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Iron Angel: The Deepgate Codex: Volume II Hardcover – Unabridged, 2 May 2008


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; 1 edition (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405090367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405090360
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.6 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Campbell was born in Falkirk, Scotland, and grew up there, before moving on to study Computer Science at Edinburgh University. He has worked as a software engineer and a freelance photographer, but now writes full time.

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'A big, bold fantasy that pulls of that most difficult of tricks with the second book in a trilogy.' -- SFX

'For a first novel, Scar Night is indecently good' -- Guardian

'a richly imagined adventure well worthy of his impressive first novel'
-- Death Ray

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Order has collapsed in Deepgate. The chained city is now in ruins; the Deadsands beyond are full of fleeing refugees.The Spine militia, unable to come to terms with the loss of their church, are trying to halt the exodus with brutal force. Driven away by the mob, Rachel Hael leads Dill along a very dangerous route through the wastelands, but what should have been a straightforward flight to Sandport becomes a desperate march for survival after the angel is captured and mutilated. Rachel just wants to keep her friends alive, but the offspring of the dread goddess Ayen have other ideas, the death of the underworld god Ulcis having not gone unnoticed by his six siblings. Cospinol, the god of brine and fog, is coming for his brother's murderers, and he's bringing his own version of hell with him. Wreathed in fog, Cospinol's foul skyship has already reached Sandport. Cog Island will now become the focus for a clash of powers: of men and gods and archons and slaves all forced into desperate alliances, a battle in which the outcome will be decided not by force, but by sacrifice. Whoever wins, it’s bad news for everyone except Iril, god of death. For in the end there's going to be a lot of blood. 'For a first novel, Scar Night is indecently good' Guardian

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lu Tze on 28 Dec 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are a regular reader of these types of book as I am you'll be well familiar with the "Second Book" pitfall many such trilogies fall into. We see originally teasing and twisting storylines straighten out and become predictable and mundane as well as sparkling and intriguing characters that begin to tarnish and fade back into the same old same old that we've read time and time again.

Thankfully, with this the second book of the Deepgate Codex Alan Campbell continues to ignore the rule book that took a flying leap out the window with Scar Night. (PS. As other reviews have mentioned, if you have not read Scar Night, the opening book of the Deepgate Codex then you will find this all rather difficult to run with).

Iron Angel somehow manages to be all the book that Scar Night was with a pile of new characters and evocative imagery thrown in for good measure. If like me you were concerned with how well a second book would stand up away from the dark and hauntingly described chains of Deepgate then dont be. Iron Angel introduces us to far more of Campbells world than we saw in Scar Night and thankfully the level of imagination and description remains firmly off the scale. This book deals with the unforseen ramifications of the death of Ulcis and as the scope of the storyline expands we learn the roles that he and the other exiled sons of Ayen play in the much wider conflict with the self proclaimed King of The Maze, Menoa. Souls are lost by the thousand, the dead walk the land nourished by a mist of spilt blood and we have the many facets of The Maze described to us in intricate detail.

A truly entertaining installment of the Deepgate Codex and a worthy successor to Scar Night. If you like your fantasy dark, edgy and very original then these books are a must read.
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Alan Campbell has reached new heights in my opinion, as this is the nearest I ever got to completing a 'Sequel' of any kind!

I was enthralled with his first: 'Scar Night' (see my Review for that title) and was eager to read the Sequel. Though I didn't quite finish this (though by only a few pages) I truly enjoyed what I read, and just believe, as always, that Sequels have to be a bit 'drawn out' to make it through to the end - and so this is no reflection on the actual writing, or style.

With the Chapter 'Cinderbark Wood' - this novel really comes into its own. This was extremely imaginative, and is what the novel really needed after it had left the city 'Deep Gate' behind in the last book. I really missed that 'City Of Chains' this time around. Even to this day; whenever I see 'Scar Night' sitting on the shelves, I have to pick it up and read the first page and am constantly reminded of how much I enjoyed it, and still feel I would be in for a good read! (must read it again one day!) Not having quite made it to the end this time though, I am unsure whether or not I shall purchase the third (and I think final) in the series. If I do, then it will probably be because I will either come back to this and finish it, or start it and re-read the whole thing again. (Readers might also find this title a little 'darker' still than the previous title!)

I'm so often deeply disappointed with Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction, but Alan's true imaginative narrative really excels and is quite amazing, and has given me new hopes in the genre!
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Alan Campbell has an amazing (albeit very strange) imagination. The representation of 'Hell' in the book is incredible, particularly the manifestation of souls as walls, floors, and doorways. The book builds very well on the storyline from Scar Night, introduces many interesting characters and is entertaining throughout.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Haukeland on 9 May 2008
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As good as scar night and expand on questions left open from the first book. I have to say that both these books are among the best I have read. The history and depth of the scared angel makes her one of the coolest anti-heroes I have meet. The dark universe created in these books is one of the most fascinating ever.
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