Friday, 1 April 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: Sea of Ghosts - Alan Campbell

Release Date: 01/04/11


When the last of the Gravediggers, an elite imperial infiltration unit, are disbanded and hunted down by the emperor they once served, munitions expert Colonel Thomas Granger takes refuge in the unlikeliest of places. He becomes a jailer in Ethugra – a prison city of poison-flooded streets and gaols in which a million enemies of the empire are held captive. But when Granger takes possession of two new prisoners, he realises that he can’t escape his past so readily.

Ianthe is a young girl with an extraordinary psychic talent. A gift that makes her unique in a world held to ransom by the powerful Haurstaf – the sisterhood of telepaths who are all that stand between the Empire and the threat of the Unmer, the powerful civilization of entropic sorcerers and dragon-mounted warriors. In this war-torn land, she promises to make Granger an extremely wealthy man, if he can only keep her safe from harm.

This is what Granger is best at. But when other factions learn about Ianthe's unique ability, even Granger's skills of warfare are tested to their limits. While, Ianthe struggles to control the powers that are growing in ways no-one thought were possible. Another threat is surfacing: out there, beyond the bitter seas, an old and familiar enemy is rising – one who, if not stopped, will drown the world and all of humanity with it . .


Alan Campbell is definitely one of those authors that is not only inventive but unpredictable. Here in his latest offering, the reader is taken to a new world where the inhabitants sensing the end decided to be spiteful and poison the world to those who would come after. Definitely inventive, definitely a title that the reader will get behind and with a principle hero that the reader will just love to travel with makes this book a whole new beginning in the writing career of this author.

Add to this some great dialogue, a wonderfully colourful world to explore and a few deep dark twists that will keep you glued to the last page and its definitely one that will have you clamouring for the next instalment as soon as possible. Definitely a title to keep an eye out for as there’s nothing even close to it out there. Great stuff.

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