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Shale is in trouble - the creature-filled darkness known as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land, swallowing cities whole. Where once there were 12 metropolises, now only 4 remain.

It's up to a drug addict, an old man and a woman bent on revenge to try to save their city - and the world.

File Under: Fantasy [ End Of The World | The Darkness Approaches | Addiction | On T...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kwesi 章英狮
Today's weather was different because of the heavy rain last couple of weeks. It was hot and I need something to enjoy in a hot day and I thought reading science fiction or something related to desert might help me fulfill my day. Unfortunately, I end up eating in the nearby fast food while cursing myself because of my great disappointment. Hey, the weather changed again and it rain so heavy and I have to walk in the flood. My afternoon sucks and I can't sleep because of what happened.

If you rea...more
Stefan
The land of Shale is in trouble. The Roil, a wave of darkness filled with unnatural monsters, is sweeping across the continent, engulfing everything it encounters. Out of twelve cities, only four remain standing. Humanity is fighting back in every way it can, but internal divisions between political factions increase the chaos, and more and more it seems like the end is nigh. It’s up to a drug-addicted boy, a young woman out for revenge for the death of her parents, and a man who may be thousand...more
Ranting Dragon
http://www.rantingdragon.com/roil-the...


Roil is the impressive first installment in The Nightbound Land duology by Trent Jamieson, up-and-coming Australian author of the urban fantasy trilogy Death Works. Jamieson’s newest novel showcases a powerful imaginative streak, creating a darkly fascinating world and successfully combining elements of science fiction, fantasy, steampunk and horror.

Roil is an apocalyptic tale set in a world called Shale, which lies on the brink of destruction by a seeming...more
Marg K.
I would describe Roil as being equal parts steampunk sci-fi and fantasy adventure (minus the Victorian era garb & stuffiness). The story takes place in a wildly imaginative world filled with massive industrial cities, cut-throat politics, and a vast array of creatures both monstrous & fascinating.

The thing I loved about this book and which I thought was its strongest quality was the creative & robust world-building. It made me wish that I was a much better artist than I am, so that I...more
Justin
http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2...

Is steampunk the new vampire urban fantasy? I feel like there's been a huge outbreak of steampunk this year. I guess it makes sense as a natural out growth of the huge boom in urban fantasy. For the most part steampunk tends to be more familiar to people than second world fantasy or space opera with no connection to the "real world". It is traditionally set in a Victorian or Old West environment with historical elements that make sense to mainstream reader...more
Kara-karina
3.5/5
egalley thanks to Angry Robot

Interesting premise isn't it? And totally wrong.

I had to literally fight my way through the book. Don't get me wrong, - this is a good book, interesting, original, leaves plenty to work with for your imagination... But my God, would it have hurt to give us a little bit of prologue or some sort of world description instead of just throwing us into the deep end and let us swim or sink?

It took me 5 chapters to understand the structure. The quote in the beginning o...more
Ben Babcock
Back in Grade 7, we studied short stories and storytelling. We covered Freitag’s Pyramid: introduction, inciting force, rising action, crisis/climax, denouement, and resolution. We studied The Most Dangerous Game, and we listed the different types of conflict: man vs man, man vs himself, man vs nature, etc. It’s a simplistic way to analyze literature, but it does provide a good foundation to build upon in later years, once you have the ability to make more nuanced observations. I still remember...more
Vanessa
When David's father is killed before his eyes he believes his world is ending. Unfortunately, not only is David's personal world ending, it's also ending for everyone else: the Roil is coming.

Margaret is the only child of famous inventors. The Roil has laid siege to their city for thirty years, and it's through their inventiveness that the city survives. But their big experiment goes horribly wrong.

Cadell finds David alone on the street and saves him from a fate similar to his father's. Cadell i...more
Thoraiya
After reading some other reviews, I was a tad anxious that the alleged infodumps and character-switching would put me off Roil. What I actually found was the opposite.

The world of Shale was a world I might have dreamed, and then been unable to find the words - so I'm pleased that Jamieson found a way to pin it down. It all made perfect, poetic sense to me. Yes, the archetypes we all know and love are here, but they are beautifully done, in a Fellowship of the Ring meets Dune kind of way, with an...more
Loren Foster
A Review by Loren Foster
Originally posted at Netgalley.com
10/06/11

Title: Roil
Author: Trent Jamieson
Publisher: Angry Robot
Pub Date: August, 30, 2011
ISBN: 9780857661845

Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $7.99


According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary ( http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictio... ) the word ROIL is a verb whose first known use dates back to 1590. Definition is given as: to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs; to stir up; disturb; to move turbulently; be in a state of...more
Mars
Don't file this under Fantasy, despite what the cover says.

