Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex) Paperback – Unabridged, 1 May 2009
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Flavorsome, original and leavened with a fierce sense of humor. Kirkus Reviews
"Flavorsome, original and leavened with a fierce sense of humor."--Kirkus Reviews
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Volume 2 of 'The Deepgate Codex' takes us back into an amazingly colourful fantasy world where surprise and danger wait around every cornerSee all Product description
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In this book we are introduced to more of Ayen's children; brothers of Ulcis, including Cospinol and Hasp, and we are introduced also to King Menoa, who uses the resources available to him in Hell for his own ghastly purposes.
This book takes us to new places in this brilliantly imagined world, and we meet new people and types of beings that must come from an imagination that I cannot begin to plumb the depths of. Alan Campbell's mind must be a maelstrom of fevered imaginings, and thank goodness we get to see the fruits of some of them on the pages of these wonderful books. I would like to see some maps of the places in the books, it would make some of the distances and perspectives more readily graspable. But maybe that's the point?
I cannot wait to get to the third book in this trilogy, yet am reluctant for it all to end. Nevertheless, I must know where (in Hell?) the story could possibly head to next. Totally recommended!
This time round the story follows the further adventures of Dill after he was killed in the first book (yeah, the story is that bizarre) along with some new characters, and gods. Nearly everybody who was in the first book fails to re-appear, or if they do it's a walk-on part. I wanted to enjoy this change of direction as middle volumes of fantasy trilogies are often weak as you can usually predict everything that'll happen. Finding a book that contains nothing I expected was therefore interesting, but sadly what replaces the intriguing and involving life in Deepgate is a slight tale involving big battles, plodding quests, powerful gods, and a weird world where anything can happen. Worse, for me anyhow, a huge chunk of the story is set in Hell. Hundreds of pages devoted to describing bizarre types of existence left me cold. Added to that god-like beings feature heavily and that's not my thing. In fantasy I like to read about real people with only the occasional interlude from a god, rather than the other way round.
There's plenty of interesting imagery. For instance the god who dominates the early sections with his massive fog-bound airship and chained champion is a glorious vision, but he doesn't do anything. With the first book, having provided the chained city over Hell, the story then does something with the creation, but not here. It's a world where death has no meaning and people can transform into anything, so it's hard to get involved in anybody's plight or problems. And not knowing what's at stake and where the story is heading doesn't help to generate any tension. Scenes come over as being invention for the sake of invention. Occasionally there are great moments such as a meeting with the infamous Soft Men, something that was worth more than the couple of pages devoted to it. But time and again I felt there was an interesting story going on somewhere in this universe, but unfortunately it was happening elsewhere and the story that appears on the pages wasn't it.
Sadly, although the final section creates an intriguing situation, the journey to get there was a slog to wade through. I hope that in future the author devotes as much time to creating an involving story as he does on dreaming up original imagery. As it is, I'm not sure I'll read the final book now.
I was enthralled with his first: 'Scar Night' (see my Review for that title) and was eager to read the Sequel. Though I didn't quite finish this (though by only a few pages) I truly enjoyed what I read, and just believe, as always, that Sequels have to be a bit 'drawn out' to make it through to the end - and so this is no reflection on the actual writing, or style.
With the Chapter 'Cinderbark Wood' - this novel really comes into its own. This was extremely imaginative, and is what the novel really needed after it had left the city 'Deep Gate' behind in the last book. I really missed that 'City Of Chains' this time around. Even to this day; whenever I see 'Scar Night' sitting on the shelves, I have to pick it up and read the first page and am constantly reminded of how much I enjoyed it, and still feel I would be in for a good read! (must read it again one day!) Not having quite made it to the end this time though, I am unsure whether or not I shall purchase the third (and I think final) in the series. If I do, then it will probably be because I will either come back to this and finish it, or start it and re-read the whole thing again. (Readers might also find this title a little 'darker' still than the previous title!)
I'm so often deeply disappointed with Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction, but Alan's true imaginative narrative really excels and is quite amazing, and has given me new hopes in the genre!
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