Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy
Publication date: 8.15.2014
Recommended by: Quality Book Works, Read 2 Review
Date read: 11.15.2014
Summary: A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city's leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.
Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.
His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.
Can only evil defeat evil?
I won't lie - this is another one of those "Wow what a cover!" moments. I read the email, saw the cover, read the first few lines of the description ... and went on to take care of some other things, leaving the email in my inbox for a couple of hours. I could not get the cover out of my mind.
Having caught my attention in such a big way, I decided to give it a try. And I'm glad I did.
This story had me from the beginning - interesting, different and mysterious, with a fun adventure, a captivating mystery, and two quirky main characters who I really enjoyed reading about. The author did a great job with his descriptions and the book was well written. Even though it is listed as a dark fantasy and horror - and there are some dark parts - I like that the story didn't feel heavy.
The main character, Maldren, is my favorite. I don't know why, but he kind of reminds me of an old PI from the 30s and 40s. Maybe it was his smart-allick attitude. Not sure. But definitely an enjoyable read.
About the author:
Graeme is a writer of speculative fiction. He probably won't fall into existing pigeonholes, but hang around and you'll get to read tales of fantasy, science-fiction, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk and who knows what.
Born in England, Graeme now lives in San Diego, California. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, including the development of a dozen computer games for consoles, home computers and online. Graeme is also an avid armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with six crazy cats.