This is a very satisfying story following an unlikely (half-Ork) hero and his new companions as they adventure to defeat a cunning and powerful wizard.
Michael McCloskey does a typically fantastic job of conveying a sense of adventure and imbuing his characters with enough depth that you care about each of them. Fight sequences are brutal and expertly described.
Characteristic of McCloskey, there are a few surprises in that characters you might expect to make it all the way, don't, while new characters join the fray late-on. Giving the impression that no character is 'safe', adding to the tension in the story and the sense that the heroes live in a truly unforgiving world.
If you like this, you'll also like the P.I.T and the Synchronicity series (SciFi) by the same author.
At times hilarious and touching novel about a Half Orc called Nergal that ends up as part of a group of your stereotypical 'good' adventurers. It charts his escapades as they end up on a quest. Prone to stealing anything that isn't nailed down his simple outlook is a nice contrast to the 'good' party members.
A couple of his murders had me laughing out loud with their brutal casualness. There's action, lots of it, and it isn't a novel that hangs about. I found however the characterisation of the Nergal to be the real gem, especially his dealings with the Priestess.
I'm going to take a look at other works by the author, but I hope that Nergal has another outing in print in the not too distant future.
This is my 1st ever review so hope I can do justice to this excellent book. I found it well written, amusing and touched upon my sense of adventure and humour on so many levels. Being an avid gamer (rpg's) meant this is exactly how I would imagine a half orc to think and behave. The pace of the story was just right and kept me turning the pages long past my bedtime until I had finished the book in the early hours. A joy to read, I eagarly await my next book from this author to arrive through the post anytime soon, Hell on a leash. Can't wait.
A one off book. Which I found a good read, I enjoyed how things that should be repulsive (blood and guts) was actually funny, thanks to a well though out character cast. I would of loved to have some more of their lives.
I found Slave of Chu Kutall to be a fun, well written journey following the footsteps of an unlikely hero. After all, whoever would have thought an Orc would manage to be something other than, well, Orkish. Okay, half-Orkish. But as a protganoist, Nergal works well, and Mr McLoskey has plenty of conflict to work with, both internal and external, which he uses to great affect. The book is filled with humour that adds to the story. Too often, humorous books are written with a string of jokes loosely held together by plot, but this book has a plot that is well thought out with the fun bits helping it along, especially when Nergal's natural instinct battles with his newfound role amongst human allies. All in all, I found this a great read and well worth the sheckles. More please!