Item description for Memories of Empire by Django Wexler...
Veil thought her life had ended the day her father sold her to a passing slaver. When the slaver's caravan is butchered by a lone attacker, her only chance for survival is to forge an unlikely friendship with the mercenary, Corvus. Beset on all sides by pursuing demons, she wonders if death wouldn't have been easier. Unbeknownst to Veil, Corvus, an apparently invincible swordsman, searches for the fragments of his past. Cutting a bloody swath across the Empire, now humbled by the Khaev invasion, he seeks only to know who he is. On the other side of the continent, Kei and her partner reluctantly join a mission to hunt down a rogue sorcerer. The expedition is led by an eccentric noble with a penchant for getting everyone around her killed. Kei's misgivings only increase when she's introduced to their erstwhile ally, the shadow spirit Jyo-raku. However, she is duty bound to obey her commander. Different lives; different paths. Each seeking destiny. Unaware they are merely the pawns of ancient spirits, players in a deadly game that will ultimately bring them together for the greatest prize of all.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 4.9" Height: 1.7" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1932815147 ISBN13 9781932815146
Availability 0 units.
More About Django Wexler
Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees increativewriting andcomputerscience, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. He is also the author of a forthcoming middle-grade series. "
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Reviews - What do customers think about Memories of Empire?
Nice first attempt Apr 13, 2008
This book was okay, but... that's it. Just okay.
The book has entertaining visuals and concepts, and it has a LOT of potential. The only problem is that there are a lot of things in the book that should have been cut out or changed to better match the character's. There are a lot of scenes that just go on and on... and characters end up doing things, well, out of character. Also, the expression "Some things are better left unsaid" come to mind for some of the scenes.
With more editing put into the book and character development, it would have been a better read. Don't get me wrong--I finished the book with a sense of satisfaction, because there was a distinctive beginning, middle, and end. There was just a sense of weeding through what wasn't needed in order to get to those good bits.
I'm looking forward to more books from Django Wexler, however. He's got a really amazing imagination, and I like the way he creates a sort of anime/manga atmosphere in his stories.
With that said... I hope you all consider reading the book for yourselves to see whether or not you like it. :)
Lacking Imagination Feb 21, 2008
I really want to like this book, and there is a lot of potential to the plot. Unfortunately the writing needs a lot of work. His words seem so cliche as are the characters. I felt there was nothing original even the demons and spirits aspect of the story.
There are too many "main characters" and nothing is explained well enough to actually understand what is going on. Granted the author obviously didn't want to explain every single thing, but he went overboard and really explained nothing. After reading the book, I still didn't understand the point of the story.
The transitions between points of view were horrible, though that could be the fault of the editors and the format of the book not the author. I would be reading from the point of view of one character and without any indication, end up reading about another character in a totally different environment.
What makes it even worse is how inappropriate the dialogue were. It did not match the setting the author tried to set up. Like what another reviewer said, it's like listening to modern teenagers talk. It keeps me from really getting into the world.
I feel like there is a lot of potential, and I'm being generous with 2 stars. Maybe his other books are better, but I'm not sure if I'm going to check those out.
A new author to watch May 8, 2007
I foung Django Wexler's debut novel to be one of the better ones I've had the opportunity to read. Demons, sellswords, draek, and battles to be won. A map would have been nice, but hey, that's what imagination is for, right? I have to agree with one other reviewer who was extremely disppointed in the quality of Medallion Press' editing. The mispellings, the run-ons and the general appearance of lack of care with a new author is frustrating. I hope Django Wexler continues with his writing. I consider him definitely to be an author to watch.
Great Fantasy Novel Feb 13, 2006
Sword and sorcery fantasy is pretty much my favorite thing to read and after skimming the first two pages of Memories in the bookstore I was well and truly caught. No, this isn't the most original plotline in the store, and yes the editor should be shot on general principles, but honestly, I enjoyed this book too much to care. Wexler takes some great stock characters (unbeatable swordsman, child genius, cocky nobles, plucky foot soldiers, dangerously self-interested higher beings) and puts them into a fun, clever, well written story. I can't wait for next book.
Hell, I'd say... Jan 15, 2006
Gods, what an amateurish attempt at a first novel. There is a funny quote that describes this book perfectly: "Your...is both good and original. Unfortunately, the good part is not original, and the original part is not good."
First off: mediocre prose that's uninspired. Second: dialogue which sounds like the characters are teenagers are speaking to each other (aargh). Third: Characters who are unbelievable and cliched; an adolescent girl who is a tactical genius?--an oh-so-poweful/unbeatable swordsman who's lived for many centuries, who can kill (and does) all the pitiful antagonists described in the book, then falls for the above mentioned girl? Fourth: exasperating plot.