by Jon Sprunk
Gollancz Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575096011
Date: 08 July 2010 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Gollancz have brought us some incredible fantasy débuts over the last few years - some home grown (Joe Abercrombie, Tom Lloyd), one from across the channel (Pierre Peval) and some from across the pond (Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Sam Sykes).
Jon Sprunk's novel Shadow's Son falls in to the latter group. A solid, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin, magical, hooded assassin adventure, this is a novel that will satisfy perhaps a little more than it will excite.
"Treachery and corruption lurk at the end of every street, in the holy city of Othir. It's the perfect place for a freelance assassin with no loyalties and even fewer scruples. Caim makes - or perhaps more accurately, takes - his living on the edge of a blade. Murder is a risky business, but so far he reckons he's on the right side of it. Or he was . . . because when a short-notice contract job goes south, Caim finds himself thrust into the middle of a sinister plot in which he seems to be one of the primary marks. Pitted against crooked lawmen, rival killers and the darkest kinds of sorcery, it's going to take more than luck if he's to get through this alive. He may lack scruples, but he's still got his knives, and his instincts, to rely on - and a developed sense of revenge, or should that be justice? - to fall back on. But when his path leads him from the hazardous back streets of Othir and into the highest halls of power, will instincts and weapons alone really be enough? If Caim is really going to unravel the plot which has snared him, to unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the empire, he will have to finally claim his birthright as the Shadow's Son..."From release/information:
Product Description: Some fantasy novels are gritty and dark, and some are absolute murder...