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The Usurper Telnarian Histories #4 Free download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ ✻ [EPUB] ✰ The Usurper Telnarian Histories #4 By John Norman ❅ – The fourth volume in John Norman's epic Telnarian Histories describes the continuing rise to power of an unsOf a threatened and crumbling empire This ambitious novel written on an interstellar scale follows the latest adventures of a man who has fought and killed his way out of obscurity to become a newly crowned king As events unfold he finds himself on a bloody and violent path that may lead to the imperial throne itself. This review is based on the eARC for the recently republished bookThe Usurper is the final chapter of the Telnarian histories which began with the book The Chieftan To say it's a slog to read is harsh though not all together unfounded The science fiction aspect of the novels of this series forces the reader to do some thinking It is apparent that Mr Norman was heavily influenced by the actions and in some cases in actions of the Roman Empire and adapted those incidents to his galactic based novels At times the book is very repetitive literally lifting the exact thoughts descriptions from one paragraph to another much like the repetitive it is known from Game of Thrones There is also content that some readers may find objectionable the misogynistic treatment of the female slaves the clear SM themes of how the slaves are treated etc but the reality is there are a number of books which handle those themes in a very similar manner and are much poorer attempts at writing Many of Norman's fans from his Gorean saga will enjoy these books

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Tempts to assassinate the ascendant tribal king Ottonius she fails and becomes fully enslaved The story of her education in proper submission is told in counterpoint to the tale of the Usurper Telnarian Histories PDFEPUB #191 powerful but primitive warrior who finds himself drawn into intrigues affecting the destiny. “The Usurper”Telnarian HistoriesJohn NormanThis is the fourth book in the Telnarian series where we continue to see the transformation of Ottonius everyone’s beloved barbarian warrior He may now be leader of his own people but it clear that others fear him; especially those of the Empire The Empire sends a free woman disguised as a slave to assassinate him When she does not succeed Captain Ottonius realizes that he must find the persons responsible for sending the assassin Along with his most trusted advisors he leaves his home on a journey to discover his heritage and uncover the power he possesses that can affect the empire Filene a formal noble woman currently a free woman is sent on a mission to kill Ottonius the tribal King She is provided the knife and the cover She enters the camp disguised as a slave and attempts to use her feminine wiles to attract Ottonius for him to take her to his tent When he falls for the trap she is thrust into his tent to await his arrival She is nervous and excited all at once When he enters she is unaware that he is already on to her and is playing along to see what happens He locates the knife she had stashed and sends her to be turned into a true slave stripped of her freedom as easily as she is stripped of her clothing My thoughtsAt first I had a problem getting through the book because I wanted dialogue and less history lessons However I understand now that the history is necessary because it reminds the reader about a character or situation that may have happened in another book or time This helps to center the reader rather than leaving them trying to remember this or that character or circumstanceRegarding the story I like Ottonius Regardless of what his role is in society he is first and foremost a barbarian and he never apologizes for it He sees that barbarism can be found in the form of shield and sword or in the form of treachery and corruption He is used to one on one combat not backstabbing but he eventually discovers that the way to prevent corruption is to throw yourself into the path of itAs a woman I had issues with the free women and mostly the slaves Then I thought about what I believe the author may be trying to convey To me it seems as though the free women were the ones that were confined They were slaves to their culture looking and acting a certain way watching how they speak and to whom etc The slave women had the most freedom even while sitting naked with collars on at the feet of the men The slave women were celebrated for their femininity The men coveted and protected their slaves so than any free women The women were exposed naked to the world that they lived in They had nothing to hide and could be themselves They could accept and embrace their sexual sensual sides without fear of being judged I enjoyed the way the author never left any stone unturned Each character had his or her role to play in the plot of the story I don’t remember any characters that were introduced but not played out In the end everything made sense to me The storyline was wrapped up nicely and left with an opening of course for what the next book might be about I would say if it is too hard for the reader to get past at what first appears as the degradation of the slaves then this is