Thursday, 6 September 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: The Corpse-Rat King - Lee Battersby

Release Date: 06/09/12


Marius dos Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers, is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead. The dead need a King - the King is God's representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are. Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do. Just as soon as he stops running.


Fantasy has always been a genre that I return to time and again, I get what I want whether it’s a hero vanquishing evil or an adventure with a group bent upon a specific task and sometimes, very rarely, I find something that’s very different to other titles out there.

Such is the case with Lee Battersby’s new title. It’s quirky, has a cracking lead Anti-Hero and to be honest is a book that whilst generating what readers love, also has time to poke fun at itself with the principle character giving the readers the same chain of thoughts that they’d perhaps come up with themselves in the characters situation.

Add to this some very tight prose, a wonderful sense of pace and an author who let the tale develop organically all the while whilst our hero seeks to deal with the enormous task that he’s been given. Finally add to the mix a title that was nigh impossible to put down and as a reader I was immensely satisfied and hope that Lee has more in mind for Marius. Just don’t expect to get up too early the next day if you started this very late.

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