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The Horns of Ruin

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  657 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Eva Forge is the last paladin of the dead god, Morgan.

Eva, forsaken by her parents and forgotten by her family, was the last child dedicated to the Cult of Morgan. Morgan, god of battle and champion of the Fraterdom, was assassinated by his jealous brother, Amon. Over time, the Cult of Morgan has been surpassed by other gods, his blessings ignored in favor of brighter tech
Paperback, 268 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
The star of this book is the setting, more specifically the world. I can't even begin to tell you the volumes upon volumes of text that I would read if they were set in the world where the city of Ash resides. I don't want to go into too much detail, because part of the fun is discovering all of it yourself, but if you like weird, slightly pulpy but generally awesome world-building, you'll probably like this.

The writing itself is serviceable, and does manage to avoid a number of the idiotic tur
Jan 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
The Horns of Ruin could have been a fantastic tale of revenge and theological theory in a steampunk world--instead it's a paltry, careless foray into a partial steampunk, magic tinged world that mostly leaves the reader with the question, "Who decided Eva Forge was qualified to be a savior at all?"

I think what I'm most disappointed with in this book is the careless feeling of it--Eva Forge feels like a concoction of a all-powerful female brute and teenage attempts at bad-assery. She doesn't feel
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pretty fun, a very fast read. It almost has the feel of a videogame from the 80's; the story is there, the fun is there, but I have no idea what is going on when I come in because no one reads manuals. There's even mention of 'buffing' and such, so the language makes that connection pretty easily. Descriptions are a bit minimal, and sometimes I had trouble getting the right picture in my head of what was going on. Lots of action, with a blurring over of most location descriptions. The magic syst ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it

Now this book is the something different I've been looking for lately. It's a difficult read though, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. I might even have to revisit this review at some point. It's a little like someone took religion (small r, generic), steampunk, aliens, the age of chivalry, urban fantasy and a modern world, and stuck it all in a blender. The only thing missing here is gobs of sex, to which I say thank goodness, it's actually nice to read a book now and then where t

Cheryl Gatling
Once upon a time, in a world that wasn't ours, because it also included a race of small gnome-like creatures called the Feyr, and reptilian creatures called the Rethari, there were three brothers, Amon the Scholar (who might better be called Amon the Engineer, because he built complex machines), Morgan the Warrior, and Alexander the Healer. They started out as men, but became gods. Each had his own cult of followers who practiced their leader's special arts. Then the god Amon killed his brother ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This had all I want in a fantasy book. Good characters, some intrigue, a plot that isn't entirely predictable, a unique setting, and a set up for future happening all add up to a superb story. The best part is the narrative voice. It's told in third person, and the protagonist's voice is consistent and distinctive. Reading this as an adult is like reading David Eddings as a child--it's the same sense of immersion and fun in a new world. I think this book would appeal to those who like Martin, Ro ...more
Ms. Library
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the idea, but a Hundred Thousand Kingdoms did it better.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: so-steamy
This book is unreadable. It is, indeed, that bad.

How to explain this? Think of any action, and tell it exactly as it happened and presume that matters (He jumped from the street. In the air he turned 45 degrees. He kicked. Hard.). Now the next action. And the next. And the next and the next.
Then cut up this nonsense of flatlining activity with pathetic dialogue that makes even Young Adult dialogue look skilled, and throw in some D-grade political fantasy story that makes you want to kill yourse
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Really liked the world that this was set in. lots of potential for more stories hopefully some prequels.
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shadowhawk reviews his first ever steampunk-fantasy read and comes away with an interest in reading more.

“Relatively fast paced with some really vivid world-building, this is a novel with a compelling complexity to it that just makes you want to go on reading and not stop.” ~The Founding Fields

The Horns of Ruin is the second novel published by Pyr Books that I’ve read this year and another one that I quite enjoyed reading. When I requested review copies from them, I mostly went by the cover art
Felix Zilich
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
Пересказать Муркока языком Джима Батчера – это нужно иметь определенную наглость. У Тима Акерса её навалом. Он, как и Гарри Дрезден, парень из Чикаго, любит собак, боевую магию и прочую лабуду, поэтому даже из стимпанкового романа сделал не викторианское чаепитие, а богоборческую одиссею с револьвером за поясом.

