Wednesday, 30 December 2020


My 2020 Notable Book List


So, it is 2020 and yep, I don't think I will be able to get away without mentioing the thing that has affected us all. That little virus that began with innoocuous reports of a flu like virus in China and then went on to become a global pandemic that has affected us all.

Anyway, whilst it has had a negative effect on people's lives, businesses and the economy etc, it certainly got me doing this book blog.

I was happily reading books and putting the occasional review on Goodreads. However, I started to get a little but curious and found out that there was this little thing called Book Tube and stumbled across the fabulous Mike's Book Reviews and ended up on the Discord Channel for that book tube channel. From there it got me thinking about starting my own blog and reviewing books. I subsequently ended up on Twitter and it went from there. 

I have to say, Twitter surprised me. It's full of people that are nice and helpful. I then went on to see other people's blogs and decided that I wanted to do my own. 

However, the other thing that amazed me was that I found people wanted to read the bumblings that I write about the books that I read, and it is you people that have visited the site, and the people on Twitter that have kindly retweeted posts time after time,that has given me the spirit to carry on with the blog and enjoy it as much as I am doing.

Anyway, I think that it is time to get on with the post. I was originally going to do a top ten and try to whittle it down. However, I decided against that and decided to go with a most notables that does not put anything into rankings, but hopefully will lead you to either search out the reviews or the books. 

So without much further ado

Gareth Hanrahn - The Shadow Saint

I am astounded by Gareth Hanrahan's books. The world building in these books is amazing. The Gutter Prayer blew me away. It is totally original. It is set in the city of Guerden that is about to be besieged by the God War. This is a brilliant second piece to The Gutter Prayer and elevates the story incredibly. The third of The Black Iron Legacy is definitely one of the most anticipated books of 2021.

Mark Lawrence - The Impossible Times Trilogy


This is not strictly one book, but three. Mark Lawrence's Impossible Times Trilogy is my favorite books of Mark Lawrence. I simply could not put this lot down until I read the complete trilogy. I would find myself with a spare few minutes and the book would simply be in my hand and I would end up having a crafty ten minutes in Lawrence's world. 

The story centres around fifteen year old boy genius and his D & D playing friends. He finds himself in a race against time and the only thing that he has to contend with is a terminal disease, a psychopathic school bully and the laws of physics.

This book is simply good time travelling fun. If you are used to Mark Lawrence's other stuff, this is a lot lighter, but for me it is my favorite. This has teriffic characters,a fantastic timey wimey plot and it moves at about a thousand miles an hour. This is simply one of my favorites ever - do you think I said that enough?

Simon De Castell - The Greatcoats Quadrilogy

I had so much fun in Tristia with Falcio, Brasti & Kest. I laughed, I cried, I read with my mouth hung to the floor at times and I fist pumped the air when I got to the end. 

Simon de Castell's books are so full of warmth and humour that they are an absolute treat. He writes fast paced actions sequences and his dialogue is amazing. 

However, whilst the books are good fun, they do have a certain amount of darkness running thorugh them and the scene in book two is gut wrenching. 

 Mary Robinette Kowal - The Lady Astronaut Series

This is a funny one becasue it is a duology and a stand alone. The story centres around an alternative history in which the USA is hit by a meteorite that destroys most of the East Coast. However, not only does it destroy half of the USA but it also affects the world climate which will subsequently make the earth uninhabitable. 

The first two centre around our main character Elma York, a sassy, anxiety ridden maths genius. Whilst the third shifts focus and introduces a new main character in the form of Nicole Wargan. 

The books cleverly juggle a fifties style nostalgia, with expansive scifi and has a modicum of social commentary as both our protaganists battle mental health difficulties, sexism and racism. 

I enjoyed all of these books immensley and I have to say that Mary Robinette Kowal did a storke of genius when she introdiced Nicole Wargan in the third book. 

Marc de Jager - Infernal


I knew absolutely knew nothing about this book, and that is the best way to enjoy it. Just go in blind and go with it. 

I really liked the main character, Stratus who most of the times is on the grey front of the moral scale.

Marc de Jager does a good job of maintaining a sense of disorientation and as the story unfolds, so does your understanding of the world around you. This book is bloody, but has a dark streak of humour running through it. 

Evan Winter - The Rage of Dragons & Fires of Vengeance



Everyone loves Evan Winter (Me too!) and it is not hard to see why. He writes books that are on the  one hand traditional, but on the other hand highly original.

