The Horns of Ruin
The writing itself is serviceable, and does manage to avoid a number of the idiotic tur...more
I think what I'm most disappointed with in this book is the careless feeling of it--Eva Forge feels like a concoction of a all-powerful female brute and teenage attempts at bad-assery. She doesn't feel...more
he Horns of Ruin is a steampunk second world fantasy that is worth checking out. The novel is set in a massive city of Ash, the seat of the Fraterdom.
The Fraterdom was established a few hundred years ago by three human brothers who became gods: Alexander, Morgan, and Amon. This is a world where technology, magic, and religion are really indistinguishable, but it definitely has a steampunk feel.
At the same time though? The world built was SO FUCKING INTERESTING that I couldn't drop it.
Wonderful idea there with regard to the whole noetic armor/weapons and the invocations.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful world that was built.
The whole invocation thing? Makes the battles that Forge goes through seem so much more epic w...more
Decently paced, varied scenes and tones to those scenes, interesting mythology (Triad of Brothers, note their archetypal roles), and largely decent/clear characterization. Only notable flaws are a bit too much information spew towards the end - not entirely uncommon, but it's usually toward the start - and some weirdness when a couple of characters' voices start to blend...more
Now this book is the something different I've been looking for lately. It's a difficult read though, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. I might even have to revisit this review at some point. It's a little like someone took religion (small r, generic), steampunk, aliens, the age of chivalry, urban fantasy and a modern world, and stuck it all in a blender. The only thing missing here is gobs of sex, to which I say thank goodness, it's actually nice to read a book now and then where t
One thing I often regret about steampunk is that, while I love the idea of it, and I usually enjoy steampunk worlds, there are few books so far th...more
There was quite a bit to like about this book. I found the setting quite vivid and it was easy to picture the individual locations as well as the city of Ash as a whole. The action scenes were also well written. I found they were clear and held suita...more
On the other side, there are some very, very nice sentences. Also, the way the religion and magic are created is brilliant. I love (view spoiler)[ the way the incantations are in fact a retelling of the glory of the gods, the fa...more
“Relatively fast paced with some really vivid world-building, this is a novel with a compelling complexity to it that just makes you want to go on reading and not stop.” ~The Founding Fields
The Horns of Ruin is the second novel published by Pyr Books that I’ve read this year and another one that I quite enjoyed reading. When I requested review copies from them, I mostly went by the cover art...more
The book starts off slowly, and with long, long, long descriptions of battle. But it starts and ends in the right places - on the day that changed Eva's life, and right as she resolves that challenge. On a whole I enjoyed the writing style, and the world building was unique...more
Несколько столетий назад три брата – Амон Созидатель, Морган Воитель и Александр Целитель – возглавили человечество, сокрушили древнюю империю фейри и построили на её руинах грандиозный м...more
Basically Horns of Ruin is a comic strip disguised as a novel and set in a steampunk/fantasy world and the inventiveness of the...more
It took me some time to warm to Eva, the main character who is a Paladin of a dead god named Morgan. I found her a bit too stu...more
Unfortunately though, I found the main character more than annoying. Almost every action, every word and thought got me to shake my head. Why did I have the feeling that some cliché redneck was portrayed here?
As for me, I have to get some kind of connection to the characters. Otherwise, I simply can't enjoy a book.
Despite that, the book had potential. The setting itself with a couple of histori...more
It reminded me of Zelazny in having human/superhuman characters, and yet letting us relate to them. It is also a well rounded tale, leaving matters open but answering all the important questions.
The only nitpick, almost unimportant but more noticeable due to the excellent writing are the names. The naming convention seems random, with no concern to their origin or meaning. That annoys me excessively.
The worldbuilding is im...more
I also thought that the 1st person POV was wrong for this type of story. I usually expect more introspection from a 1...more
It's a full-bore hard-boiled action story set against a backdrop of a world where men became gods and gods were betrayed by their own blood, with steampunk and divine swordplay clashing violently, the story of a dead god's last champion as she struggles to save the remnants of the brotherhood...more