Monday, 26 March 2012

'Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God' - Guy Adams


Guy Adams is back. This is obviously good news, but it gets better. He has written a Sherlock Holmes book, The Breath of God. I grew up reading Sherlock Holmes, so I’m keen to find out what Guy Adams can do with my favorite detective. There is an added twist though, in the Breath of God, our favorite sleuth is not just up against natural villains, but also supernatural ones. Thank you Titan Books for providing me with a review copy of the Breath of God

Just as it should, the Breath of God starts in a living room on Baker Street, with the announcement of a visitor by Mrs Hudson. Sherlock Holmes is already restless after a period of inactivity, with no cases to stir his interest Dr Watson can only watch as his friend turns inwards, to music and his drugs. The visitor, a Dr Silence, is a man in distress, as observed by Sherlock Holmes, but his tale is one a rational man finds hard to believe. A tale of secret societies, conspiracies and magic. Factions within this society are fighting each other, and how they have somehow gotten hold of powerful magic, the breath of god, and how they intend to use it as a weapon. 

It's the kind of story you expect Sherlock Holmes, not being very open minded, to immediately dismiss. However, his own name is part of it, and there has been a murder. A young rich heir, who was a member of the occult society, was found dead with unexplainable injuries. He was so bruised, with every bone in his body broken, it appeared he had died from falling from a great height. His body was found in London, where such a fall could not have taken place. 

It's all enough for Sherlock Holmes to start his investigation, and it's a very familiar approach where Dr Watson follows him around, only to get everything wrong. They jump on and off coaches, travels by train, and Sherlock Holmes does not reveal much of what he knows. Pretty much what you expect, at least until the first demon appears...

It's always a risk as a writer wearing someone else's shoes, or pen, when you take on their characters. Readers will have expectations on how they act, the setting and atmosphere. Guy Adams does a good job tackling the characters and the setting. Dr Watson is narrating, and both language and setting feels both familiar and appropriate for the time. 

At first the occult aspect seemed like a big risk, but then I was reminded of the Hound of Baskerville and also the remake of that book in Sherlock, the new BBC TV show. So horror is not really something new for a Sherlock Holmes novel, but Guy Adams takes it to the next level, scary stuff is his forte. I have not read any of those genre blending Sherlock Holmes books, but I found the horror and suspense refreshing, while still keeping it real enough, avoiding straying too far away from the originals. 

The Breath of God was well worth reading, and I will pick up Guy Adam's next Sherlock Holmes novel, The Army of Doctor Moreau, when it's released. 

The Breath of God weighs in at 224 pages and is published by Titan Books

Sunday, 25 March 2012

What I'm Reading Next

This is a picture from this morning of my latest read. It might be in a Starbucks. It's dripping with syrupy epicness so far. That's a good thing...

Thursday, 22 March 2012

'Omega Point' - Guy Haley


Omega Point is the sequel to Reality 36, one of my favourite books from last year, and it's been on my to read pile long before it was available. Richards and Klein are back, but can they live up to the expectations I have after reading the first book? At the very least we should have a conclusion to the events from Reality 36. Thank you Angry Robot Books for providing me with a review copy of Omega Point

Omega Point starts where Reality 36 left us hanging with our arses over a cliff. Richards once again finds himself inside a simulated world. He followed k52, but of the other AI there is no sign. Instead, Richards is caught in the middle of a war, where the evil forces of Penumbra are fighting against whoever tries to oppose them. Penumbra's goal is a simple one, to destroy all of creation. This seems to fit suspiciously well with what k52 would want to do, but Richards is not quite sure why. To make matters worse, this world has trapped Richards in a simulation of a human. Having a 'real' human body is not great, but Richards is also denied any access to the Grid. Lacking the capabilities he takes for granted he has to do with those of an ordinary man, which is not much, and frankly, rather disgusting. 

Out in the 'Real', Klein is given a mission briefing by powerful men and AIs. k52 must be stopped, Klein has a limited period of time in which to find a hacker, call sign Waldo, to break into the realm where k52 and Richards are. If unable to get word from Richards, the Realm servers will be taken out by a tactical nuclear strike. Kleins won't be alone, Agent Chures and Veronique Valdaire will assist him. Waldo disappeared many years ago, but Kleins has reason to believe an old acquaintance of his might know where he might be. Unfortunately this hacker has also disappeared, but Kleins knows where to go to find a lonely geeky boy. His mom. 

