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Cory Daniells

Autor(a) de The King's Bastard

35+ Works 1,321 Membros 57 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Cory Daniells was born in 1958. She is based in Queensland, Australia. She also writes under two pseudonyms. Her titles under the name Cory Daniells include Broken Vows, Dark Dreams, Desperate Alliances, and The Mystery at Devon House. She also writes under the name Rowena Cory Daniells. Her books mostrar mais include the series Kin Rolen's Kin (The King's Bastard, The Uncrowned King, The Usurper, King Breaker) and the series The Outcast Chronicles (Besieged, Exile, Sanctuary) and the series The Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin (The King's Man). She also wrote the novel The Fall of the Fair Isle. Under the name Rowena Cory Lindquist her books and stories include Tales from Beyond, Boys Don't Dance, The Fine Line, The Intruder (After Dark series), Fantastic Worlds, The Taste of Power. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including 'Dreaming DownUnder' which won World Best Fantasy and 'Dreaming Again'. Her short story, The Giant's Lady, won the 2015 Aurealis Awards Best Fantasy Short Story. She was also awarded the Peter McNamara Achievement Award, for her contributions to SF fandom. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Cory Daniells

The King's Bastard (2010) 378 cópias
The Uncrowned King (2010) 195 cópias
The Usurper (2010) 136 cópias
King Breaker (2013) 62 cópias
Sanctuary (2012) 61 cópias
The Fall of Fair Isle (2015) 24 cópias
The Fine Line (Sparklers) (2000) 12 cópias
The Price of Fame (2012) 8 cópias

Associated Works

Dreaming Down-Under (1998) — Contribuinte — 184 cópias
Encounters : an anthology of Australian Speculative Fiction (2004) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Agog! Ripping Reads (2006) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Hope (2011) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries (2013) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
Legends 2: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (2015) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Worlds next door (2010) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013 (2014) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Fantastic wonder stories (2007) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
The workers' paradise (2007) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Fantastic Worlds (1999) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Elsewhere : an anthology of incredible places (2003) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
The Outcast : An Anthology of Strangers and Exiles (2006) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Machinations : an anthology of ingenious designs (2002) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Australis imaginarium (2010) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Daniells, Cory
Nome de batismo
Daniells, Rowena Cory
Data de nascimento
20th century
Locais de residência
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
John Jarrold



In what should have been an epic fantasy, twins Byren and Lence find their world and beliefs at a crossroads. Lence is King Rolan the Implacable's Heir while Byren is his younger twin, content to be in his brother's shadow and watch him be great. When a seer predicts his killing Lence he laughs it off and thinks nothing else on it. Unfortunately with the madness sweeping the lands, a neighboring country's desperate attempts to either form an alliance or lay seige and circumstances conspiring against him Byren's wish to thwart fate turns out to be anything but simple.

I had really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. I have a fondness for twins in stories and it has been a while since I read a fantasy with them. In a lot of ways this felt more like a shell of an epic fantasy--as if someone was relaying to me the events that happened, but without any emotion.

Daniells writing falls flat was the problem. Despite the varying third person viewpoints, we never really understand any of the characters or what motivates them. Daniells relays to the reader the why of the motivations, but never the feelings behind them. For instance, near the end, Byren and Orrade are discussing a previous event and Orrade doesn't understand why Byren accepts his Affinity (magic) so easily. Byren shrugs and says why wouldn't he? Well here's the problem we don't know. Would he not accept his friend and companion's power because society says it’s wrong? Because he has a personal problem with it? Because he thinks his friend will misuse it? The rest of the novel doesn't make the reader think 'Oh it’s because Byren is like this or that'.

That's only one instance however. As the book goes on there's a lot of such things that happen--significant moments in the lives of the characters that doesn't resonate on a personal or emotional level.

This was a quick and easy read however, which both works for and against the book. It’s good because it doesn't get bogged down by a sagging middle, but it’s bad because the books feels rushed to an early and superficial conclusion. Byren is suddenly facing the enemy, pleading with them and then it’s all over. I honestly thought my book was missing pages because something happens that should have been much more momentous then it was, but it was over and done with in less than a paragraph. Only another character asking about it did I realize something had happened.

In the end I couldn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to and I honestly have no real interest in continuing the trilogy. Why should I? I don't feel invested in the characters.

Review originally posted at Night Owl Reviews
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lexilewords | outras 16 resenhas | Dec 28, 2023 |
I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. It promised a rich world, magic, strong women, political intrigue - all the things I love in a good fantasy novel. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by all these aspects and ultimately, pretty bored.

My biggest issue was that I had no one to root for. I didn’t really like a single character. I don’t actually require likable characters (I’ve loved plenty of books with strong antiheroes, and books like Gone Girl, with no likable protagonists at all) but I just didn’t give a damn about any of the characters in BESIEGED.

I think a big part of the problem is that the first hundred or so pages would have been better summed up as backstory. Very little actually happens, and what does only serves to set up what comes later; it never quite feels like part of the book’s plot. Then we meander through three decades of political machinations, backstabbing, and scheming only to end up at a cliffhanger ending. Sure, I get that this book is clearly the first in a series, and meant to sell more books, but I invested a lot of time and energy into this particular book for it to go absolutely nowhere. So, yeah... I will not be continuing with this series.
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Elizabeth_Cooper | outras 7 resenhas | Oct 27, 2023 |
A very slow start but got better as the story went on.
justgeekingby | outras 16 resenhas | Jun 6, 2023 |
The plot was excellently thought throughout. I enjoyed T'Imoshen. The characters are amazingly written.
Aya666 | outras 3 resenhas | Aug 12, 2022 |


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