The story centres around our hero Tau Solarin and his quest for vengeance against those that killed his father. 

These books have already been lauded with high praise and put in the top 100 list of most influential fantasy books. 

Evan Winters books are simply brilliant. They are brutal and tender and his world building and magic systems are amazing. What more do you need? Go and Read 'em!

 Sam Hawke - The Poison Wars

 


I was really impressed with City of Lies, a murder mystery set in a fantasy world, and I thought it was really good. 

However, the second installment, Hollow Empire just surpassed it.When I began the second book I was comfortable in the world that Sam Hawke had developed and I found that the characters had grown more in this book. 

Now, I have to say that on the whole I am not a fan of locked room mysteries. However, if they were all like Sam Hawke's books I would read more of them. 


Mike Shackle - The Last War Series

 

What can I say about these two books? Totally friggin amazing! These books have placed themselves firmly on my favorite books of all time list. 

If you think I may be a bit of a Mike Shackle fanboy, you're right! These books are dark and hopeful at the same time. 

The first book 'We Are the Dead' starts with the epic final battle between the good lot and the bad 'uns. However, what we don't expect is that the evil empire simply decimate the land of Jia and then occupy it. 

The book has all sorts of things running through it. It is a tale of opression and hope. It tells the story of the impossible choices that people make when faced with a hopeless situation. Honestly, it's brilliant! 

And then we come onto the second 'A Fool's Hope'.  

My goodness, how can you improve on the first one. I have no idea, but Mike Shackle does and he did! I don't want to go into it too much as I don't want to spoil it. But my advice! Read it! 

I cannot wait to see what happpens at the end of this series and I will be waiting impatiently till the next one

Matthew Ward - The Legacy Series

Another one that is now on  my favorite series of all time list. Matthew Ward's Legacy of Ash and the follow up Legacy of Steel are Epic Fantasy, they are epic in scope and are fantastic books.

In both of these books, the characters, action and dialogue are excellent. Ward has all sorts of elements in his books. The first book concerns itself with Legacy and what impact the actions of others has on the characters. Whilst the second book deals with consequences and those actions that are taken either for good or ill. 

The conclusion of the Legacy series lands in 2021.This is defintiely going to be on the preorder list. 

Marcus Lee - Kings & Daemons

I really enjouyed Kings & Daemons. This is the first book of the Gifted & the Cursed.

Marcus Lee has a really unique voice and I found his writing quite beguiling. The story revolves around Maya who is hidden away from the Witch King Daleth for posessing magic. It tells of her becoming captive to the witch king's forces and her ability to heal the land. 

Marcus Lee introduces us to a rich land and brilliant characters, that I really liked.

I have to read the second instalment of this series and will be reading it very soon.

Late Entry:

I have only just finished this next book and have recently posted a review, so go and have a look! But I need to mention Anna Stephens' The Stone Knife. This is a fantastic book that at times had my jaw dropping, It's a dizzying, brutal tale of Empire, love and friendship.

Honourable mentions

 The Cursed Diary of a Brooklyn Dog Walker by Michael Reyes

 

 I found Michael Reyes' book to be such good fun. He writes amphetamine paced weird fiction. 

Again, go and have a look at the review. It will tell you more about this lovecraftian tale of demon worship, Clandestine secret cults and gun toting LArping enthusiasts.






A Ritual of Bone - by Lee C Comley


 

The fantasy horror book that I didn't know that I needed. Lee C Conley's tale of the dead walking the lands of Arnar is atmospheric whilst creating a solid fantasy world. This surprised me and it had me mulling over things that I had read a couple of days later. In fact, there are still things that I recall and think, I liked that bit.

The second book is on my TBR to be read very soon.



So, as a final goodbye to 2020, I want to say


To all of you people that visit my little blog, to those special people that follow me and to all those people that I have met on Twitter who retweet and like the stuff that I put out.


Monday, 28 December 2020


 Here are some things that you might want to know about the book

Author: Anna Stephens

Titile: The Stone Knife

Series: Songs of the Drowned #1

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Pub. Date: 26th Nov 2020

Pages: 608


Let me fiirst state that I recieved an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from the Publishers and Netgalley in receipt of an honest review. 

Good Morning Book Nerds (well it was when I started writing this)

So, I originally got this prior to it's release but never got around to reading it this month. I have seen that this book has got lots of positive reviews, and after reading it I can see why. 