Just like in Reality 36 Richards is responsible for dealing with the simulated Realms, and Klein will be cracking head in the Real. While Veronique Valdaire is still part of the team, she feels a lot more like a supporting character this time. It’s a shame but nothing I would hold against the book. Klein is still my favorite, with his memories of his dead wife. For a normal human memories degrade with time, for a cyborg memories are reliving everything that happened in perfect recall. Still complaining about his age and all the fancy new technology his opponents have, love it.

Omega Point is a great sequel, ticking all the right boxes. Guy Haley delivers the same mix of adrenalin pumping action and humor as he did in Reality 36. One moment you are almost holding your breath from suspense, the next, chortling to yourself, hoping the other commuters won't notice. If you read Reality 36, Omega Point is a an easy buy. If you did not buy Reality 36, I urge you to do so.

Omega Point weighs in at 416 pages, and is published by Angry Robot Books. It’s scheduled for release in April/May 2012.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

What I'm Reading Next

Having left Guy Adam's The Breath of God behind my I figured it was time to read an eBook, so I turned on my spanking new iPad and navigated to iBooks. What it Was by George Pelecanos is a book I choose mostly because of the cover. Seriously, look that. It's stunning. I picked it up for next to nothing as well thanks to Orion Crime, who had a little Twitter discount on the book. I assume it's a crime novel, but I don't really care.

Dark Winter is a different cup of tea all together. David Mark has chosen Hull as a setting for his novel, and I've always been fascinated by Hull. When I first moved to the UK I heard quite a lot about Hull, not much of it good, so I jumped on this opportunity to learn more about Hull. Besides, not every crime novel can be set in London or Edinburgh.

Not sure how I ended up reading two books at the same time.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Interview with Adam Christopher


I'm pleased to welcome back Adam Christopher to I Will Read Books. Adam Christopher's first book
Empire State was released in January earlier this year. Adam Christopher, and Angry Robot, have some exciting news to share with us, but first I want to ask some questions about his experience with the first book.

For more information about Adam visit his homepage http://www.adamchristopher.co.uk/. You can also find Adam on Twitter as @ghostfinder.

Congratulations mate, you've done it. Was there ever a moment when you doubted your chances of seeing your own book in Waterstones?
Well, short of a catastrophic of Cthulhuian proportions, there was never any doubt that the book would come out, and actually the nine months from announcement to release went pretty quickly.

But it is still nicely surreal to see the book on the shelf when I walk into a bookstore and I still get mildly freaked out when people send me shelf photos from places like Arizona and Australia, and even Finland! It’s very cool, and I hope that feeling won’t ever go away.

I have kept an eye on reviews for Empire State and the good ones by far outnumber the bad ones. How did it feel reading that first review? Was there a good and bad thing which reviewers seemed to agree on? What surprised you the most?
As I’m sure every debut author does, I did try to keep a close eye on reviews and track them when they started appearing, but it very quickly became impossible to keep up. Also reviews are strange in a way because they are really nothing to do with the author – the book is out there for people to read and enjoy (or not), and paying too much attention is liable to drive you barmy! That time and effort is better devoted to working on the next book.

Enough questions about what has happened, let's talk about the future instead. Take a look at this press release from Angry Robot Books. 


Adam Christopher Joins Angry Robot’s
Four-Book Club

Following the hugely successful launch of his debut novel Empire State earlier this year, Angry Robot has signed Adam Christopher for another two titles.   
Christopher revisits the world of the Empire State in a sequel, The Age Atomic, to be published in May 2013, with Hang Wire – a tale of ancient gods and serial killers – to follow within a year.
Read the full press release over at http://angryrobotbooks.com.

In The Age Atomic, we move from detective noir to 50s sci-fi as Rad finds himself New York's Public Enemy number 1, fighting a quantum ghost and her army of atomic robots determined to protect the United States against the Red Menace of the Empire State.

Hang Wire features ancient magic hidden in San Francisco's Chinatown while a primal evil deep below the city begins to stir. Above ground, a serial killer stalks the streets at night and a sentient circus plots world domination.

A sequel to Empire State, I honestly did not think you would write one. Was it planned, or is this because your fans demanded one?
A little of both actually. I had a load of notes and ideas for a second book, but rather than planning a sequel for the sake of it, I wanted to wait and see whether I felt the sequel needed to be written. Some of those ideas made it into the interview I did with Chuck Wendig that is at the back of Empire State.

