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Sam Sykes is the honcho of hullabaloo. His writing style is quite original to me, combining sarcastic witticism with a fresh outlook. The prose is near poetry at times, and downright vulgar at others. His humor is dark and it shows in his work. All of this resulted in a very fun reading of Tome of the Undergates.
What is original to this story? For one, pretty much all the main characters want to kill one another even though they are companions all along for the same adventure. Somehow they are compelled by freak chance and their somewhat insane leader Lenk to hold together against overwhelming odds.
Tome is a very fast paced novel and I found it to be the type of book I just didn’t want to set down. It is big though! If you are looking for twisting and branching plots and deep examinations of characters souls, you won’t find much of that. Instead you will find a beautifully, terrifyingly detailed world of water and monsters reminiscent of Cthulhu’s minions who are hell bent on the destruction of all the world.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in hack and slash, old school dungeons and dragons types of adventures. I absolutely loved this novel. I’m very happy to give this 5 out of 5 stars and I look forward to reading Black Halo.
You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Undergates-Aeons-Gate-Book/dp/1616142421
Throne of The Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed was plain outstanding and will go down as one of the best books of the year. That’s not just my opinion either. I have read a few reviews and I have to agree with what the critics have almost unanimously said.
Not to overuse what many reviews say, but I feel it needs to be repeated. This book is Sword and Sorcery – it is what S&S should be!
Throne is set in a quasi Arabian world (think Aladdin) where magic abounds. Prayer is the ignition for most of these miracles and one’s own life force is often the catalyst. And then there is the darker side.
Ghuls, are animated dead (well usually dead) that are given great strengths and serve their masters obediently. Raising the dead in the form of a ghul is a heinous act, often costing the victims their very souls. Of course the monsters who employ such fiends must be stopped! That is where Makhsloud steps in.
Dr. Adoulla Mahkslood is a ghul hunter. He is old and wants to retire. “Too bad” says Saladin Ahmed! Poor old doctor has to go out and find who killed a family that was close to him using ghuls to do their dirty work. This drags him into a story with many players including a man who wants to usurp the throne for the good of the kingdom, his apprentice who is quite the holy warrior, and a bestial lion girl with claws of silver.
It all makes for a great story! There are a few religious currents to the book. The author is Muslim and his writing really helps show how similar the different faiths of the world are. There is even a bit of atheism, which I found refreshing. Although the events of this book are entirely fantastical, some bits really make you think about real life current events.
I am giving this read 5 out of 5 stars as I absolutely loved it! Thank you Saladin for bringing me along on another great fantasy adventure.
You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Throne-Crescent-Moon-Kingdoms/dp/0756407117