This is my first introduction to Anna Stephens' writing and I tell you I will certainly be reading her other works. I have had her 'Godblind' Trilogy on my Kindle for ages and have never gotten around to reading it. As I understand it falls firmly into Grimdark, and I must say I am intrigued. 

Whilst reading this book, I have watched a number of interviews with Ms Stephens and I have to say that I find her to be an enigma. On the interviews, she seems to be a bubbly, bright woman. However, her books certainly (well this book anyway) had me literally reading with my jaw hanging open at the places that she goes. Anyway, onto the review!

Synopsis

A fantasy epic of freedom and empire, gods and monsters, love, loyalty, honour, and betrayal, from the acclaimed author of GODBLIND.

For generations, the forests of Ixachipan have echoed with the clash of weapons, as nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of Songs – and to the unending, magical music that binds its people together. Now, only two free tribes remain.

The Empire is not their only enemy. Monstrous, scaled predators lurk in rivers and streams, with a deadly music of their own.

As battle looms, fighters on both sides must decide how far they will go for their beliefs and for the ones they love – a veteran general seeks peace through war, a warrior and a shaman set out to understand their enemies, and an ambitious noble tries to bend ancient magic to her will.

Review

So, I have come to The Stone Knife a few weeks after its release date and I have to say that it is a brilliant fantasy book. A full - on sweeping epic that has massive themes of Empire, colonialism, love, friendship, and blind faith. 


Honestly, this book is something else. It has everything in it; Gods, Monsters, terrific battle scenes, fully realised characters and mesmerising storytelling. 


The Stone Knife is a visceral and epic tale of Empire, that is set in an original world that tells a tale of heroism, love, betrayal and resistance.


The story takes place in the forest land of Ixachipan and revolves around the people of Tokoban and the Yolotlan and their struggle to remain free from being enslaved by the Pechacan, The Empire of Song.
For Generations, the Pechecan have slowly been absorbing every free tribe, enslaving the people that they conquer and expanding the influence of their magic, the song. A hypnotic magic that turns the people into subservient drones, all for the good of the Empire.


However, whilst the Tokoban and Yolotlan attempt to maintain their freedom, other horrors are attacking the people of these tribes in the form of The Drowned. A two-legged amphibious predator that live in the rivers, preying on those who get too close to the water.


Stephens tells the story from the point of view of about seven characters that are from both sides, and they are fully realised characters that you relate to immediately, even though you do not like some of them. The standout character for me was the despicable and devious Enet whose lust for power rivals that of Lady Macbeth. There is no depth that she will not go to in order to cement her status, and the levels of depravity that she stoops to is truly horrifying. However, there are others, Xessa the Eja who protects the land of the Tocoban from the voracious Drowned. 


Xessa is a really interesting character. It has to be mentioned that Xessa is deaf. However, Anna Stephens writes her with such depth that her deafness is not the focus of her character. In fact, her deafness is not a disability but an advantage in her role as protector as The Drowned hunt by using a hypnotic song that mesmerizes their prey so that they can feast on their flesh. 


The other characters are equally as intriguing, such as Tayan and his husband Lilla, and Pelos, a military leader of the Pechocan.


The world that the story takes place in is refreshing in so many ways. For instance, same-sex marriage is a norm in this world and the intricate jungles of Ixachipan are so intricately woven into the story that the environment becomes a character in its own right. Every change in temperature and climate is palpable and impacts on the story in some way.


The Drowned are fascinating aspects of the story and highlight the differing world views of the two nations. Whereas the Empire of Song sees them as living gods, the Holy Setatme. The free peoples of Tokoban see them as monsters who hunt them mercilessly.


One of the things that I found to be particularly noteworthy was her depiction of the Empire of Songs and the song itself. This was something that blew me away. The Empire seems to comprise of a hive mind and when people are under the influence of the song, they are governed by the Singer and as one they feel the emotions of what he is experiencing. 


The Singer is a truly monstrous character even before the story progresses the way that it does. He is spoilt, cruel, and vicious. He treats those around him with contempt and encourages the machinations of those that strove for power and influence. 


Stephen's writing is enthralling and absorbing. Initially, she intricately weaves the plot, building both the world and the characters. However, when she comes to the final act of the book she commands the story like a maestro, carefully orchestrating each strand of the story to reach a tumultuous climax that literally had my jaw-dropping as the story takes bloody and surprising turns. At times, the story is akin to a Greek tragedy with the twists it takes and I had to stop for a minute to take a breath. 


