Talus and the Frozen King

Talus and the Frozen King Meet Talus the world s first detective A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice Six grieving sons each with his own reason to kill Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit In a

  • Title: Talus and the Frozen King
  • Author: Graham Edwards Clint Langley
  • ISBN: 9781781081990
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Meet Talus the world s first detective.A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered From clues scatteredMeet Talus the world s first detective.A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered From clues scattered among the island s mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer But do the answers lie in this world or the next Nobody is above suspicion, from the king s heir to the tribal shaman, from the servant woman steeped in herb lore to the visiting warlord whose unexpected arrival throws the whole tribe into confusion And when death strikes again, Talus and Bran realise nothing is what it seems Creyak is place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.

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    • Graham Edwards Clint Langley

      Graham Edwards is the author of novels including Talus and the Frozen King , Dragoncharm , and Stone Sky Current projects include the Crown of Three series of fantasy novels for younger readers, written under the pseudonym J.D Rinehart Graham is also senior staff writer at Cinefex magazine, where he writes in depth articles about major motion pictures.



    863 thoughts on “Talus and the Frozen King

    • This book was simply a pleasure to read. Think of it as a prehistoric mystery.Other reviews of this I've read liken the main characters, Talus and Bran, to Holmes and Watson. I can totally see that. Talus is one of those knowledgeable, deduce-the-hidden-truth-at-a-glance types, and Bran is his capable-but-yet-always-a-step-behind companion. The difference, to me, is that some chapters are told in Talus's POV. This doesn't really happen with Holmes, where the tale is normally told by Watson in a [...]


    • Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews Talus and the Frozen King is a good old-fashioned murder mystery set in the Neolithic Age. It is a short novel, written in a simple, straight forward style where every word counts for something, and if it reminds you of a traditional mystery in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, you are not alone, since that seems to be a consensus of most reviews. However, where that similarity might be a negative for some novels, Graham Edwards does a good job of using the [...]


    • 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/201Well now, this book was a pleasant surprise. Meet Talus, touted by the book's description as the world's first detective, which is indeed as marvelous as it sounds. The book has the feel of a Sherlock Holmes type mystery set in an icy Iron Age inspired fantasy world, but what really clinches this one that our "detective" is a bard! If you don't know, I have a serious soft spot for those traveling poets and teller-of-tales types.Written in the tr [...]


    • Fantasy Review BarnA nice little diversion here, I forgot how readable murder mysteries can be. And that is what Talus and the Frozen King is, a cozy little mystery set in the frozen north of an ice age. Not a lot more, but nothing less.Talus is a traveling teller of tales with an eye for detail and an obsession with not leaving the unknown alone. He is joined on his journeys by Bran, the sidekick who is always a step behind the reasoning Talus is putting forth to piece together all the little p [...]


    • IDKt impresseds a fantasy-mystery hybrid with predictable plot and characters who are i didn't care about, much.


    • Mystery, history and detective story all in one.Graham Edwards did a good job. A bard and a former fisherman who try to solve a crime a log, long, long time before Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.I liked the story a lot and I really hope there will be at least one more book to explain the past of Talus the bard.One thing I could not really understand. I know detectives are strong but as long as they are human they need some sleep. But it seems Talus and Bran "forgot" to rest .Nevertheless if you l [...]


    • Word count: didn't care enough to estimate (not too long, though)Rating: Only if I'm stranded on an island and there's nothing else to read (like a dictionary, 'cause I'll take a dictionary over this any day)*ARC provided by NetGalleyI didn't feel like writing a review when I've finished this. Two weeks (or so) has passed and I still don't want to do it. I guess I have to accept that the desire to review this one won't come. Ever. And just force myself to type a few coherent sentences.I didn't l [...]


    • Pros: intricate mystery, interesting charactersCons: slow opening, characters never seem to sleepTalus, a widely travelled bard, and his companion, Bran, a former fisherman, arrive at a Northern island the day after their king has died. A quick examination of the body reveals that the king was murdered, and Talus offers to help find the killer.Talus is basically a neolithic age Sherlock Holmes. He examines the evidence and observes the world closely to see what others miss. And while he doesn’ [...]


