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The Grim Company [Hardcover]

Luke Scull
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Book Description

1 Mar 2013 The Grim Company (Book 1)

First in an epic, gritty trilogy from the hottest new voice in British fantasy.

It is a time of darkness. The last magic of the dead gods is on the wane. Demons and half-formed monsters plague the land as the final barriers between the realms begin to fail. The jealous Magelords of three great cities sit in their towers of stone and brood over the scant power that remains...

It is not a time of heroes. Their songs are long forgotten, their deeds go unwritten.

But, even now, some few still nurse a spark of hope, an unlikely fellowship, united against the tyranny of their immortal overlords - THE GRIM COMPANY.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Mar 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 178185131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781851319
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you like your glizzards glistening and your mages mean, this rollicking debut will suit ... This grisly, compelling read and the bonkers viciousness with which the best laid plans are disrupted is hugely enjoyable' Daily Mail.

'Debut author Luke Scull packs an impressive amount of violence, hazy mortality and betrayal into these pages ... it'll please fans of the darker edges of epic fantasy' SFX.

'Darkly humorous epic fantasy ... debut novelist Luke Scull spins a gripping tale with expertise and relish' Guardian.


'A fantastic story that is ripe with action, strong characterization and a tight plot ... This is one debut not to be missed and marks Luke Scull as one of epic fantasy's talented debutants' Fantasy Book Critic.

'A rollicking dark fantasy adventure novel. It moves with verve and pace ... and is threaded through with a great sense of humour' The Wertzone.

'Highly memorable with a great cast and an even greater story all wrapped up in a mature world, told by a true story-teller'

'Luke Scull is more than good. He's the sort of author you buy on publishing date and read on the way home'

About the Author

Luke Scull is the lead designer at game design company Ossian Studios. He lives and works in Warminster.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A striking and fun debut novel 2 Mar 2013
Davarus Cole has a destiny. Only he can wield the sorcerous blade Magebane, one of the few weapons in existence that can kill a Magelord. Five centuries ago the Magelords slew the gods themselves, becoming immortal in the process and seizing control of the world. Now they wage war amongst themselves. Cole knows it is fate itself which has decreed that he will kill Salazar, Magelord of Dorminia, and liberate the city from his tyrannical rule. His comrades in the rebel group known as the Shards are less sure.

Meanwhile, a new threat is rising in the far north. Demonic forces are spilling into the northern mountains and the Shaman, the Magelord who rules the region, must face this threat whilst also confronting a renegade lord who has turned against him. At the same time, he owes a favour to Salazar that must be repaid.

The Grim Company is the opening volume of the fantasy trilogy of the same name. It's the debut novel by Luke Scull, a computer game designer who has worked for BioWare and Ossian Studios. It's also one of the SFF launch titles for Head of Zeus, a new publisher which won the publication rights to the novel in a significant auction.

It's easy to see why. The Grim Company is a rollicking dark fantasy adventure novel. It moves with verve and pace, fitting more plot than some entire trilogies into its lean 450 pages, and is threaded through with a great sense of humour that pokes fun at some of the conventions of both epic fantasy and the recent eruption of 'grimdark' fantasies in particular.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read this book before... 30 April 2013
By John Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
...and a lot of the names in it, too. Basically, it's a good story, a bit too tongue in cheek at times, and the characters a bit too annoying to get too invested in, as a rule. But Joe Abercrombie did the dark twist on classic high fantasy earlier and better with First Law stuff some years back, and he is getting better and better as a writer too. Then again, I suppose there are only so many books Mr Abercrombie can write in a year, so to get an Abercrombie-lite version is not bad at all.

All the modern takes on classic fantasy tropes are here: the young foolish hero, the aged barbarian, the love interest with a dark past and a secret, the cripple, the surly henchman with a heart of gold. There is even a tragically noble servant of the evil tyrant who must pay the price for his misplaced loyalty, etc. I suppose there is something of the hero's journey, although not a lot of questing per se, although there is a training montage. So all the ingredients are here. But that's enough spoilers.

