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