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Wild's End Paperback – January 12, 2016
"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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Dan Abnett is a novelsit and award-winnig comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.
INJ Culbard is a cartoonist, inker, colorist, letterer, and British writer of comics
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In a small British town populated by anthropomorphic animals, the town drunks see a falling star and head through the woods to investigate. Retired military officer Clive Slipaway, a newcomer, attends a town meeting the next day. It’s interrupted by one of those drunks, who claims the town is being invaded. Clive decides to investigate, and what he and other townsfolk find is terrifying.
Clive is a quiet tactician whose past causes him deep pain. Susan is a reclusive writer with a sharp tongue. Gilbert is the town solicitor and a jolly busybody. Fawkes is a formerly drunk layabout called to action. You start to care about them, even knowing that Bad Things Will Happen. I’ve rarely felt such a building sense of dread while reading as in this first volume, especially in the nighttime scenes.
It's not just a genre mashup, though. It's actually a complex, well-told, and tremendously charming book. There's a lot of depth here, working as a foundation for humor, adventure, and tragedy. I have a difficult time categorizing the book, but the story is fantastic, the art is beautiful and perfectly fits the mood, and it's one of the most enjoyable books I've read in recent memory. I wholeheartedly recommend it.