A beautifully written tale of grimdark fantasy, with complex politics set in a brutal world.
“Our holy fire will chase all rats out of their roosts. We must armor our hearts with faith as we do our bodies with iron.”
The Price of Power is a slow burn, character driven, dark and epic fantasy. With a world steeped in history and lore, fascinating magic, terrifying villains (The Madness is a new favorite of mine) and characters you can relate to, if not eventually love. Michael Michel is on to something special here and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next.
A fascinating read for a number of reasons, with some dark and brutal content. This was an excellent book one.
While reading (and re-reading) Gunmetal Gods, book 1 in the Gunmetal Gods saga, I didn’t think the story could get any more compelling. Boy, was I wrong! Conqueror’s Blood takes everything that I loved about Book 1 and makes it even better.
A dark and foreboding picture painted from a mesmerising spectrum of greys that will invade your dreams and expand your mind.
This book is magical. Zamil did an amazing job sharing his experience and making the Middle Eastern culture understandable for someone who has little to no background in it. He dunks your head into the metaphorical water so you can’t do anything else but be fully immersed in this vivid, colorful world.
A Celtic-inspired fantasy and a great setup for the beginning of a series.
This is a book that will sit in a readers mind for a very long time. There are a number of people who Mr. Ardalan could be compared to, but I believe he has set a mark that makes him stand alone, a true defining moment. It is beautiful, it is jaw dropping, it is a book that will have many talking and thinking even after reading the final words. I eagerly await the second installment, though I will visit this world again with a reread, just so that I can once again become immersed in this beautifully dark world.
Solace Lost by Michael Sliter is a grimdark diamond in the rough that I’m surprised I don’t see more people talking about.
We Are The Dead is a dark, action packed ride. The action starts early and does not let up through the entire book. No one is safe and you can feel the terror and hopelessness seeping off of the pages. That emotion is prevalent and is evident in the lives of the characters as they attempt to secure their freedom. I found that the pages would fly, becoming totally immersed in the lives of the characters and their fight against their enemies. There are times that the violence or situation made me physically cringe, the description so well done
An Alliance of Enemies is a dark book that will make a person ponder on their actions in our own world. It tells a tale of dwarves and elves as their societies have merged since the war has ended. It shows a dark reality of how injustices are frequently doled out.