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Abomination Paperback – July 29, 2015
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"A well-written debut that skillfully blends science fiction, historical fantasy, and spiritual themes...a tense, nail-biting ride." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Brutal, brilliant, and deeply compelling. An absolute must-read." ―Nerdist Podcast
"[This] novel about a medieval knight battling an unspeakable horror is getting tons of buzz." ―io9
"I enjoyed this book thoroughly, horror historical magic fun." ―Felicia Day
"Nothing can prepare you." ―Naomi Kyle
"Abomination is an unexpected love-hate/buddy picture fantasy tale with swordplay, knights, and magic―though one with a heaping helping of many-tentacled, acid-blood-filled, gut-chomping creatures. We'll take that sequel now." ―The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"Abomination is truly fantastic. It's everything I loved about The Name of the Wind and so much more." ―Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Terminator, Aliens, and The Walking Dead
"An epic blend of black magic, badass monsters, broadswords, and bloodshed." ―Nicole Perlman, cowriter of Guardians of the Galaxy
"Bloody, unapologetic fantasy―this is history twisted by the hands of a master storyteller." ―Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Zer0es
"Whitta has done an incredible job weaving together historical fiction, fantasy, and horror. This is a book that stays with you." ―Veronica Belmont, Sword & Laser podcast
"Dark. Scary. Magical. Monstrous. Abomination is my kind of wonderful." ―Adam Christopher, author of The Burning Dark
"It's a story where the reader travels to some very dark places that Whitta has created, with elements of horror, action and (thankfully) humor that keeps you turning pages until you get to the last one." ―Elliott Serrano, Geek to Me
"The one-time editor for the acclaimed gaming magazine PC GAMER, Whitta has carved a name out for himself with his sensational screenplay for The Book of Eli, overseeing Telltale Games' The Walking Dead game and writing a draft for Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, Whitta's debut novel, Abomination, takes the writer deep into the world of dark fantasy." ―Fangoria
"Abomination looks to place [Whitta] even more prominently on the must-read map." ―Daily Dead
"One of the biggest debut novels of the summer is Gary Whitta's Abomination." ―Dread Central
"If you're looking for a true escape―from real life and from the standard fantasy tropes―then look no further." ―Science Fiction Book Club
"Abomination is an immensely satisfying combination of everything we love about fantasy and horror but so rarely see together in the same book. I cannot recommend it highly enough and will definitely be keeping an eye to see what Whitta produces next." ―Charlie Hopkins, A Reading Machine
"Abomination is remarkable for more than just the words between its pages, but also its road to publication, via Inkshares, a new publisher who offer authors a unique way to engage with their audience." ―A Dribble of Ink
"With Abomination, Whitta offers up a well-written, concise, quick-moving Dark Ages historical-fantasy tale of honor, redemption, and fortitude laced with horror elements that’s perfect for today’s audiences." ―Geeks of Doom
"Abomination is tons of fun." ―Revolution SF
"The abominations themselves are brutal and absolutely horrifying, which is a good thing. They are really nightmare-inducing and I certainly wouldn’t want to come across one!" ―Vicarious Caytastrophe
"Whitta has woven a compelling tale of inner darkness and perseverance, and of betrayal and secrets, into a highly cinematic, visceral experience. It is wonderfully paced, with fantastic and vivid action. A thrilling read!" ―Elan Samuel, The Warbler
"Suspenseful, frightening, and gripping to the final line, Abomination is a modern masterpiece of fantasy/horror fusion." ―VGBlogger
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Whitta is playing with a lot of familiar devices here. Mythical history of England, Otherworldly horror, a reluctant hero thrust into a greater destiny, but it's indicative of his skill as a writer that not only do these devices feel fresh, there are frequent twists and turns of plot where a lesser writer would have sunk happily into competent recitation of tropes.
It's also wonderful to have a book that goes to Dark Places, and yet knows that you don't have to wallow in the unrelentingly bleak in order to convey that dread or fear to the reader. Additionally it's such a joy to read a strong, smart female lead who isn't reduced to being "bait" or a victim as is so often the case in Fantasy novels.
Highly recommend it!
She is a fierce young warrior, raised among an elite order of knights. Driven by a dark secret from her past, she defies her controlling father and set out on a dangerous quest to do what none before her ever have, hunt donw and kill an abomination, alone.
