Scar Night (Deepgate Codex #1)
For whatever reason, the first half of Scar Night didn't grip me. On the other hand I've given up on a fair number of best selling fantasy books between page 50 & 100 when they've not worked for me - and I didn't give up on Scar Night. What kept me in the game were the facts that Scar Night has excellent prose, good description, good dialogue, and tremendous i ...more
The city of Deepgate hangs suspended by chains abovethe Abyss, its foundations built by Callis, the angel Herald of th ...more
I scored this a bit higher than I probably should have as I love these types of books. The cover compares Campbell to Neil Gaiman and I must say that I did not see any similarities at all. What I did see was an urban fantasy that would have fit right in with Hal Duncan's Book of all Hours series. The stories, characters, and setting are,all similar, not their writing style.(Duncan is a difficult read).
This is a fast read that is dark and dirty. The cast is diverse and we get many POV's. ...more
Despite the steampunk tag (which means nothing to me - I refuse to accept that steampunk is a genre, it's just a bit of window dressing to help focus target markets) this is a pretty good fantasy debut. Lots of dark magic and some weird technology and a healthy dose of the macabre. A great city setting and a ...more
Sounds good, right? So what's not to like? A lot, as it turns out. The writing scre ...more
Dill is the last angel of his line. Being the last archon tails a heavy consequence. As the age of sixteen, he still doesn’t know how to fly, much less how to fight. So when the time comes he has to become a temple angel, he m ...more
I'm not enamored with this book, I don't plan to re-read it, but it is worth a read to try this world out. It's a world of dry dusty want and blood smeared violence...but that's not the whole of it. Building it's own mythos and ...more
I absolutely loved Scar Night. It’s really original and while it has quite a lot going on, it’s really easy to follow and I didn’t get lost trying to follow one individuals story as they all managed to b ...more
On top of a bottomless chasm, in a city which dangles down on a series of thick iron chains. Which is a dark, kinda cool imag ...more
Campbell doesn't write like Neil Gaiman. He has none of Gaiman's humor or light-heartedness. Instead, his writing is thickly dark, with his own brand of situational humor to help lighten the mood.
Scar Night was difficult for me to get into at first, bec ...more
Dill is an angel just coming of age, the last in a long line of temple defenders or Archons. He's portrayed as hesitant and conflicted, without degenerating into the whiny crybaby syndrome that seems to plague most "conflicted" ...more
The book, on the whole, is uneven though. The plot feels a bit messy, and could use more focus. Good, albeit with a bit of an unpolished feel, writing overall-very nice imagery especially. The fast pace made ...more
But man, this guy is multi-talented.
Scar Night takes place in a wonderfully dark world, where blood is the currency of both heaven, and hell. Long ago, God closed the gates of hell, in a fit of anger at the evilness of mankind. Her sons rose up with an army of angels, but lost, and were cast down to earth and imprisoned. On such son was ...more
The setting is gritty and dark, and even though the world looks like traditional fantasy with its lone city surrounded by hordes of barbarians (other ci ...more
The debut novel by Alan Campbell not only has echoes of Verne, but Mary Shelly with the darkest of Dickens thrown in for good measure. The ...more
Scar Night has a lot of possibility. Campbell has built an intriguing, steampunk-ish, 'is it F or SF?' world around the city of Deepgate, suspended above a truly deep and dark abyss. He's put interesting people in the world, and the story itself was strong enough to leave me wanting answers to some of the mysteries.
Unfortunately, Campbell also skimps on some of the s ...more
The decaying city of Deepgate hangs suspended over the abyss by a mass of chains. It is ruled by a theocracy supported by the mythology of a god who will eventually return with a host of dead souls to kill his brother and save the world. The reality is somewhat darker, and this gritty fantasy is as blood-soaked as it is compelling.
The story starts as a dark mystery, attempting to find a soul thief in the city who murd ...more
The whole city on a net of chains thing was interesting but I was having a real hard time picturing it. Was it like an island set on a net? I nev ...more
The city of deepgate hangs suspended over a deep chasm by 99 chains . Legend says that at the bottom of this chasm lies the sleeping god ulcis, gathering a army of souls to take back the heaven that he and his followers were cast out of. Though not is all that it seems with this sleeping god. Three fates will intersect during the dreaded scar night to reveal the true nature and plans of the sleeping god ulcis.
This is a great start to a new fantasy serie ...more
Ok, the story Iril the despot goddess of this realm, was challenged by her son Ulcis, although Ulcis won, he was st ...more
There is so much more to this book. I felt that it had a great premise and intriguing characters. I thought it was tightly plotted and I was never bored while reading it.
I won't say that IT WAS THE BEST BOOK EVAR!!!1!!! o ...more
up immediate Tolkien-esque images: wizards, Elvish warriors, Rings
of Power, trolls, and other elements of the genre that have become
very typical. It is because that imagery is so commonplace that
when someone comes along like, say, Mervyn Peake or China Mieville,
and darkens the notion of fantasy with grit, gloom and intensity,
readers really take notice.
Alan Campbell may soon tire of comparisons to Peake and Mieville,
but that doesn ...more
Il romanzo parte da un'idea interessante, un'ambientazione misteriosa e originale, che mischia elementi del fantastico raramente messi insieme.
Tuttavia la trama stenta a partire. La necessità di allungare il brodo è presto evidente e da subito l'autore risulta prolisso.
Come per i film degli ultimi anni, anche nella scrittura spesso non si prende in considerazione la sintesi e la velocità con cui i contenuti vengono veicolati. Questo romanzo non fa eccezione e i...more