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Preview — Sword of the North by Luke Scull
Sword of the North
In The Grim Company, Luke Scull introduced a formidable and forbidding band of anti-heroes battling against ruthless Magelords and monstrous terrors. The adventure continues as the company—now broken—face new dangers on personal quests….
As Davarus Cole and his former companions were quick to discover, the White Lady’s victorious liberation of ...more
Every year (OK 3 times I think), around lunchtime, I cycle down to the Bristol Fantasy Convention, Bristolcon, about 6 miles from my house, and spend a couple of hours in the bar.
In doing so back in 2013 I met, at random, authors Luke Scull and Snorri Kristjansson. Both of them happened to find themselves in Bristol again this Summer and (on separate occasions) came round to Casa Lawrence for a few beers, leaving copies of their latest work in their wake.
So, I have ...more
As a huge lover of the first book of this series, Sword of the North was a novel I had to get my hands on. The Grim Company had introduced me to a delicious grimdark world populated with so many fantastic characters and filled with loads and loads of gory action that I really needed another fix of Luke Scull’s addictive concoction. And he definitely delivered here.
Grim Company ended with our band of heroes ripped apart after the tyrant Salazar’s defe ...more
The Sword of the North at its best for me left me ...more
I love all the characters. I love the world. I love the mysteries that are yet to follow and I have no doubt that I'll love the next book also, which just happens to have been released today (nice timing but I didn't mean it!).
Most impressive is the character arcs. There is a real journey for all the characters and real growth. I nearly cried at the whole Kayne and Jerek thing!
Please read it...I need to talk to someone about it with...
The Grim Company is a debut high/dark/grimdark fantasy trilogy by Luke Scrull. The Gods are dead, slain by the Magelords some five centuries ago. Humanity is on its own, but now they are ruled by those mages.
As Davarus Cole and his former companions were quick to discover, the White Lady’s victorious liberation of Dorminia has not resulted in the freedom they once imagined. Anyone perceived as a threat has been seized and imprisoned—or exiled ...more
OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Of the many fantasy sequels coming out this year, Luke Scull’s Sword of the North is high on my anticipated list. The follow-up to the hit that was The Grim Company, this second book continues with a story teeming with fantastic characters, a strong plot, and plenty of action.
In the first book we met Brodar Kayne, a hero from the cold reaches whose battle prowess and skill with a blade ea ...more
The major story careens between Brodar Kayne, Davarus Cole, Sasha and Eremul the Halfmage whilst also flirting with the tale of how Brodar met Jerek, the Wolf, and earned his name forty some years before. This secondary tale gradually catches up to the current story and provides some of the most poignant and heartfelt moments I’ve ever encountered in ...more
I realized I was not having fun, I was skipping entire pages, and I never skip pages.
I'm too old to read books for the sake of it.
First, I remember nothing from the first volume. I actually had to read online to figure out everyone compares this guy to Joe Ambercrombie (maybe because they are pals), and I remembered thinking it's nothing like. Then, I remember some floating ladies and this wheelchair mage.
The second book starts weirdly - odd combat scenes that serve no purpose with dra ...more
Did I like The Grim Company, Scull’s epic fantasy debut from last year? Of course I did. Hardly over hyped it was the type of book that felt designed to hit all the right notes of a popular series. Yet despite its familiarity almost by the numbers feel (*cough* First Law *cough) I never felt that it was derivative of the works it could be compared to. It took a well-worn feel and gave it a life of its own. I immediately was ready for Sword of the North to come out so I could c ...more
A lot of very likeable characters too But it does read more like a collection of short stories as they’re scattered about the realm(s), some in new places which at first is hard to ...more
1, I always have a good time reading his stories. Going back to his world felt like coming home. I’m totally comfortable and familiar with his protagonists, and I welcomed them as long seen acquaintances.
2, He managed to write the darkest dark fantasy WHILE he made me believe this is not a dark fantasy at all. :D There is something in his writing style/narrative which helps you get over all the blight you read about. But this is just an illusion…This is a fucking sick s ...more
Full review over at The Bibliosanctum
Read Mogsy's review over at Fantasy Book Critic
OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: When it comes to sequels, it’s hard for the authors to write them, as often they have to do so within a strict time limit as well as take into consideration reader expectations. Now imagine if your debut was a successful one, Terry Brooks took 5 years between his debut Sword of Shannara and the follow-up Elfstones of Shannara. Supposedly he had written a different book but his editor had him ...more
Narrative:Third Person, Limited, Subjective
My first reaction when I finished Sword of the North was: You want gritty, this is like rubbing yourself all over with an emery board!
Sword of The North is possibly the darkest Grimdark novels I have read in quite some time. The world is broken, the characters are all in horrendous situations and the outlook is abou
Starting SWORD OF THE NORTH I knew the characters and (basically) understood the world so I could really sink my teeth into the story. And, oh what a story! This book had it all! Demons, zombies, drug abuse and of course the sickest and the most hardcore barbarian since The Blood ...more
Excellent if almost unremittingly grim follow up to the aptly name Grim Company see the characters continuing to not have the slightest hint of fun or good luck. This time we get some nice back story on Kayne and Jerek to really rub salt into the wounds, whereas Sasha spends the book drugged to the eyeballs, feeling sorry for herself and having to deal with he ...more
Even the author's wordsmithery is slightly improved in this round. The first novel did have a few flaws in what I'd call text imprecision, in wording, mostly. Though as ...more
I feel this reflects the general theme of this dark, explicit, twisted tale. This sequel joins the ranks of my top 5 fantasy novels I have read this year. Beware Big Shots, Luke Scull is the r ...more
Pantheonic Literature is perhaps as old as humanity`s firs epic i.e. The Gilgamesh - If not older, making it one of the oldest tropes in collective imagination.Humans have always included Gods as a pivotal part of the narrative, often being the cause or the effect of mayor events. Heroes may be tested, rewarded ...more
Let me first say that I think that Luke Scull is an excellent writer. The prose is well-crafted, and the dialogue often engaging. But, the storytelling, here, could use some work.
Sword of the North is a story of coincidences. In most books, we can suspend our disbelief a bit at chance encounters. But, when the amount of disbelief is equivalent to a billion gallons of water dropped over the top of a ...more
In fact, I was naught but entertained ... and exceedingly time-poor.
I've developed something of a pattern to my purchasing of books of late. The ones I truly want to read, to savour, to honour the author's work by paying the full fee - they are the books I buy from a good ol' fashioned bookstore in hard copy. Tho ...more
Another character a truely liked was Sir Meredith. The man is a knight from Tarbonne, presently serving in the Kingsguard. He is a man who thinks he doesn't get what he deserves, what he is ought to get as a knight. Combine that ...more
The Sword of the North is an excellent book. The characters have acquired substance and feel like real people. It's full of great battles, huge swords, blood, demons, monsters, gods, mages, gore, human experimentation, dark humor, love, tragedy, hate and revenge.
A huge improvement compared to the first book in the series.
It's taken me a while to get the book read, but that's nothing to do with the quality it. In fact, this second novel by Luke Scull is even better than his debut. If you like your fantasy grim and bleak but full ...more
Luke's first novel, THE GRIM COMPANY, was shortlisted for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award, 2014.
Visit his website at: www.lukescull.com ...more