The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands. The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.
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A very good and surprising first novel
- Joe Chad
Pretty bad, but not actively terrible
Interesting characters. Dialogue that's not just info dump. All the dialogue goes like this:
Character 1: We have to cross the sea.
Character 2: But nobody has crossed the sea in hundreds of years! As we all know the not-elves (wink-wink) did something and some other things happened so we're all very scared of doing that! I don't even know why I'm bringing it up!
No, it's just dull. The characters are all dull and one-dimensional. None of the characters will do anything that surprises or shocks you, you know, the way real people do. Let me reiterate that almost all of the dialogue is either terrible, or full of tedious background.
There's Fake Logen Ninefingers, who's the best character just by virtue of not being as awful as all the others. He's still boring, but at least he's not a terrible person. He just has no personality.
There's Fake Sand dan Glokta. He's a jerk to everybody but only because he hurts inside! Also he has some magic. He'll remind you, the reader, every second paragraph that he's in a wheelchair.
Then there's the dumb kid whose POV takes up too much of the book. He's in his 20s, but he acts, thinks, and talks like he's 13. And he's a relentless, insufferable narcissist. But we, and the other characters in the book, are supposed to be surprised that the female character (she's got a dark past, you guys) isn't interested in him, even though he's one of the most annoying characters in all of fiction. And he has no redeeming qualities at all. It takes him multiple minutes to decide to stop a guy from beating a woman to death; note this happens after his supposed moral awakening.
He's fine, I guess.
Mostly boredom. It wasn't quite bad enough to make me turn it off. It's just not good in any way, shape, or form. Scull is trying to be Joe Abercrombie, but he's just not, and so all the ways he rips off Joe Abercrombie just make you wish you were listening to The First Law Trilogy, or Best Served Cold, or the weather reports in Nova Scotia, or a stock ticker.
- Travis Lamkin