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This Forsaken Earth

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This Forsaken Earth

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Paul Kearney
publisher:
Spectra
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

The first mate is a green, nine-foot-tall halftroll, but This Forsaken Earth, the second book in Paul Kearney’s Sea Beggars series is in the Master and Commander vein of high-sea adventure, with wormy-biscuit realism and Captain Rol Cortishane barking crisp nautical commands on his pirate ship Revenant. On shore, the cannon-and-cutlass procedural clashes with the fantasy elements in Kearney’s world of Umer, which feels like Arthurian legends filtered through Highlander. Kearney crafts gripping, richly imagined shipboard scenes, but Rol’s personas (hard-bitten sea dog, mystic demigod) don’t mesh.