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Sword of the North by Luke Scull is the sequel to The Grim Company and continues the grimdark fantasy tale of what happens after gods die and ancient races set their sights back on human lands. I haven’t been in the mood for grimdark (as made clear when I picked up a middle grade after setting this one down), but I know that as soon as I’m in the right mood again, I’ll be finishing Sword of the North.
Note: I received an advanced copy of Sword of the North from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Sword of the North by Luke Scull (Grim Company #2)
Published by Roc on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy
Page Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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As Davarus Cole and his former companions were quick to discover, the White Lady’s victorious liberation of Dorminia has not resulted in the freedom they once imagined. Anyone perceived as a threat has been seized and imprisoned—or exiled to darker regions—leaving the White Lady’s rule unchallenged and absolute. But the White Lady would be wiser not to spurn her former supporters: Eremul the Halfmage has learned of a race of immortals known as the Fade, and if he cannot convince the White Lady of their existence, all of humanity will be in danger.
Far to the north, Brodar Kayne and Jerek the Wolf continue their odyssey to the High Fangs only to find themselves caught in a war between a demon horde and their enemy of old, the Shaman. And in the wondrous city of Thelassa, Sasha must overcome demons of her own.
Because the Fade are coming…
How is the writing style?
The writing of Sword of the North is epic and, well, dark. It is written in third person but jumps between a number of different character point of views. Book one had a group of characters that are now separated, so we are seeing everyone’s different adventures that I assume will come back together eventually maybe.
General tone of the beginning
Sword of the North is very firmly in the grimdark fantasy category in that hemorrhoids are a favorite subject of one character and rape and lots of death occur pretty soon into the story. The tone is also hopeful though because evil gods have died and the country is trying to pull itself back up, though it sounds like an ancient race is likely to invade so that could be a problem….
Setting, genre, etc?
Sword of the North is definitely adult fantasy, shocker I know! But it is the kind of adult fantasy that I really don’t think even advanced teens should be reading without a serious conversation with guardians about hard issues >.>. Can dead gods be a subgenre of fantasy please?
- What are you talking about, I already finished it last night (~5 stars)
- Definitely going to be reading this next (~4 stars)
- Keeping and hoping to get back to (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)
I’m giving Sword of the North a 3.5 stars since I am not likely to read it literally next, but I will be reading it as the next grimdark fantasy as soon as I’m in the mood ;-). Seriously, if you like grimdark, this is a great series!
Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
Sword of the North by Luke Scull
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