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- Publisher: BenGalley.com; 1 edition (January 24, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MHCBL83
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Grim Solace (The Chasing Graves Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Enough with the worldbuilding and the characters and all the get-to-know-you stuff… Now comes the heart of the story!
Usually we find a bit more character introspection in a second book. They can step back and maybe look in the mirror… Where have they been, where are they, where are they going? That sort of thing!
Isn’t The Empire Strikes Back the best Star Wars flick?
Now on to Grim Solace (Some minor spoilers if you haven’t read Chasing Graves):
Soul torture… Triggerbows… HAUNTING!! and some deadly ghouls…
Caltro continues his search for a way to dissolve his bond, yet he is tied up in the political upheaval in Araxes. At the end of book one, he has been kidnapped because of his expert lock-picking skills. The Widow is not happy about his and uses all her dark etiquette to get him back and make his kidnapper pay.
A couple new characters enter the scene, but my favorites are allowed to be fleshed out a bit more. Nilith dashes across the sands to return for vengeance. She drags her shade, the undead king… they squabble bitterly for much of the trip. This is a fun relationship to be a fly on the wall to witness. Temsa and Sisine and the deadly cult are in the city fighting over the economics of the indentured soul business, a stab at the Tals and Tors that will have them scared and restless.
My favorite new character: A bonded sword named Pointy… a wealth of information about the Empire (maybe a bit too much). He’s longwinded and bores Caltro to death (ha!), but it’s tough to be picky when you’re kidnapped and locked in a sarcophagus.
Nilith’s minor thread evens out with Caltro’s and they gallop side-by-side… Two outsiders who will play large roles in the upheaval of the capitol. I found all the things I like about sequels in Grim Solace: The establishment of the soul trade has evolved in an intricate play for power, and these two great characters have a chance to spend some quality time on the page by themselves to figure out their ultimate goals.
Boss Temsa, now Tor Temsa is still on his killing spree through the nobility of the city, taking their fortunes for himself as he goes. He would very much like to use the skills of Caltro as well.
Nilith is still crossing the Duneplains with the corpse of her husband in tow, trying desperately to reach Araxes and the Nyxwater well to bind his soul before her time runs out.
And Sisine, the Empress-in-waiting is still trying her very best to undermine the council and take the throne of Araxes, since her father the Emperor won’t come out of his sanctuary.
This was a great continuation of the story! This isn’t an especially long novel, but all the same I have so much stuff highlighted, because Caltro is snarky AF, and he makes me laugh. In this volume he finds a talking sword, whom he calls ‘Pointy’ and the banter between the two of them is often chuckle-worthy as well. This is very often a dark novel, with plenty of murder and massacre and what have you, but having a character that I can cheer for who is sort of a bystander to it all made it easy for me to latch on to the story without getting overwhelmed by grimness.
Things are definitely coming to a head, with both Temsa killing off nobles, and Sisine actively plotting. Caltro finds himself in the middle of everything, getting passed around from noble to noble criminal to criminal who all hope to use his skills to their advantage. The plot twists and turns while we see all of this unfold, and I definitely had a hard time putting this one down to do things like sleep and eat. I was perfectly content to snuggle down into a beanbag chair and read this one over a weekend.
I am glad that this series was released very, very close together because these really are the type of books that I clamor for the next in the series right after the previous one ends. Ben Galley has amazing skill for writing compelling characters in compelling worlds. The city of Araxes, with all its crime and scumminess, as well as the Duneplains, with their never ending heat were very easy to visualize.
So, all told, this was a fantastic book full of snark, ghosts, thievery, stabby stabbing, a random orgy, a desert chase, and a foul mouthed falcon. I definitely hope to get started on book 3 as soon as I can, because I can’t wait to see how this story ends!
Ben Galley becomes my go-to dark-fantasy author. His books are compulsively readable, dark, surprising, but also funny in places.
Grim Solace complicates things for all characters, especially for Nilith. We learn more about her goals and her dysfunctional marriage with Farazar.
Caltro’s darkly-humorous voice entertains, but don’t let it fool you, his story is probably the darkest one. We just don’t feel it thanks to his unique narration. Also, Caltro gets some mind-blowing upgrades and I can’t wait to see them thoroughly explored in the last book of the series.
A great, imaginative sequel that blends dark story with humour and distinct characterisation. Highly recommended.
It delves into the politics of the city, of the investigators and of the Cult.
All of the characters introduced in the first book, along with Heles, who is charged with investigating the recent murdered nobles.
I won't go into the actual plot to avoid spoilers, but if you enjoyed the first book you will absolutely love this one.
Except the ending. I hate that I have to wait to find out how it all ends!
Top international reviews
Really enjoyable and gripping with the different characters personalities and perspectives, already bought most other books from the author just on this one alone.
Looking forward to it already, though maybe this time I may try and stick to a better sleep pattern...