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If you like Joe Abercrombie you'll like this.
on 14 March 2016
Dark and twisted.
The title and blurb make the book sound more heroic than it is, there is no real quest and fellowship here, the characters are varied and often unlikeable and the quest is of questionable importance.
This is very much in the style of Joe Abercrombie, the 2 old warriors and the godlike mages fell very familiar, but there is more than enough here to make it interesting in its own right.
The characters are an interesting mix, the main protagonist Cole is an irritating and arrogant fool for most of the book and we do get to see his personality change as the arrogance is literally beaten out of him, some of the other character are interesting too, the Supreme Augmentor is an unusually well drawn character for a bad guy, he is used to show that there is no simple good and evil here but that the mages inspire loyalty and believe in what they do.
The book does start slowly and the only real flaw is that Cole is annoying for the first half so his part of the plot is a bit weak.
The plot is good, there is plenty of misdirection, back stabbing and a few twists along the way and the ending is good, dark and complex with no clean victories for anyone.
The mages' war in the background and the history of killing the gods and breaking the world allows a lot of scope for future books.