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The Gutter Prayer

(The Black Iron Legacy #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,875 ratings  ·  587 reviews
A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

The city has always been. The city must finally end. When three thieves - an orphan, a ghoul, and a cursed man - are betrayed by the master of the thieves guild, their quest for revenge uncovers dark truths about
Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 17th 2019 by Orbit
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Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Manifest Delusions & Dark fantasy readers
ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit— in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think it’s too soon for me to say that The Gutter Prayer will be the best fantasy debut of 2019.

I have been anticipating this book ever since I first laid my eyes upon the gorgeous cover art by Richard Anderson. You see, I have this perception that any fantasy book with Richard Anderson’s art gracing its cover will most likely reflect that beauty with amazing content inside; once again I was proven right. In my opinion
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 9/30/20

OMG! Look at this beautiful stained edge & signed/numbered book! I'm in love !!!

Omg! This book freaking rocked! I have never read anything like it!!


Highly recommend!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

James Tivendale
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received an uncorrected bound proof copy of The Gutter Prayer in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Gareth Hanrahan and Orbit Books for the opportunity. This was recommended to me by Grimdark author and general legend Michael R. Fletcher.

Hanrahan's highly anticipated fantasy debut is a real breath of fresh air. We follow three thieves who are affiliated with the underground Brotherhood. The gang's leader - Henreil - orders Carillon, Spar and Rat to steal some documentation f
Sean Barrs
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
With his imaginative characters, creative plot and twisted creatures, Hanrahan proves that fantasy can still be original.

This is an exceedingly exciting adventure of thievery and treachery. It’s immediate and gripping. It doesn’t mess around and quickly launched me into an extraordinary new fantasy world. Hanrahan is an exceptionally talented writer, and I do not hesitate to say that this book will receive heaps of claim from readers and critics alike. It truly deserves it.

The story begins
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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“Change is simultaneously a fast and a slow process. The great forces of history are slow-moving and unnoticed by those surrounded by them, visible only in hindsight where they appear inevitable.”

★ I really wanted to love this one, I heard great things about it and I bought a physical copy to maximize my experience. Most of my friends gave this 4 or 5 stars so this is quite an unpopular opinion and I am disappointed that I did not enjoy this
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
In this review, I will try to explain my 3 stars rating.

The book took me over a week to finish, which is okay if I had work or school but I didn’t. Instead, I finished several other books while reading it. Up until the 80% mark, I was bored, extremely so. An interesting chapter pops now and then but still, I found myself avoiding reading The Gutter Prayer.

As most reviews explained, the world-building was nothing short of stunning. Mr. Gareth did prove that you can be still innovative in the fant
TS Chan
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an ARC provided by the publisher, Orbit, in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

A truly extraordinary debut, The Gutter Prayer strikes an intense chord with its powerful worldbuilding, vivid imagery and evocative prose.

Two things about this book caught my attention. Firstly, the blurb which indicated that the main characters were three thieves (I have such a weakness for stories with thieves). And then, my coblogger's review which raved about the dark worldbuilding. Alright! I'll a
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book wasn’t initially on my radar, but the people over at Fantasy Inn really enjoyed it and talked about it a lot. Then I saw some other friends with similar taste start to rave about this book over on Goodreads so I decided to give it a go.

I was very taken aback by the use of second-person narration in the prologue, I don’t typically click with that writing style, but strangely enough, I was sad when it ended. After just a few paragraphs, I had sunk into the prose and didn’t want it to end
David Zampa
This novel is what would happen if Peter McLean married H.P. Lovecraft and they had a book baby who became a rebellious teenager who crushed hard on a pretty little thing called Mistborn until it learned it could never be loved in return because of its inherently monstrous nature, then went on to grow old in bitter loneliness.

That is to say, it has all of Lovecraft’s dark atmosphere and monsters, and Peter McLean’s knack for prose that makes truly ruthless storytelling unexpectedly light and adv
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Gutter Prayer is a novel that got a lot of pre-publication attention; even half a year before it was due to come out, I was already hearing readers sing its praises. This was THE fantasy novel all fans should be checking out in 2019, apparently—especially if your predilections run towards grimdark.

