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Roil (The Nightbound Land, #1) [Digital]

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  • Digital
  • ISBN-10: 085766185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857661852
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through The premise was very intriguing and I was excited to read the book. It was an incredibly creative world, that followed some interesting characters through a dark steampunk adventure. This book is the first in a series called The Nightbound Lands.

Margaret is the daughter of some famous scientists, when her home town falls to the Roil she is forced to flee through the Roil and try to find a way to help stop the Roil's expansion. David is a drug addict who is on the run from political enemies of his father; he meets up with an Old Man named Cadell and is suddenly forced to follow the Old Man into battles he doesn't want to be part of and into more danger than he can bear. All of the characters are fighting to survive the spread of the Roil which is expanding at increased speed.

Jamieson has created an incredibly interesting and complex world in this book. It is one of the most interesting worlds I have ever read about. The world is being taken over by the Roil; think of it kind of as The Nothing in The Neverending Story, but rather than being full of nothing it is a huge hot darkness full of nightmarish creatures. The surviving world is grouped into metropolises that survive by fighting with cold weapons and technology. The story has a steampunk overtone at times; Margaret's city runs off of steam powered things and there are dirigibles.

In this incredibly complex world is, of course, complex politics. You have the group that David's father belongs to which seem to be working with the four thousand year old, Old Man...kind of. You have the Vergers and the Drifters all trying to survive and reign supreme.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review from [...] October 11, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The concept behind this book is a fascinating one, in which darkness is slowly taking over the world and transforming everything within it to something foul and violent and, in some places, genuinely creepy. The dead walk. Tiny moths flutter in your eyes and mouth and take over your brain so that you become a sentient extension of the Roil itself. And the shrinking pockets of humanity have to do their best to survive the Roil while also surviving all the other problems inherent with corrupt politicians and drugs and violence and all the other worldly vices.

A fascinating concept indeed. It's regretful, then, that I found this book falling short of what I saw as its initial potential.

This book mostly suffers from a lack of descriptive consistency. Some things are beautifully described, and there's no doubt of what characters are seeing, feeling, doing. Other things are glossed over. And I'm not talking about small things, either. The only clear picture I have of any of the Roil creatures is the Vermatisaur, and that thing appeared for about 5 pages. Things that appeared more often had brief descriptions of how they moved, how a part of their body looked, but nothing that could bring it all together in my mind.

The world of Shale and its history felt similarly. It felt like this was a book of hints, glimpses of some deeper story that could have made the whole thing so much richer if they'd actually been elaborated on and expanded instead of just glossed over and passed by. While reading this, I felt uncomfortably like I must have missed something. A previous book, some necessary prequel that would have clarified half of the finer details mentioned here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked books 1 and 2 you will like number 3 October 24, 2011
By Books31
I had mixed feelings when I saw that Orbit wasn't releasing the third book in Trent Jamieson's Death series as its own novel, but was combining all of the books into an omnibus edition of all three books in the series. While it does allow new readers a chance to get into the series in one fell swoop, it does certainly offer a disincentive (in both the price and the size, considering many followers of the series would most likely own the previous two books already). But after thinking it over this size/cost impediment is insignificant when compared with the benefit of getting to read and enjoy the final book in the series.

If you couldn't tell in all that preamble, I thoroughly enjoyed the Business of Death series. I felt like the first book, acted almost as a prequel, establishing the characters and the story. The second book in the series, is really where the tires meets the road (if the road was the plot in this example, and the tires are the excitement, meat, and pace of the story). Finally in the third installment, Jamieson does a fantastic job dealing with the issues of both the first and second books in the series, as well introducing some new twists and turns that really surprised me.

I mention all of this in vague details because since this omnibus contains the entire series, I'm a tad unsure what I should include so as to not ruin the story in later books for readers. What I can mention though is that if you enjoy action, creative and interesting characters (especially Mr. D and Wal), and a book jam packed with twists and sabotage then this is the book for you.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked the first novel, the second was pretty good, but I just couldn't get through the third one.
Published 6 months ago by Kimberly E. Dougherty
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real page Turner!!
I couldn't wait for the next book. Brilliantly written.
Published 7 months ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
This was a good solid read. I liked that all 3 books were together, though each could be read stand alone. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly entertaining novel.
The Dark Bound Lands: Roil, written by Trent Jamieson, wonderfully creates a steampunk/fantasy hybrid setting in which the story plays out. Read more
Published on November 4, 2012 by Jasper Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Roil - imaginative but exhausting grimdark
Originally reviewed here [...]

This book is brutal, very dark, almost unremittingly so. Even the best of the grimdark genre needs moments of light or hope, though, or... Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Ms. Caitlin B. Blanchard
5.0 out of 5 stars No reader hand holding here
This is a complex, interesting story. Think mid-apocalyptic dystopia, with lovely tantalizing bits of steampunk. Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by Cheryl Souza
5.0 out of 5 stars A dancer macabre
Roil is the first book in a duology to be released by Angry Robot books, the second will be called Nights Engines.

A dancer, macabre. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Sean the Bookonaut
5.0 out of 5 stars From loser to hero
I have a special affection for The Death Works series. It was Trent's books that got me into this book reviewing gig. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by Sean the Bookonaut
3.0 out of 5 stars "Roil" it worth the Toil?
A Review by Loren Foster
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Title: Roil
Author: Trent Jamieson
Publisher: Angry Robot
Pub Date: August,... Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by shadolrds
4.0 out of 5 stars A bittersweet ending to the series
This book actually contains all three volumes of the deathworks series Managing Death (Death Works)& Death Most Definite (Death Works) , but this is the only place you'll find... Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by K. Maxwell
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