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Tome of the Undergates (The Aeons' Gate, Book 1) Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Praise for The Aeons' Gate and Sam Sykes:
"Holy freaking bottle rockets, people! This book ROCKS!"
-Elitist Book Reviews, on Tome of the Undergates
"Sam Sykes does blood and noise in the liveliest tradition of contemporary fantasy, with all the brash vigor of youth, and with a sly, penetrating sensitivity all his own. Not many writers can give you fireworks and subtlety at the same time like he can."
-Scott Lynch, author of The Lies of Locke Lamora
"If you like your fantasy dark and twisted . . . The Aeons' Gate is a series tailor-made for you."
"Recommend[ed] for people who enjoy fantasy with some dark humor, violence, and chaos."
-Night Owl Reviews (four stars)
"I do not wish Sam Sykes dead."
-John Scalzi, author of Redshirts
"Epic, crude, dark, silly, scary, violent, and surprisingly tender."
-Rob Will Review
About the Author
Sam Sykes is the author of the acclaimed The Aeons' Gate series, a vast and sprawling story of adventure, demons, madness and carnage. He lives in Arizona with two hounds in a small, drab apartment and has eaten at least one of every animal on earth. You can visit his website at www.samsykes.com.
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I don't think I'll be reading Black Halo. There's just not enough there to draw me in.
Final Verdict: I'd give this book two and a half stars if I could, but it only lets you rate the books in whole numbers.
I found out about this book on Gabaldon's website. It is on her methadone list (what to read while waiting for her next book to come out) Her list has several authors and books listed, and it does not mention that Sykes is her son (I found that out after I read Tome) The list also includes brief excepts from each book so you can get a feel for the voice of the book. For Tome, it was the 'raisins and curry' excerpt. Not what I would expect in the dialog of an epic fantasy- so I bought the book.
There was a lot of action in this book, but there was also a lot of humor, and great dialog. I felt the characters voices spoke naturally, and weren't forced. The story flowed easily, and for me that was what I was looking for. A good story to escape to at the end of the day.
While Sykes takes a number of aspects of his story from other well known and oft copied authors (most notably a huge nod to Lovecraft), his writing style transforms things into something uniquely his own, and makes them quite fun to read. Also...lots of references to butts. LOTS.
I will definitely be reading the next book in the series when it comes out.
Diana Gabaldon had given him a positive review. Most of the time I will not buy a book unless one of my favorite authors has endorsed it. I go to their websites, and check on their blogs and I've never bought a book I didn't like after using this method. So when I saw that Diana Gabaldon had give such a good review I decided to take a chance on it.
I was so Amazed by the characters in this book. Sam Sykes described them in a way they were so real, it was almost like you could feel them with you. The details in the descriptions are what's so very important. That's what leads my mind to enter the authors created world.
Buy the book, you'll feel yourself go right off into the authors world and pretty soon you'll be in a different world where exist sea monsters, ghosts and ancestors of species long 'almost' gone, and then you'll be sitting there drinking your coffee when all of a sudden you realize that you can take a breath and relax, because those arrows are not really coming at you, and those enemies with the swords dripping blood is not really dripping on your kitchen floor.
Action and camaraderie, and self-exploration and a common goal to save their world.
"It's all good" <-- my favorite saying.
So Be sure to buy both of Mr. Sykes books:
and if you by chance have never read one of the greatest Historical Fantasy Fiction Series of all time, then you Must get Diana Gabaldon Series, it's, well, it's just epic, truly epic.
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