The Grim Company Review by James Mc Stravick

9781781852125.jpgThe Grim Company by Luke Skull – First in an epic, gritty trilogy from the hottest new voice in British fantasy. 

It is a time of darkness. The last magic of the dead gods is on the wane. Demons and half-formed monsters plague the land as the final barriers between the realms begin to fail. The jealous Magelords of three great cities sit in their towers of stone and brood over the scant power that remains… 

It is not a time of heroes. Their songs are long forgotten, their deeds go unwritten. 

But, even now, some few still nurse a spark of hope, an unlikely fellowship, united against the tyranny of their immortal overlords – THE GRIM COMPANY.

The Grim Company has become one of my favourite reads of this year so far. It can easily be described as the type of book once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down.

I usually take a bit of time to read a book as I also spend a lot of my time gaming or watching TV, but within reading the first few chapters I was hooked and I continually found myself saying just one more chapter. This is helped by the fact that most chapters are only 10 or so pages long so not do not feel guilty by reading another it also allows you to read it sporadically if you don’t have a lot of time to read.

When you step into this books world you will find yourself engrossed and intrigued by each character. I believe the characterisation in this book is one of the strongest areas as you find yourself wanting to know more and more about each one. I love reading books that have multiple POV’s and sometimes I find chapters can be heavily centred around one character to the point you are wanting to hurry up and finish the chapter so you can get on to the next person. But this is something Luke Scull doesn’t do as you can be in the middle of a chapter and the character POV will be switched on the fly and I love this about the book. Not only does it leave you wanting more from other characters but it also helps quicken the pace of the book with long winded scenes as well.

When I first picked up the book and started reading about the world I was instantaneously transported to a world of great beauty and vast landscapes. The world building in this book is excellent as it provides just enough to help you imagine what the world is like and not give you so much detail where the world building becomes stagnant. One of my favourite world building moments was when the frozen tundra of the north was being described, it was one of the best world building moments I have ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading each about character and environment within that part of the world.

I have noticed increasingly amounts of people wanting more action in a book and this certainly delivers on the front. The battle scenes were a thing of pure beauty as they flowed like you imagine a true medieval battle scene would. These scenes left no detail unturned with regards to how each core character in that battle was feeling as well as how they were wounded.

This book is a thing of pure greatness and I think Luke Scull stands alongside other great authors within the genre such as Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and Anthony Ryan to name a few.

This book is an excellent start to the series and I am can’t wait to pick up the sequel. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes to read fantasy books especially those who love to read grimdark.

10/10 @jamesmcstravick

James was runner up in the giveaway, winning an exclusive Joe Hill preview of The Fireman.

For fans of Anthony Ryan I have a very special, signed & matching numbered set of his epic Raven’s Shadow Trilogy for sale.

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