Before the Fall by Francis Knight

From TheBookbag
Jump to: navigation, search


Before the Fall by Francis Knight

0356501671.jpg
Buy Before the Fall by Francis Knight at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Category: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Loralei Haylock
Reviewed by Loralei Haylock
Summary: An excellent follow up to a stunning first novel, with engaging characters, an inventive and incredibly realised world and a fast paced roller-coaster of a plot that keeps the pages turning. Brilliant stuff.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 400 Date: June 2013
Publisher: Orbit
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-0356501673

Share on: Delicious Digg Facebook Reddit Stumbleupon Follow us on Twitter



After destroying Mahala's power source, Rojan really, really wants to keep his head down. The Ministry thinks he's dead - which helps - but with the last scraps of power fast fading, people are starving and the danger of riots and chaos looms.

Not to mention that dead bodies keep turning up, and Rojan's sneaking suspicion that what connects them all is their pain magic. Being a pain mage himself, Rojan is keen to find the murderer before he becomes the next victim. Well, keen would be pushing it a little, but Rojan knows that if he doesn't find out who is responsible, then the fragile peace that's holding will quickly be overwhelmed and a free-for-all will ensue. And as the man responsible for destroying the power source, Rojan couldn't have a bigger target painted on his back...

The distinctive city of Mahala is once again brought to life in this sequel, which cunningly explores the consequences of Rojan's undoubtedly noble actions at the end of the last book, and the fact that nobility is not always received well. The drudgery and despair of the lives of Downsiders is made even worse, and the tension of a city teetering on the edge of total meltdown makes the pace of the story urgent.

Rojan continues to be a snarky, sarcastic, occasionally completely chauvinistic and horrible character, though his character development is definitely pushing him towards 'not such a bad guy after all' status. Many other characters make a return, and Knight isn't averse to putting a few of them in mortal peril, which just makes the stakes even higher.

This is an excellent follow up to a stunning first novel, with engaging characters, an inventive and incredibly realised world and a fast paced roller-coaster of a plot that keeps the pages turning. Brilliant stuff.

My thanks to the publishers for sending a copy.

For more great fantasy reads, check out Bookbag's Fantasy Picks.

Buy Before the Fall by Francis Knight at Amazon You can read more book reviews or buy Before the Fall by Francis Knight at Amazon.co.uk


Buy Before the Fall by Francis Knight at Amazon You can read more book reviews or buy Before the Fall by Francis Knight at Amazon.com.

Comments

Like to comment on this review?

Just send us an email and we'll put the best up on the site.