Book Review: Crowfall by Ed McDonald

Title: Crowfall
By: Ed McDonald
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 384
Release Date: June 13th, 2019
Publisher: Gollancz

Summary from Goodreads: Crowfall is a gritty epic fantasy for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Daniel Polansky.

'Dark, twisty and excellent . . . Grimdark with heart' Mark Lawrence

A sorceress cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the Republic and the immortal Deep Kings.

Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the Republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war.

Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it all.

He has been deeper into the wasteland known as the Misery than ever before. It has grown within him - changed him - but all power comes with a price, and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere.

They will even follow him, and the few surviving Blackwing captains, on one final mission into the darkness.

Review: The one thing that draws me to this series is the way the author has built this amazingly rustic fantasy world. It almost feels like an old western at times, but the fantasy elements that weave through the story give you a sense of the magic that holds the story together. 

Our main character is back, aging, but has spent so much time in the Misery that his body has changed. He can heal faster than a normal person. The problem is, everyone wants him dead. The good and the bad. To make things worse, there is a war coming and Galharrow has an important part to play. Will he survive, or will he be struck down by anyone of the deadly things that pursue him?

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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