Epic new fantasy from the bestselling author of The Summoner. In a city beset by monsters, three brothers must find out who is controlling the abominations.
The city-state of Ravenwood is wealthy, powerful, and corrupt. Merchant Princes and Guild Masters wager fortunes to outmaneuver League rivals for the king’s favor and advantageous trading terms. Lord Mayor Ellor Machison wields assassins, blood witches, and forbidden magic to assure that his powerful patrons get what they want, no matter the cost.
Corran, Rigan, and Kell Valmonde are Guild Undertakers, left to run their family’s business when guards murdered their father and monsters killed their mother. Their grave magic enables them to help souls pass to the After and banish vengeful spirits. Rigan’s magic is unusually strong and enables him to hear the confessions of the dead, the secrets that would otherwise be taken to the grave.
When the toll exacted by monsters and brutal guards hits close to home and ghosts expose the hidden sins of powerful men, Corran, Rigan and Kell become targets in a deadly game and face a choice: obey the Guild, or fight back and risk everything.
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Gail Z. Martin is the best-selling author of Chronicles of the Necromancer series, the Deadly Curiosities series and, with Larry N. Martin, the steampunk adventure, Iron and Blood for Solaris. She has also written the The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga and The Fallen Kings Cycle for Orbit Books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Scourge" by Gail Z. Martin is an excellent edition to her catalogue of fantasy. This particular first entry into "Darkhurst" could almost be considered grimdark as we follow the three undertaker Valmonde brothers. Each has their struggles as living in Ravenwood is not to be taken lightly. Not only are the town guards too busy harassing the locals to protect them, but there are nightly monster attacks that the average citizen is forbidden to confront. Magic is not so much outlawed as tightly controlled and those that wish to practice free of the Lord Mayor's control have quite literally gone underground to do so - hiding in the sewers. As a fan of "The Chronicles of the Necromancer" series, it is nice to see Martin returning to the foray of fantasy after her urban novels. The characters are compelling and "Scourge" hits all the high-notes that make fantasy books so rewarding. Conflict is in no short supply and Martin is not only able to build tension between the protagonists and the machinations of the Lord Mayor but there is also the push-pull familiar to all sibling groups where the desire to stay together must override the self-interest of splitting apart. In short, I eagerly await to see what Martin produces for Darkhurst #2.
Gail Martin, has once again, drawn me into an unexpected world with the beginning of her latest series. I do not enjoy spoilers, when I am reading reviews of books, so I'm going to give my fellow readers as much of a spoiler-free courtesy as I can. Ms. Martin's descriptive writing draws you into the world where you feel the sorrow, relief, joy, and heart pounding suspense of the characters involved. The fear and torture, and unthinkable choices the people of the Ravenwood have to endure from the leadership is enough to drive the townsfolk to rebellion, but they also have to contend with ravenous, blood thirsty monsters! Undertakers (yes you read that right) and a group of their friends step up to not only make their town safer, but also avenge losses (one was very unexpected to me, but you'll have to read to venture a guess as to who). The ties that are created between the people in the mortal world and the world of the gods was not something I expected. The only bad thing about this is that book two is not available yet. I would recommend this book as a weekend read, because if you have to work the next day you won't get any sleep. Please note that I received an advanced ARC copy of this book and I have not been paid for this review.