Scar Night

Scar Night

by Alan Campbell
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Scar Night 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Buck_Thunderstud More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this series a lot, but overall, there isn't much character development. While the story holds up well regardless, it leaves you wondering how much better it could have been. That aside, still recommend the whole series.
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jessicka More than 1 year ago
loved it. worth reading if you like dark fantasy. very imaginative, i didn't feel a if i were reading a spin-off of the classic typical fantasy. the setting is awesome, the society and church interactions were great, and the the pantheon of gods very original. i have it in my book case at home, after having checked it out from the library (twice) and even gave a copy as a gift to someone with similar reading tastes.
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KWR57 More than 1 year ago
Offered it's own mythology. Good solid character development. Interestingly different concept form the typical sword and sorcery model of most fantasy. Kind of seems like the author got lazy and rushed the ending a little, but I enjoyed the book and can reccomend it to fantasy fans. I'm half way through Iron Angel (the sequel) and a little disappointed. Seems like Campbell is trying too hard and adding more, but less developed, characters. It's a little all over the place and the new characters are not nearly as compelling or appealing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the world of Deepgate, a city suspended by chains over a vast and mysterious chasm. Only after you have lived your life and died will you find what lies underneath Deepgate at the bottom of the abyss. The religion of Deepgate tells its people that they will find peace when your body is thrown or `sent¿ to the bottom of the pit where the God Ulcis waits with the noble souls of the dead to greet you. But is this true¿? Are the priests or `Presbyters¿ hiding something? In death do the people of Deepgate find peace when they are cast into the pit? Or for thousands of years has the religion of this chained city been based simply on a myth¿? That is what, Rachael, an assassin ¿ known to Deepgate citizens as a Spine - is going to find out whether she likes it or not. Rachael has sworn to protect Dill, a teenage angel descended from a holy bloodline and together driven by a quest to save the city, of Deepgate they must travel deep into the abyss and face Ulcis if they want to succeed in their task. Will the creatures that they have been told are their enemies truly be their adversaries, or will the men they have been taught to respect and admire be their greatest threat¿? Scar Night, is a first novel written by Alan Campbell and also the first volume in the Deepgate Codex and it is a terrific start to what promises to become a thrilling saga. However, you can tell that the author has been heavily influenced by other fantasy classics, such as Gormenghast. Like Gormenghast, if you don¿t stick with it, Scar Night can be a little bit hard to get into. At the beginning of the book, so many characters are introduced and their role in the city is described in such detail that some readers may get a bit confused or frustrated. However, just stick with it because this is the only criticism I would have of this novel. After you get past this minor hurdle and into the story, the book and characters come alive, and you will empathise with Deepgate¿s heroes and shudder at the malevolence of Deepgate¿s villains. In sum, Scar Night is an excellent first book and will leave you, after a slightly slow start waiting with great anticipation for the next instalment of the saga. The book also has some brilliant one-liners as well, all of which will bring a smile to your face along your trek through a great adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are the perfect words to describe this book. Scar Night is captivating and exciting. Campbell¿s uncanny ability to write and his command of the English language all come together in this excellent debut to form a great story. Scar Night has everything a reader wants in a fantasy novel, with a bit more. Campbell describes the city of Deepgate so well that he makes you feel as if you¿re actually there. He takes you to his wonderful world full of powers both dark and evil, and leads readers on an adventure they¿re sure to remember. Campbell is a master of excitement, as he tells us his tale of adventure and intrigue, betrayal and battles. The plot is full of interesting twists and turns, which will leave readers turning the pages. There are a few things that could be improved: not everything in the book is explained, and occasionally events in a chapter do not connect as well as they should. This is all overshadowed, however, by Campbell¿s wonderfully written and creative plot. This is an incredible start to a potentially great career as a writer, and Campbell¿s sure to entice, intrigue and excite readers with every word he writes. --LITERARY MAGIC (literarymagic.com)
harstan More than 1 year ago
Chains hold the city of Deepgate precariously above a bottomless abyss. The founders did so to worship the God of Chains Ulcis and as a means to keep the raiding barbarians from the city¿s gates. The Archon, fallen angels defending Deepgate, and others pray to Ulcis to lead their army in an assault to force open the gates of heaven shut since Ayen exiled the other gods and tossed out the angels. Yet Ulcis remains unmoved residing at the bottom of the bottomless abyss where the dead from Deepgate are tossed to feed him with their life-force. --- The city uses poisons fired from their airships to also keep the barbarians away. However, the greatest Poisoner Devon is dying from the elixirs he invented. Angry at his fate, he currently works on angelwine, a blood and soul concoction that if successful will grant him immortality. The Church leader Presbyter Sypes encourages Devon to continue his effort though that means also condoning murder as the scientist needs the recently deceased to extract the ingredients to make angelwine. Sypes¿s motive is honorable as he wants to end the carnage caused by serial killing former angel Carnival, who claims a soul every scar night, but may learn the road to Ulcis is filled with good intentions. Others are interested in Devon¿s research for personal motives making success dangerous and failure deadly. --- More a set up for later novels, SCAR NIGHT is a terrific opening act that paints a vivid picture of the dynamics of Deepgate. The story line is filled with action though not all comes together (future tales apparently) while the cast is fascinating and solid as fans learn whose who is who. Especially interesting is Devon, bitter, angry, and frustrated as he has saved his city at the cost of his life unless his fountain of youth experiment proves fruitful. Fantasy fans will enjoy Alan Campbell¿s fine first tale that creates an intriguing unique realm. --- Harriet Klausner