Scar Night (Deepgate Codex #1)
The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and...more
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 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
Sounds good, right? So what's not to like? A lot, as it turns out. The writing scre...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 city of Deepgate hangs suspended by chains abovethe Abyss, its foundations built by Callis, the angel Herald of th...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I enjoyed the plot development through the book as gradually more and more of the author's vision of Deepgate and its culture and inhabitants are revealed and people's motivations start to fit into place.
But the book did suffer from the problem that many works of fantasy have - how to end the story in a way that does justice to the tensi...more
the last of living angels guarding the city of Deepgate
Deepgate hovers over an abyss - held in place by chains
there is a society of assassins called Spine
Rachel is one of them.... but she has not been tempered(she still has feelings) She is given the task of training Dill and guarding him from harm.
Once a month on Scarnight something hunts for blood in the city - it used to be an angel.... she is scarred and crazy
Her name is Carnival
All the other angels wer...more
Let me just say that this setting sounds incredibly ominous. I don't care how massive those chains are, I would not trust them if I was living over a gaping h...more
The world of Deepgate is a dark one. I'm all for dystopian societies. Usually they are the settings for my favorite books. The description of...more
Scottish author Alan Campbell was previously a software designer best known for bringing to life the controversial Grand Theft Auto series. Scar Night, more than a decade in the making and the opening salvo in The Deepgate Codex trilogy, has tongues wagging in sci-fi/fantasy circles. The novel evokes comparisons to the work of Mervyn Peake (Gormenghast), George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), China Mi_
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
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