The David Gemmell Award-shortlisted author of Age of Iron returns with the final book in his West of West trilogy, in which a mismatched group of refugees must battle monsters, an unforgiving land and each other as they cross a continent to fulfil a prophecy
Battling across the Shining Mountains, the questers discover a land more terrifying and filled with more dangerous creatures than they could ever have imagined. The tentatively allied Wootah and Calnians must survive monster attacks, flash floods and tornadoes to uncover the secret of The Meadows. And then comes the hard part. To save themselves and everybody else they will travel west of west, deeper into danger, and do all that they can to defeat a goddess who has already killed all the other gods.
Praise for Angus Watson:
'Unflinchingly bloodthirsty and outrageously entertaining' Chris Brookmyre
'It simply grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go' Bibliosanctum
'Watson's tale is gore-soaked and profanity-laden - full of visceral combat and earthy humour' Publishers Weekly
'Would I read the next one? Yes, absolutely. Bring me my hammer, bring my beer, bring it on!' SF Crowsnest
'Fun and addictive' Fantasy Faction
Dark humor and a strong narrative voice are the high points of the violent, plodding epic fantasy that concludes Watson's West of West series (after The Land You Never Leave). Finn the Deep (formerly known as Finnbogi the Boggy) and the surviving members of his party, comprising the formerly feuding Wootah and Calnian tribes, trek through a hostile landscape to the Meadows, where a dark force is gathering. Finn tasks Sofi Tornado, a powerful warrior, with protecting young prophet Ottar the Moaner and his sister, Freydis the Annoying, from the monsters that attack them along the way, not knowing that the nefarious Warlock Queen wants to use Ottar as an agent of her apocalypse once they reach the Meadows. Watson competently reimagines an early North American landscape replete with magic and monsters, and draws from Norse myth to characterize the Viking-like Wootah. While Finn is a dynamic protagonist, other characters become indistinguishable and the many bloody battles blur with repetition, giving the quest the feeling of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign that drags on too long. Even dedicated series readers will be frustrated.