Kell’s Legend by Andy Remic

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

Kell’s Legend is dedicated to the memory of the late David Gemmell, the man who inspired Andy Remic to write fantasy. This book is undoubtedly an homage to Gemmell’s most famous character, Druss the Legend. The first story about Druss’s life, in the novel Legend, came towards the end of his life where he was an old man who had lived through many wars, buried countless friends and enemies and was unsuccessfully trying to settle into retirement. Kell shares many traits with Druss, as he too is an isolated old man who has seen better days, has arthritis in his joints and his only constant companion is a cursed, and possibly demon possessed, double bladed battle axe that made him infamous. Continue reading “Kell’s Legend by Andy Remic”

Messiah by S Andrew Swann

Reviewed by Daniel Burton

In Messiah, the third and final book in his Apotheosis Series, S. Andrew Swann has crafted a fitting end to the story of the fight against the alien AI Adam. The seeds of salvation from the worlds destroying nanobots under Adam’s control are seemingly unstoppable, and the rebels are cornered to the planet of Bakunin for one last “hail Mary” shot at survival, no pun intended. Continue reading “Messiah by S Andrew Swann”

An interview with Elspeth Cooper

Elspeth Cooper is a British fantasy author and her debut novel Songs of the Earth, book 1 of the Wild Hunt trilogy, is published on 16th June this year by Gollancz. Both Mark and I recently read an advanced copy and our reviews can be found here.

Elspeth very kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about her interest in the fantasy genre, her processes as a full time writer and her experiences as a debut author. Continue reading “An interview with Elspeth Cooper”

X-men – Nation X

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

This story takes place in the middle of a whole bunch of other X-men comics and it does help to know what’s going on in current continuity, although it’s not essential. So even though this is not a Gateway Comic by any stretch of the imagination, I wanted to review it because it does something we’ve been waiting for in comics for many years. The story has moved on and there’s no going back. I should point out this comic was not the first to do this and is not the only one. It used to be that in many comics, like episodes of early Star Trek TNG, the reset button was pressed and everything went back to normal. The phrase ‘nothing will ever be the same again’ was used so many times in comics it lost all meaning. However, in the last, maybe ten years or so, things have changed and have not gone back.

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Valiant, Relentless, and Victorious by Jack Campbell

I’ve really enjoyed reading The Lost Fleet novels by Jack Campbell (pen name of John G Hemry) and while I’ve reviewed the first three (Dauntless, Fearless, & Courageous) individually the series does have many similar themes that would see me repeating myself in reviews of the last three books. So I’m combining them and giving a general overview rather than a detailed synopsis. Be warned, there will be spoilers ahead…. Continue reading “Valiant, Relentless, and Victorious by Jack Campbell”

Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

This is a second book in a trilogy and I really enjoyed the first. So I approached this volume with great excitement and was really looking forward to it, but on the whole I thought it was uneven and I was disappointed at the end. Some spoilers for the first book will be included, so look away now if you don’t want to know. When Way of the Shadows ends, Kylar is setting off to live a new life with Elene and a surrogate daughter. Durzo is dead and Logan, the once and future king, is a prisoner in the worst place on earth and not likely to survive for more than a few days. But Kylar doesn’t know this, thinks his friend is dead, and therefore isn’t going to come and rescue him. As cliff-hangers go, it doesn’t get any better than that. Continue reading “Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks”

Secret Six: Danse Macabre

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

It probably seems a little odd to review what is actually the third trade paperback in a series without having covered the first two, but this will be a fairly general review of the overall series with only a few minor spoilers. As you might guess, I read quite a lot of comics every year and whenever a Secret Six trade arrives it quickly ends up on the top of my to read pile. Secret Six is one of the best kept secrets at DC comics and one of the most interesting, dark and funny series in a twisted way. Continue reading “Secret Six: Danse Macabre”

Kraken by China Miéville

Reviewed by Andy Venn

Someone has got into the Natural History Museum and removed a preserved giant squid. There are no traces of it. No evidence of how it was taken. But there is a squid shaped gap where it was yesterday evening. The police are investigating, but without any evidence what can they do? There now follows a ride through a London that no one could imagine. Poor Billy Harrow, the man who was, yesterday, preserving giant squids and other creatures, is thrown into this bizarre version of our capital city. He doesn’t want to be there and doesn’t understand any of it. He is bewildered and amazed, threatened, befriended, aided and lost. Continue reading “Kraken by China Miéville”

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

Brent Weeks is someone I came across on the internet from time to time in relation to new names in modern fantasy, but it was only last year that I picked up the first of his Night Angel trilogy. Weeks is also someone who obviously has a good sense of humour as he went head to head with English fantasy author Joe Abercrombie on a shared Borders blog which turned out to be entertaining and very funny. I’m sure they both earned some new readers from the whole thing. Continue reading “The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks”

Sweet Tooth Vol 2 by Jeff Lemire

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

Tom Jepperd is a tough man and a survivor. In the post apocalyptic world of Sweet Tooth, after the terrible plague that wiped out millions, he has all the skills you need and more importantly the will to act. But what kind of a man was he before all of this? In this second volume we find out about his background, his family and even his job, which was a bit of a surprise. Something is driving Jepperd and terrible events in his past come to light. He’s always had a fire in his belly, always been a scrapper, but there used to be more to the man than rage. Continue reading “Sweet Tooth Vol 2 by Jeff Lemire”