At times, this is a brutal and bloody book, whilst not grimdark, it is definitely dark. The battle scenes are brutal and the Singer's storyline is both bloody and horrific. However, whilst the story is painted in swathes of blood and darkness there are periods of lightness and romance. There is lots of love and tenderness in the book, particularly with Tayan and Lilla whose devotion to each other counterbalances the darkness. Even the Machiavellian Enet does show some niceness in her love for her son and her role as a mother. 


As this is my first introduction to the work of Anna Stephens, I have to say that I will be searching out her other works while I wait impatiently for the second installment of the Songs of the Drowned.



Wednesday, 23 December 2020



Before we get on with the review, here is a bit of information about the book
Title: A Ritual of Bone
Author: Lee C. Conley
Series: The Dead Sagas
Publisher: Wolves of Valour Publications
Pub Date: 17 Jun 2019
 
 
Synopsis
 
'Only valour and steel can stand against the rising dead'

Arnar is a land of warriors, its people as stalwart as the stones themselves. In a land of dark forests and ancient hill forts, a forgotten evil is awoken by curious minds.
The Great Histories and the Sagas say nothing of this evil, long passed from the memory of even the studious scholars of the College. For centuries, the scholars of Arnar have kept these records and preserved the knowledge and great deeds of a proud people. The story of these peoples forever chronicled in the Sagas of the Great Histories.
But now the evil spreads and the dead walk in its wake, terrible creatures roam the night and even the spirits are restless. The Dead Sagas could perhaps be the final chapters of these great records.
Many threads entwine to tell this Saga, interweaving the tales of those who played their part in the search for answers and ultimately their fight for survival. Amid plague, invasion and terror, the inexorable rise of the dead sends a kingdom scrabbling to its knees.

This dark fantasy epic combines dark malign horror and gritty survival adventure as the Dead Sagas unfold in a world where honour and renown is all, where beasts and savages lurk in the wilderness, and where sword, axe and shield is all that stands between the living and the grasping hands of the dead.  

Review

Hello Fantasy Book Nerds.

This is a book that was sent to me by the author, Lee Conley. Lee very kindly pinged me on Twitter asking if I wanted to read his books, no pressure like! Here they are, read them at your own leisure.

I had seen Ritual of Bone and was interested in reading this, so I thought, yep ok then! I am glad that I did as I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I liked it more than I thought as I keep catching myself mulling over something I had read in the book, and then something else would pop into my head about it.

Now, if anyone doesn’t know, A Ritual of Bone is a horror story set in a fantasy world. It tells the story of the walking undead, otherwise known as zombies, who invade the viking inspired world of Arnar.

When I started reading this, I quickly found that the book was not what I expected. In my head I thought it was going to be the typical zombie invasion set in a fantasy world and that there would be a whole load of sword and zombie action. I think I thought that it would be something like The Walking Dead meets The Vikings.

Well, I soon found out that it was so much more than that, it’s a slickly written atmospheric chiller that builds the tension slowly, deliberately turning the screw ever so slowly that all of a sudden you realise that you are holding your breath in anticipation for the next chapter.

Let me tell you, there is a lot going on in this book. Initially, the book is told in multiple points of view and it flits to different parts of the country as there are multiple events happening at the same time. At first, I did find this confusing, but it is not something that I am unused to. It’s quite a cinematic device and it works well. Although, you don’t necessarily form the typical relationship with the protagonists until later on when the points of view become more condensed as does the world view.

As I said there is a lot going on in this book.Not only do we have multiple points of view, but we also have the differing strands of the infection and its effects. There are the scholars performing ancient rites in places they should leave well alone. A contagion that comes in with a ship, the return of ancient cannibalistic tribes that come forth from the dawn of time, the rise of the shambling dead and the infected.

I liked all sorts of things in this book, and as I said, little things keep popping in my head about it and I will find myself dwelling in certain aspects of the book. One of these are the ‘zombies’ themselves. Conley doesn’t just draw from one aspect of zombie fiction, but there are a couple in there. For instance, I thought that the depictions of the walking dead would revolve around the Romero representation, and in some aspects they are there. But the ‘infected’ are different. These are more like Girl with all the Gifts/28 Days Later type of representations. The fast moving animalistic zombies. I thought I also caught a whiff of ‘In the flesh’ too, particularly when Conley describes the infected, and the fact that at some points they still maintain some semblance of consciousness before they turn into animalistic hunters.

