"Ten years have passed since the Demon War. The Forest's scars are slowly healing, the Darkwood is still and silent, and few demons ever venture out of the endless night. But in a clearing not far from the Darkwood boundary, in a darkness where a sun has never risen and a moon has never shone, an ancient evil stirs in its sleep and dreams foul dreams."
And with those words, New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green begins the third of his Forest Kingdom novels, a classic sword-and-sorcery quest of four Rangers, three outlaws, and one Infernal Device that could reawaken a Beast that's best left sleeping. Travel along with Duncan MacNeil, the witch Constance, Jessica Flint and Giles Dancer as they -- and their buried secrets -- go down among the dead men on the adventure of a lifetime.
Trigger warnings: violence. Lots of violence. Graphic descriptions of battles and injuries. A backstory in which a female character basically seduces a man so that she can rob him once he's naked and he kills her. IDEK what to call that, but it happens.
So if you guys have been around here for any length of time, you'll know that Blue Moon Rising, the first book in this series, is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE fantasy books. You'll also know that I love Blood and Honour, the second book in this series a LOT. These books are now out of print, so I was really excited to discover that the rest of the series is available on Kindle, and immediately bought this one, the third book in the Forest Kingdom series.
Uuuuuunfortunately, this one wasn't nearly as compelling as the previous two. I honestly think it's partly because the entire story takes place in a day or two, and so it almost feels a little bit like a long novella?? I mean, it's all in the one place. There are only...seven? Eight? characters in the entire book. And aside from a handful of flashbacks, it's a very small window in which these events occur.
Maybe it's because I loved the other two SO MUCH that I was let down by this one, but it just...didn't really work for me and it ended up almost feeling like filler. I'll push on and reread the fourth book in the hopes that it's more like the first two, but this one was just...meh.
A horror novel in a fantasy setting, this. The plot is as threadbare as they come and I never cared much for any of the characters. Yet, despite its shortcomings, this novel still managed to draw me in. It is a reasonably engaging read, if you're into this kind of thing. The premise is simple: a patrol arrives at a remote border fort to investigate its lack of response to any communication, what they find there is frankly Lovecraftian.
If you've read Phantoms by Dean Koontz, you'll also be noting some similarities. This novel, however, is much shorter, since there is much less going on. Also, the setting is obviously vastly different. There were one or two moments which almost shined. Almost. Well, the thing is, even though I enjoyed reading it, there are so many other good fantasy books out there. Read them first.
It's a quick, fast-paced read, so I'll recommend it for fans of Simon R. Green. If you're looking for fantasy, heroic or otherwise, with decent characters and a layered plot, look elsewhere. This book is apparently part of the Hawk & Fisher universe, something I haven't gotten around to reading yet. If you're new to this author, I'd recommend Deathstalker instead.
Третя книга з серії зовсім інша. Ні тобі інтриг, ні престолів, ні хитрощів. Такий собі хорор і трешняк. З цієї книги вийшов би першокласний фільм жахів, який би я не змогла дивитись. Плюс автору за реалістичність, за схему "герой+антигерой" б'ються проти ще більшого зла. Також за те, що його книги не відпускають. Зроблю перерву в читанні його творінь. Книга мені не сильно сподобалась. Читати її здебільшого було огидно, але якби починати трилогію з цієї книги все було б ок :) Після першої книжки в мене були дуже великі очікування, тому оцінки скотилися.
Ожидала я от книги … Ну не знаю, лёгкого, не обременённого большим смыслом чтения с изрядной долей юмора (вспоминая «Тёмное сердце Лондона», где всё это было). Ожидания не оправдались ни в одном из пунктов. Персонажи не раскрыты абсолютно и неинтересны. Диалогов минимум, весь текст по большей части состоит из затянутых описаний всего на свете, от пейзажей до снов. Всё это скучно �� уныло. Моря крови в заброшенной крепости должны бы вызвать какую-то дрожь, но не вызывают. Вообще. Не страшно и не интересно.
Отношения в группе разведчиков нелепы. Спрашивается, зачем вообще было брать в группу ведьму? Каждый раз, «чувствуя неладное», обращаться к ней, а потом игнорировать всё ею сказанное и поступать ровно наоборот. Потому что, будь это старая наша ведьма, мы бы послушались, а Кассандра молодая и неопытная, так что… К чему тогда воздух сотрясать?
В общем, всё это пребывание в жуткой заброшенной крепости на границе Лесного Королевства с заляпанными кровью стенами, ночными кошмарами и пробуждающимся древним ужасом, считаю впустую потраченным временем. До финала я не добралась и мне совершенно неинтересно, чем всё закончится. А с чего всё началось, я уже начинаю забывать, и это к лучшему.
I really enjoyed this book. This is the kind of fantasy novel I love so much but they just don't publish any more. Fun sword and sorcery for the sake of sword and sorcery. There is a lot of head hopping in this book, which usually annoys me, but it didn't in this case. Anyway, just a good, solid, fun story.
