Sunset Mantle
Alter S. Reiss
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Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM By Alter S. Reiss

Hero General Outcast.With a single blow, Cete won both honor and exile from his last commander Since then he has wandered, looking for a place to call home The distant holdings of the Reach Antach offer shelter, but that promise has a price.The Reach Antach is doomed.Barbarians, traitors, and scheming investors conspire to destroy the burgeoning settlement A wise manHero General Outcast.With a single blow, Cete won both honor and exile from his last commander Since then he has wandered, looking for a place to call home The distant holdings of the Reach Antach offer shelter, but that promise has a price.The Reach Antach is doomed.Barbarians, traitors, and scheming investors conspire to destroy the burgeoning settlement A wise man would move on, but Cete has found reason to stay A blind weaver woman and the beautiful sunset mantle lure the warrior to wager everything he has left on one final chance to turn back the hungry tides of war.
  • Title: Sunset Mantle
  • Author: Alter S. Reiss
  • ISBN: 9781466891883
  • Page: 449
  • Format: ebook

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Mogsy (MMOGC) Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2015/10/04/nSunset Mantle is my first venture into Tor’s impressive line-up of novellas from their brand spanking new publishing arm. It wasn’t originally on my to-read list, but after hearing it described as a pocket-sized epic fantasy, I decided I had to take a look after all. The idea of a story like that, packed into just over 190 print copy pages really intrigued me.The book’s protagonist is Cete, a former hero now in exile. Dismissed [...]
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Stefan Bach Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Sunset Mantle is an epic fantasy novel written in novella form.Also, Sunset Mantle is a high-decibel reminder how, when it comes to epic fantasy, writer doesn’t need 800+ pages to tell a captivating story, build a magnificent world and develop a society eager to play politics, wars, intrigues and mysteries, while showing all advantages and flaws one can face in honoring his duty.All of which written with incredibly gifted prose in less than 200 pages long book.We’re not introduced with chara [...]
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Nikki Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
I’ve always enjoyed epic fantasy (as a genre, anyway; there are probably individual stories I’ve disliked), so I was excited to see Sunset Mantle in Tor’s novella lineup described as such — and doubly encouraged by Jo Walton’s endorsement on the cover. Epic fantasy has such a problem of scope sometimes: you need the world to feel huge, while also giving intimacy with a handful of characters, to make both the setting and the plot work together. Sometimes that makes a book balloon out in [...]
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Alissa Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
So sad, so beautiful.There is no treachery in death, there is no honor, just the long silence of the underworld, and the judgment of the true judge.
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Robyn Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Very competently written book, done in a style that reminded me of Gemmell. However, it's just not the sort of book that grips me (too much focus on military manoeuvres) so despite several solid characters and interesting world-building I didn't truly enjoy this one. No fault of the book, there!
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Lindsay Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
A wonderful little military fantasy story worthy of comparison to Gemmell.Cete comes to the Reach Antach at a mercenary in perilous times. The Reach is going to be acted against because it's an upstart military power and it has made unwise allies. An early encounter with a blind seamstress sparks unexpected loyalty to the Reach though, and Cete performs a feat of honor that leaves him an outcast. That doesn't stop him fighting though, and with his blind love's support he can do the impossible.A [...]
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Joseph Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Really kind of stunningly good.Cete, professional soldier forced from his last position because he had to do the right thing, comes to Reach Antach (a recently-established settlement currently under obligation to the founding cities, and menaced by tribal nations) and, because he sees a particularly lovely cloak, joins the Reach's military (briefly) and has to try to defend the Reach (and his mantle) from enemies both external and internal, while navigating a very narrow and tricksy course betwe [...]
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Jason M Waltz Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Very well done, a meaty sword story. no sorcery, none of the usual motivations of S&S outside a thirst for fighting, a love of war. this is a story with heft, with weight, with beauty. reminiscent of a Gemmell tale and character, well worth the two to three hours to read, filled with honor and nobleness and sacrifice and love and hope and blood. a long time ago in a galaxy far away, I almost published an Alter S. Reiss tale; I would have been thrilled to publish this one.
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DJ Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
3.5/5 Rating Originally posted at mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpreA tale of a legendary warrior*Disclaimer: I was provided with a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion*This story should have been called, "Sunset Mantle: The Legend of Cete", because that who this story is about, Cete, and that's what he is a legend; a warrior turned both hero and outcast, and this novella tells the tale of the days for which he will become known a legend.Cete has come to the Reach Antach a [...]
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Coolcurry Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Sunset Mantle is a solid work of high fantasy. What’s most fascinating about it is that for all it’s battles and political intrigue, it’s less than 200 pages long. That’s right ya’ll. This is a high fantasy novella.Cete is a wandering solider for hire. He knows that Reach Antach is about to be on the losing side of a war and that the smart thing to do would be to move on… but somehow, he just can’t bring himself to do so. When he sees a beautifully embroidered mantle made by a blin [...]
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Ron Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Engaging take on the exiled soldier taking on an impossible mission epic fantasy. Well-developed plot and engaging characters. What’s not to like? The storytelling. It reads almost as if English is not the author’s first language. Occasional awkward phrases. Amateurish grammar. Inconsistent punctuation. (Why is the placement of commas a big deal? It isn’t until it jerks you out of the flow of the story. As it often does here.) Needed one more proofreading by a real editor, because he’s g [...]
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Allison Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Solid novella-length epic fantasy. Reminds me a bit of Joe Abercrombie but with softer edges.
