The Gutter Prayer
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ghouls who feed on rotting flesh. People who slowly turn to stone, becoming living statues with incredible strength b ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“Everything’s a weapon if you’re willing to use it...”
- Carillon Thay
ALL THE STARS!!!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
.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
This was great! What started out as a cool heist story, quickly evolved into something much more unique. I loved all the weird and wonderful alchemical creations and eldritch monsters. Also loved the irreverent character of Aleena; a Saint with a potty mouth :-) - 4.5/5 stars.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more