The Grim Company is the first in a trilogy - at least according to the back flap - and I'm interested enough to keep going. That's probably because I enjoy Joe Abercrombie's work, and this is Abercrombiesque enough. Despite the irritating pop-culture references that peek through and take you out of the story, there is at least a well-plotted tale here, and its well-written enough to hold a reader's interest (ok, mine, in any event) to the end.

If you like Joe Abercormbie, there is a good chance you will enjoy this; if you don't know who Joe Abercrombie is, go read his stuff first, and (if you like it) when you are done with that, try Luke Scull's Grim Company.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not world shattering 4 Mar 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
To be honest I'm a fantasy fan, have been for years but when a new guy comes on the scene you have to give them a go but hope that they meet up to not only your expectations but also give the reader something that isn't just the old stereotypes that too many others have come to assume its all about.

What this book from Luke brings to the fore is a story with adventure, some nods to those who have gone before and also brings his own storytelling to the mix. It isn't anything world shattering, it isn't something that stands out from the crowd, but for a debut it's a solid enough start with just enough world building to make sure that it all functions.

Add to this characters that whilst stereotypical to a certain degree, bring life as well as some antihero twists to the mix, all round make this a solid enough story to just sit back and relax with. I'll definitely look at future offerings from Luke and look forward to seeing what he'll bring to the fore next time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad , but not original and predictable 7 Mar 2014
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Despite not having enjoyed this book as much as I wanted to, and being a bit disappointed as a result, this is not a “bad” first novel. There are number of interesting features in it, to which I will come back further on in this review. However, there are also three main elements which, when considered together, help explain my relative disappointment.

The first is a lack of originality. Other reviewers have already mentioned a number of similarities with Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy or with Glen Cook’s Black Company series. Some of the features selected by Luke Scull for his book also seem to have been borrowed from David Gemmel’s Rigante tales, such as the highlander with the double handed sword. Other features reminded me of Richard Morgan’s “The Steel Remains” and “The Cold Commands”, such as the introduction of mysterious and powerful aliens in his fantasy world that seem to have vanished from the face of the earth but are in fact not so remote. I could go on, and on for quite a bit but you certainly get the point and there is no need to risk spoiling the story.

A second problem was that I found the story rather predictable at times, and somewhat lacking tension and suspense. It is, for instance, rather obvious that the two highlanders will pull through despite the odds they face when fighting “Augmentors” – a mix between elite warriors and special police force and equipped with various magical devices.

Then there are the characters, some of which were not quite credible. This is for instance the case of Kayne, the former “Sword of the North”, which the author keeps describing as past his prime (he is over fifty), tired, worn out and lacking stamina, but who somehow manages to best everything that is thrown at him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars must read...
Great plot... amazing characters.. lots of twists and makes you want to keep on reading till the end..applause for luke... keep it up...
Published 1 month ago by Xandrix Somera
1.0 out of 5 stars weak, poorly written,unoriginal
I gave up halfway through this book . That it ever got published is a crime against the fantasy genre. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mountain
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty but with a good sense of humour to balance it out
I would like to acknowledge that I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the author, Luke Scull, via Goodreads in return for an honest review. Read more
Published 3 months ago by N. Fallon
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut novel!
As soon as I read the write up for this book I had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to like it and I was so right. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gizzimomo Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Slap me with a wet kipper and call me Sally
Or I might just read this book was a decision I made the other`s a good book, good ideas and characters you feel for plus I like the way he bumps off some of the main... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tobius Plum
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
When I began this novel I found it quite slow in its build up to understanding the character's and the overall theme. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mpm
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark 'n Gritty
It is a dark and gritty tale. The world building is excellent and I enjoyed the set up of the Magelords and the war against the Gods. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. R. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable romp
Well worth reading.

Well written characters , and a deepening plot that draws you in. I hope future books live up to this standard
Published 4 months ago by O. Dormon
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy by the Numbers
Overall I enjoyed this first novel immensely but it did read a lot of the time as fan fiction, particularly of Joe Abercrombie and Glen Cook. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MarcthePat
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - read it straight through.
Really enjoyed this and will definitely be getting the next one. Plenty of surprises in the plot and the character development. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Longtallted
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