Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found. Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You'd struggle to find someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his. But then a missing child, murdered and horribly mutilated, is discovered in an alley. And then another. With a mind as sharp as a blade and an old but powerful friend in the city, he's the only man with a hope of finding the killer. If the killer doesn't find him first.
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Class Act you cannot miss.
This is good. Abercrombie good. Simon R Green good. Your hunger will regret the delay after you start. There is nothing more satisfying than new blood with flavour.
Hopefully the first of MANY
You can read a synopsis elsewhere, but by way of an overview of the experience of reading this novel, I am very impressed.
The lead character is morally ambiguous in a way we have come to love (think Dexter - we know he does bad things but he is a good guy - right?). He comes with a whole back-story set in an alien world that we can nonetheless relate to (think Game of Thrones - it's not here and now, some magic happens, but mostly it's familiar in a medieval way.
The characters cry out to be fully developed across a series. After a mere single, lonely novel I am gagging for more.
The story and plot left room for the reader to think between the lines rather than spelling out every last detail, and culminates in a shocking denouement that I really did not see coming.
I am going to buy the second book as soon as I finish this review!