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Jesse Bullington's second novel is an exuberant, sweary dark fantasy rich in Medieval detail that carried me from page to page. It's easier to empathise with the main characters than in THE SAD TALE OF THE BROTHERS GROSSBART (although Awa's naivety did annoy me at times and Paracelsus and Monique are little more than caricatures) and although the pace did sag at times, the story was such that I kept reading on and I would definitely check out his next book.
With her unrequited crush on the arrogant Omorose and her refusal to force the dead to abide by her will, Awa's as much a moral anchor as it's possible given the nature of the novel.Read more ›
Take heed, oh reader, of the the quote on the cover (aptly from The Guardian), which warns us that this is "not for the faint hearted"! Forget blushing heroines & dashing heroes, Bullington's vision of the past is accurately squalid & remorselessly blood-soaked, populated by Machiavellian warlords & amoral opportunists, not to mention supernatural horrors aplenty. The most horrific of these is a deranged Arabian necromancer who kidnaps a Moorish girl & her slaves, dragging them up to be his unwilling apprentices. Here Bullington's dark imagination runs riot as the necromancer devises novel & disturbing ways to torment his young charges with his living-dead servants. Then fiction & reality blur when Renaissance artist Niklaus Manuel (whose work adorns the front cover) is hired to deliver one of the unruly apprentices to the Spanish Inquisition. Along the way, they encounter other historical characters, such as the occultist Doctor Paracelsus.
Those familiar with Bullington's prodigious debut will not be surprised by the dark tone of this novel. Nevertheless, I was still astonished by its extent, as shocking acts aplenty were performed - including some horrific enough to make even a Grossbart shudder at such mecky business!Read more ›
All in I loved this book and when you add to it that this is only the authors second title its probably going to surprise a few readers that he's not been around for years. Definitely an author to watch as this Monty Pythonesque author flattens you with his writerly giant foot.
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Loved this book from the moment I began reading and then it kept me on my toes all the way through, immediately searched for Jesse Bullington's other book The sad tail of the... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by Hanapana
Joyfully filthy and lurid. Joyfully dirty, fetid, sweaty and sweary.This is a captivating adventure story in the style of a sort of grubby, supernatural 'Candide'. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2011 by B