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Tales from Ashen Falls Kindle Edition
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Characters? Well, they're full of character, that's for sure. I believe some of them come from the main series and, as I imagine is the point, that intrigues me and makes me want to learn more about them; the doormen are funny and, had I inserted my own voices for them, not the narrators, I know I would like them all the more. They're my kind of funny, banter-filled grimdark 'ard-men. The namesake of the inn is also hilarious, a great character and it was a fantastical introduction to him. I think his embodiment was my favorite story of the collection!
The action was swift and to the point, which is how I like it. No drawn out fights that go on and on, just quick and brutal and no nonsense. Paul writes a good action scene which I imagine he does a lot more of in the series proper.
For those who are reading the main series, I imagine you will get a lot more out of this collection than I did, since I'm reading (listening to) the shorts first. However, they did intrigue me and make me want to find out more about the characters and place involved, it's history, politics and the strife that's going on.
Being overly sensitive to the narration aside, I still managed to enjoy Paul's characters and setting and am damned sure if I had read it, I would have given it a 4*, hence why I am going to do just that. It's not fair to lessen it for the narration, because that's my problem, not Paul's - or the narrators - but I wanted to be honest in my review as I received the Audio copy from Paul for an honest review. I hope he doesn't mind my level of honesty, especially when I say that I look forward to his other work, both present and future.
These stories carry a mixture of horror and humour with a fair dollop of blood and guts and some fast-paced zany fight scenes - but then what can you expect when a necromancer rocks up into town and the local elvish nightwatchman turns out to be a psycho killer? This book had several quirky ideas that I liked, including a magic system that ages those who use it and an enchanted throwing star that takes on a life of its own as it tries to decapitate our two (not so) heroic bouncers.
My one criticism would be that this book needs an editor to touch up the syntax here and there and to sort out the punctuation: I did have to re-read sentences a few times. I hope Lavender does this at some point, as I think his writing style is intended to be speedy and succinct and would certainly benefit from a second pair of eyes.
That aside, I thought this was an enjoyable read that manages to be light-hearted yet dark at the same time. Plus it's not often you see short stories or black comedy in the fantasy genre, so this was a good effort all around.
2. The Dove's Head Inn
3. Melress Investigates
4. The Scarecrow
Four perfectly formed short stories from the city of Ashen Falls. Featuring interconnecting earlier adventures of THE EIGHTH GOD characters Melress (a half elf Battle Mage), Pock and Cock - two bickering but deadly bouncers at the The Dove's Head Inn - as well as Battle Mages, Citywatch, Necromancers, Scarecrows... everything a growing reader needs.
A perfect introduction to Paul Lavender's writing and the world he has created. Short and bittersweet, they are well worth a look. Recommended
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