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It’s pronounced “Sword.” Get used to it. That name is going to be very popular. Rough Magick is the first book in the Gnome Saga by Kenny Soward available through Ragnarok Publications. Yes, I said Gnome.
Soward writes with a quick pace, fleshing out images with a minimum of fuss. He gives us magick, glorious battle scenes, politics, multiple worlds, invading aliens and the dynamics of sibling rivalry. Reading Rough Magick reminded me of all the things I loved about Dune, with the same intensity and grit as Herbert’s characters. I can’t wait for the rest of the series, Tinkermage due out in December and Cog Weaver slated for a February 2015 release.
Not sure how I missed posting a review of book 1 in the Dead West series but I will remedy that instantly.
Those Poor, Poor Bastards is a zombie western following Nina Weaver and her father through a shambling landscape of supernaturally undead. The characters are well developed, showing a range of the human condition in all of its ugliness and beauty. Setting, dialogue, characterization and overall style are true to the western genre while offering up plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat. There is never-ending danger of being bitten, ancient bad guys, human asshats, and a stoic, hereo-esque type in a Stetson with two very large guns. All combine nicely into a crazy train that takes you on one helluva ride.
The Ten Thousand Things barrels down the tracks with just as much action as the first book. We see some of the same characters and a few new ones, all being reassuringly predictable and still surprising as events unfold, forcing them to change in subtle ways. The humanity of the characters is hard-fought amid the shambling horde and shines through beautifully. The authors stay true to their western style while giving us a sex scene, a first use of native spiritual magic that is stunning, and a surprise at the end that I expected and still was surprised by.
I would recommend both of these books. Hopefully the third in the series will be out soon. My favorite lines so far:
Nina smiled and reached out to touch her Colt 1861 Navy where it rested just inches away. Hard iron in front, an iron-hard man behind. She was covered.