Monday, September 22, 2014

"Age of Iron" by Angus Watson



AGE OF IRON BY ANGUS WATSON

SERIES: Iron Age #1

PUBLISHER: Orbit
GENRE: Fantasy
SOURCE: Publisher
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

SUMMARY

Dug Sealskinner is a work-shy mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join—and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is war hammer; one small child and one unpredictable, highly trained warrioress with a lust for revenge that might get them all killed...

MY REVIEW

This book has been quite challenging for me. It's not my usual cup of tea, but both cover and blurb caught my attention too much not to try it. So off I went to live a different adventure...

I must say, the story, its characters and the writing were all very fascinating, but sometimes I needed a break from everything that was going on. It's not like the book lacks of action—on the contrary, there is plenty—but it's all too much blood and gore for me. Although I could see the point of using bloody scenes in such a story, I had to put the book down from time to time, and bring myself to pick it up again wasn't always an easy task. However, I reached the end and I have to give credits to the author not only for his writing skills, but also for having put together a great team of characters. Each of them has a different personality that makes them unique and all very interesting, you could say they are the real strength of the book.

If you're into Epic Fantasy with its dose of gruesome, I would suggest you to give this book a go. You could very well fall for the story and Watson's writing.

RATING: 3/5
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8 comments:

  1. It's not something I would have picked either. I'm not that much into fantasy...

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  2. Andrea @The Bookish Babe23 September 2014 at 03:29

    I admire your willingness to try something new! The blood and gore would likely be hard for me too. Thanks for the review!

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  3. Always good to step outside your norm and try something else even if it isn't totally for you. I think the gore would probably be hard for me too but it sounds great otherwise. Love when they really give a different voice to each of the characters.

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  4. I like trying new types of books, I read a ton of UF and PNR. Always nice to sprinkle in some different genres :)

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  5. I really like fantasy, but books such as this one are not those I could go on reading regularly.

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  6. Thanks, Andrea! It's not my fave cup of tea, but the story was fascinating and I have to say that the author has a great writing style. I'm glad I gave it a go!

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  7. I agree, sometimes we really need to try something new and see for ourselves if it's for us or not. I'm happy I read this because I was genuinely interested in the story, and I think those Epic Fantasy lovers could definitely appreciate it a lot.

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  8. I like that too, and I'm glad I did with this one. :)

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