Monday, 23 November 2009

FANTASY REVIEW: Winter Song - Colin Harvey


The planet had fallen off the map. When Karl Altman's spaceship crashed, he had only one question: "HOW THE HELL DO I GET OUT OF HERE?" Rock-hard sci-fi adventure. No-one here gets out alive. When his spaceship crashes on an unknown and forgotten planet, scientist Karl Altman discovers himself hunted by an ancient race. The descendants of a Viking race have reverted to a savage culture of sacrifice, pillage and violence. When Karl falls in love with an outcast girl, he has only one goal: escape. But escape is a distant dream on this nightmare planet.


A book of multiple genres and one that I had a hard time placing review wise as it neatly fits into Sci-Fi as well as the fantasy genre. What makes this so enjoyable is how we get to look at society through the eyes of a stranger so as things are explained it’s not an info dump that so many authors are want to do these days. Its got a good bit of star building, a cracking set of world building but what Colin does well is his character interaction as well as growth as the cast within could each have taken centre stage in a story of their own. Its not fast paced but it is good solid fare and undoubtably goes to show the strength for of the portfolio that Angry Robot have built in their first year of release. If you want a different novel to the norm and one that will leave you satisfied at conclusion then this is definitely the book for you.

1 comment:

Selestial said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Colin at World*Con, and I've debated picking up his book ever since. Might have to add this one to the buy list :D