned by most of the people of Demesne due to their appearance We meet Lucien as he undertakes his 18th birthday trial to become a man of the house of Fontein He is arrogant hot headed and brash and I disliked him almost immediately Eight pages later we zip backwards in time to nine years previously to meet a much likeable eight year old Lucien The book continues in this manner flipping forwards and backwards every ten or so pagesAs you might have noticed The Boy With The Porcelain Blade is set in some sort of uasi Italian Renaissance setting As far as I can tell it is entirely fictional whilst adopting some of the language clothes and etiuette of that period It's a bit hard to tell because the setting is so vague and whilst it gets clearer as the book progress the details still remain murky There's a land with one major city Demesne ruled over by a King who is about three hundred years old and is under the grasp of the Majordomo a character of dubious allegiances and dastardly plots There are four major houses Fontein Prospero Erudito and Contadino each roughly based around different professions and character traits Lady Anea Erudito wishes it to be known that the next person to use the word strega will and I uote have their fucking head cut offThe plot starts off slowly interrupted by the all the backstory and initially focuses around Lucien's expulsion from Demesne Yawn It was boring and tedious and I was much interested in the backstory because Lucien there is about ten times likeable and interesting The prose is also uite dense with lots of details and confusing titles that make the beginning uite hard to get through It was only after halfway through when Younger Lucien was about sixteen and catching up to Older Lucien that everything really picked up for me It is such a shame that it took so long because I had almost given up by this point when all of a sudden I was turning pages like there was no tomorrowWhat exactly improved? There were a few things Firstly the plot veers sharply into a mystery and is intriguing I had a couple of notions about what was going on and turns out I was completely off course A lot politics and intrigue was developed alongside the lopping off of heads Secondly Lucien became a whole lot likeable mostly helped along by the backstory I sympathised with his hot headedness rather than being thoroughly irritated by it Thirdly the secondary characters become far interesting developed and actually had stuff to do Why can't you be like him? He's got a nice suit He's got a drake on his shoulder He's got a sword cane Really Lucien you've let the side down This getting thrown into the oubliette business is beneath youI grew to love Anae and Dino two of the other Orfano Anae is slightly younger than Lucien and is mute; she writes notes and always wears a veil Around her age is Dino who keeps a drake as a pet is adorable in a little suit and carries a sword cane He also swears explicitly and hilariously for a twelve year old Then there's Virmyre one of Lucien's teachers eual parts stern professor and hilarious drunkard and father figure to Lucien Opposing this close knit gang is the Majordomo He's a fabulous character because he's so morally grey; I really wasn't sure where his interests and allegiances lay until uite far on in the book The Boy With The Porcelain Blade reuires a bit of work to get to the rewarding parts I was interested then bored then bored and then all of a sudden I was laughing aloud and invested in the characters and the plot I will be picking up the seuel and I hope it continues in the vein of the end of The Boy With The Porcelain Blade Read this review and on my blog


  4. says:

    I got a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewBetween it's OK and I liked it so 25 stars I guess I really wish we could give half stars hereI liked the premise of a Renaissance like world the focus on a castle that was like a city of its own and the inner House politics There was much potential here for intrigue of that kind and I would've liked to see of it—but didn't because Lucien while being at the heart of it was also of an observer or a follower most of the time Follower of other people's wishes or of habit or of the plot itself I often felt that he was submitting to and reacting to the action rather than making actual decisionsI also didn't know what to make of the Orfani in general The novel was too ambiguous about them as if unable to decide what to make of them as well They were both privileged and rejected considered as witchlings but why exactly since they didn't practice magic? It was a bit strange Perhaps if played a tad bit differently it would have made senseThe characters didn't leave much of an impression I may have liked them if I had gotten to know them see them act often within the confines of the intrigue web spun in Demesne Stephania for instance seemed like a cardboard feature her mother was worse but I could sense a drive underneath and I would've appreciated seeing it for longer than I did Giancarlo was really detestable and Golia as well yet they were too one sided As for Lucien the protagonist he had his likeable sides; however he was often too self centered and I could never fully determine if he was really gifted or kind of an idiot; if he failed because othre people made him or if he did because he would've failed anyway I think I actually preferred Dino who displayed cunning in a good way and resourcesOn the other hand I uite liked the world itself with its feeling of being completely isolated and its origins that may be uite different from that of a traditional fantasy setting if I read between the lines properly that is The secrets shrouding the King and his pet project were morbidly fascinating I would definitely have wanted to know about this world


