The Path of anger is a fantasy novel that wears the `fantastic' lightly. If a fantasy story needs magic, then this has it, but used sparingly. `The Animus' is the manipulation of the Air element as practiced by the Knights of the Empire, and, for sure, there are 2 strange creatures that give an otherworldly feel to the narrative. But it is not the fantasy aspects that determine or drive the story. This reads more like a historical fable in the form of a revenge tragedy.
So Rouaud is not fixated on the usual medieval period on which most comparable fantasies are based, particularly those from USA and UK writers. Instead his has a wholly (continental) European, feel, in the way… Read more
Fast paced and thoroughly engrossing, this will appeal to readers of Nerverwhere, & William Horwood's 'Hyddenworld' trilogy (Brum again at the centre of an occult alternative world). For anyone who remembers weird kid's TV shows from the 1970's, Children of the Stones, The Owl Service or any of the Nigel Kneal/John Wyndham inspired films, series or books or graphic novels (Raven, Strangehaven) from that era, you will find much to enjoy. Henges, psychogeography, a very convincing modern magus, (I always suspected Land Developers were evil), very nasty demonic foes, well drawn characters, this is a five star read. Docked one star for the lamentable lack of good proof reading where spelling… Read more