Since Empire State came out, a lot of people have asked me if I was going to do more in that world, and several reviews have expressed a desire for a sequel. So there was enough interest, and it reached that tipping point where I had a story I wanted – needed – to tell. The Age Atomic was born! 

Rad is back, dare I ask if we will be reacquainted with anyone else?
Yep, Rad and several others make a return, joining the characters new to this book. It’s a lot of fun returning to a character like Rad, especially introducing him to the new cast. Rad might be a figment of my imagination but he feels more and more like an old friend!

Nimrod is also back, along with his two agents. There are some cool new characters too - in the Empire State, Special Agent Jennifer Jones is on the trail of something big involving the enigmatic King of 125th Street. In our universe, two women, Amy and Evelyn, play pivotal roles, each on opposing sides and each with strange secret histories.

Rad seems to have a knack for ending up in trouble, but public enemy number one? How did he manage that?
That would be telling! But things have changed - we’re now 18 months on from Empire State and in our universe it’s now 1954. The political climate in the US is very different, and there are some people who now think Rad - and his associates - are a threat.

I was very fond of Captain Carson and his mysterious companion, Byron. Will we see them in The Age Atomic? I always felt just the two of them were a story waiting to be told.
I love those two, and they have a whole backstory which is only hinted at in Empire State. Whether they are in The Age Atomic or not... I’m going to have to plead the Fifth. Again.

I know, annoying, right?

To me Empire State stood of because of the fantastic atmosphere you created in the city, will Empire State feature anything in the sequel?
The Age Atomic is set both in the Empire State and in New York City - possibly more in our universe, the Origin, than in the Pocket. But we see more of the Empire State and we learn more about the Pocket universe itself, and what (aside from the lands of the Enemy) might lie further out in the fog.

Looking back at my questions I can't help noticing they are mostly about what I will recognise in the new book. What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing a sequel?
I’ve never written a sequel before, so it’s been a learning experience! You have to balance the story so people who haven’t read the first book will still be able to pick up what is going on without the story grinding to a halt every few pages in exposition, but on the other hand people who have read Empire State want something familiar but new at the same time. It’s great to return to a setting and characters I love, and I’ve found it very easy to slip back into their shoes.

You also (as I mentioned before) have to write a story that needs to be written, not just for the sake of it, and you have to show that to the reader. But The Age Atomic is something I’m very excited about. It’s a brand new adventure, picking up a few threads remaining from Empire State but pushing on into something entirely new.

A sentient circus? What on earth inspired this?
Actually it’s more a sentient fairground – y’know, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, etc, all the mechanical bits that might be attached to a circus or fun fair. The whole circus itself does play a central role in Hang Wire, but I can’t say any more than that at the moment!

It does sounds interesting, a little mad, with a serial killer and an ancient evil. Who is the good guy/gal?
Hang Wire is about a guy called Ted, a reporter at a local newspaper in San Francisco. He gets caught up in an unusual event in a Chinatown restaurant on his birthday, and soon after starts to experience lost time, waking up in strange places with no memory of how he got there, often with mysterious bruises and other minor injuries. His girlfriend – and fellow reporter – Alison and the paper’s new intern Benny try and help Ted, not realising the danger they’re putting themselves in.

I feel the need to label things, but the Hang Wire is difficult to place in just one box? Where would you place it?

I think it’s urban fantasy, for sure – there’s magic and ancient gods and powers, and we learn something of San Francisco’s secret history. It’s one of my favourite places in the world and it’s a lot of fun setting a novel in and around it. So I guess now that I’ve got two books in New York and two books in California, I need to go for somewhere in the middle next – I wonder if anybody has ever set an SF novel in Lebanon, Kansas?

Actually, that gives me an idea…

Would it be fair to say that Hang Wire will be a move away from noir, superheroes and science fiction? 
Yes, but I don’t tend to label myself as a writer in any specific field except “genre” anyway, which is a pretty broad definition. Empire State and to a certain extent The Age Atomic are noir-ish science fiction. Seven Wonders is all-out superheroes (which is a weird genre which really mixes science fiction and urban fantasy), and Hang Wire is a more mythology/magic-based urban fantasy. So I tend to mix it up a bit - it seems more fun that way!

