The Horns of Ruin
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 ...more
The writing itself is serviceable, and does manage to avoid a number of the idiotic tur ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[ the way the incantations are in fact a retelling of the glory of the gods, the fa ...more
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 ...more
Basically Horns of Ruin is a comic strip disguised as a novel and set in a steampunk/fantasy world and the inventiveness of the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more