Thursday, 20 October 2016

FANTASY REVIEW: The God Fragments 1: Stranger of Tempest - Tom Lloyd

Release Date: 16/06/16
Publisher:  Gollancz


Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Shattered Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent's principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he's not forced to rely on others or kill without cause. Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won't turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he's met over the years. So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine.


Tom for me is an author that I've loved for quite some time. His world building is impeccable, the cities populated with diverse cultures, cracking prose and all bound together with an arc that picks you up from the very beginning not letting go until the final page.

Add to this dialogue that works well, and perhaps best of all, characters, both principle and supporting, that you want to spend time with really makes it something special. All round a cracking title and one that I've absolutely adored. Can't wait to see whats next in the God Fragments series.

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