Thursday, 13 May 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Hell's Horizon - Darren Shan


The second volume in a noirish, gritty urban fantasy for adults from the bestselling author otherwise known as Darren Shan. The Cardinal is the City and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. When Al Jeery is seconded by The Cardinal from guard duties at Party Central to investigate the murder of a woman at a hotel he little suspects that the dead woman will turn out to be his girlfriend. Soon he is involved in a terrifying mystery that draws in the dead, the city's Incan forefathers, the imposing figure of The Cardinal himself, and the near-mythical assassin, Paucar Wami. Wami is a law unto himself, a shadowy, mysterious figure who can apparently kill anyone he chooses without fear of punishment or retribution. And Al is about to find out that he has a lot more in common with Wami than he could ever have imagined...


When people thought that they’d had a real ride of a journey with the first novel in this series by Darren, they’re not going to be prepared for the sheer energy as well as action exuded within. In fact its going to be so difficult for Darren to top this offering that I really don’t see how he can. The writing’s crisp, the prose beautiful but top this off with a top notch story arc alongside characters that just leap off the pages and you really have a novel that will keep you glued to the last page. A real treat and a series that will Shan more fans the world over.

1 comment:

Angela Addams said...

This sounds really cool!