Friday, 1 January 2016

FANTASY REVIEW: The Boy who Wept Blood - Den Patrick

Release Date: 08/10/15
Publisher: Gollancz


With his rich evocation of the Italian Renaissance-like realm of Landfall, his uniquely appealing way with flawed yet empathic characters and his ability to write gripping scenes of both action and subterfuge, Den Patrick has already established himself as a new favourite for fans of Scott Lynch and Robin Hobb alike.

Ten years have passed since the disappearence of Lucien and his protege, the young swordsman Dino, is struggling to live up to Lucien's legacy. Sworn to protect the silent queen Anea as she struggles to bring a new democracy to Demesne, Dino finds himself drawn into a deadly game of political intrigue as the aristocratic families of Landfall conspire to protect their privilege. Always ready to prove himself as a swordsman Dino is anguished to discover that in order to fulfil his vow he must become both spy and assassion.

And all the while the dark secret at the heart of Demesne is growing towards fulfilment.


The follow on book from Den in his Erebus series (the first being The Boy with the Porcelain Blade) and whilst I gave the previous book a solid review, I wasn’t enamoured enough to rate it any higher. However with a lot of the hard work done on the world building in the first, this title helps not only expand on character development but also gives additional dimensions to the authors work. Its well written, the action is crisp and all round I enjoyed this book way more and as such think its not only better than the first but also establishes a solid world for future outings for Den to twist and turn to his own devices. Cracking.

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