Conley really makes use of atmosphere and from the start he adds layers upon layers to create a pervading sense of doom. He smatters the narrative with an isolated incident here, an isolated incident there. However, most of these narrow by the end of the book to give a satisfying culmination to the book. However, I still have questions and I am hoping that these get answered in the second book. Like what is the significance of The Apprentice, an unnamed character that opens and closes the book. Why are the cannibalistic tribes there? Who is driving this? Is there some driving force? See, it keeps creeping in!

Whilst Conley’s book is intrinsically a horror story, there is the fact that he is walking between two worlds. I cannot forget to mention that the book also has a strong fantasy world. Conley does a good job in mixing the two together, as not only does he ramp up the terror but he also builds a pretty solid fantasy world, and it has to be said that he does some pretty excellent world building. You get a really good sense of the world that the story is taking place in and it creeps up on you how good this world is. At no point did I lose my directions even though he goes from location to location throughout the book.

Additionally, he has some good characters in there too. And again, he cleverly uses horror tropes in there that you recognise and come from all different classes of people. He has the upper crust rich bloke in Arnulf, who is pulled from the comfort of normal life to be thrown into inexplicable circumstances. The everyman with Bjorn, who is once both relatable and likeable and then the lower class Nym, who is ekeing a meagre existence for her brother and herself.

I cannot forget the action sequences in the book. Conley writes really good action. You can feel each blow as it falls.

All in all, I enjoyed A Ritual of Bone and will certainly be moving on to the next. As I said, I have questions and I want to see what happens and if they get answered.

Friday, 18 December 2020

Some facts about the book

Title: The Cursed Diary of a Brooklyn Dog Walker

Author: Michael Reyes

Publisher: Nightmare Press 

Pub. Date: 22nd November

Pages: 219

Synopsis

There's something strange going on in Brooklyn. Occult chants ring out in the dead of night from quaint brownstones and trendy coffee shops. The stench of blood-soaked orgies and human sacrifice wafts through yoga studios and food co-ops. The servants of the demon star have come to power. And they are hunting for the only soul that can destroy them.


Review

Hello Fantasy Book Nerds. Have a read of this latest review. I would like to thank Michael Reyes for getting in touch and sending me his book to review. He said he wanted an honest review, but he still hasn't sent me a fiver (only joking!)

There is a story told long ago that Ira Levin, H. P. Lovercraft, Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez met in a bar. On this night (and after consuming far too much alcohol and possibly lots of other tangibles) they decided that they would form a dark collaboration. The Cursed Diary of a Brooklyn Dog Walker is the bastard child of this dark alliance.


Full of hidden death sex cultists hiding amongst the elite of the Brooklyn glitterati, evil forces that want to subjugate the planet and mysterious gods hammering at the barriers of our world, Michael Reye’s book is a glorious piece of bloody fun.

The story starts with our hero, Jesse Ventura, finding a mysterious diary in the park where he walks the dogs of his favourite client (as he is the said dog walker). When he opens the book, strange events and mysterious portents occur. Clouds take on the visage of snakes, mysterious animals appear in the park in the middle of Brooklyn. What on earth is going on? Well, that becomes clear later as the story starts on its frenetic journey to get the girl and stop the baddies.

Well, I have to say that I enjoyed this book, and thanks to Michael Reyes for reaching out to me to read this book. It is an amphetamine paced, absolutely, full on Nick Cage piece of sublime madness. I honestly did not know what to expect when I started this book, but when I started, I simply could not stop! Honestly, this book goes completely all over the place.

Now, whilst I say that this book is fun and all over place, do not think that I mean in terms of Michael Reyes Writing. Structurally, the book is tight! The plot, the pacing, the characters and the dialogue are all excellent and Michael Reyes takes you on a tightly wound journey right until the end.

To say this is a short book, Michael Reyes packs in a hell of a lot of stuff. I am not going to tell you much about the plot, but suffice to say that the book gets going, Reyes ramps the action up to eleventy stupid and my advice is to just go along with it. It’s well worth the ride.

The characters are all well developed even though most of them are just batshit crazy, especially Jesse’s room mate, Marvin Trout. The LArpg’ing loving drug dealer who, when he makes his short appearence is completely off this planet. Then we have Jesse’s best friends, the dogs. Jesse renames most of the dogs, giving them all names that he finds funny or maybe describe their personality. We have the Chow Chow brothers and Dirty Little Bastard (I think you get the general tone).