I didn’t intend to continue with this series except that the first chapter was tagged onto the end of Blood and Honour so of course I read that and had to continue. It’s okay, has a premise that keeps you reading but I just never found any bonds with any of the characters. Then again, this is one of these books where that is not important.
Dnf'd it after 72%. It's lacking of the typical humor that I'm used to from greens other books. The characters were okay, I did quite like Flint and the dancer but I couldn't get myself up to finish the book. It was boring. I'm sorry to have to say that about a book from Simon Green.
So, the acting was great, but the book never grabbed me. It had one throwback to the original books in my opinion and I felt like that might have been the whole point. GraphicAudio's first Blue Moon books were definitely the best books thus far.
Duncan MacNeil and his comrades are the vanguard of the local army. Which means they get the dirty jobs no one else wants. And so they find themselves investigating a border fort that’s apparently been abandoned, leaving a void in the structure of local power. But when they arrive, just before the onset of a severe storm, they will quickly realize that the elements outside the fort may not be as bad as the ones inside…. Like the previous two novels, Down Among the Dead Men is a one-off, action-packed novella that expands on Green’s Haven series. If only by way of background to several of the players therein. But unlike the previous two, this one is seemingly less meaningful, although enjoyable. Certainly not as gripping or as characterful as the others. But interesting and certainly not a bad read.
So I'm just skipping along, and then to my everlasting amusement there was a bloody gruesome action scene. Here's an example of how surpised I was when I clearly saw it coming... GIFSoup
I will warn you now don't read this if you don't want a few spoilers. Even though this book takes place in the Forest Kingdom. It doesn't have any characters that are in the first books, but a younger generation associated or apprenticed to characters in previous books.Cool factor. Yes, I miss the older characters, but I'm liking the new ones well enough.
Following the Rangers to a broken down Border Post. Strange goings-ons that emphasize the words: old, wrong, and cold. Not cool! To all authors out there!! Saying a sentence three times is effing enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GIFSoup
The witch hmm... Kinda torn with her. On one aspect I was impressed, she was really determined. This though would lead to her fault in arrogance and overestimating her skill level. Big fish leaving the little pond to move to the ocean type of deal.
Then you had your badass couple. Who give you some of the comedy... GIFSoup
Then you also you have your boys who are clearly too big for their breeches... GIFSoup
A decade ago, the Darkwood rose up and threatened to swallow the Forest Kingdom. It was driven back, but with great loss. Now a fort built on the border of the kingdom has gone silent and a small group of Rangers are sent to investigate, finding an evil more ancient than the demons of the Darkwood.
I didn't really notice the author of this book when I bought it, just caring that it sounded vaguely interested and was the right size to fit into my pocket, but Simon R. Green is known as a horror writer, and I'm not a horror fan by any means. However, after reading it, although there is horror here, it's very visual horror. It's not the long drawn-out horror that can leave you uneasy for weeks afterwards, but the splatter-horror of the cinema. If this book had been a film, it would be gory and there would be a few 'jump' moments, but because I don't have a particularly visual imagination when I'm reading, I only smiled wryly at the column of blood that erupted when a trapdoor was opened, for example.
The story was okay, albeit not hugely original, and the magic system was infuriatingly vague and unsatisfying. The characters were just sketches, with only Sergeant McNeil, the leader of the Rangers, getting any filling out at all. An enjoyable enough way to spend a few hours but utterly unmemorable.
What can I say? A short book compared to other books of the series, Down Among the Dead Men is like other works of Green. Gory, but with less action than usual. Most of the book you are in suspense, and you don't know when something is going to happen. That, of course, changes toward the end. The characters were forgettable in my opinion. None of them were really likable too. But that doesn't matter in a standalone short (relative to the rest of this series) story. Then again, it was a good enough horror fantasy. I recommend it to you if you are a fan of the genre, or you like Green's work.
I have to say I wasn't as in love with this book as I was with the other Forest/Northern Kingdoms books. I think a large part of that is this is definitely more of a horror story and not a fantasy adventure. I enjoyed the different characters and how they were all developed through their fears and pasts but it didn't have quite the same magic as Blue Moon Rising and Blood and Honor. Overall, I did have a good time reading this especially because we get to see the Forest Kingdom ten years on from the Demon War and also the experiences of those who were not in the main narrative of the Demon War.
The story took place over the span of about 2 days. It's just about searching through an abandoned fort and killing something dangerous. I am not sure why, but I was not as drawn in by this book as the others. It felt more appropriate as a novella rather than an actual book.
I would say skip it unless you are a diehard Simon R. Green fan.
Another great book by Simon R. Green. The author masterfully blends fantasy and horror into one excellent, exciting and occasionally bone-chilling novel. I think that he could have used a darker ending, it would have made the book perfect. As it is, it's still, as they say about the "Deathstalker" series by the same author, "bloody funny and extremely bloody". Heartily recommended.
I really enjoyed this one, especially when I realized the link between it and the Rupert/Julia books. It's nothing very deep, but it's an enjoyable read with characters that are pretty well fleshed out. I like the grittiness of Green's writing.