Thursday, 4 June 2015

FICTION REVIEW: Plague Times Trilogy 2: Death is a Welcome Guest - Louise Welsh

Release Date: 04/06/15
Publisher:  John Murray


The second instalment in the thrilling new Plague Times trilogy from the author of A Lovely Way to Burn. Magnus McFall was a comic on the brink of his big break when the world came to an end. Now, he is a man on the run and there is nothing to laugh about. Thrown into unwilling partnership with an escaped convict, Magnus flees the desolation of London to make the long journey north, clinging to his hope that the sickness has not reached his family on their remote Scottish island. He finds himself in a landscape fraught with danger, fighting for his place in a world ruled by men, like his fellow traveller Jeb - practical men who do not let pain or emotions interfere with getting the job done. This is a world with its own justice, and new rules. Where people, guns and food are currency. Where survival is everything. Death is a Welcome Guest defies you to put it down, and leaves you with questions that linger in the mind long after you read the last page.


The Sweats has returned and for me made this a cracking fictional title as the world as we know it descends into chaos. Wonderfully written this rich story takes the reader into a believable future where the darkness of mankind wars against those who are left as life is not only cheap but can be bought or sold by the strong.

All round it’s a cracking story and with the way that the author brings it over to the reader, quickly draws them into the world. The dialogue works wonderfully well but for me, the best part was the principle character, I loved the way that he was accessable for readers, the way that we’d all feel if the world changed as we know it and when added to the authors descriptive ability made this a hard to put down title. Magic.

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