So I read it. And now I understand where all the love is coming from.

Our story, for the most part, is centered on the lives
Nils | nilsreviewsit
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Rat chuckles. “THERE WILL BE A WAR, OH YES.”
“Marvellous.” The Sword catches fire. “I don’t know what I’d fucking do with peace,” says the saint.’
The Gutter Prayer is the first instalment in the Black Iron Legacy series by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan. This debut novel is a an enthralling ride, filled with truly exceptional world building, and unique characters. You may have seen the hype around this book, well folks, the hype is well deserved.
It is hard for me to give you a brief outline of what the
Petros Triantafyllou
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It usually takes me two to three days to finish an average-sized book. The Gutter Prayer took me two weeks. Now you may think that I struggled to finish it, but that couldn't be further from the truth. I tried to savor it for as long as I could, because although this is just my first read for 2019 and we're only in January, I'm confident that I won't find a greater book this year.

Ghouls who feed on rotting flesh. People who slowly turn to stone, becoming living statues with incredible strength b
Nick Borrelli
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Way back in June of 2018 I came across a tweet showing this amazingly beautiful cover and touting an upcoming book release by author Gareth Hanrahan. The name of the book was THE GUTTER PRAYER, the first book in The Black Iron Legacy series. I was instantly drawn to it just from seeing the cover art alone. I mean it was just stunningly beautiful. I knew that it was a book that I would keep on my radar and as more information came trickling out about it from the publisher Orbit, I was even more c ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most would agree that change is one of the essential ingredients of any good story. Character growth and development are just as important to a story as how it begins and ends. In many cases, the most compelling stories feature characters and environments that experience massive transformations that redefine everything we knew or will know. Gareth Hanrahan’s debut novel The Gutter Prayer, book one of the Black Iron Legacy series, is one such story. It is an imaginative tale of changing identitie ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know things aren’t going to plan when you’re in the middle of a robbery and the building blows up around you, alchemical fire turning what was already a pretty difficult job into complete chaos, threatening a fiery death, and possibly getting you nicked to boot. If that was part of the game plan, nobody told Cari, Spar, or Rat. It’s almost like no-one cared whether they lived or died. Or if they got caught… Yet the man who sent them isn’t the kind of whom you ask hard questions, unless you w ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 15, 2019 marked it as dnf-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-deals
Going to put this on hold for now, and try coming back to it at a later date.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 7k-challenge
If you’ve been following my updates you probably know I wasn’t a fan of this book. I pushed through because I didn’t want to half read 2 books in a single week... I guess I’m a glutton for punishment because it wasn’t worth finishing.

I have so many issues I don’t even really know where to begin. I’m baffled this went to print this way. It feels unfinished- like a second draft with most of the proofreading errors taken out. I found multiple typos, inconsistencies in the way words were spelled, ch
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How do I even describe it? Was it just insane or insanely good? 

Enter Guerdon. Mad deities and divinely powered saints fight, Lovecraftian horrors awake and crawl out from below. Shape-shifting Ravellers, servants of the ancient and evil Black Iron Gods, bring mayhem to the streets for the first time in decades and it can only mean one thing - Doomsday approaches.

Meanwhile, a new member of the Thieves’ Brotherhood, Carillon Thay, experiences unnerving visions that place her in the centre of the
Michael Fletcher
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From carrion gods to alchemical warfare, this is genre-defying fantasy at its very best. An absolutely stunning debut. Insanely inventive and deeply twisted. I loved it! Highly recommended.
Anna Stephens
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is bonkers from start to finish. Monsters, magic, thieves, alchemists, saints and gods rub shoulders and pick pockets in the city of Guerdon while across the sea the Godswar rages on, saints and avatars and alchemical bombs making a wasteland of the paradise the gods created for their followers and now destroy.
A ghoul, a man suffering from the Stone Plague and a young woman team up to rob a building and inadvertently get dragged into a plot to bring back some very nasty gods. None of
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of The Gutter Prayer in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Gareth Hanrahan and Orbit Books for the opportunity.

The Gutter Prayer is something very rare. It is a fantasy book treading new ground, forging its own path.

From the first page, the writing lets you know that this is something very different. Not only is the narration very unusual (don’t even ask me what this narrative voice is called), Hanrahan’s voice is so unique, it is truly hard to believe that th
James Islington
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Went to write reviews of another couple of books I’ve just read, and realised I’d forgotten to leave even a rating for this (despite having read the ARC for it… mid last year, I think?). That’s somewhat to my shame, because it’s a wonderfully written, highly original debut that’s still quite clear in my memory even several months on.

For those interested, the world – or more specifically, the city in which the entire story is set – is solidly ‘grimdark’, but the main characters are likeable and
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
“Everything’s a weapon if you’re willing to use it...”
- Carillon Thay


George R.R. Martin without the rape. Brandon Sanderson without the extra five hundred pages of drudgery.

Epic fantasy has a new king: Gareth Hanrahan. Bow down nerds.

“We’re thieves,” says Cari, “call it a heist.”

Runaway, robber, traveler: Cari swore she would never return to Guerdon. But she’s found her outlaw family in Spar and Rat, something worth fighting for.

“There are moments when things change, when
Hiu Gregg
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
I like a lot of the books I read, but The Gutter Prayer is one of the few that I can say I actually loved.

It’s almost hard to put it into words. I want to rant, I want to squee, and I want to just spew out superlatives until you go ahead and pre-order the damned thing just to shut me the hell up.

I’ve tried to describe to my friends just how great it is, and I feel like I owe them an apology for some of the manic nonsense that they had to listen to. This book is so good that it reduced me to a b
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

.UPDATE: The Gutter Prayer is currently on sale now 1st July, 2019 in the Kindle UK Store for 99p.

"Isn't it wonderful to be here in the great city of Guerdon, with all its sights and strangeness"

I'm not sure what i was expecting when i started The Gutter Prayer. I'd seen the reviews, obviously, from readers who'd gotten the ARC (those lucky people) - they were glorious. It wasn't just one person lauding this book, everyone who's review i hold in high regard was unanimous in their rating of this

Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah (thegirltheycalljones) by: Petrik
So, it appears that my reading year is - at least until now - almost entirely sponsored by Petrik, and it has the best average rating so far so I thought it should be said. Thanks for this precious rec, man!

Not only does Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan have the coolest real name a human being can dream to have, he also has the coolest ideas!

The Gutter Prayer has the best original mythology I've read in a long time, and it was definitely the aspect I liked the most in his book.
>> A communicable disease th
Liz Barnsley
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally crazy. I mean lunatic mad. But utterly brilliant.
So we have Gods and sorcery, Stone Men and ghouls, worm creatures, Tallow men, Alchemists, thieves, the churches and the people, all in one huge melting pot of a city where there’s about to be a revolution. Or something…
Either way our heroes Cari, Rat and Spar are about to have the adventure of a lifetime. Well actually the reader is about to, they will all be too busy staying alive and unravelling the chaos. When they are not
Dannii Elle
Hello, new favourite fantasy!

As soon as I saw this intriguing cover with its darkly connotative title, I knew had to read this book. And I couldn't have had a better person to do so with! I've been buddy reading this fantasy first with @the_nameless_thirteenth on Instagram and we have fallen in love with all of the same characters as we puzzled through the maze-like plot structure together. This is a book that definitely lends itself to being read with another, as it is truly a unique and immers
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Gutter Prayer has a wonderfully balanced mix of worldbuilding, grimdark sensibilities, striking characters, and a huge blowout of an ending. Between an interesting race of Ghouls who get power from eating the dead, to men who are slowly, horribly turning into stone, or from an extremely fascinating history filled with old gods (and an extremely interesting setup and rule-orientation for them), overall, I thought this novel was a pretty decent epic-fantasy setup. There are many other details, ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.75 stars, perhaps on a re-read 5. It was close.

This book is simply fantastic. First of all, look at this cover. It's beautiful. Second of all, I read this in two days. I couldn't stop. It's innovative, original, and simply a treat to read. I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed The Gutter Prayer. Amazing characters, fabulous world building, and I think every fantasy fan should read this.

Fantasy is rarely unique, but Hanrahan managed to deliver a book that is a breath of fresh air.

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