Thursday, 26 February 2015

FANTASY REVIEW: The Iron Ghost - Jen Williams

Release Date: 26/02/15
Publisher:  Headline


From Jen Williams, author of highly-acclaimed fantasy debut THE COPPER PROMISE, comes a brand-new epic fantasy adventure in THE IRON GHOST. Beware the dawning of a new mage...Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services. When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin - retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But in a place twisted and haunted by ancient magic, with the most infamous mage of them all, Joah Demonsworn, making a reappearance, our heroes soon find themselves threatened by enemies on all sides, old and new. And in the frozen mountains, the stones are walking...


If you’re after something a little different that has some cracking twists, a good size cast and hidden agenda’s aplenty then you really should give this book, Jen’s second a go. It has all the things that made the first one stand out (great characters, some wonderful twists and of course a tale that gives fantasy readers what they want) alongside cracking pace and prose.

It’s a cracking addition to the Headline stable and for me, is making Jen a name to watch in the fantasy genre. After all, for me, whilst the first book announces the author to the audience, its always the second that demonstrates whether they were a one hit wonder of if they are able to cope with a professional writing schedule. All round this is a cracking outing and one that I feel will have many readers sitting up and paying attention. Magic.

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