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As evil ravages the north and the dead walk, all eyes fall to Arn.... The apprentice journeys south, home to the College, unaware of the dark events that transpired in the High Passes after his departure. His leg in ruins, and haunted by watching shadows, the College council in Arn awaits him, but he does not travel south alone. 

Arnulf and his warriors must travel to Arn also, with tidings for the king of the risen dead and the terrible curse which has destroyed all that he knew. Arnulf seeks vengeance upon the College, but must choose wisely if he is to save his son.

Meanwhile in the west, Bjorn and his strange Wildman companion report back to High Lord Archeon at Oldstones with grim news of cannibal Stonemen encroaching from the Barrens, but is embroiled in news of war and invasion as Archeon requests his service once more.

In the capital, sickness awaits them all, as Nym has fled to the city and must now continue her struggle for survival on the plague ridden streets of Arn, keeping all who she cares for safe from the halls of Old Night.  

The many threads of this Saga converge on the city of Arn, but amid plague, invasion and terror, a greater darkness is looming. Dark forces are seeking to unleash evil upon Arnar, honour and renown is all, and sword, axe, and shield is all that stands between the living and the grasping hands of the dead.

©2020 Lee Conley (P)2021 Lee Conley

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Fucking Die You Bastards

Where to start, A Ritual of Flesh has everything, from Cannibalism, the blood plague and if things couldn't get any more Grimm for the people of Arnar, the cursed and the dead have risen, Lee Conley takes you on a very dark adventure to the capital of Arnar, the northern characters travel to find hope and answers only to find darkness and death that has succumbed to the north, Lee is ruthless with his characters and the plot is second to none, if you are looking for blood and gore or just fantastic storytelling at its finest, then look no further than the Dead Sagas, R.J Bailey is starting to become one of my favourite narrators, the life he gives to each character in the book with his arrange of voices, Lee Couldn't have picked a better person, the anticipation for waiting on book 3 A Ritual Of Blood and wanting more of this world has me blood lusting for more, book 1 A Ritual of Bone, book 2 A Ritual of Flesh, highly recommend....🧟🖤😁

P.S don't read alone..😱

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Even better than the first book

A Ritual of Flesh isn’t just a great second part to Lee Conley’s The Dead Sagas. It’s twice the length of A Ritual of Bone, expands on the intricacy with its wealth of characters and multiple POVs from separate and interlacing plot-lines. It doubles down on the epidemic of the dead, and the two books together ultimately make for an epic Norse-esque fantasy horror which still has more adventure yet to come in future instalments. The characters are well fleshed-out and the world-building is solid, fuelling the reader’s imagination with its joyless landscapes and ancient cities, its societies and cultures, the struggles of the various classes and occupations from street urchin to sovereign, and it’s all intriguingly threaded together into a gloriously gruesome grimoire that makes the already excellent first book feel more like an extended prologue (but that is not at all to diminish from “A ritual Of Bine”, which was exactly what it needed to be to bring us into this unravelling epic).

I listened to both “Bone” and “Flesh” on audiobook, narrated by RJ Bayley. The collaboration between Conley and Bayley is less of a partnership made in Heaven and more of a blood-pact made in a smouldering corner of some infernal tomb. Bayley’s narration and character voices are perfect. This is a narrator who clearly takes pride in his craft and understands what’s needed to bring this sort of story to life (and death).

Look, you get the point, right? Good, then I’ll end my review here so you can go and enjoy the Dead Sagas first two books for yourself.

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