What excites you the most with this new setting?
Mixing the weird and fantastic with the ordinary is a lot of fun, and I guess that’s what urban fantasy is all about (and likewise the superhero setting of Seven Wonders). San Francisco is a real place you can visit... but maybe there is something hidden from view. That’s the appeal of any story set more or less in our own world.

Thank you Adam for answering my questions.





















Sunday, 18 March 2012

Who Won? Babylon Steel

Time to announce the three lucky winners!

First up: Phil Davies, Surrey
Second: James Stuart, Essex
Third: M Watson, Edinburgh

Once again, many thanks to Solaris Books for sponsoring my giveaway.

Happy reading everyone!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

What I'm Reading Next: The Breath of God

I really liked Guy Adams' books about the mysterious World House, so I was delighted when I found out he had another book. Details are a little bit murky but I think The Breath of God is his debut novel. Like most people, I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, and it will be interesting to see what Guy Adams add to a venerable genre and well known character.

Here is my review of his second World House book, Restoration.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

'The Alchemist of Souls' - Anne Lyle


The Alchemist of Souls is the debut novel of Anne Lyle, and is marketed as a historical swashbuckling fantasy. It's set in London, but for once, not Victorian London, and we are promised intrigue, rapiers, magic and romance. I hope there will be some rapier wit as well. It feels like a life time ago when I started blogging, and Anne Lyle is actually one of the first writers I met through Twitter. She had just signed up with Angry Robot Books, and I remember thinking it would be a long wait for her first book, but it’s here now. Thank you Angry Robot for providing me with a review copy of The Alchemist of Souls.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth there was no need for political correctness and gender neutral job titles. Which is why our heroine, Coby, has little choice but to disguise herself as a man to get the job as the tiring man for the Suffolk’s Men theatre company. Coby, or Jacob Hendricks, is only seventeen years old and has no problems passing for a young man.
She exchanged the foetid garment for a clean one she had left amongst her tailoring supplies, pressing her breasts downwards as she laced it so they were flattened to boyish proportions rather than plumped up like a whore’s.
When explorers crossed the Atlantic Ocean, not only did they find a new world, but they also met a new race, the skraylings, who lived in peace with the native humans of the new world. Skraylings are present in London, they are very focused on trade, and even possess near magical abilities, or at least that’s what it seems like to us.

However, their language is difficult to learn so a pidgin has developed for use by traders. Coby, who was taught by her master, is now skilled in this language and often accompanies him when he meets his skrayling trade partners. This proves to be useful when she is approached by one of her master’s men to spy upon the bodyguard of the new skrayling ambassador.

England is beset by enemies on all sides, so the monarch fears for the safety of the ambassador. The Spanish and French are the prime suspects of plotting to upset the alliance between England and skraylings. Mal, the son of a disgraced diplomat, is ordered to shoulder the burden of responsibility of guarding the Skrayling ambassador. Mal is uncomfortable about it. His older brother is a member of an organisation who thinks the skraylings are demons, and they oppose them violently. When Mal finds out it was the ambassador himself who personally asked for him he does not know what to think. Either way, the money is good, and he cannot really turn it down. If only someone could teach him the trade language so he could talk to the ambassador...

One of the first things the ambassador will do, once installed in London, is to judge a competition between three of London's best theatre companies. Much is at stake, and soon Coby and Mal are up to their necks in plots to sabotage theatres and kingdoms. 

The Alchemist of Souls is a book I will remember for its great characters. Anne Lyle manages to not only instil a lot of life in one character, but three. Coby, with her fear of being found out, and how her feelings for Mal changes from dislike to unabashed puppy love. It's so easy to sympathise with Coby, she has a lot to lose, but is willing to take risks to keep what she has. 
Mal is more of a classic rogue of a hero with his charm and good looks. I thought he wold spend a lot more time jumping from rooftop to rooftop while fending off killer ninjas with his rapier, but Anne Lyle choose a more realistic path. None of them is a chosen one, or possesses any extraordinary skills, they are normal people. Mal has plenty of demons in his closet, some more unexpected than others. He is however a good man, but has some tough decisions to make. 
The third character, Ned, who is a good friend of Mal, although Ned wished it could be more than just friendship. I really liked Ned, and his irresponsible flirting and carefree attitude. The need to grow up comes a lot sooner than desired for Ned.  

