Friday, 15 October 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: City of Ruin - Mark Charan Newton

Release Date: 04/06/10


Villiren: a city of sin that is being torn apart from the inside. Hybrid creatures shamble through shadows and barely human gangs fight turf wars for control of the streets. Amidst this chaos, Commander Brynd Lathraea, commander of the Night Guard, must plan the defence of Viliren against a race that has broken through from some other realm and already slaughtered hundreds of thousands of the Empire's people. When a Night Guard soldier goes missing, Brynd requests help from the recently arrived Inqusitor Jeryd. He discovers this is not the only disappearance the streets of Villiren. It seems that a serial killer of the most horrific kind is on the loose, taking hundreds of people from their own homes. A killer that cannot possibly be human. The entire population of Villiren must unite to face an impossible surge of violent and unnatural enemies or the city will fall. But how can anyone save a city that is already a ruin?


Bursting onto the writing scene a little over a year ago this series by mark has impressed not only new readers but established fans with the sheer scope presented within this offering. It’s got intrigue, its got action but most of all its got an overall story arc that will grip you in the writers own indomitable style that really is going to take some beating.

Tor really have gotten themselves one hell of an author with this offering and if the rest of the series pans out with as much skill alongside progression as this title, it won’t be long before Mark is a name to set your standards by.

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