Wow. This is easily one of the most brutal, fun, bizarre, brazen, and unique books I've ever read. All I have to add is, why did it take me so long to read it?!
Our favorite Bastards are back, now lead by Fetching, and are in a bad way. With the Kiln gone, the True Bastards (renamed from the Grey Bastards), fight starvation and terrifying threats, old and new. How will they survive? With grit and sheer determination, that's how!
I loved The Grey Bastards, and Jonathan French has done it again. This is a stellar second novel, terrifically unique and exciting. It moves at breakneck speed, with brutal action and epic battles. The worldbuilding just keeps getting richer, deeper, and more unique in this series—and you are in for some shocking, wonderful, and terrifying surprises.
French has dug deep with this one, creating connections to events and characters from the first book that I never saw coming, some of which I wouldn't even have thought possible, but he makes them work in the most amazing ways.
If you liked The Grey Bastards, you are going to lose your shit with this incredible follow-up. I sure did!
A wonderful story with very cool magic and great characters.
I've had this book for a long time and feel terrible for taking so long to read it. I really liked this. Great classic fantasy, and though there are dark aspects to it and great action sequences, it also feels like a comfort read to me. The protagonists and their allies are just really likeable, good people, trying to do the right thing in a world where blood magic threatens all and wielders of the Wefan are few and far between. Sit down and relax with this one, I don't think you'll regret it :)
This is one of my favorite reads in the last ten years! I really liked A Gathering of Ravens, the first book in this series, but Twilight is even better, in my humble opinion. Oden draws on multiple mythologies, though most heavily Norse, as well as Christianity, to create one of the most creative and compelling stories I've read in a very long time. An amazing tale of a clash between the old gods and the new. Dark, action-packed, with unique characters that will scare the shit our of you, but you can't help rooting for. Very highly recommended!
Fast action and great characters.
I looks like Brian McClellan had a lot of fun writing this, and I had just as much fun reading it. A welcome entry to the UF scene. A surprisingly fleshed out world for a short first novel. I would highly recommend this to fans of Butcher, Silvers, and Massey, and am looking forward to the next in the series.
Not only am I excited for my upcoming Ireland trip, I'm also thrilled to announce the programmers are allowing me to serve on a number of panels at each. WorldCon is also letting me deliver an academic paper!
Very much looking forward to hanging out with old author and reader friends, and meeting new ones :D
You can see my full schedule here. If you are attending, please don’t hesitate to say ‘hello.’