Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)
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Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex #2)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,204 ratings  ·  97 reviews
"In this stunning follow-up to his epic fantasy debut, Alan Campbell propels readers into a captivating city battling for its own survival--and that of humankind--in a world of deities and demons, fallen angels and killers.
After a destructive battle, the ancient swaying city of Deepgate has been overtaken. Most of the chains that suspend it have given way, and the temple...more
Paperback, 493 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Spectra Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I can't really say why I went on with this volume of Campbell's. I somewhat enjoyed Scar Night. This book suffers from the same flaws only "more so". Where I wanted to follow Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1) by Alan Campbell to it's conclusion, this one was for me a bit like getting to the top of a hill while dragging a weight.

Don't get me wrong the book is fairly well written and I'm sure it will get high marks from a lot of people. In many ways it puts me in mind of (and please fans of these writers who disagree with me try not to get to an...more
4.5 Stars

Iron Angel by Alan Campbell is a case where sometimes too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. This book is the sequel to Scar Night, a novel that is a glorious steam punk mash filled with demons, angels, and clockwork machines. In Scar Night, we get treated to a truly amazing setting (Deepgate) that is as much of a character as our actual heroes. In this one the setting is much larger, vast, an epic adventure. It goes from the gates of Hell to far off countries like Pandemeria.

I h...more
Doug Roberts
This one fell apart a bit, turning from an inspired race across Hell to a trifle of a "Murder On The Orient Express"-esque ending. Main characters were hard to find and harder to keep track of, the pace was jerky and the plot more convoluted. Despite all that, it hasn't deterred me from finishing the trilogy.
I spent a good part of the predecessor, Scar Night , trying to decide whether the book was fantasy, or SF disguised as fantasy. There were indications of the latter, with 'angels' having fallen from 'heaven' in a technologically advanced vehicle ('the Tooth'). This book, however, steams ahead with straightforward fantasy approach, if with more engineering than usual.

Scar Night was very much about the hanging city of Deepgate, and one of my criticisms was that the city, while intriguing, was poor...more
I enjoyed the first part of this book. I found the second part less interesting (except for the setting--I liked the descriptions and the atmosphere there). The third part was downright confusing and difficult to follow, though, and by the end I'd hit that magical point where you keep reading just because you want to finish the book even though you have no idea what's going on anymore. I'd be interested in maybe reading something unrelated to this book and Scar Night but I'm not invested enough...more
Scar Night was an intriguing dark fantasy set in an unlikely but well-realized milieu. I enjoyed it very much. However, this second volume shows such a drop in quality, both in plot and writing, that it barely seems part of the same story. So little actually happens in this novel that I wonder if it was written merely to pad the saga out to a trilogy, just because that's the standard. (I notice that the typeface is larger than that used for the final volume, though there is not a huge difference...more
This sequel is MUCH darker than its predecessor, and has a completely different focus. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed it. Not for the squeamish though. This is fantasy for the hard-hearted.
Christy Stewart
My favorite part was when that dog got kicked to death.

Five stars.
A dark industrial fantasy world, with the gods struggling for control of Hell and Earth having been tossed out of Heaven. The characters are flat, and, surprisingly, secondary characters seem to be developed more than the main ones.

For once, though, I'm not as interested in the characters' stories as the world itself. Alan may have brought his experience from the GTA games in creating a very rich and detailed world. It is still these elements, and the creativity he shows in writing them, that f...more
Jun 25, 2009 Kenci rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of dark, grimy, Gothic fantasy. Fans of Scott Lynch, George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss.
Recommended to Kenci by: Ricky Morton
Shelves: favorites, steampunk
Alan Cambell’s Deepgate Codex is a dark, grimy, Gothic fantasy with elements of dark humor and horror. This thrilling saga is consistently anything but predictable or mundane. It is a madcap tumble through bizarre, lunatic landscapes. Just when you think you know what is coming, guess again!

Iron Angel expands on the original world, through an array of new and fascinating characters and the vast, surreal landscape of Hell. Campbell’s vision of Hell is detailed and stunning. Hell is a labyrinth of...more
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Despite my ambivalence towards the first book, the end intrigued me just enough that I decided to continue on to the second. I really shouldn't have bothered. This book has the same problems as the first, only worse. One-dimensional worldbuilding, distracting prose, extraneous character POVs, and horrible pacing. The concept of Hell is really fascinating, and it's too bad that the author squandered it. The only characters I felt even a little invested in were 1)John Anchor 2)the Heshette leader...more
Sam Piper
Having read Scar Night some years ago and noticing it and it's sequels online, I downloaded them.

