You die when you die....
You can't change your fate - so throw yourself into battle, because you'll end the day either a hero or drinking mead in the halls of the gods. That's what Finn's tribe believe. But Finn wants to live. When his settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe, Finn plus several friends and rivals must make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, and to survive, Finn will fight harder than he's ever fought before.
The David Gemmell Award-nominated author of Age of Iron returns with You Die When You Die - an epic fantasy adventure in which a mismatched group of refugees battle animals and monsters, determined assassins, an unforgiving land and each other as they cross a continent to fulfil a prophecy.
"Unflinchingly bloodthirsty and outrageously entertaining." (Christopher Brookmyre on Age of Iron)
"Would I read the next one? Yes, absolutely. Bring me my hammer, bring my beer, bring it on!" (SF Crowsnest on Age of Iron)
"It simply grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go." (BIBLIOSANCTUM, review for Age of Iron)
"A fun and addictive read." (Fantasy Faction on Age of Iron)
"Watson's tale is gore-soaked and profanity-laden - full of visceral combat and earthy humour, and laced with subtle magic." (Publishers Weekly on Age of Iron)
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Angus does it again!
I did not read the print version. Young kids, a growing career, etc. make it harder than it used to be to sit down and read print. So I pipe the audible book through my car speakers on the daily commute. And bask in the awesomeness of Angus Watson as he spins out another spellbinding tale!
You Die When You Die isn't directly comparable to any other books I've read. The closest author I can think of that leaves me feeling the same way would be Joe Abercrombie. The unpredictability of the storyline, the depth of the characters, the wild mix of fantasy and humor. It's a delicious goulash of wit, fantasy, rawness, and fun.
My imagination could not create the vast array of character voices and emotions that Sean Barrett brings to the stories. It's like sitting by a crackling fire as grandpa reads out a great yarn.
Angus Watson caught my attention immediately after reading his first book, Age of Iron. He creates these wonderfully complex characters that lack the superhuman features often found in other fantasy books. They have their strengths, don't get me wrong, but they also have their weaknesses. And sometimes, they get killed. It's the constant surprises that Angus throws at his readers that makes his books hard to put down. Villains show a sign of goodness, and heroes occasionally fail. You just don't know what's in the next box of chocolates you open. Other than you can count on a wonderfully complex story, with complex and creative characters, and many chuckles sprinkled throughout. Keep it up Angus!
I like it, more fun than other books.