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    This is the *good* stuff! Wow!

    Wow. Just... wow. Please tell me there's more coming from this author, and soon! This novel was *really* good. It's a military fantasy, set in a world unlike any other I've come across - unique, intriguing, and delightfully weird. No cliches or shop-worn tropes here, and no boring characters straight from Central Casting. This is the Good Stuff, truly. The book is written from a tight first-person perspective that reminded me somewhat of CJ Cherryh's writing - as with Cherryh's work, you have to really pay close attention or you'll be lost, since things aren't explained more than once and important background material is often mentioned briefly without fanfare or flashing neon lights. The decision to have the story narrated with no gendered pronouns whatsoever is a surprising choice, but it *absolutely* works, and gives an unusual flavour to the narration that fits the rather alien fantasy world beautifully. The other writer I was reminded of when reading "The March North" was China Mieville... the weird, almost surreal world is described and inhabited in an utterly matter-of-fact way by very down-to-earth characters who regard such wonders as five-ton fire-breathing war sheep or sapient terrain as being as unremarkable as a dishcloth or a patch of gravel. This novel is smart, tight and a wonderful ride. There were many occasions when I would find myself startled and delighted by a particularly crisp and witty turn of phrase. I only hope that it isn't a one-off, and that the author has many more (ideally set in the same universe as this) up his sleeve that he will share with us in the future.
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    Really excellent and original

    I wasn't sure to start with, because the author's style is quite unusual, but after the first few pages I was hooked. There's very little explanation so you do have to concentrate, but I like that. The conversational style of the narration and the admittedly convoluted sentences bring the characters very much to life, and the world in which you find yourself is well drawn and believable. The next two books are longer, and even better. I hope there will be more.
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