    • originally posted at: thebookplank/2014/Last year saw a sort of emerging of a new trend, blending more of the crime solving/detective in a fantasy setting such as epic and historical fantasy. Most of the urban fantasy stories have this element but it wasn't often seen in other fantasy genre. I enjoyed Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton a lot, which also featured crime investigation in an historical setting and when I saw the release Talus and the Frozen King I had to read this book. Talus and the [...]


    • A nice change of pace. Not really fantasy but not really historical fiction. Talus and Bran both have pasts that have driven them far, far to the north in search of where the Northlight touches the world. Both believe that only in this place do all worlds, even the afterlife, converge and anything is possible. Even reuniting with a lost love one. On this journey they reach land's end and the island of Creyak. Creyak is in tumult because the king has just been found dead outside in a common area. [...]


    • As a mystery I don't think it is the best I've ever read. Talus needs to do a bit too much explaining for the whole thing to make sense. That being said, the novel is a quick and entertaining read. Not heavy on history or bogged down by archaeologic detail, Edwards keeps the story going at a brisk pace. The mystery set before the reader in the opening chapters is fully resolved by the end of it but Talus and Bran clearly have a past and from what we get to see of it, I would be surprised if Edwa [...]


    • I would give this 3.5 stars. It was a compact tale, and was pretty interesting. I'd classify it as borderline fantasy as it features an invented culture, but there aren't any real supernatural elements. It's set in our world, in a neolithic culture somewhere in Northern Europe. It's stone-age Sherlock Holmes, absolutely and unashamedly. The dynamic between the main characters is very Holmes-Watsonian. There's even a Moriarty-like figure revealed near the end, who will surely menace Talus and Bra [...]


    • Talus and the Frozen King is a fantasy novel set in the Neolithic Age, where people like intelligent detectives, philosophers and adventurers with gifts of rational and logical observations were rare. The cover of the book however, shows not a Neolithic man, rather a more medieval looking man. The armor is too sophisticated. An error in itself. Also I saw no elements of fantasy in the book. There are concepts of spirits and the afterlife, but nothing to place it in the fantasy genre. This book w [...]



    • The tagline reads "Introducing the worlds first detective". If you have ever wondered what Sherlock Holmes crossed with the Neolithic era might be like Talus and the Frozen King will give you a reasonable idea. The reader is introduced to two travelling companions on their way north following the Aurora Borealis in the hope that it will lead them to the place where all the worlds meet and one of the characters will be given one last time to talk to his dead wife. On the way they come across a se [...]


    • Review first appeared on SFFWorld.Talus and the Frozen King is a story about the wandering bard Talus and his (semi) reluctant partner Bran. They are traveling across their world north to the lights that crash in the night sky, heralding a place where lost spirits might be found.But before they get there, there are mysteries to be solved.The book opens with Bran and Talus overlooking an island which happens to be home of the Creyak people. Shouts and wails can be heard and the two respond by goi [...]


    • Graham Edwards' Talus and the Frozen King combines three of my favourite genres into one fascinating tale. The book is a historical crime fantasy, set in an era which I'd not read any books in since reading the first four books in Jean M. Auel's Children of the Earth series, the Neolithic. As such is more fantasy than historical fiction, a fact corroborated by the author in his Author's Note, since there just isn't enough historic fact to create anything but speculative fiction. The Neolithic is [...]



    • I'm about to break a cardinal rule when it comes to books, and I'm going to do a bit of cover-judging. BUT, not in the way you think. I'm going to reverse it, and judge the cover by the book. The cover depicts a man in very Medieval-looking armor, with equally Medieval-looking sword and shield. Why, you ask, is this a problem? Well, I'm not sure if the following is a spoiler, but here is your warning that the following may be a small spoiler:The story is set in the Neolithic Age. That's right, w [...]


    • I'm a creature of habit, I love routine, and I hate change. So as to why I decided to read this I'm not really sure. Perhaps it was the atmospheric cover ( don't listen to those who say don't judge a book by its cover), or it may have been the synopsis with it's mention of "mysterious barrows and stone circles" and the worlds first detective. Whatever it was Talus and The Frozen King ripped me out of my comfort zone and plonked me smack down in the middle of a prehistory Celtic land where murder [...]


