The Bound Folio

The Bound Folio The world is full of heroes villains and all the shades in between The Bound Folio tells their stories from the tortured childhood of the legendary Blademaster the Sword of the North to the humble

  • Title: The Bound Folio
  • Author: Rob J. Hayes J.M. Martin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • The world is full of heroes, villains, and all the shades in between The Bound Folio tells their stories from the tortured childhood of the legendary Blademaster the Sword of the North, to the humble origins of the Queen of the Five Kingdoms, to the death of one of the world s greatest assassins This anthology collects together eight dark stories of swords, sorcery, andThe world is full of heroes, villains, and all the shades in between The Bound Folio tells their stories from the tortured childhood of the legendary Blademaster the Sword of the North, to the humble origins of the Queen of the Five Kingdoms, to the death of one of the world s greatest assassins This anthology collects together eight dark stories of swords, sorcery, and seduction from First Earth, the setting of Rob J Hayes The Ties That Bind trilogyNTENTS The Sword of the North Northborn lordling Derran Fowl has a natural affinity for swordplay Even so, such a talent cannot contend with an alcoholic father who invites an Arbiter to their estate in order to investigate his own sickly daughter and Derran s beloved little sister, Leesa Learn the origins of what drives young Derran to begin a journey that ends with the Sword of the North The Night Blade A tale in which two fabled assassins, one a veteran of the trade, the other a promising upstart, are hired by the same man to kill one another, with the prize being a major contract for a hefty sum The Kid introduces an undersized street rat at the bottom of the pecking order in his small group of famished and thieving orphans A victim of frequent beatings and constant bullying, learn how he overcomes his enemies in the unfeeling gutters and alleyways of Korral The Battle of Underbridge Tristan Southerland and his fellow squires intend to get riproaring drunk on a night out Instead, they find themselves fighting for their lives and dying against a pestilent tide of ceaseless foes The Merchant of Truridge Sirion Tell is married to the perfect woman, and although his father has recently passed, he has inherited a considerable sum and the future looks bright for the enterprising newlywedsuntil he crosses paths with the pirate known as Drake Morass The Twins Irris the Drurr is charged with the protection of royal half breed twins as they flee to the surface world In the coming weeks, beneath the open skies, will she be able to lead both small girls to a safe haven Or will they be caught by human hunters or worse, their own merciless people, intent on slaughtering the twins merely for being born The Mistress of the West In the western deserts of the Five Kingdoms, the school of mistresses instructs young girls like Shi n how to capture rich and powerful husbands to increase their family s status however, will the mistresses be able to teach Shi n what cost the price of vengeance Beck An Arbiter of the Inquisition finds herself at the mercy of pirates, taken captive for her magical abilities and used to locate a mysterious treasure When the treasure itself turns out to potentially be heretical, the Arbiter finds she must make a choice between her duty or freedom.

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    1. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.The Bound Folio returns (or introduces) readers to Rob J. Hayes’ First Earth fantasy world, and like his first trilogy, The Ties That Bind, this collection of short stories is not for the faint of heart. Rather, these tales are grimdark to the core, filled with execution, rape, revenge, cynicism, and brutality.To my mind, all the stories in this collection fit into two very nice categories: the unexpected twist and the shock-fest. The former generally consist [...]

    2. Full review at: thequeenofblades.u3.5 StarsI wanted to read this series since I first heard about it. Only I am terrible at sticking to a reading schedule. I normally have a plan of what to read next, but I'm just shitty at following these plans through. I was slightly concerned that I would heave to read the entire series to avoid spoilers, but that's not the case at all. This installment is completely stand-alone. Through this you get a tiny window into the lives of these strange and wonderful [...]

    3. Finished editing the first draft, now in Rob's hands for final review. This is going to be one hell of a great collection for Hayes fans as they await his Best Laid Plans duology. TBF contains some truly powerful stories in his First Earth setting.

    4. Rob J. Hayes was my introduction to grimdark fiction. Well, actually, no, it was George R.R. Martin but saying, "He's the guy I first read that I realized was grimdark fiction after I read the books everyone else read and loved" is not a very good opening for a review. Hayes wrote The Ties That Bind trilogy which is best described as what you get if you combined Quentin Tarantino with Conan the Barbarian. Rob J. Hayes style is to get a bunch of foul-mouthed quirky oddball murderers, criminals, a [...]

    5. * I received a digital copy of this collection of short stories from the publisher in return for an honest review.I original did not know that this is considered book 3.5 in the Ties That Bind trilogy, otherwise I probably would have read them first. Fortunately, reading the trilogy is not required to enjoy this.First things first wow! How have I missed Hayes' work long enough for him to have finished an entire trilogy? I have seen his books in bookstores, but the covers have always put me off. [...]

    6. I received this ebook from the publisher through Netgalley. I have not read the author's series, and understand that some of the short stories provide information on the pasts of characters in the full-length books, as well as something of an introduction to characters in some upcoming books. Despite not knowing the world of the stories, I did not feel lost. So, the stories do stand alone, though they might be more meaningful to someone who has seen the characters in another setting.The stories [...]

    7. A great collection of sword and sorcery tales. Hayes writes beyond his years, and if you're a fan of his previous work you adore this book.

    8. **I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from the NetGalley**Cover: Love it!Rating 5 StarsOverall: Action packed and well writtenCharacters: Imperfectly human, perfect!Plot: Exquisitely grim and gritty!Page Turner: YesSeries Cont.? Yes!Recommend Yes!This book was made up of six short stories, told some of the side characters in Rob Hayes The Ties That Bind Us series. I have not read the other books yet, but this one was brought to my attention since it was on NetGalley. I plan t [...]

    9. koeur.wordpress/2016/06/2Publisher: RagnarokPublishing Date: June 2016ISBN:9781941987605Genre: FantasyRating: 4.4/5Publishers Description: The world is full of heroes, villains, and all the shades in between. The Bound Folio tells their stories from the tortured childhood of the legendary Blademaster the Sword of the North, to the humble origins of the Queen of the Five Kingdoms, to the death of one of the world’s greatest assassins. Review: I usually am not in to short stories due to the trun [...]

    10. Dark fantasy tales that show the best, the worst and those in between: A fantastic introduction into First EarthIf you haven’t discovered Rob J. Hayes, this may be a good place to start as The Bound Folio provides short incites in to his dark fantasy world. The book begins with an overview of each story and how it fits into the timeline of First Earth; some are set before Hayes’ debut trilogy The Ties That Bind, some are set after it and just before his pirate duology, Best Laid Plans (Fans [...]

    11. I liked the majority of these short stories by Rob J Hayes. I say, 'the majority' because there was one that didn't appeal to me, and one that didn't give quite enough information about the race of the characters involved, but otherwise I enjoyed them.If the stories here in this free collection are anything to go by, then I shall be looking up Rob J Hayes for future reading. I like the way he's set the scene for a number of different characters, it leaves a great deal of scope for future tales, [...]

    12. Awesome authorI remember reading The Ties That Bind trilogy after first seeing it on a "best" list. Not on any massive poll conducted by who knows but one based on public opinion. It was amazingly good and I became an instant addict concerning this author. This one was really good too, just some of the stories didn't really seem to have much of a point. But for the most part it was really enjoyable. Could be better for some, as my attention span is a bit frazzled. Either way I would recommend th [...]

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