It's pretty standard steampunk. Fairly decent. Generally entertaining.

Has some interesting concepts, too (the Old Men and their Engine are an amazing concept, although the actual implementation suffers a bit)

However, the editing is spotty (spelling, punctuation, that sort of thing), it's... I don't know, something about the whole thing mildly irritates me, but I can't tell what it is.

And then it abruptly ends, practically in the middle...more
Caitlin
Originally reviewed at incaseofsurvival.com here http://incaseofsurvival.com/post-apoc...

This book is brutal, very dark, almost unremittingly so. Even the best of the grimdark genre needs moments of light or hope, though, or the book becomes emotionally draining- like this one does. So much so I had to stop half way through and read something else. I sincerely hope the second book has some more bright spots in it.
The writing is competent, often poetic, but sometimes a little overwrought. Now, I...more
Aparajitabasu
Good enough but not that great here I present before you my views on Trent Jamieson's upcoming book Roil .

Here is the summary of the book:

Shale is in trouble - the creature-filled darkness known as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land, swallowing cities whole. Where once there were 12 metropolises, now only 4 remain. It's up to a drug addict, an old man and a woman bent on revenge to try to save their city - and the world.

Its steampunk - its sci-fi - its full of action and its a dystopic f...more
Mardel
It seems as though any book published by Angry Robot turns out to be wicked good. They're not your typical steampunk or urban fantasy novels. Roil is another example of a crazy good book.

This continent, Shale, - even the entire world, is being consumed by this thing called the Roil. Heat loving monsters like you've never heard of before....quarg hounds, witmoths, garment flutes...lots of baddies. From the back of the book - "It's up to a decadent wastrel, a four thousand year old man and a youn...more
Keith Stevenson
Trent Jamieson is a writer of no small talent, one who suffuses his richly imagined worlds with authentic human feeling and - as a result - portrays realistic characters in extraordinary circumstances. Roil is a prodigious work of imagination. The world of Roil has a history as complex as its current social and geographical topography (and on that last point, I could have done with a map to plot the journeys of our protagonists because the place feels that real).

Roil allows Trent to give free re...more
Sarah
It isn't often that I will write a review for a book after only 79 pages. I probably won't ever do it again, but never say never, or ever, as it were. On a side note, I seem to spend a lot of time reading random books from my bookshelves while I'm waiting for the semi-sketchy romances on my first-gen Sony ereader to load, but that's another story.

First, let me say, that Roil is dense with information, doesn't have a lot of explanation, is hard to understand, and has some of the most extensive wo...more
J.C. Hart
I picked this book up via NetGalley as it sounded like an interesting read. While a little confusing to begin with, it didn’t take long to get a picture of what was going on. The author really does throw you in the deep end, though it is well worth sticking with because even if you feel like you’re playing catch up, it’s an exciting place to be in!

It’s been a long time since I’ve hit upon such a richly imagined world. It was so alien, so new, so fascinating, and so beautifully described. I easil...more
Michelle
Also published under The Ranting Dragon
Author interview: http://bit.ly/qjmOyI

Roil is the impressive first installment in The Nightbound Land duology by Trent Jamieson, up-and-coming Australian author of the urban fantasy trilogy Death Works. Jamieson’s newest novel showcases a powerful imaginative streak, creating a darkly fascinating world and successfully combining elements of science fiction, fantasy, steampunk and horror.

Roil is an apocalyptic tale set in a world called Shale, which lies on...more
Bibliotropic
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Argus
I have rated this book a three, because every single part of it was either ridiculously stupid, or absolutely brilliant. I want to give it both a one and a five, because while there are parts that I love, and wish other books could pull off, there are an equal number of parts that I detest.

Endothermic weaponry to fight an enemy that thrives on oppressive heat? Amazing.