Несколько столетий назад три брата – Амон Созидатель, Морган Воитель и Александр Целитель – возглавили человечество, сокрушили древнюю империю фейри и построили на её руинах грандиозный м
Dusty Bibliophile
Tim Akers creates the world of a dead city seething with life in The Horns of Ruin. The story begins as Eva Forge, the last paladin of the dead god Morgan, escorts the leader of her cult to an appointment which marks the beginning of a quest to fulfill her oath to defend her Order against those who would destroy the last remnants of the dead warrior god's servants. Her quest leads her through the world of Ash, a world of magic and engineering that fuses steampunk and fantasy. And through this re ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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he Horns of Ruin is a steampunk second world fantasy that is worth checking out. The novel is set in a massive city of Ash, the seat of the Fraterdom.

The Fraterdom was established a few hundred years ago by three human brothers who became gods: Alexander, Morgan, and Amon. This is a world where technology, magic, and religion are really indistinguishable, but it definitely has a steampunk feel.

The pro
Cécile C.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Well, this is a completely non-literary four, because we're all allowed our guilty pleasures from time to time. No, this book is unlikely to blow your mind with it's wonderful style and deep explorations of human nature and societies. No, you probably won't find much to say about the character once you scratch the surface. But it still was tons of fun.

One thing I often regret about steampunk is that, while I love the idea of it, and I usually enjoy steampunk worlds, there are few books so far th
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
Ostensibly, this book is steampunk but the technology and the feel didn’t quite match up. It follows the story of Eva Forge, last Paladin of the slain god Morgan, as she battles against the extinction of her religion at the hands of an unknown enemy.

There was quite a bit to like about this book. I found the setting quite vivid and it was easy to picture the individual locations as well as the city of Ash as a whole. The action scenes were also well written. I found they were clear and held suita
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It is highly unusual for my opinion, my sentiment of a book to change drastically. And yet this is what happened here.

The story in a Steampunk-like world (with differences) is given in a first-person narrative, and this usually means that some part of the uncertainty is given away from the beginning (exceptions: spirit and ghost-like narrative). Not bad; it is OK. However, it was hard to get on well with the main character: very lineal, obsessive and rather dull. The rest of the characters are o
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is Tim Akers' meditation on the nature of Divinity and on the mechanics of Ascension. It is told from the perspective of Eva, the last Paladin of a dead god.

To say that Eva is angry is something of an understatement. She fights with everyone. Friends, loved ones, and enemies alike. The venue may shift from the verbal to the physical and back again, but she is always fighting.

It is a book of action, despite or, perhaps even because of the subject matter.

Though often classified as "Ste
Courtney Lake
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-read
I found this to be a very intriguing read. A fast paced story that never really slows down, lots of fighting guts and gore, and it’s refreshing to have a main character in a "mystery" book be so action oriented. While I think Eva may be a little super-charged, she's supposed to be that way- The last Supreme Warrior of a dead god of war. She barrels through the storyline bashing heads and slaying bad guys until she figures out what’s happening to her fellow cult members and puts a stop to it. All ...more
At first, I wasn't really taken by the book. The first part of it is very wordy, with complicated turn of phrases. Since it's a completely new universe, it's already difficult enough to take in all the new informations, without needing to parse through the metaphors used.

