Having just posted my review of this book, it has somehow been deleted and as I have already given my copy away there will be no First Sentence OR Memorable Moment. TT
SHADOWFALL by JAMES CLEMENS.
AMAZON.CO.UK BLURB: Four thousand years ago, a great war took place among the gods, which shattered their heavenly realm. This Sundering created the land of Myrillia, where near-invincible gods live amongst men.
Yet the weapon that fashioned the Sundering may also strike down the immortals, as failed Shadowknight Tylar discovers. He witnesses the death of a god, whose blood heals his deformities but brands him a Godslayer and a hunted criminal.
Tylar flees with now god-like powers, seeking to avenge the god's death and clear his name. He must ultimately confront the greatest god of all and face the supreme treachery ...
MY THOUGHTS: OK, so reviewed a while after I've read the book but, despite a page of notes, most of the characters and plot of Shadowfall have largely passed me by - not a memorable read then and obviously the reason for my 'I did not like it' rating.
Set in a world populated by Gods and mere mortals - none of whose names I can remember though I do recall a crippled Shadowknight, an orphan become handmaiden (Dart?) and a thief - many of whom are 'hands' to the various Gods. Gods who are magical, made all powerful by their bodily fluids no less.
Ah yes, the humours. Obviously integral to the plot, original (as a plot device in a sci-fi novel that is, it is of course nothing new in ancient medicine) and interesting I'll give the author that, BUT why oh why the constant mention? The stench of the 'hand' whose job it is to collect one God's black bile (that's faeces to me and you), the 'hand' whose job it is to collect another God's semen.
A book I had started to read several times before but hadn't made beyond the first few chapters and the rather graphically described rape of a young girl. I finished it this time on the recommendation of a friend who swore it got better - Dart's(?) sort-of sort-of-not imaginary 'canine' companion aside, it didn't - and, of course, the fact that it fitted in well with a Reading Challenge.
Read for the ....
- 2016 Reading Challenge: 'A book I'd previously abandoned' category
- Kelly's Tome Challenge.