I had memories of the city of Deepgate, suspended over an Abyss like the gaping maw of some vast creature (urban planning council had a lot to answer for!). I recalled a scarred feral angel whose monthly bloodletting was simultaneously vampiric and werewolf-like.

It was a bit of a shock then that Deepgate had collapsed into the abyss entirely and the scarred angel Carnival appears to have been dispa...more
After reading the first book in the series last year I was definitely interested in reading the second book in the Deepgate Codex. While I did enjoy Iron Angel I didn’t think it was on the same level as its predecessor Scar Night.
The story line more or less picks up after the events of Scar Night and adds in a few more characters that I found to be quite interesting. When thinking about what actually happened in the book I feel like there was a lot going on but at the same time not a lot actuall...more
Sep 16, 2009 Dhuaine rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who didn't mind gore in the first book
Shelves: dark-fantasy
Second volume of Deepgate Codex. Like gore? You're gonna love this book. Want some of the mysterious atmosphere from first novel? Bad number.

This is the middle volume of a trilogy, and it shows. It's a bridging volume, setting field for the third novel. The characters are used to show off the world. And the world is truly worth showing - it includes all kind of bodily fluids, blood, pus, broken bones, minced meat, minced souls, stuff made of living human bodies... urrgh. I'm feel like I'm gonna...more
Allan Fisher
The chained city of Deepgate is now in ruins, and the spine militia are trying to halt the exodus of panicking citizens with brutal force. Rachel and the angel Dill are dragged off to the Temple torture chambers, but strange things start to happen as a foul red mist rises from the abyss beneath the city....

Alan Campbell continues the Deepgate trilogy started in Scar Night, in this the second book – Iron Angel. This tells the continuing story of Rachel and Dill as they escape from prison and emba...more
Campbell Mcaulay
Ultimately a very unsatisfying sequel to the wonderful Scar Night, Iron Angel fails in so many ways.

Firstly, while it is a sequel, it is hardly a continuation of the events related in its predecessor. The cataclysmic destruction of Deepgate is all but forgotten and Iron Angel switches focus elsewhere to the depths of Hell and the besieged land of Pandemeria. I say "focussed" but the story is anything but. Scar Night was well grounded in the gothic, Peakian city of Deepgate and drew from it's set...more
Ben Babcock
Feb 17, 2010 Ben Babcock rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ben by: Kelly Kivi
How useful is an angel when you trap its soul in Hell, cut the wings off its body, then stuff the soul in a giant mechanical simulacrum of an angel? We find out in Iron Angel, the sequel to Scar Night.

There was a brief period of time at the beginning of Iron Angel where it looked likely to eclipse Scar Night, perhaps even earn four stars. As I continued reading, both those possibilities became less and less likely. Scar Night has much that this book does not: a fascinating setting, an interestin...more
Apr 07, 2009 Woodge rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: heathens, non-conformists, and people lurking in shadows
Shelves: fantasy
Last year I read Scar Night, the first in this trilogy. The main characters of Dill (the angel) and Rachel Hael (the un-tempered Spine assassin) are back. Briefly we meet up with Carnival as well. But this book expands on the world surrounding Deepgate and the whole mythology surrounding the archons (angel warriors) and the demigods. There are new characters like Hasp, who befriends Dill in Hell. And Alice Harper who regrettably finds herself acting as an agent of Menoa, Hell's de facto ruler. O...more
Perhaps where Alan Campbell really went wrong was with the destruction of Deepgate. That fabulous, monolithic, gormenghastesque city goes crashing into the Abyss at the start of the book (no surprise to those who have read book one) and with it goes AC's greatest invention, touchstone and hub around which the rest of the story could revolve.
What's left feels like a hastily cobbled together series of half-baked ideas. There is a confusing battle between the Gods, an incredibly boring trip to Hell...more
The Deepgate Codex continues, mostly outside of the city of Deepgate, which is suffering in the aftermath of the death of the god Ulcis and the fact that there's a portal to Hell beneath it, now unprotected.