When a chance encounter sets these two against one another an incredible twist of fate will lead them toward a salvation they never thought possible – and prove that the power of love, mercy and forgiveness can shine a hopeful light even in history’s darkest age.
I was completely hooked within minutes of picking this up and despite intending to just initially read a sample I could not keep away and finished it in just a few sittings.
Gary Whitta has written an exciting and intimate story that has a staunchly heroic protagonist reminiscent of David Gemmell’s finest. He has teamed him with a wonderfully strong girl who kicks an absolute ton of ass but whose youth means she has much to learn about anger, resolve and revenge. These two characters and their story make up the majority of the book and it is beautifully small scale and local whilst also giving us a threat that could destroy the world, and magic that can summon foul monstrosities, create illusion, ward armour, track at great distance and more.
The battle and fight scenes are well written, fluid and easily imaginable, as is the often almost impossible task of helping us picture an ‘abomination’.Read more ›
I really wanted to like this book. I dig the approach to alternate history/fantasy where the novel has to fit into our pre-existing historical framework, and have some reason why the events of the book are not common knowledge in our world today. It’s an approach that Tim Powers has used to great effect, and he’s one of my favorite authors. So when I heard the book described as Lovecraft meets Game of Thrones meets Historical Fiction I was excited.
But I just found it boring. It felt like any other gritty, low-magic fantasy novel you’d buy for a quarter at a used bookstore, except that it took place in our world. The dialogue was unexceptional, the characters have already been done to death, the pace is glacial, and I just don’t have anything positive to say about it. I was so disinterested that whenever I finished a chapter I always looked for an excuse to do something else. I never wanted to read any more of it.
However, it’s not bad. I know that may sound contradictory, given what I just wrote, but I don’t have any strong criticism. While I found it boring, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. I’ve just read a lot of fantasy, and I find the book completely unremarkable. If you’re the type of person who looks forward to reading the latest R.A. Salvatore novel, or wants their generic fantasy novels darker, than this may be the book for you. I'm not trying to be condescending, this book just didn't do anything for me. Your mileage may vary.
NOTE: I got an advance copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I would have liked to see how becoming this beast, how the years of solitude, how committing suicide a bazillion times would have affected his psyche, because most would lose their minds completely, and a few would be scarred for life. He exhibited neither.
Other characters were bland and had little depth. His daughter was just some rebellious girl who can fight like a pro even against hardened bandits. Ridiculous.
The priest was meh. Just in the plot to provide answers to the arcane points of the novel.
The friend/villain was another dull character. No depth, just some guy who became a lord, knew the main character in the old days, then became some domineering father figure hellbent on destroying all the abominations for no reason really.
Also, introduction of the novel made it seem like the reader would get something of the world, but this novel was really shortsighted. Besides some war with some Northern enemy (enemies always come from the north I tell ya), nothing is mentioned of the outside world. Surely nothing that would lead you to believe that the Dark Ages were a part of this novel or why all records were destroyed. The scrolls surely didn't contain all the knowledge of Europe! Just some arcane mutterings.
Anyway, the novel was well written and flowed smoothly which is more than I can say about half fantasy novels I read so it definitely deserves a full 3 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall it was a pretty good read. There were several spots where I thought it was going to end and was surprised with a new twist. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Rob S.
I loved this book. Good thing I had a 4 hour plane flight ahead! I didn't know what I was getting into, got this because it was recommended to me because of the books I usually... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Nucci
A good read and very different from the norm in this genre. A bit bloody, so if you are not into the gore, be warned.Published 14 days ago by B. Johnson
Loved the story. Very well done. On one hand I can't believe Gary has done so well. But I always loved his video game work and he's done a great job in his first novel effort. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith M. Kolmos
As someone who only knew Gary Whitta from his cameos on the technology podcast This Is Only A Test, I was pleasantly surprised to discover his career as a screenwriter, and even... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyler
A fun if simple fantasy story. Enjoyed the dark violence and creatures. Seems like a setup for a movie franchise more than really taking advantage of the endless possibilities of a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark
What an enthralling story. You can see Whitta's real life in the story. Lovely tribute to his own feelings of becoming a new father.Published 2 months ago by Christopher Quek
Slightly predictable but a pretty great fantasy horror story. Whitta writes with a very clear style so you're never lost in the plot or complicated fight scenes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lou M.
This was a really good read. It is a tightly comprised story that doesn't meander back and forth non-stop. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kyle