Publishing Date: July 2018
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publisher’s Description: After ten years on the run, dodging daemons and debt, reviled magician Edrin Walker returns home to avenge the brutal murder of his friend. Lynas had uncovered a terrible secret, something that threatened to devour the entire city. He tried to warn the Arcanum, the sorcerers who rule the city. He failed. Lynas was skinned alive and Walker felt every cut. Now nothing will stop him from finding the murderer.
Review: I am really surprised that there are not more reviews on this work. As the author was kind enough to send me a copy, I thought a considered review in return was the least I could do.
One reviewer thought that the action was favored in lieu of character development. Following the story line, the author did a very fine job infusing the characters’ growth with the movement. Although Edrin is set in his ways (as he is a grown-ass man) he continues to surprise and morph into someone that elevates others above self. He begins to look at the grande picture rather than opt for myopic inversion, as evidenced by his internal struggles.
As Lynas bears his conscience, so does Charra help guide his life choices. They are fairly static in representation yet help build Edrin’s character without the overbearing cost. I like the author’s intent to replace these two with Layla in subsequent novels. A blending of both by dint of birth.
“The Broken God” already beckons me on, so get this for the creativeness of the story line and the vibrant characterization.