- File Size: 3789 KB
- Print Length: 201 pages
- Publisher: Sorcerer's Ship Press (May 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00V3KTSI6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,361,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Evil That Men Do - Part 3 of The Best of Men (Song of Ages Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The characters inhabit a world in which “the Exiled” have endured for eight thousand years and “psychology” is an ancient word. It is the captivating world of the Blood Rite, of petitions for grants from the royal court, of demons and fighting sorcerers (“not averse to using metal where magic had failed”) and of beasts (“Unless he’s killed, a dragon never dies”).
Jones is strong on scene and atmosphere. Witness his description of “the swelling plains”, desolate and abandoned beneath the Gotherian plateau. Or the market in Fletton-on-Marsh, the “fractious behaviour” of its scufflers, the piles of copper pots and the sprawling striped tent with “Weapons For Sale” (“heavy two-handed swords” and maces “of armour-crushing weight”, which “no one bought cheaply”).
The book contains a thousand lovely vignettes: the nuanced meaning of “Gothery cloth”; the smell of shadowy stables; the tethering of a seal with sail rope at Banya’s Harbour; a driftsman’s devastating loss of beasts he had captured (he “felt he had lost the world. His dream of another life had slipped through his fingers and nothing would be any good ever again”).
But it’s the high-drama events which give the book its grand thrust: the headlong pursuit and subsequent battle in the chapter entitled “Swords and Sorcery”; Miss Helen Travers’ erotic boldness in the hands of her tormentor; the ordeal of Zaras, “giver of pain” (“There was no avoiding the needle of his captor’s probing”); the slow, elaborate infusion of the Necromancer’s potent phial; an exhausting journey which “dragged on through the barren land”,
This has been my best reading of the year. I recommend it to anyone looking for fantasy both grand and rich.