The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

The Painted Man is a fantasy novel by newcomer Peter V Brett, which has taken over the world. And by that I mean almost literally, as a world map on Brett’s website shows the dozens of countries it’s now available from. I am always keen to discover new authors, however I’m also very wary of hype. The more insistent someone is that a book is the best thing ever, the more zealous and insistent they are about pushing a copy into my hands, the more nervous I get. I’m also less likely to read it, at first anyway. The Painted Man, and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (which I will review soon) were two that I knew about but felt reluctant to approach. I finally received a copy last Christmas and picked it up from my To Read pile in late January 2010. I finished it a few days later. Continue reading “The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett”

Prophets by S. Andrew Swann

Reviewed by Daniel Burton

S. Andrew Swann had me hooked before the last page of the prologue to Prophets. Mallory is a priest and former marine living a quiet life teaching at a university. Nicolai is outcast royalty, alone and disgraced on the anarchic world of Bakunin. Flynn is a societal reject because of his choice not to accept his culture’s norms. Tetsami is the ancestor that lives in Flynn’s mind. Parvi is the pilot and mercenary who is increasingly the pawn of events beyond her control. And all of them are about to find themselves at the mercy of a power greater than stars. Continue reading “Prophets by S. Andrew Swann”

Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

This is my first Alan Campbell book so I went in cold with no expectations or prior knowledge. After finishing the book I searched online and realised I was peripherally aware of the author and had heard of God of Clocks and Scar Night. Continue reading “Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell”

The Kings of Eternity by Eric Brown

Last year I read a half dozen books by Eric Brown, and he very quickly became one of my favourite authors. It wasn’t like I hadn’t read anything by him before, I had all of his Solaris releases up to that point, but after reading the final Bengal Station book, Cosmopath, in late 2009 I knew I had to track down some of his other work. Eric Brown is the kind of author that can write about very human traits, crafting his stories to deliver an emotional and personal experience. The fact that he writes SF is all the better, but he doesn’t force the ideas and technology on to you through his stories, and while they are an integral part to the plots they do not dominate them. It’s a style that is very successful, and goes to show just how skilled he is at telling a story. Continue reading “The Kings of Eternity by Eric Brown”

The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

Reviewed by Andy Venn

This story centres on Malian, the heir to the family of Night. She is trained to take over the family duty, to protect the world from the ancient enemy that lives beyond the Keep of Winds. But one night everything changes. Two heralds arrive with a message for the Earl and later that night the ancient enemy invades the keep from old and hidden passages. Malian is separated from the family and the guard and driven into the old passages where she hides with the help of a novice priest who has discovered that he has a talent for hiding. Eventually the Dark Swarm are driven back, with the help of a mystical weapon and Malian is recovered. But the attacks continue and Malian finds that she is developing powers that would preclude her from becoming head of the family and ruling at the Keep of Winds. In normal circumstances she would be required to go to the temple and have nothing to do with the Keep. But times have changed, and unbeknown to the Earl a decision is made that Malian must leave the Keep while she comes into her full power. Only then may she be able to defeat this ancient enemy. Continue reading “The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe”

The Scarab Path by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

The Scarab Path is the fifth in the Shadows of the Apt series and is the first book in a new chapter of the story. It is also very much the story of one character, who up to now, has been fairly adrift, pulled this way and that by events and was someone without any real purpose or goals. Perhaps that’s why until this book, Cheerwell (Che) Maker, has been my least favourite character. In some ways she is very much the everyman in this strange new world. Someone who at first is swept along by events she cannot avoid and once this realisation sinks in, she does try to help in her own unique way. Unfortunately, as is pointed out a couple of times in The Scarab Path, Che’s attempts to make things better often end with her being captured by the enemy and imprisoned, because she is a fairly ordinary person. Continue reading “The Scarab Path by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

Reviewed by Daniel Burton

Danny is an almost orphaned child raised in a family of magical adepts, while he himself lacks the skills and talents that set his family apart from humanity. Instead, he focuses on his academic studies, absorbing history, languages, and learning at a voracious rate. One day, almost by accident, that all changes when he realizes he unexpectedly inherits magical powers long thought to be lost from the world. This discovery is a death sentence in his family, and he does the only logical thing—he runs, narrowly escaping certain death. Continue reading “The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card”

Salute the Dark by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

This book marks the end of a significant chapter of the larger story, tying off a number of threads in a satisfying manner. There are still many to explore, and the cast of characters continues to grow as we continue to range further afield in the world with each new book. Continue reading “Salute the Dark by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

The Technician by Neal Asher

The Technician is Neal Asher’s latest novel and marks the completion of my resolution to get up to date on all of his releases. I’ve not done too badly, this being the fifth book of his I’ve got through since January, each being just as enjoyable as the previous one. I’m actually quite glad I’ve done it this way, especially as much of what happens in The Technician relates to the Cormac series, mainly the events in The Line of Polity which is set on the same planet. I thoroughly enjoyed completing the Cormac series and was eager to once again see what was happening in the Polity, but Neal didn’t meet my expectations. He exceeded them. Continue reading “The Technician by Neal Asher”

An Interview with John G Hemry (Jack Campbell)

Jim Black, one of the contributors here at Walker of Worlds, conducted an interview with author John G Hemry (author of the Lost Fleet series under the pen name of Jack Campbell) back in 2008 after the release of Courageous, the third Lost Fleet book, on his blog Science Fiction Times. He saw that I was looking forward to the UK releases of the series and asked if I wanted to post this interview – I jumped at the chance! It’s always great to read an interview with an author whose work I enjoy, and a big thanks to Jim for allowing me to re-post this along with his thoughts. Continue reading “An Interview with John G Hemry (Jack Campbell)”