    • It may not be immediately obvious, but mystery, especially of the whodunit type, is another of my favourite genres. So when an email with the subject line “Meet the world’s first detective…” appeared in my inbox one day, well, let’s just say I wasn’t going to refuse a review copy of Graham Edwards‘ TALUS AND THE FROZEN KING.The obvious comparison (and judging by the reviews, I’m not the only one) for Talus and Bran is to that famous detecting duo of Sherlock and Watson. Talus be [...]


    • First and foremost, the moment this book landed on my doormat I fell in love with the front cover. Atmospheric, mysterious and full of depth - it really enticed me in and made me excited about what could be inside the pages within.The Frozen King throws you straight into the story, there is very little in the way of backstory for Talus and Bran, the two main characters, and you are immediately plunged into the cold northern world they inhabit. This does not mean that their characters are shallow [...]


    • The idea to transpose a Sherlockian character into a fantasy setting is an ingenious one. I loved the idea of solving a murder mystery without the aid of smartphones and internet access and other modern facilities, and one of my favourite things about fantasy worlds is exploring them. Often with epic fantasy stories, the plot moves on so rapidly, you have little time to absorb the beauty of the world, but with a claustrophobic murder mystery tale, there's plenty of time to take everything in.And [...]


    • I started to read Talus and the Frozen King right after A Discourse in Steel by Paul S. Kemp, and at first I worried it would be too similar, a fantasy buddy adventure. As it turned out, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the book was not really an action-adventure story, but rather a murder mystery. Now, if I had read the book cover, which proclaims that the book introduces the world’s first detective, maybe I wouldn’t have been surprised, but then again I might not have given it a [...]


    • Talus, an aging bard with a tragic past, and his companion Bran, a brutish fisherman who is crippled both physically and emotionally, travel to Creyak, an ancient island kingdom of the coast of Scotland. They are searching for the Northern Lights, but find themselves in the middle of mystery when the king of Creyak, frozen in more ways than one, is found murdered in a snowy field. As Talus and Bran race to find the kingslayer, the friends meet a varied cast of characters that all of something to [...]


    • The manic energy of modern day our modern Sherlock Holmes is a difficult thing to transpose to a book. To take such a character and place them in the Stone Age without the aid of modern technology runs the risk of creating a story so at odds with itself that any trunk it’s hidden in should be buried as well. Graham Edwards’ Talus and the Frozen King shouldn’t be hidden in some crypt or locked away in some tomb to be forgotten, because it takes the murder mystery back to its roots and that [...]


    • Mr. Edwards, you wrote an amazing book! I loved every moment of it and if I didn't have to work, I'd have read it in one sitting. This story reminded me a little of Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings as Talus, the story teller, and Bran, former fisherman, were trying to find the truth to who killed Creyak's king. Very well done. Talus and Bran are walking to the northlight and on this journey reach Creyak, a village frozen in the northern parts of the world. Upon reaching this place, they disco [...]


    • I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book took me ages to read, I didn’t love it. It was an interesting idea but the story was a little bland and it didn’t hold my interest. It was just all a little slow and felt like the author was trying to make a sherlock character in a fantasy setting and it really didn’t work.The sons of the murdered King were all unique and I wanted to know what happened so I kept reading, but if this had not been a [...]


    • When I started this book I couldn't remember why I had requested it in the first place because it had been on my reading list for so long. So, I started the novel without even knowing what genre it was, and funny enough even after reading it I'm still not sure what the genre was . . . but anyway, I had an extremely open mind to this book. Within the first chapter it became very clear to me that Talus was Sherlock Holmes. I mean, I guess I should have guessed there would be parallels since the su [...]


    • If Jean Auel and Arthur Conan Doyle had collaborated, the result might have been Talus, the bard detective at the center of Graham Edwards’ novel, Talus and the Frozen King. Set in northern Europe during the Neolithic period, Talus and his companion Watson, umm, I mean Bran, stumble across an island village mourning the sudden death of their king. It takes only a few pages for Talus to throw everything into chaos with his Quincy-like revelation (yes, I’m dating myself with that reference) th [...]


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