THERE WILL BE LIES isn't the typical book you'd find here on All Things Urban Fantasy, but I felt it was oReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
THERE WILL BE LIES isn't the typical book you'd find here on All Things Urban Fantasy, but I felt it was one worth sharing. With this thriller, Nick Lake has written a book that is really difficult to review without spoilers, but I'll do my best.
I was lucky enough to see Lake in person on his book tour, and he talked a bit about stories and lies, and what the difference is. Stories, he believes, bring us together, and lies don't. In THERE WILL BE LIES there are definitely lies, but it is an excellent story.
THERE WILL BE LIES has a strong-willed, brilliant protagonist in Shelby, and her voice was amazingly authentic. I could tell when she was being sarcastic, when she was scared or when she was being serious. In thanks part to the strong narrative voice, the book flowed really well, too. This is a book I sat down and read all within a day, because I couldn't put it down.
The fantastical portions of THERE WILL BE LIES were focused on Native American culture, featuring Coyote, but also had aspects of other fairy tales woven in, which was very interesting. Shelby's travels through The Dreaming in the book offer an interesting counterpoint to the travels she is having in real life. In my opinion, one of the main focuses of THERE WILL BE LIES was Shelby's coming of age. At the cusp of 18, she is almost an adult, a point which becomes important in The Dreaming. It is especially fascinating how Lake tied in the lessons that Shelby learned in The Dreaming to the decisions she had to make in her real life.
Overall, THERE WILL BE LIES was a fascinating book with fantastical elements that any reader would enjoy. It definitely surprised me with how much I like it - give it a chance to see if it will surprise you, too.
I may be a little biased because Jack Campbell is my favorite living author, but I loved THE HIDDEN MASTERReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
I may be a little biased because Jack Campbell is my favorite living author, but I loved THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR. This book picks up about two weeks after THE DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE ended, and you’re thrown right into the action. The intense battle and action scenes are one of the places where Campbell’s writing really shines. There are a lot of urban and epic fantasy novels that make me cringe when I read their battles, but Campbell’s years of military experience help him write realistic battles.
Even though the battles are amazing, my favorite part of this book is the interaction between Mari and Alain. In the previous book, Alain and Mari only barely admitted their feelings to each other, so it’s great to see their friendship and relationship develop as they continue working together and saving each others’ lives. One of the things I loved the most about THE DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE was the fun and natural banter between Alain and Mari, and that banter is still in this book and maybe even a touch better. Though Alain is continuing to learn more about normal social interaction, he still makes slips every once in a while that will make you want to either laugh or put your head in your hands.
While they’re relationship continues to grow, it’s also fun to watch their individual characters develop. They have to remove their guild related garb and don the clothes of commons, as they run from both of their guilds. This allows them to see the world through the eyes of the commons when they interact with commons on an equal level. They both work hard to throw off the false teachings of their guilds, as they see what the world is actually like.
I love/hate cliffhangers just as much as anyone else, but Campbell hasn’t found the need for them yet in the Pillars of Reality series. Campbell ended THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR in a great place, where I’m dying to know what happened next, but without putting the characters in a life or death situation. I just have to hope the next installment comes out as quickly as THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR did. It will be an instant buy for me.
On the Audiobook:
Jack Campbell is in the process of getting the books in print, but until that happens the Pillars of Reality series is exclusively on Audible. And that’s okay because MacLeod Andrews does an amazing job narrating the series. MacLeod does an excellent job putting emotion into the banter between Alain and Mari, adding an extra layer of realism to the production.
Sexual content: Kissing and references to sex...more