Lenk can barely keep control of his mismatched adventurer band at the best of times (Gariath the dragon man sees humans as little more than prey, Kataria the Shict despises most humans, and the humans in the band are little better). When they're not insulting each other's religions they're arguing about pay and conditions.
So when the ship they are travelling on is attacked by pirates things don't go very well. They go a whole lot worse when an invincible demon joins the fray. The demon steals the Tome of the Undergates - a manuscript that contains all you need to open the undergates. And whichever god you believe in you don't want the undergates open. On the other side are countless more invincible demons, the manifestation of all the evil of the gods, and they want out.
Full of razor-sharp wit, characters who leap off the page (and into trouble) and plunging the reader into a vivid world of adventure this is a fantasy that kicks off a series that could dominate the second decade of the century.
Mercenary Lenk and his assortment of damaged misfits have been hired to guard an overconfident priest and the Tome of the Undergates on their way across the sea. Fanatical Cragsmen attack, and no sooner have the pirates been dealt with than a far more deadly threat manifests: the adventurers discover that their greed has drawn them into a conflict over the fate of the world itself. This somewhat self-conscious debut is clearly intended as the first installment of a series, beginning in media res and ending with the promise of more adventures. The action features suitably violent escalation, and Lenk's unhappy companions all have their own gradually revealed tragic backgrounds. The overall effect is contrived, but there are enough hints of real talent to warrant interest in future books.
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I don't know what I expected
But this is well worth the £5 I paid for it.