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Summary

It is the Age of Ruin, a time in desperate need of heroes. But heroes are in short supply. The only candidates - a motley company at best - are scattered to the four winds.

Former rebel Sasha has now become an unwilling envoy between the powerful. Eremul the Halfmage languishes in disgrace, his warnings of approaching war falling on deaf ears. Yllandris, sorceress of the High Fangs, servant to a demon lord, has become that which she most despises. Davarus Cole, assassin of the immortal, lies on the brink of death. The legendary champion Brodar Kayne carves a bloody path towards his enemy of old in search of the woman he thought dead....

In this, the second blistering instalment of Luke Scull's critically acclaimed trilogy The Grim Company, past and present collide, plunging the Age of Ruin further into darkness....

Luke Scull is the lead designer at game design company Ossian Studios. He lives and works in Warminster.

©2015 Luke Scull (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"If you like your gizzards glistening and your mages mean, this rollicking debut will suit. Hugely enjoyable." ( Daily Mail)
"A writer who will hit the genre like an augmented hammer . My favourite fantasy of the year." ( Parmenion Books)
"The best fantasy you will read this year." ( SF Books)

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I enjoyed this book better than the first .

Well done Joe Jameson for doing so well in bringing the charactors to life .

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there had to be flashbacks

not bad but I really disliked the flashbacks. I know they're really that important to the story and to understanding some characters.
Anyway everything else was quite good and was upset when some characters died which showed how much into this book I was.
a nice story to which I'm looking forward to seeing how this all ends in the next book.

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  • 14-02-16

Awesome, better than grim company

amazing audio book, I read the first part but listened to this second installment and was truly entertained and thoroughly enjoyed it

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Great sequel

Read the first one, thought I'd give this one a shot on audible. Joe does a great job, personified each character brilliantly. Luke continues to evoke memories of Gemmell in his writing. Sometimes brutal, sometimes touching.
Looking forward to the next installment

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Book two just as good as the first

What did you like most about Sword of the North?

The characters were well fleshed out, continuing on from the first book the story moved along at a good pace with plenty of action. The only disappointment came in the final third of the book where the story slowed to a crawl before wrapping up very quickly. I really didn't enjoy how it was done and was very jarring,

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Brodar Kayne and Jarek not just as for their individual characters but also in the way they play off each other which can give some humorous moments during the book, their back story is also explained in greater detail here. However for me i grew to like Davarus Cole a lot more in this entry. The parts focused on his character were gritty and turned this into a real page turner for me.

What does Joe Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought he was fantastic. Great characterizations which made it easy to pick characters out before their names were even mentioned, this really helped keep me immersed in the story. I think he does the female voices extremely well too.

Any additional comments?

If you liked the first book as i did this is a no brainer. Bigger in scope and more detailed than book one this is a must read. If you weren't too sure about the first one this entry may improve things for you, however as i mentioned earlier the final third of the book tends to jump from one perspective to another without really advancing the story much and certain characters disappear rather too abruptly for my liking. Still, it's a very good listen! Looking forward to the next one Mr Scull.

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terrible narrator voice and style

What was most disappointing about Luke Scull’s story?

I could not take the characters seriously as the narrators voice and accents were diabolical

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

anger and disappointment -
The story is probably very good but I just could not get past the narrators voice. It all sounded amateurish. Any scenes that were supposed to be tense were laughable

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Narrator's voice too reedy and immature for this book

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  • 03-11-16

Incredible.

Joe Jameson is very talented and mirrored this awesome story so brilliantly. They are as good a match as Abercrombie and Pacey!