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Today’s Guest review is by David Walters. He will be reviewing the book Faithless by Thanks David, we look forward to more of your reviews!
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David Walters review of Graham Austin-King’s Faithless.
Dark, gritty, fraught with angst.
In the temples of Aspiration, prayers fall on deaf ears. Priests struggle to keep the faith as their god has fallen silent. The once great forges now simply serve as training grounds and the mines that lie below claim life after life. A young boy named Wynn is sold into a nightmare situation by his parents; forced to work in the mines and to meet his tally, or die trying. In the darkness, though very dim, there is a light. One that gives Wynn hope of making it out of the mines. But lurking in the shadows are creatures biding their time, awaiting what is to come.
There is some excellent world-building happening in Faithless, even though the entire book takes place in the temples and mines of Aspiration and, at times, the book feels a little claustrophobic. But I guess mines will make you feel that way, right? The author also gives plenty of detail surrounding the religion of the Forgefather, including the Rise and Fall (similar to Christianity), and depicts how even the most religious can lose faith when their god has turned away. There is also a ton of character depth between our two main peeps, Wynn and Kharios. The word realistic comes to mind as both characters are good natured, though flawed, and make some questionable decisions that lead to some head scratching. But all in all, perfect characters make for boring stories.
The only thing I wish the author had done differently was the ending. Though I can see there being a sequel or sequels, it sort of left me high and dry. But really, it doesn’t detract from how great the rest of the book is. Also, there are some “not so in your face” mentions about pedophilia in the novel that, unfortunately, do add to the overall arc.
Graham Austin-King has written a very original grimdark fantasy novel here and continues the line of excellence in writing for the genre. I would expect to see Faithless as a finalist in the SPFBO 2017, if not win the whole thing. I mean, the cover was the thing that drew me in, but there is so much more to enjoy when you open to the first page and get lost in this world.
About the reviewer:
David Walters is an avid reader of just about anything (except romance and James Patterson), among all of his other jobs and hobbies. He currently is a real estate agent in Birmingham, AL and when he isn’t showing houses, his nose is either in a book or leaving oil on his Kindle. He began connecting with authors through Facebook a few years ago and became a semi-professional editor and professional reviewer in the process. If there are any books you are interested in him reading and reviewing, shoot him an e-mail at email@example.com.
he temples of the Forgefather have fallen. The clerics and defenders that could once be found across the nine lands are no more. Priests huddle in the great temple, clinging to the echoes of their lost religion. But the Father has fallen silent. There are none who still hear his voice.
The mines of Aspiration lie far below the temple’s marble halls. Slaves toil in the blackness, striving to earn their way into the church and the light. Wynn has been sold into this fate, traded for a handful of silver. In the depths of the mines, where none dare carry flame, he must meet his tally or die. But there are things that lurk in that darkness, and still darker things within the hearts of men.
When the souls bound to the great forge are released in a failed ritual, one novice flees down into the darkness of the mines. The soulwraiths know only hunger, the risen know only hate. In the blackest depths Kharios must seek a light to combat the darkness which descends.
“Graham Austin-King crushes this one. Dark Fantasy at its finest!” – Michael R Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption.
Graham Austin-King was born in the south of England and weaned on broken swords and half-forgotten spells. A shortage of these forced him to consume fantasy novels at an ever-increasing rate, turning to computers and tabletop gaming between meals.
He experimented with writing at the beginning of an education that meandered through journalism, international relations, and law. To this day he is committed to never allowing those first efforts to reach public eyes.
After living in the north of England and Canada he settled once again in the south surrounded by a seemingly endless horde of children and a very patient wife who can arguably say her husband is away with the faeries.
Fae – The Wild Hunt is his first completed novel and draws on a foundation of literary influences ranging from David Eddings to Dean Koontz.
Visit his blog at http://grahamak.blogspot.co.uk where you can sign up for e-mail updates and be the first to hear about new releases.
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