probably not the book for you However if you like myself can see past that you are in for an excellent story with deep characterizationReview by Michele DouglasFull Disclosure I was provided and ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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The Usurper Telnarian Histories #4The fourth volume in John Norman's epic Telnarian Histories PDFEPUB #195 Telnarian Histories describes the continuing rise to power of an unsung warrior thrown into the maelstrom of ambition treachery and violence that is the galactic empire When Filene a The Usurper PDF or former noblewoman masuerading as a slave at. A little over 20 years ago John Norman stepped outside the world if not the themes of Gor and delivered a trilogy entitled the Telnarian Histories Whereas the Gor novels were primarily fantasy epics tinged with science fiction elements this new trilogy flipped that around being of a traditional space opera with fantasy influencesIn terms of narrative little has changed over the years with The Usurper having the same sense of style that fans have become used to but which may unsettle a new reader Expository prose is often long and blocky with descriptions that can stretch into a second page without a paragraph break and the amount of detail surrounding the physical mental emotional and psychological realities of slavery is often exhausting That's not to say it isn't fascinating or sometimes necessary to the plot but it may take some readers deeper into a submissive mindset than they're comfortable with Dialogue is often very formal carefully structured and delivered as if for an audience with little of the casual banter we so often expect of the genre Again that's not a flaw or a complaint just an observation on what makes Norman's writing uniue Overall however the prose here is stronger and polished than what fans may be used to with phrases like the airless lonely nigh vacant deserts between world having an almost poetic uality to themThe world building is exceptionally strong here as it was in the Gor saga with a fully realized history of conuest and rebellion Culturally there are significant Greco Roman influences to the story but there's also a bit of a Conan esue flavor to Ottonius the barbarian King It's really with the philosophies of sadomasochism and the spirituality of submission that the story comes alive However in an era where BDSM has very much become a part of pop culture Norman's ideas are hardly as shocking or taboo as they once were That's something of a double edged sword for the Telnarian Histories as the novelty and some of the attraction for old fans is gone while new fans demand something than mere taboo titillation It's a cultural shift that has forced Norman to focus of his attention on the storyline and the characters with The Usurper being one of his strongest most complete tales yetThis is a book that's heavy on the history and the cultural composition of the world with a mysterious narrator often acting in the role of teacher or advisor to the reader Part of that is necessary to allow new readers to catch up on what's gone before but part of it is also deliberate world building As for our hero Ottonius he has grown and evolved significantly from what I remember Instead of the cold prototypical Norman protagonist he has acuired some of the rough edged charm and black humor common to pulp adventure heroes like Conan Filene is a remarkable character as well perhaps the most well developed female character Norman has written She begins the story masuerading as a slave in order to get close and assassinate Ottonius but we also get glimpses of the free woman behind the mask Of course she's very uickly found out turning that masuerade into a reality but she retains a spark of personality that only grows brighter as the tale continuesThere's of conflict to The Usurper than I remember from any of the Gor novels as well which is sure to appeal to fans of militaristic science fiction and fantasy Alien technology starships blockades sieges and battles dominate much of the second half of the book This is very much Otto's tale and Otto's conflict with him at the center of it all but we do get a much wider view of the war and how it impacts the characters around him There are some long slow periods of prose before we get to the conflict and Norman still interrupts the action to share the insights of slaves and masters on their role in the battle but overall I found this to have a much faster paced story with a better balance of plot and philosophy Politically it's a sharper tale as well with great attention devoted to the affairs of rulers and captains which helps bring it all togetherIf you've ever found yourself curious about John Norman's work then The Usurper is a great place to begin Even though it's the fourth book of the Telnarian Histories it can still be read as a standalone title which is almost necessary with a 20 year gap If like myself you always saw this saga as a weaker sort of cousin to the Gor novels then you're likely to be pleasantly surprised However if you're deeply offended by his social philosophies or his depiction of women and aren't interested in the 'how' and 'why' of his world well this isn't going to change your mind Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins