Sunday, 6 October 2013

FANTASY REVIEW: Stormdance 1: A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

Release Date: 08/10/13
Publisher:  Orbit


The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins ...they fear only one man. Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets. Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond poison, daggers and the iron rule of his father. Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences. Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power.


Another title picked up by Orbit that was originally self-published and if I’m being honest it’s a book that not only starts a series but does so in quite an epic way bringing a complex lead character to the fore who you’re never quite sure which way he’s going to go. I love that in a hero, the unpredictability, it means all bets are off and all round really gives the story an extra bite.

The prose is solid, the pace wonderful and when the action happens its quick, fast and to the point. It’s what you want in a title. Back that up with a cracking supporting cast alongside an inventive world and all round I was a very happy reader. Great stuff.

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