  5. says:

    This was a book of two halves for me The first 50% was a three star book Fun and interesting enough but I didn't suffer when I had to put it down However once I had passed the halfway point the pace really picked up and I became a lot invested The last half was definately 5 star worthy Hense a four star average


  6. says:

    very promising start followed by conventional story that lost uickly my interest; ok writing and characters but I expected much so overall a disappointmenta few details on why this book doesn't work that well as fantasy very small world 3 persons of interest ok maybe 20 but you get the idea and a small group of mostly faceless servants; supposedly coming from a marooned Earth starship based on the hints and the interpretation of legends so the small numbers cramped society etc but still doesn't make any sense socially economically etc; overall reads like a virtual reality construct game against this narrative energy that makes one turn pages but the prose and main characters do not have that extra to fully make up for the major shortcomings above


  7. says:

    This was great fun a brilliant dark twisty and at times horrifying other times gorgeous romp The dark moody ravens and rain atmosphere works perfectly with the set up the characters and the endless feuds and secrets pervading Demesne The split timeline one telling of protagonist Lucien's youth and the significant moments of his training and the other of the current events of the plot work together really well We get to see Lucien grow up from awkward hilarious child he can't wait to be 10 when he expects he'll have to start shaving to paranoid youth expecting an assassination attempt from one of his fellow Orfani at at time The Orfani themselves are a rare breed human but with strange mutations and abilities who are found and trained as warriors assassins and politicians for reasons that are never made entirely clear to Lucien It's a fate he has to find out for himself and the denouement is skillfully realised I particularly liked it when the pieces fell into place and Lucien's peculiar abilities suddenly made sense A really great book in the trilogy and I'm looking forward to picking up the seuels


  8. says:

    Well it certainly picked up towards the end The alternating flashback chapters didn't work for me and the prose needed streamlining and some of the world building early on was unneccessarily heavy handed The entire first half didn't know what it was doing or where it was going which meant the second half was Great Fight Scene Great Fight Scene Sex Scene Great Fight Scene Dramatic Resolution Denoument with no breaks To be honest it felt like the whole thing was trying too hard to be intelligent and literary and mysterious and really it just wanted to be a big dumb action packed fantasy romp And that's okay It could have been a really good uite clever fantasy romp if it'd straightened out the narrative and cut to the chase much earlier and not tried to pretend that everyone hadn't figured out what was happening with the King and the Orfano by page 80 Wouldn't recommend might watch the film


  9. says:

    A strong 710I always find it weird reading a book by someone I’ve met I first met Den Patrick in 2012 at Fantasy Faction’s A Session with Peter V Brett Myke Cole and Joe Abercrombie At that point in time Den Patrick was the ‘events organiser’ at the bookshop Blackwells that was hosting the event and seemed as excited as any member of the crowd that some of fantasy’s biggest names were about to storm his store Little did I know at that point in time that Den was working on his own fantasy novel; a novel that could only have been written by someone who had read widely and extensively within the fantasy genre benefits of working in a bookstore I guess and who has true creative visionAlthough as you might expect ‘The Boy’ in the title does own a ‘Porcelain Blade’ the title’s true meaning seems to be a metaphor to describe our protagonist’s different looks outsider status and fragile position within the environment he lives You see for many years misshapen ‘Orfano’ have been showing up around the Kingdom of Landfall These ‘Orfano’ each have some kind of deformity anything from mutilated body parts to extraneous poisonous spines Far from being pitied or made redundant from society the King has ruled that Orfano are to be recognised as ‘special’ Although where they come from is unknown there are strict rules in place to ensure that they are taken into the shared care of the four noble housesFrom there they will be trained to an elite level alongside other noble students and allowed to take the same tests they do in order to earn their place as a permanent member of one of the four houses Of course although those rules are in place it isn’t that simple and not everyone likes them Our protagonist Lucien is one of these Orfano in the process of testing to become a member of one of the houses and is far from enjoying life Lucien recognises that with the King having been labelled insane many years ago the nobles of the houses are free to play political games among themselves It seems that Lucien and the other Orfano have become their favourite chess pieces and whilst some do indeed nurture and guide them towards possible greatness others work tirelessly to foil any kind of progress by disrupting their livesIt has to be said that our protagonist Lucien de Fontein doesn’t help himself at times Lucien has his sights set on joining House Fontein which is the house of the fighting arts despite the fact that the man who hates him than any other and openly seeks his downfall sits in one of the top positions Superiore Giancarlo di Fontein Although most would yield with the fact that the man responsible for testing and deciding whether you were fit to join the house despises you Lucien is a talented fighter He sees no reason he shouldn’t be able to take any test that the Superiore throws at him and pass with flying coloursThe thing is this means that the extent of Lucien’s life is a bitter challenge His attempts to get better pass and impress are consistently foiled and despite seeming the perfect candidate for the house he is constantly lonely made to feel self conscious about his deformity and well aware that he is being used as a mere pawn in a political gameThe story builds masterfully from centering on Lucien’s difficulty with the trials to expanding and becoming about his place in the world as an Orfano and an exploration of the corrupt political system that has resulted from the loss of visibility of the King Patrick uses a style most reminiscent of Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora to introduce a concept and confuse the reader in a way that they think perhaps they have missed something before going back in time to explain the origins of that concept and how it came into playIf there is one thing that has to be said about Den Patrick’s world it is that he nailed the creation of complex characters Whereas fantasy is often criticised for containing stock characters in Landfall you’ll find creatures reminiscent of the Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth children who cry blood and men who harbor bodies that should have long since been buried in the ground amongst many other creations I’ve heard Den admire Gormenghast before stating that ‘Just about all of the characters are grotesues initially awful settling into weird and then oddly likeable’ and he should be proud how close to this he got Additionally each of the characters within the world of Landfall are uniue individuals; all but especially the Orfano having to play their own games and make their own struggles within the corrupt political system this forces you to constantly uestion who is working with against and independently of LucienSadly there were a number of issues that disrupted my ability to immerse myself fully within Patrick’s world To take it back to bare bones in order to keep a reader’s interest and allow them to read rapidly and without pause I feel that you need consistency and there were a few areas of Den Patrick’s work that either lacked or had too much of it Firstly although the content of The Lies of Locke Lamora was very good the problem I had was that Lucien’s way of speaking and addressing never seemed to change in a way that was appropriate for his age It seemed like the modern day Lucien simply transported back in time and that was a little jarring That said Lucien did change throughout the course of the novel but again it was in a jarring manner I found that Lucien’s confidence often boiled over into arrogance so much so that at times I had trouble liking him and even began to understand why his superiors would loathe him and wish to stop him entering into his houseSimilar to this I did find that as inconsistent Lucien was my understanding of the world was The novel has a very gothic feel to it; think of something like Dracula crossed with Pan’s Labyrinth and you won’t be too far away in terms of tone But then there are times when the book reads like Lord of the Rings or The Gentleman’s Bastard series I do remember reading an interview where Den said “I had some ideas but couldn’t find the story that linked them” So I wonder if perhaps this would explain that feeling It is nice to have variety but in many ways this book felt like a new author trying to find his feet and decide upon the kind of book he’d like to writeMy final issue with the novel is the lack of claustrophobia and atmosphere that Den Patrick is able to drum up I can’t go into too much detail but when a HUGE and deadly problem stands in Lucien’s way he seems to shrug it off and walk straight into it and then through it without much concern Because this is such a slim book part of me wonders whether Den cut a lot of words out andor simply sacrificed a build up full of danger and suspense for progressAll this in mind it is important to drive home the point that this is Den’s first novel I do feel that by the end of the book Den had firmly locked on to what he wanted to achieve with this series and where the series will go from this point forth If you are looking for a novel that will treat you to a dance across numerous genres from sword fighting to epic to flat out weird this series gives you a little bit of everything Lucien is a character that you may struggle to love at first but who remains throughout the novel’s entirety interesting and multilayered Although Patrick’s depiction of Lucien across the timelines disrupted my reading somewhat the actual building of the plot and masterful way that the author uses the flashback techniue to construct enrich and unfold his story is highly rewarding and will provide an ending that you are unlikely to see comingIn a recent interview Den explained that the second book is told by a new viewpoint character who we did meet in book one and will be set eight years after this tale Despite having mixed feelings about The Boy With the Porcelain Blade if you ask me whether I’ll be picking up book two I can offer you an emphatic ‘yes’


  10. says:

    One of the worst most cliched fantasy novels I've ever read Seems to be the first work by a very young writer I'm very surprised it was published in hardcover Only shows how ripe the market is for Fantasy Not a lick of talent the author