The Grim Company, by Luke Scull
The Grim Company by Luke Scull was another of those “new to me” novels that I was quite looking forward to reading. The premise sounded reasonable, and it was another chance to start an exciting series from a new author. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to the promise and instead turned out to be one of those rare novels that I wasn’t able to finish. The Grim Company just couldn’t grab hold of my attention, no matter how hard it tried – nothing it could do could get me beyond half way through.
The characters were ok, but certainly not memorable, and parts of the plot were just too formulaic. It centred around a ragtag group of revolutionaries headed up (in terms of the storyline lead character at least) by a young lad with a destiny handed down by birth, and a magical blade at his side. They set off on a quest to overthrow the resident evil wizard after their base of operations is compromised, just after they meet some new barbarian friends in all too convenient fashion. It was like this book wanted me to get on board, but just wasn’t going to try very hard to persuade me.
Dominish rating: 48%