When it comes to world building Anne Lyle does a good job as well. London really comes alive around the characters, pulling you straight into the story, and I never really wanted to put it down. The Skraylings brings the fantasy into a otherwise historical setting. A mysterious race, and this book raises more questions than it answers. I feel Anne Lyle only reveals the tip of the ice berg in The Alchemist of Souls, and hopefully, there will be more to come. 

The plot slowly gathers momentum while we get acquainted with the characters, making it a very smooth read. Anne Lyle never resorts to any cheap tricks to move the story forward, letting the characters drive the plot. It's far from a simple plot, and she kept me guessing to the very end. 

As a self confessed action nut, I'm always pleased when a writer proves to me a book can be so much more than just explosions and gun fights. The characters carry the story simply by being themselves. Don't worry though, Mal's rapier is not for decoration, and it will see use. It's beautifully written story of intrigue, hatred, mystery and love. I'm happy I read The Alchemist of Souls, and I will make sure I read the next part in the Night's Masque series.

The Alchemist of Souls weighs in at 480 pages, and is published by Angry Robot Books. It is scheduled for release on the 5th of April 2012.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Book Giveaway: Babylon Steel

Hello everybody! It's time for another giveaway. This time it's for the excellent Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold, so why don't you refresh your memory by reading my review.

Solaris Books has very generously promised me three copies for my giveaway.

It's a UK only competition.

1) Send an email to winabook NOSPAM at iwillreadbooks dot com (but remove the NOSPAM).
2) Make the title for your email Babylon Steel
3) Don't forget to include your address, or I wont be able to send you the book
4) Do this before Friday the 16th of March 2012

Good Luck!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

'Shadow Ops: Control Point' - Myke Cole


Shadow Ops: Control Point is the first novel by American novelist, and former soldier, Myke Cole. With three tours in Iraq I am expecting a lot of action from his debut novel. It was actually after reading a review of Shadow Ops: Control Point by author Jim C Hines I decided I wanted to read it. Thank you Penguin for providing me with a review copy of Shadow Ops: Control Point

Let's start with some info dumping, now this is by me, so don't hold that against Myke Cole. In Myke Cole's alternative reality people are developing magical powers. Many of these are dangerous, and even more so when used by the untrained. If you find yourself with the ability to suck the water out of someone's body, heal wounds, or throw fireballs, you are supposed to immediately turn yourself in. Those who do not are called Selfers, and are basically condemned to death. The Supernatural Operations Corps (SOC) are those responsible for bringing the Selfers to justice. 

Oscar Britton is a lieutenant in the US army, and his unit is assigned to support a SOC strike force in apprehending two Selfers holed up in a school. There is tension between the two groups, the regular soldiers are nervous around their magically gifted colleagues. Oscar Britton himself is not happy about the prospect of using deadly force against two teenagers on US ground. The mission is a complete disaster, Oscar Britton loses a man in the fight, and the SOC basically saves their bacon. The only positive outcome was managing to subdue one of the Selfers without deadly force, a teenage girl. At least, until SOC executes her in front of them.

Having witnessed what happens to those who uses magic without permission, I don’t blame Oscar Britton for panicking when his powers manifests, while waiting at the bed of his injured comrade. It might even explain his decision to run.

The opening chapters was an odd experience, I was quite worried about the rest of the book. The take down of the two Selfers reads like a Advanced Dungeon and Dragons round, with each character having one minute to act while the others stand still and watch. What’s even worse is Oscar Britton, it’s impossible to understand his reasoning. He is facing two killers, who are now a threat to his team, but he still cannot bring himself to use force. I’m quite happy he is not a cold blooded killer, but this was just plain weird. Fortunately, Myke Cole does much better with the action later on in Shadow Ops: Control Point, and it feels a lot more fluid and realistic.

I'm afraid Oscar Britton is the one thing which never improves throughout the book. He keeps going from one bad decision to another, never seeming to stop and think of the consequences. Nor is it possible for him to make up his mind whether SOC are bad guys or not, swinging from one extreme opinion to another. 

I do like the concept behind Shadow Ops: Control Point, it's a interesting mix of fantasy, military fiction and super heroes. Oscar Britton does have one thing going for him, and that's his magical power, Portomancy. Just by having seen a picture of a place Oscar Britton can open a portal to that place. When he gets close combat training which utilises his ability things really kick off. It all reminded me a lot of the super villain Spot, an old enemy of Spiderman, who also fought with the help of portals. 

