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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 01 edition (15 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785033352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785033353
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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"If Jack Reacher came to Westeros and started beating the hell out of everybody, you’d have Mark De Jager’s Infernal ... daring, dangerous, and full of surprises" (Sebastien de Castell)

"Clever, funny and cheerfully brutal" (Snorri Kristjansson)

"Infernal proves to be an incredibly strong start for this series. With drama, mystery, bloodshed, and grim humour abound, fans who favour the likes of The Elric Saga or The Silerian Trilogy will definitely have some fun with this one" (Starburst)

"Infernal is magical, fast-paced and imaginative" (Culturefly)

"Epic fantasy without any pretensions of changing literature or establishing itself in the canon, Infernal is only concerned with being entertaining. And it definitely succeeds." (SciFi Now)

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A daring new fantasy thriller of dark magic and revenge, with an anti-hero like no other.

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At last a well written fantasy novel with a twist.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2016
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This is a dark and violent fantasy, but also laced with some sardonic humour. A large and powerful individual wakes up with no memories of who (or what) he is. There is something dark and very powerful within him and he sets off into a world at war to find the truth about himself. He becomes more and more aware as we go through the book as he realises that there is something very evil in the land and confronting it might give him some answers. So he teams up with a female fighter to track the bad stuff to its source.
Our main character is a little hard to like (he is NOT a good guy) and does some things that you wouldn’t expect and the story is told through his eyes.
I enjoyed it but the story gives us a big reveal at the end and then….stops. Obviously a second one to come, but this was far too abrupt and unsatisfying as an ending for me so I have gone for three stars whereas with a more complete ending I would probably have gone for four.
But I will pick up the next one, so there was plenty to enjoy here.
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An excellent book. A good contrast from many more lighthearted books on the market and I loved it. But, it is definitely a dark book and that might put some readers off. However, I would recommend it to those looking for an almost classic theme but with a dark and mysterious twist.
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I have to admit to fan boy begging for a copy of this book, the cover just shouts out to be read. I’m a big fan of a decent cover, and yes you can judge a book by the cover, because if the cover sucks i’m probably never going to read it….

I’m also a sucker for a debut, keeping a look out for the next great read, the person who will hit the genre like a very irate Balrog (fully committing to a geek reference), demanding notice and attention and deserving it.

So how did this stack up? it was very different, which as an opener can be good or bad. The Protagonist Stratus neither a hero or a villain wakes at the beginning of the book unable to move. The book follows his first person account / voyage of discovery to who and what he is. Strength sorcery and a very irate mental passenger all make for a dangerous force crossing the landscape of this world, and the first person allows for a clever use of descriptive to info drop the nuances of the world and its geopolitical framework.

There is a rich darkness to this book, being given free passage to a persons thoughts is a voyeuristic ride, one that is slightly disturbing, because Startus clearly isn’t human (any fantasy reader will guess very quickly what he is, but i’m not really sure that will win any prizes). This is also clearly the start of a longer journey, as we learn about the magic of the world, the beings that inhabit it and its history, all of which both draw you in and and ask more questions, for me the sign of great writing.
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*I received an e-copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, you should probably not read this if you don't like the darker stuff. Stratus is not, by any means, a hero. So if you are offended by blood, guts, occasional religion bashing, violence, and a general disregard for human life, perhaps this is not the one for you.

Secondly, I always try to have zero expectations, I know it sounds terrible, but I've found that I will enjoy a book more if I don't know much about it. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is a first person PoV, I really love them. Especially the grimdarks. The darker, the better, because I'm messed up like that.

Third, and most important, this was awesome. I was hooked from the very first lines and I could not get enough. I'm devastated I can't afford to buy a HB this month. I need one, plus I want to support the author. Especially if his debut is this good.

This was action packed, brilliantly paced, and quite funny in some parts. Stratus trying to make sense of humanisms is very entertaining!It was everything I expect from a exceptional grimdark and so much more.

I sincerely hope there will be a book 2, it ends very suddenly on a cliffhanger, and I'm terribly excited to see what happens!

*I received an e-copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Infernal is Mark de Jager’s debut novel and it is one that should make both epic and grim dark fantasy readers sit up and take note. What I really liked about the narration, but what also made it somewhat harder to get into the story, was the fact that it is told in the first person and we’re given no context beyond what the main character Stratus knows and experiences. And since Stratus wakes up not knowing who, what, or where he is, the start of the novel is somewhat disorienting. However, while it takes Stratus the rest of the book to figure out the answers to those questions, the narration soon found its feet and it was easy to want to follow the story of its (anti-)hero.

Stratus isn’t exactly nice. He’s violent, has a somewhat confused moral compass, and did I mention he’s violent? Yet, despite all of this, he is fascinating and his reasoning usually makes a weird sort of sense, even if it is not exactly human. He meets up with a wayward prince and his bodyguard, Lucien and Tatyana. I fell in love with Tatyana in under a chapter. I loved her kicking ass and taking names, but I also loved that she was willing to listen and figure things out. Dealing with the exasperating Lucien gave Tatyana some practice for dealing with Stratus and the interactions between Stratus and Tatyana also allowed for the infusion of some levity in this book, which can be extremely dark at times.

While very character-driven, Infernal also had a lot of political scheming going on. And while what the reader learned about the world was very focused due to Stratus’ first person narration, there seemed to be an underlying depth to the world-building that makes me look forward to the next book to discover more about it.
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