Blackwing

Blackwing

Book - 2017
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"Set on a post-apocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man's desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny... Hope, reason, humanity: the Misery breaks them all. Under its cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, the arcane remnant of a devastating war with the immortals known as the Deep Kings. The war ended nearly a century ago, and the enemy is kept at bay only by the existence of the Engine, a terrible weapon that protects the Misery's border. Across the corrupted no-man's-land teeming with twisted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies bide their time. Watching. Waiting. Bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow has breathed Misery dust for twenty bitter years. When he's ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault. Ezabeth is a shadow from Galharrow's grim past, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he's spilled or the gods he's supposed to serve.
Publisher: New York :, Ace,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399587795
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCD
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 21 cm

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alburke47 Mar 04, 2018

Wow! What took me so long to get around to reading this novel? It was stellar. However, it was also dark and gritty, with a great lead character whose nihilistic view for most of the book isn't for everyone. It is for me though.

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alburke47 Mar 04, 2018

Wow! What took me so long to get around to reading this novel? It was stellar. However, it was also dark and gritty, with a great lead character whose nihilistic view for most of the book isn't for everyone. It is for me though.

Ryhalt Galhallow is a Blackwing, essentially a member of the secret police in the dystopia in which the story is set, a land stuck between a rock and a hard place. Set (mostly) in a city on the edge of The Misery, a vast poisoned desert that is almost a character in its own right, the people live in fear of their enemies on the other side of The Misery, and of the people who run their own city. Galhallow is sent on a mission that sets him on the path of a twisty and turny plot that you may figure out little bits of, but not the big payoff.

The story is told from Galhallows POV, and we can definitely see the world, not just through his eyes, but through his thoughts and feelings too. The cast of characters are likable and believable, despite the fantasy setting, and you root for the Blackwing captain throughout, no matter how far he stoops.

There were some excellent debuts in fantasy last year, and Ed McDonald's is definitely among them, if not above them. Can I give it six stars?

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