I went into this story blind. Chizmar laughed, bundled me up, threw me in his car, and drove away to an unknown destination but boy was it worth the ride!
A Song of Steel is a debut novel that heralds epic fantasy in its rawest form. The story can envelop you like a long lost relative after spending months apart. Every interconnecting aspect of it just feels right. From its brutally accurate characterization and its dramatic historic landscape, it’s the kind of story that leaves you grappling for cognitive cohesion. The immersion and the compulsiveness has you addicted within a few pages. Duncan’s spellbinding narrative took me hostage and posted my ransom…although, truth be told, I didn’t want anyone to pay it!
Joe Abercrombie opens up his bag of tricks once again to remind us why we fell in love with this series in the first place. The characterisation, the exquisite narrative, and the worldbuilding are what you would come to expect from Abercrombie. More insight, more joy, and of course a large helping of depravity and mischievousness.
LaRocca’s writing is mesmerising. He takes the weaknesses that he finds in everyday individuals and injects it into his fiction. He uses it to spur an authenticity into his stories. The way the author has used trauma and tragedy into his narration is real and awful and so perfectly written that your own emotions are on a rollercoaster. Each individual plot is intricate, outraging and deeply sad. It felt so amazing to engage myself in Eric’s writing once more – he’s on fire!
The author is an abductor…he throws you in the boot of his car and drives you into the night. It’s futile to fight it. He dumps you into the unknown and leaves you to navigate the inky darkness alone. The author blew me away in a way that I didn’t think was possible. He’s created characters that are so endearing they spoke to soul. I closed the book feeling overwhelmed and edgy. The Master of Epistolary Horror.
Once again Abercrombie astounds his readers with his no holds barred imagination. The master of Grimdark himself proves once again that his attention to detail is his greatest skill.
The Hollows is dark and intricately twisted…so hard to put down that I’m sure it almost needed prising out of my hands. If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise…
Anyone who loves a great horror tome has heard of Stephen King and the authors like him. They reinvented the horror genre in the ’80s. How many teens developed a fear of clowns or pet Cemeteries? The ’80s were flooded with new and exciting horror movies, from slasher specials (Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street […]
She Who Became the Sun has echoes of Mulan but Shelley Parker-Chan has a narrative that is all her own. Raw and spirited. Vividly sketched characters that call to be heard.