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fun "grimdark" debut,
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This was an absolute bargain (in ebook format) and the author's unashamed admission of writing "grimdark" had me checking it out. I'm quite pleased that I did. I'm sure the author is sick of hearing the comparison but it has a very strong "Joe Abercrombie" feel about it in terms of humour and characters. Some characters even feel a bit too similar as there's a Northern Barbarian, a cocky upstart and a cynical cripple. Fortunately these characters come into their own and the cocky upstart, Davarus Cole, turns out to be a hilarious protagonist. Towards the end of the book I also found myself caring about the fates of some of the other characters (The Wolf and Barandas) and it's always a sign of good characterisation when you start to care. One thing that sets this book apart from Abercrombie is that the world is a lot more magical with sorcerers, demons, magical weapons and deicide. This rich world suggests there are more stories to be mined in future installments. It's not a perfect book but it settles into an enjoyable groove in the last third of the book with its abundance of action and twisting revelations left me wanting more. Definitely worth a look at the current ebook price and I suspect future installments will improve upon this debut.