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John Zeleznik Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Imagine choosing to make a stand against hopeless odds because of an article of clothing. Sounds absurd, doesn't it.but Reiss makes it work brilliantly as a metaphor for the sometimes mundane reasons people fight. A rollicking fantasy adventure with epic implications, Sunset Mantle is one of my favorite books of the year.Cete is a veteran mercenary with a strict sense of honor, but that is actually part of the world building, which I'll get to in a second. Cete's bravery, loyalty to his men and [...]
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H. Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
I’ve seen Sunset Mantle described a few places as an epic fantasy squeezed into a novella’s binding, but that’s not quite right. There is little-to-no magic. It is told from a single perspective and has two real characters. And the story is focused on a single location.Which is not to criticize Sunset Mantle in any way. It is very good at what it is. It’s just that that’s not quite epic fantasy.Cete is a warrior without a cause, honored and exiled by his clan at the same time when he k [...]
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Lis Carey Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
Cete is a soldier who committed an act that resulted in him simultaneously receiving a belt of merit, a very high honor, and exile from what had been his home and country. He is traveling the world looking for a new place to be a soldier when he arrives in the remote Reach Antach, where at last he has a chance of employment.The downside is that the Reach Antach is doomed, for reasons of politics and economics, and one soldier more or less, no matter how good, won't make much difference. Yet Cete [...]
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Contrarius Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
This one is ponderously serious and sincere -- you know that tone. I was really interested in the pseudo-Old Testament culture and setting, and it's a sort of setup that I often enjoy (once-honored warrior now in disgrace, building a new life). Unfortunately, it wasn't a well-told story. Aside from the poor writing style, the author had no clue about realistic timelines. His hero -- NOT a super-human -- was fighting off three would-be assassins just three or four days after being whipped nearly [...]
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Mia Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
3.5 stars. Included in my review of this audiobook collection--/review/show
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Jeff Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
There's nothing really with this book, it just wasn't for me. A bit too Old Testament for my taste.
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Aaron Liebman Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
****** This new author, Alter Reiss, tells an epic tale-- how an outcast hero, Cete, becomes a leader within his adopted clan, the Antach-- in few words (a novella). Cete, Marelle, Radan Termith, the Lemist Irimin, all act within the restraints of the dominant culture that extends from cities where the established clans rule to the Reaches (settlements), such as Reach Antach where the rising Antach clan, ruled by the Antach of the Antach, live. The story unfolds with anthropological and politica [...]
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Kenny Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
I was REALLY impressed by this little story. It packs more into these few hundred pages than most fantasy tomes manage in a whole trilogy of bricks.Cete is our PoV - a disgraced, over the hill soldier looking for work - and just when he was about to leave a city on the brink of trouble he meets a blind weaver and her beautiful handiwork and decides to stay. Then he gets drawn into political machinations which are threatening his new-found home.I loved this story as it was all personal - everythi [...]
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Josh Storey Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
To a political thriller disguised as a sword and sorcery novel.
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Lara Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
This was a well-written story that builds on hinted back story in a way that provides depth of character. The protagonist is a man who is looking to find a place, at least for a time. His life has been that of a soldier, a warrior, yet he understands politics and strategy. He knows the circumstances that lead to conflict, and sees them in the works even as he decides to settle down. He is also someone who is willing to do the right/important thing despite its negatives, and takes the consequence [...]
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João Eira Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT FANTASY LITERATUREOne of the discoveries I made this year about my reading preferences was that I really enjoy shorter reads. It may have been because the behemoth volumes typical of fantasy series made me sceptical that you could, gasp, actually tell a good story that would leave me satisfied in fewer pages, but I am glad now that I am actively looking for stories that I would have otherwise neglected to take into consideration. Alter S. Reiss’ Sunset Mantle is one of [...]
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David Teachout Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
For a novella, this packs a strong punch. A centered and principled hero without your standard supports and who's value is found in the relationships that living a good life will bring.
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Jess Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
3.5 starsThis is the third of the Tor novellas I've read, and it was a very interesting one - more ambitious than Witches of Lychford but less successful than Sorcerer of the Wilddeeps. Sunset Mantle is ambitious in the way that it's story, set in a secondary world, is very much constrained and directed by the particular laws of that world, rather than just transposing real-world values into the fantasy setting. This was admirable, and worked well in that it made the story unpredictable, as the [...]
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Jason McDonald Sep 24, 2020 - 12:54 PM
I don't really know where to start with this review. While I enjoyed some of the elements of the book, the story really fell short, which I think is an inherent trait with novellas like this. Quite frankly, being short hurt this story. I enjoyed the characterization and the growth of the characters given the dire situation, but I wanted more. More world building; better chances for characters to come into their own.There were a few scenes where something just happened, where the author told me w [...]
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Sunset Mantle By Alter S. Reiss Hero General Outcast.With a single blow, Cete won both honor and exile from his last commander Since then he has wandered, looking for a place to call home The distant holdings of the Reach Antach offer shelter, but that promise has a price.The Reach Antach is doomed.Barbarians, traitors, and scheming investors conspire to destroy the burgeoning settlement A wise manHero General Outcast.With a single blow, Cete won both honor and exile from his last commander Since then he has wandered, looking for a place to call home The distant holdings of the Reach Antach offer shelter, but that promise has a price.The Reach Antach is doomed.Barbarians, traitors, and scheming investors conspire to destroy the burgeoning settlement A wise man would move on, but Cete has found reason to stay A blind weaver woman and the beautiful sunset mantle lure the warrior to wager everything he has left on one final chance to turn back the hungry tides of war.

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