The city is slowly falling apart and the Spine assassins are tempering anyone trying to leave. the ex-spine assassin Rachel Hael and the angel Dill manage to get out, at a cost, and their adventures take out across the Deadsands to Sandport, then into the land of Pandemeria and down into the...more
It looses the pace somehow middle way, but nontheless its a good second part to Scar Night[Codex Book 1] I particularly missed not reading more of Carnival and although I understand that some of the new plots and characters might be necessary to further develop the story, it felt, sometimes, as if reading another completely different book.

Mina,Harper and Hasp are the best additions, followed by Sillister Trench. But there is still loads to explain and lots of loose ends that eventually will come...more
I liked the first book in this series a lot more. This is one of those books where you feel the whole bulk of the book is just a means to get you to the ending the author had in mind. Not always a problem with that, but the majority of the book was pretty slow, with scattered points of interest. There were several things that seemed rather random that were thrown in and not explained or followed through with. The ending was interesting, but not until the VERY end. A few things that would have be...more
As with the prequel Scar Night, the ideas behind the story I thought to be really interesting. Most of the main characters were interesting to me. The two main characters Dill and Rachel continued on from the first book. I thought their relationship could have been deepened a little more. I missed the presence of the character of Carnival (who does appear briefly, but was not really part of the story for this book).

I also found the character of John Anchor to be interesting. I would like to hav...more
Didn't like "Iron Angel" as much as the first book. The language was serviceable, but the plot confused me, and several major characters disappeared for long stretches at a time. Also, "Scar Night" was rather self contained, and here the story line ends on a cliff hanger.

Campbell definitely gets points for world building. His version of hell is very original, more "Devil May Cry" than "Divine Comedy", even though I wasn't quite clear on how things in hell actually worked, and how the natives wer...more
Book two of a series I didn't read book one, which prolly would have helped with the overall story line and context of this one but I have no plans to go back and revisit this universe. It's dark, demented, violent, bloody and twisted. I'm sure it is a fine book if you like horror novels but I'm just not a fan of that genre. It wasn't poorly written and that attribute alone keep me going through the book.
Following Scar Night would be no easy task, it was probably one of the best dark fantasy novels I have read, but I would say that Iron Angel does a pretty good job. It's not for everyone, it's creepy, it's morose, and it can be downright gruesome at times, but that doesn't change the fact that Alan has a bigger vision going here.

Be warned though, this is a book series where you have to start accepting everything the author throws at you as fact, becuase OF COURSE! a city can hang from chains ove...more
This was probably my favourite of the trilogy. This story tore at my heart as I was cheering on the main characters, and getting caught up in the goings-on of the newly introduced. Admittedly, there are some slow-going points, and it took me a while to work my way through them, but well worth it!
This is only the second novel written by Alan Campbell, who lives in Scotland. The first is a book I own "Scar Night". I found both books to be written in a most interesting fashion. They are complicated sci-fi books which take place in a world where heaven and hell are closer to the people. And Gods of all kinds rule like warlords. Since people...and other, die and continue to rxist in some other form, it sometimes becomes difficult to follow the story, as well as to understand wh...more
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“Just as they reached the door to the accommodation section, it opened, and a small boy towing a travel bag along the floor behind him came through. A small dog poked his head out of one end of this bag—the pup had been zipped up inside.

“Out of the way, son,” Harper said.

The child stopped, and gaped up at the battle-archon. Behind him, his trapped pup growled. The rear end of the leather and cloth satchel oscillated wildly. “I wanted to see the angel,” the boy said. “Aunt Edith promised I could watch it kill something.”

Hasp halted, still reeling, and looked down at the boy and his pet. “You want to see me kill?” he muttered. “Then order me to do so. You’re all Menoa’s fucking people on this train.”

The boy brightened. “Do it!” he said. “Kill something now.”

“As you wish.” Hasp kicked the dog with all of the strength he could muster.

Had the animal been made of tougher stuff than flesh and bone, or had its bag been composed of something more substantial than woven thread, it might have made an impact hard enough to shatter the glass wall at the end of the corridor sixty feet away. Instead, the creature and the torn remains of its embroidered travel bag spattered against the opposite end of the passage in a series of wet smacks, more like a shower of red rain than anything resembling the corpse of a dog.

The boy screamed.

Hasp cricked his neck, then shoved the child aside and stomped away, his transparent armour swimming with rainbows.”
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