Doing that thing where the author makes up a bunch of terms and never just explains any but makes the reader figure it out? Annoy...more
Karissa
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through NetGalley.com. The premise was very intriguing and I was excited to read the book. It was an incredibly creative world, that followed some interesting characters through a dark steampunk adventure. This book is the first in a series called The Nightbound Lands.

Margaret is the daughter of some famous scientists, when her home town falls to the Roil she is forced to flee through the Roil and try to find a way to help stop the Roil's expansion. Da...more
Sean the Bookonaut
Roilis the first book in a duology to be released by Angry Robot books, the second will be called Nights Engines.

The story


Shale is in trouble, dying. A vast, chaotic, monster-bearing storm known only as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land.

Where once there were twelve great cities, now only four remain, and their borders are being threatened by the growing cloud of darkness. The last humans are fighting back with ever more bizarre new machines. But one by one the defences are failing. A

...more
Tsana Dolichva
Roil is the first book of Trent Jamieson's Nightbound Land duology. I've had it on my TBR since around the time it came out, but have only just got around to reading it.

Roil is set in a very different world to ours. Every layer of it is different, and so it takes a little while for the world to be fully built up — to Jamieson's credit, he avoids large chunks of info dumping — the blurb doesn't do that aspect justice. The Roil itself is a seething storm of monsters and destruction which can only...more
Kribu
Roil is a hard book to rate - and even to comment on.

On the one hand, the world-building was great. Unique. Fascinating. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into it, a mixture of alternative universe / high fantasy / steampunk (with possible scifi elements).

On the other hand, there's the writing. I suspect this may be a matter of taste - some people will love Jamieson's style, with its run-on sentences (seriously, someone should have exterminated 2/3 of the commas used in this book) and abrupt shi...more
Nathan
I guess I expected more. Some very interesting ideas to be sure, but some things about this book just didn't work for me. To start with, some plain bad editing. An hour or two could pass between one line of text and the next, with no warning. The short chapters, each with a fake quote, jarred the text and kept any flow from being build up.

We are informed that each character is important, or from important families, but never really learn why. Not only do I not care for them, I didn't care one wa...more
Yvonne Boag
"The history of this world cannot be understood without a complete knowledge of the three forces that govern it. The Roil, the Engine and, of course, The Breaching Spire. We know of a Mechanical Winter, we have heard whisperings of the punishment meted out for that by whatever brute intellect rules Tearwin Meet. We know that the Roil is ancient, that it has come before.
So what is it that we know?
Nothing.
Our history is but one of events, scattered and continuing, but never in the context that suc...more
Just_ann_now
Things I didn't like about this book:
- It was extremely poorly edited
- The plot didn't make any sense to me
- It took me a long, long time to become invested in any of the characters

BUT

- At about 60% in, things started to happen!
- The female characters are really kick-ass, especially the wisecracking female pilot of a living, sentient (I think) ship!
- The world-building was really intriguing.

This would be a really good beach book (because it doesn't really matter if beach books don't make sense...more
Fantasy Literature
The land of Shale is in trouble. The Roil, a wave of darkness filled with unnatural monsters, is sweeping across the continent, engulfing everything it encounters. Out of twelve cities, only four remain standing. Humanity is fighting back in every way it can, but internal divisions between political factions increase the chaos, and more and more it seems like the end is nigh. It’s up to a drug-addicted boy, a young woman out for revenge for the death of her parents, and a man who may be thousand...more
Erik Lundqvist
This book impressed me.


I feel I need to congratulate Angry Robot for yet another great signing in Trent Jamieson. After reading Roil I must pick up his other books. Roil seems to have it all, a rich world, characters that both engage and horrify you and a plot that makes you want to come back for more. It was a very difficult book to put down at night, the pages seemed to turn themselves. Roil also has greatness, so far no epic battles, but it's there, that feeling of something epic. It's hard t
...more
Andrew
I bought this because the first chapter begins in a city called Mirrlees-on-Weep. Sold! The city (all of civilization, turns out) is threatened by a slow-encroaching storm-zone of monsters and zombie-spores. Somewhere in the background, millenia-old engineers lurk with a possible defense mechanism, except they're almost as creepy as the Roil. It's wonderfully picturesque, but by halfway through I was still waiting for some kind of story. I kept waiting. The two main protagonists spend the entire...more
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Trent Jamieson is a science fiction and fantasy writer.

Trent works as a teacher, a bookseller, and a writer, and has taught at Clarion South.
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