A bit of background, Book of the Ice takes place in the same world as one of Mark Lawrences’ previous trilogies: Book of the Ancestor. I have read Book of the Ancestor as well as two other trilogies from Mark Lawrence: The Broken Empire and The Red Queen’s War.
A compelling read, that grasps you from the start and drags you into a relentless ride of twists and turns ending in a breathtaking epic finale. One of the best ending to a fantasy series…ever!
Following the story as told/written by Tomas Piety in first person, the reader is met with a matter of fact recounting of events that reveals a character who is choosing to share his story, while also keeping some of the details to himself. This is all done while commenting on it all in a manner that, I don’t want to say is bleak, cause it’s not really that, more like with very few fucks left to give and heavily influenced by the protagonist’s principles. This sort of unreliable narrator is the kind that fascinates me the most, especially because when done well, and I’d argue that McLean did it brilliantly, it reveals more about the characters themselves than what they’re actually telling the reader. At the same time, this makes for a fast moving story that doesn’t waste time on world building through long expositional paragraphs, but rather only focuses on the relevant details and events.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we at FanFiAddict will be hosting a giveaway for one (1) finished copy of Christina Henry’s newest novel, The Girl in Red. You can see all the details about the book below. It is coined as a “post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood” and is […]