Book Review: Salvation’s Fire by Justina Robson

Publishing Date: June 2018

Publisher: Solaris

ISBN: 9781781086087

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.2/5

Publisher’s Description: The Tzarkomen necromancers sacrificed a thousand women to create a Bride for the Kinslayer so he would spare them in the war. But the Kinslayer is dead and now the creation intended to ensure his eternal rule lies abandoned by its makers in the last place in the world that anyone would look for it. Which doesn’t prevent someone finding her by accident.

Review: We pick up where the last novel left off with a new author. Why they did this, I have no idea but it makes for an interesting take, right?

Well before we get into that, Dr. Catt, “Fishy”, Celestaine, Nedlam and all the rest are back to quest the shjt out of everything. In this case to find out why the Gods have left and to undo their inability to get back.

What we never get is a real cogent and specific why to anything. Like why would you want to bring the Gods back and why is there a convenient God enabling vehicle in the form of Lysandra and Kula suddenly a part of that skimpy picture? A bit too deus ex for me, but what the hay. This haphazard way of continuing a story line will wear you the fuk down to nothing. You will have to swallow so many plot holes that you will shjt chaos donuts.

What was really disappointing was that the characters were thinly developed and Celestaine’s crew were relegated to this sameness that saddled the novel with boring interludes. There are side quests for sure, but they seemed a contrived and additive part of the plot in order to showcase a new character or lend relevance to a thinly developed story line.

Adrian Tchaikovsky really should have continued this series and brought it to grander heights, but sadly was hijacked and killed by the publisher.

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