Spot, Spider-Man villain
Myke Cole still manages to squeeze excitement out of his confused character, there is a lot of stuff going on, new sights to see around every corner. His writing, while not lush, is lucid and straight to the point. I can easily forgive him for never quite convincing me that a bullet would do the job quicker, and easier, than most magic present in Shadow Ops: Control Point. I still found it a entertaining read, it has charm and appeal. In a way, it reminds me of Harry Potter, but with guns.

Shadow Ops: Control Point weighs in at 400 pages, and is published by Penguin (in the US).

Friday, 2 March 2012

'Luthor Huss' - Chris Wraight


When my copy of Luthor Huss arrived, I was at first reluctant to pick the book up; there is a very angry looking dude on the front cover, but curiosity won in the end. The blurb sealed the deal. Seriously, a witch hunter AND a warrior priest? Can't get much better than that. Thank you Black Library for providing me with a review copy of Luthor Huss

Life is hard in Middenheim, but that does not mean the villagers of Helgag cannot find time to enjoy themselves. Bellies are filled with food and drink, tempers are happy, and the hardships of their daily life temporarily forgotten. Flushed and tired from dancing Mila sits down with her friend to chat. They talk, while the villagers keep dancing and drinking. The roar from the fires along with the singing and screams of pain flows over Mila. Her drunken mind snaps into focus, around her the villagers are no longer dancing, but running. The undead are attacking the village.

Mila is the only one left standing, her hands tightly gripping a notched old sword. She watched her friends be torn apart by the merciless undead. They surround her, watching her, knowing she has nowhere to run. The rotting corpses fall upon her, and she uses up her last reservers of strength, and will, to keep them away, but there is a respite in their onslaught. Something, is drawing them away from her. That’s when Mila sees him. A huge man, covered in gleaming plates, wielding a glowing warhammer. Holy scriptures tied around his forehead, his lips moving in silent prayer as he scythes down the abominations before him. Just the sight of him rejuvenates Mila, and she throws herself at the undead with abandon.

Lukas Eichmann, a weary witch hunter, who is suffering from a crisis of faith, finds something disturbing after rooting out a coven of cultists. Several leads points to a larger conspiracy, but the trail seems to end with a nobleman. His superior advices him from going after the aristocrat directly, so the witch hunter decides to follow a trail that leads him out of the city, but still has a connection with the blueblood. In the deepest forrest of Drawkwald lies an old and forgotten place, and this is where he needs to go. Who knows what the cultists are up to, all he knows is they need to be stopped.

I suspect Chris Wraight, together with Adam Nevill (see review of The Ritual), are conspiring to make sure I never set my foot in a forrest again. Not quite sure what they hope to gain from this, but they are very close to succeeding. The suspense is almost unbearable at times, we know something is out there, we just cannot see it. Fleeting images of goat-faced beastmen, cloven feet, hatred in their eyes. Even the trees are scary in Drakenwald.

I love the characters in Luthor Huss, starting with Mila, who is just an unexpected hero. Snatched from her normal safe life she is forced to face the world and its horrors. This being a Warhammer book, there are plenty of horrors. She works perfectly with Luthor Huss as the opposite to his indomitability. She is just a gal, who is really out of her depth. She is naive, lacks formal weapons training and she is frightened but determined. Luthor Huss is an unstoppable killing machine, a zealot who has lost touch with his humanity, but in Mila he finds it again.

Now and then Chris Wraight inserts a section from Luthor Huss’ childhood and upbringing, which adds a needed dimension to him. It explains where he got his determination and drive from, but also what he had to sacrifice. I was impressed with the depth of the characters in Luthor Huss. Even Eichmann’s brute of a henchman turned out to have more complexity than I expected.

For me, Luthor Huss ticks all the necessary boxes for a rip-roaring read. We have first of all great characters, both main and supporting. Chris Wraight gives the book the right balance between bone chilling terror and skull crushing action. The story grips you straight away and never for an instant does it release its grip. After reading it I wanted to whip myself, tear my hear, and throw myself at the enemies of Sigmar. In fact, just writing about Luthor Huss gives me goose-bumps. Awesome indeed.

Luthor Huss weighs in at 416 pages, and is published by the Black Library.

Recommendation: must read