The Grim Company by Luke Scull.
This was sent to me last Wednesday and as my earlier blog states, this was my first to read from those nice people at Head of Zeus. I heard good reports about the author and as the next book is due in 2014, and with Head of Zeus sending me the first book, I read it.
The book starts with reference to a mighty sea battle (no spoilers), it then introduces via the few initial chapters all the key figures in the book. The main character Davarus Cole is desperate to be regarded as a hero, often going out of his way and getting into trouble so as to prove his heroism (no spoilers). This starts a chain of events which will lead to various battles and massacres. Yes, massacres. This book is no slouch in the violence department. The bad language (not that much) could limit the audience of this title as young adults should NOT read this book but, it all goes with the characters whatever bad language is used. Often funny (see Half-Mage), and often devastating in detail when describing the fighting scenes. This book also allows us to see the World created by Luke Scull which I found myself immersed into from the first chapter. For two nights I found myself awake till 2 am reading it as I needed to find out what happened next! The only problem I have now is waiting until book 2 is released so as to find out about Sasha's saviour (no spoiler) and also the situation with a few certain characters.
All in all, a great debut for Luke Scull.
8 out of 10
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