Wednesday, 24 April 2013

FANTASY REVIEW: Steelhaven: Herald of the Storm - Richard Ford

Release Date: 25/04/13
Publisher:  Headline


Welcome to Steelhaven...

Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, this vast cityport on the southern coast has for years been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States.

But now a long shadow hangs over the city, in the form of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha. When his herald infiltrates the city, looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld, and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise, it could be the beginning of the end.


OK, you want some hard boiled fantasy that has a tough outlook, tougher characters and a world where only the fit survive where a bad day means that you may not have another. Well then, pick up this title by Richard Ford that offers all this and so much more.

Told from various characters point of view, it adds up to an epic new fantasy, which when added to each of their own psychological aspects really brings to life for the reader. They’re more than interesting, the really grab you and whilst the author has no problems with death it’s a tale that really will keep you guessing as each choice leads to consequences for those within.

Back this up with solid prose, great pace and of course a style that not only suits the epic fantasy genre but more than entices the reader to stay a while all round makes this a series to watch. Great stuff.

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