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As Flies to Wanton Boys

(Immortal Treachery #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Three years have passed since Tarmun Vykers’ victory over the mad sorcerer who called himself the End-of-All-Things. But they’ve been three long years, confined to a sick bed with a grievous wound that will not heal, cannot be healed by any means known to man. And then something unthinkable happens, and Vykers is summoned once again to save the kingdom. This same mysteriou ...more
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Published (first published December 27th 2013)
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Tom H
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's books like this that make me love the Grimdark genre so much. The characters are all brilliantly written, the writing is hilarious at times (I love Spirk), it's brutal, it's exciting, I couldn't recommend this series enough! Go read it people =)
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't for the life of me remember the last time I read a book of 600ish pages so quickly. I finished it in two days (in two 12 hour bouts). As Flies to Wanton Boys by Allan Batchelder is a page-turner if ever I read one.

The story in this second installment of the Immortal Treachery series is totally different when compared to the first book. It's easy to see that the author's writing has matured. The stuff that made the first book so good -witty dialogue/banter, over-the-top gory action scene
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second instalment in the "Immortal Treachery" series with the Reaper returning as the main protagonist. I loved the first book a lot; it had great characters, brutal action and an amazing battle as ending. The second provides more greatness!

In the first book it became quickly clear what you're in for; not so in the second one. The second book provides much more mystery and in the end you'll notice that the story is very different. The queen goes missing and it's up to the Reaper to
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
- Characterization
- Long's gang infiltration
- Absurdly lucky plotlines and events
- The queen's revelation

General remarks:
- Sad to see Three go
- Don't care much for the Vykers-Arune-Aiofe interest triangle
- Don't know what to think about the cliffhanger at the end.

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C.T. Phipps
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
AS FLIES TO WANTON BOYS is a superior sequel to the original STEEL, BLOOD, AND FIRE. The plot is deeper, the characters are more evocatuive, and the action more exciting. I have to say that Allan Batchelder is one of the better independent fantasy writers I've read and this is probably his best work.

The book opens with Tarmun Vykers, the protagonist of the previous book, permanently bedridden from the injuries inflicted on him by the villain of the previous book. In a setting with magic, anythin
Molly Ringle
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love what Allan did here: though keeping within the epic grimdark fantasy world created with the first volume, the plot flavor (if you will) of this one is more along the lines of mystery. The Queen has disappeared, there are virtually no clues as to what's happened to her, and our heroes from book 1 are dispersed to various places to find out what they can. It leads each of them into a crazy adventure of his or her own, some mostly comic, some mostly tragic, many a blend of the two. And I had ...more
Sean E Britten
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the first book in the Immortal Treachery series, I couldn’t have been the only one wondering where the sequel was going to go after ‘Steel, Blood & Fire’ seemingly razed half the continent and ended in such an epic battle of good vs evil (or not-as-evil vs evil). If anything, ‘As Flies to Wanton Boys’ is an even better sequel. It starts out on similar beats, hero Tarmun Vykers is broken and on the verge of defeat (although in much more comfortable circumstances) until he’s needed for what ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked it! And loved the twists at the end.
Jeffery Reid
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Unexpectedly, a great story. I'm looking for Book three as soon as I finish this review that's not really a review.......
Angad Oberoi
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Rudy Dyck
The first book was epic and very interesting. I enjoyed it greatly. The second book doesn't come close to matching the first book. It is much slower and nowhere near as epic. Don't get me wrong. Not every book has to have a battle over the fate of the world or some epic nature. But it better be interesting with interesting characters and that's where this book failed. Not only is there no epic story line in this book, much of the book centers around Long Pete and his crew. I found their stories ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tarmun Vyker's services are necessary again for the Virgin Queen, although she would rather keep her distance from him and his amazing killing skills. She and her Shaper sorcerers have kept Vykers alive from the magical wound he sustained at the end of book one, and they have given him a belt that will keep some of his discomfort at bay, but he is not fully Vykers. Yet, he must journey over the ocean, which few ships ever return from, to rescue the Queen. He is reunited with #3, his Chimera coll ...more
Sir Arthur
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first book. Brilliant blend of action, adventure, great characterization, and humor. I almost never give a five star rating, but Batchelder is easily the most underrated author in fantasy. Only because he's new and mostly unknown. I can think of several popular fantasy authors I've read and enjoyed in the recent years, and these books are head and tails above!
If you enjoy high fantasy written for adults you really should dive into this world.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sequel to Steel, Blood and Fire. The story of the Reaper continues as he's called for yet another impossible quest. Same as the first book - Really fun to read, with tons of action and good humor on the side.
Just Me
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first.

It is honestly amazing to me that these books are not more popular. The story is simply one of the most entertaining I have read.
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Allan is a professional actor, educator and former stand-up comedian. In addition to Steel, Blood & Fire, he's also written plays, screenplays, online articles, dialogue for computer games, greeting card sentiments and more. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a Master's in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. He is a huge fan of Shakespeare, St ...more

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