First I would like to say hoe excited and proud I am to be part of the Blackwing Blog Tour. I would also like to say thank you to Stevie at Gollancz for being kind enough to send me a copy in exchange for an honest and fair review as well as Ed for writing a bloody brilliant novel. For other stops on this very exciting book blog tour please check out the post at the end of this review.
Blackwing was written by Ed McDonald and was published on the 27th July 2017 (UK) and will be published in the US on the 3rd October 2017.
When it comes to fantasy books this was actually my first venture into adult fantasy and I definitely was not disappointed at all. This awesome book is the first instalment in an exciting and interesting new fantasy series.
The story centres on (official blurb): “Nothing in the misery lasts… Under a cracked and wailing sky, the misery is a vast and blighted expanse, created when the Engine, the most powerful weapon inthe world, was unleashed against the immortal Deep Kings. Across the wasteland, teeming with corrupted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies are still watching – and still waiting. Ryhalt Galharrow is no stranger to the misery. The bounty hunter journeys to a remote outpost, armed for killing both men and monsters, and searching for a mysterious noblewoman, he finds himself in the middle of a shocking attack by the Deep Kings, one that should not be possible. Only a fearsome show of power from the very woman he is seeking saves him. Once, long ago, he knew the woman well, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to unmake everything they had dear and end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he’s spilled and the gods he’s supposed to serve…”
I absolutely loved this book it had absolutely everything I could wish for in an adult fantasy book. This novel had brilliant world building and character development. The whole plot was both engrossing and unpredictable. Not only has Ed given us a fast-paced, well-written novel he has also given us so much more for example, a world full of magic, politics, war, creatures of the night, bad kings, villains, royalty, a secret order, feminism, conspiracy, etc. So there is definitely something for everyone within this book.
Blackwing is an outstanding debut and is most definitely a classic in the making. Not only does this novel have utterly captivating imagery but it also has kick ass female characters (Nenn and Ezabeth) that play major roles throughout. I love the fact that the characters within this novel are real in every sense i.e. mentally and physically scarred by their own life experinces. One individual in particular who also happens to be one of my favourite characters is Galharrow he such a beautifully broken charcter who is also utterly fascinating.
From the moment we’re born, the sands of our lives are draining through the hourglass. Living is the biggest steal we ever make, but nobody gets away with it.
Ed McDonald is most definitely an author to watch out for and I literally cannot wait until the second instalment of this bloody brilliant story. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone and everyone especially if you’re looking for a book that once you start reading you wonit want to put it down.
The edition was published by Gollancz (2017)
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