I received an advanced review copy of The Hod King in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Josiah Bancroft and Orbit Books for the opportunity.
When I concluded my review of Arm of the Sphinx I stated that I would be counting down the days until I could rejoin Senlin and his companions adventures in The Hod King. As soon as I received this novel all other books failed to exist to me until this was completed. (more…)
I received a review copy of Many are the Dead in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Anthony Ryan and my good friend Adrian Collins at Grimdark Magazine.
This tale is set approximately ten years before the action that takes place in Blood Song. The gentleman who becomes Master Sollis, the dude who trains Vaelin Al Sorna is at the forefront of this narrative. This story is only approximately 120-pages but it is pretty excepti0nal. Anyone who has read Blood Song will adore this and honestly, it probably works amazingly as a standalone.
The brothers of the Sixth order, alongside a lady who’s been looking for an age to find a cure to this worlds equivalent of the plague venture forth. We have Sollis, the mute Smentil, Oskin, and his pet Red Ears, and the healer Elara amongst others. The cast is very well fleshed out for such a short tale.
It commences with a bloody battle with the Sixth Order fighting their enemies the Lonak’s. As trained warriors they succeed but not without casualties. This Lonak warrior nation has a vendetta against our Blue-Cloaked pals.
They travel, a group of 5 including Elera and our bloodhound friend Red Ears to find the necessary weed for the curing of this plague but things don’t work out that simply. They meet creatures such as giant apes, shadow-cats and undescribable beasts. These creatures aren’t very accommodating… if anything it is the opposite.
I won’t say too much more about the story. I don’t normally rate short stories high but this is pretty exceptional. Within the 100 or so pages we get to know and care about all of the characters. There are a few deaths and twists which left me shellshocked and absolutely speechless.
Sollis is a brilliant main character. You may remember him from Blood Song as Vaelin’s brutal and experienced trainer. Sollis alongside mute Smentil control the narrative and it is great to see things from their point of view. Sollis was a bit of an arse in Blood Song so it’s nice to find out about his roots. Young and talented with a name to gain before he was a master.
The Lonak’s and the Sixth order join forces to fight against the Dark and it’s brilliant. The shaman character who can make water explode is useful when human’s bodies are made up of 55% water. That’s a nice skill in a war zone. There are an exceptional few set-pieces that are featured towards the finale. It’s brilliantly written and great to be back in this world. To be honest. I adored this and finished it in a day. Highly recommend. x
Much like The Last Wish before, Sword of Destiny is a collection of short stories following a talented witcher called Geralt of Rivia. Although you can start the series with Blood of Elves which is where the full-length novels commence, I can’t recommend enough that even though a handful of these short stories are hit-and-miss, that they will add considerable depth to the future narrative arcs.
I received a review copy of Phil Tucker’s – Killer Dungeon in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author a lot. When I’ve been sent these advanced reader copies every other book has had to take a lower priority until I find out how Chris’ life or death adventure within Eurphoria Online concludes. This is one of my favourite, easy-going, nostalgic and exciting series that I’ve had the pleasure of reading for a while. It has already been rated on Fantasy Book Review in detail by Swiff at 8.8/10 and I would have given it a similar score which is why I am just leaving a few points here in a quick casual review. (more…)
I received a review copy of The Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Steven Erikson and Bantam Press.
I was pretty excited to read more about everybody’s favourite necromancers and their trusted manservant’s dark and often humourous adventures. In the main Malazan series the deadly duo are only seen in Memories of Ice but have featured in 6 short stories, 3 of which are collected in this volume. If you are new to the Malazan world I would not recommend starting here. (more…)