On the other side, there are some very, very nice sentences. Also, the way the religion and magic are created is brilliant. I love (view spoiler)
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is Steampunk at its most unusual. Eva is a paladin soldier of a dead god, Morgan in the floating city of Ash. The two other gods in the pantheon are Alexander, the last one and Amon the Betrayer, the Scholar, who supposedly, Morgan killed. The worldbuilding is unique, the city floats in a crater filled with water covering a more ancient city destroyed when the three brother gods destroyed some more ancient gods and flooded the city to keep the relics out of the hands of the surviving discip ...more
Sherie Davis
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the world building in this book. I think most authors would have tried to make this a series and really this book could have been more flushed out and the author could have gone all standard trilogy with it. But he didn't and it was awesome. There were a few things that were difficult like, and this might just be my problem, it took me a while to really get a good feel for what the city Ash looked like. I found myself picturing something in my head only to have it described in a ...more
Emily Leathers
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eva is the last Paladin of Morgan, and quite a hand with a full sword. But that's where the connections to typical fantasy end. Eva's world is full of monotrains and guns, and a very enlightened understanding of arcane power.

The book starts off slowly, and with long, long, long descriptions of battle. But it starts and ends in the right places - on the day that changed Eva's life, and right as she resolves that challenge. On a whole I enjoyed the writing style, and the world building was unique
Very disappointing; I had so high hopes for this one after the wonderful Veridon novel and the Horns of Ruin was so linear, unsubtle, lacking nuance, predictable and with a heroine that is "wonder woman on steroids", untouchable and unbeatable with the often repeated "magical" invocations that became so annoying that I would shudder and skip when i encountered them...

Basically Horns of Ruin is a comic strip disguised as a novel and set in a steampunk/fantasy world and the inventiveness of the
May 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had my hopes up for this one. At first, I was expecting a fresh feel. Something light and fast paced.
Unfortunately though, I found the main character more than annoying. Almost every action, every word and thought got me to shake my head. Why did I have the feeling that some cliché redneck was portrayed here?
As for me, I have to get some kind of connection to the characters. Otherwise, I simply can't enjoy a book.
Despite that, the book had potential. The setting itself with a couple of histori
Fantasy Literature
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoy steampunk novels. The alternate technology amuses me. When a stream of magic is blended into it as well, a steampunk world is a great place to set a story. The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers has just such a setting.

Eva Forge is the last Paladin of Morgan, the God of War and the Hunt. He fought many battles, won many wars, and then was killed by his own brother, also a God. The followers of Morgan were once numerous and powerful. Eva is not the last of her kind — there are a few others — but
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
an unexpectedly good read from a new author. The beginning read like the script for a Hollywood action movie...maybe Underworld or something with a mythological theme - all slashing swords and leaps and kicks and multiple fighters.....but Akers managed to hook me, so much so that I found myself skimming over the fight descriptions to know what happened to a key character.

It took me some time to warm to Eva, the main character who is a Paladin of a dead god named Morgan. I found her a bit too stu
May 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
I receieved this book as a thank you gift for being a panelist at the Canadian National Steampunk Exhibition, and to be honest, I expected more. The story was a rather standard pulp fantasy; enjoyable as such, but nothing special. However, I can barely manage to give it the label "steampunk". There was a slight technofantasy aesthetic influence, but beyond that it was all swords, sorcery and monk robes. The writing also irked me: pairing high fantasy language with modern slang and having four de ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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Caroline Berg
Quite frankly, this wasn't an amazing book – that is to say, it was highly predictable and didn't have the best writing, but it is packed with action. So if you want a quick read with say, lots and lots and lots of random violence, this is the book for you. The main female character doesn't stop kicking ass. Mind you, she is a member of a religious order for the local god of war, so fighting is what she does. She punches first, asks questions later the entire book, which can get tiresome when yo ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting blend of supernatural fantasy and steampunk genres set in a capital city ruled by one of three brothers who ascended to godhood and then fell on each other. Each led a human cult until one murdered another and was in turn killed for the deed. The survivor became a god-king, imprisoned the scholarly followers of the Betrayer, and then left the third cult of the Warrior to wither away over time. Our heroine is a young Paladin of the ailing cult when things start to go topsy-turvy. She ...more
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Tim Akers was born in deeply rural North Carolina, the only son of a theologian. He moved to Chicago for college, where he lives with his wife of thirteen years and their German shepherd. He splits his time between databases and fountain pens.
- PyrSF
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