To celebrate the UK release of John Gwynne’s awesome third book, Ruin, I’m giving away one signed hardback copy of the novel courtesy of the good folks at Tor Books.
Ruin follows Malice and Valour, two novels that have tasted success at the Legend Awards, with Malice winning the best debut award and Valour on the shortlist for this year’s best novel award. That award will be presented on August 8th, so good luck to John on the night. For more on Ruin, and the rest of the series, visit John’s site here or Goodreads here.
Ruin, by John Gwynne
To be in the mix to win a signed copy of Ruin, all you have to do is answer the easy question below:
In which fantasy series is Ruin the third book?
a) The Memory of Flames
b) Shadows of the Apt
c) The Faithful and the Fallen
Send your answer along with your name to dominish.reviews[at]gmail.com to be received by midnight GMT on Saturday August 8th 2015. I’ll select the winner from the correct answers and email you for your postal address if you are the lucky one.
I’ll announce the winner on Sunday 9th August, the day after the 2015 Legend Awards are presented. Good luck!
Rise of Empire, Riyria Revelations #2 by Michael J Sullivan
Rise of Empire is the second omnibus edition in Michael J Sullivan’s Riyria Revolutions, and while not quite as good as the first, it’s still a rollicking good read. The two books contained within, Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm are less alike than the two in Theft of Swords and while this is welcome, I did find The Emerald Storm to be less enjoyable. This part of the book is set largely on a ship and for me, whether tied to this restriction of exploration or otherwise, it just didn’t seem to have the usual Sullivan pace.
As before, the main draw of Rise of Empire is the relationship between the two leads, Royce and Hadrian. With the creative escapes from whatever situation these two find themselves in, the majority of the book is really easy reading and the banter as natural as ever. With Royce and Hadrian there’s always some part of their interesting history mentioned in passing and there’s some big clues here that help build the excitement for the prequel novels that came along later. This is a book with quick wit and quick pacing that makes me just want to keep reading on and on.
Dominish rating: 87%
A Dance of Cloaks, Shadowdance #1 by David Dalglish
David Dalglish’s A Dance of Cloaks is the opening of another series that explores the dark underworld of a fantasy city and attempts to make heroes of the usual bad guys. While on the one hand this gives license for the characters to perform all manner of atrocities, it also looks at the internal conflict they face and the dreams of redemption harboured by some. It’s the story of Aaron Felhorn, a young man with an impressive set of skills and a conscience not really suited to the life his crimelord father wants for him.
The book’s prologue sets a bloody tone, with the viciousness of father and son showing through from the start, and at times it’s easy to forget how young Aaron is. The action builds and the pages turn quickly as Aaron takes on older, more experienced opponents and these fight scenes are well written, helping to make this an enjoyable novel. With a few tweaks here and there, this could be a cracking opening book for the series. It’s a good read, but in a market saturated with books of thieves and assassins, there’s just not enough about this one to set it above the others.
Dominish rating: 71%