Unfortunately with all the stuff going on in the book, the antagonists do not get as much development as other characters. I would have liked to have seen some more backstory to how the cult was able to hide and how they developed through the ages, but it doesn’t spoil the enjoyment of the book and there is only so much you can put in this amount of pages, and there is a short diary entry from Jesse’s mentor, that whilst brief, does give a whole load of information.

I really liked Reye’s dialogue. It’s funny, snappy, full of slang and about as frantically paced as the plot.

Reyes books is so much fun. It is a full throttle barrel ride that chucks everything at you, including the kitchen sink. And when it ended I was gasping for air.


Monday, 14 December 2020

Some Information about the book
 

  • Title: Kings & Daemons
  •  Author : Marcus Lee
  •  Series: The Gifte & The Cursed
  •  Page Length: 416
  • Publisher: Self Published


 

Grim and hopeful at the same time, Marcus Lee’s debut is an enjoyable tale of magic, possessed knights, dark lords and Daemons.

The story starts with the birth of our hero, Maya, in a land that has been oppressed by the Witch King. This is a land ruled by darkness and the maternal mortality rate is incredibly high, as is the mortality of everyone around. However, Maya is special and her light shines through the misery that is bestowed on the land by the Witch King.

As Maya grows, she has to hide her gift from those around her, for if her powers are detected she will be sent to the witch king to suffer whatever fate befalls those who have talents.

Marcus Lee’s Kings and Daemons is a mesmerising tale of love, redemption and heroism set in a world ruled by cruelty and misery. However, not only is the land harsh, but the suffering has permeated every aspect of people’s lives who live in the conquered Ember Kingdom and they have become just as twisted as the land they live in.

I really enjoyed Marcus Lee’s Kings and Daemons. It is filled with rich characters and has an elegant writing style that reminds me of old fashioned high adventures like Lorna Doone. Lee has a unique writing style that I have not come across before. It almost reminds you of a storyteller recounting tales by a fire as he tells the story of Maya and those around her. The story is in parts a coming of age story, a chivalric romance and a tale of redemption. However, Lee manages to combine these elements with a modern aesthetic of dark fantasy, melding the two successfully.

At its heart, it is not a dark book. Whilst everything around Maya is full of grimness and dark foreboding, Lee always manages to maintain a corona of light on the horizon. Whether that be with the redemption of Rakan, the friendship and eventual romance of Maya and Taran or the hope that the land will be healed from the malady of the Witch King’s grip and ultimately healed.

The story takes place from the point of view of the main characters, Maya, Taran, Rakan, Kallas and the Witch King himself, Daleth. And later in the book, there is the addition of the supporting characters of Astren, a seer who can travel in the spirit world and King Tristan. King of the Freestates, who is about to bear the invasion of the Witch King in his bid to take over the Freestates and drain the life from them as he has done with the Ember Kingdioms.

I fell under the spell of each of these individual characters, Maya who is at heart gentle and caring. Taran, who initially bumbles from one situation to the next, which eventually leads him into a choice that he didn't make. Rakan, who whilst initially bad, experiences acceptance and ultimately some form of redemption.

Everybody's favourite Kallas is an interesting character, and he certainly lives up to his name throughout most of the book, dispatching all around him in a callous and bloody fashion. And finally, we have the Witch King himself.

For me, the most interesting characters were certainly Daleth and Rakan. I know that in terms of entertainment value Kallas is pretty much up there, but Daleth and Rakan are the ones that stood out for me.

Rakan’s transformation from an angry and cruel individual to exactly the opposite is really good (although, he does still threaten everyone), and I thought I would like to see a book about Rakan and his time as a Nightstalker. Daleth is the most human of monsters, employing fear and coercion as a means to gain power. Yes, you can understand his motivations due to his gift and everything that he has endured. However, he continues the cycle willingly and with brutality and no remorse for the destruction that he causes.

The world of Kings and Daemons is richly imagined and there is a well thought out history to make the world believable and to provide the backdrop to the story. Whilst the environment is damaged, it is interesting to see that with the nudge of Maya’s magic, it appears to be lying dormant. Initially, it seems to be a world of black and white. However, vibrant sprigs of colour are introduced when Maya uses her magic more and more throughout the land, healing it in some small way, and when this happens, we see that nature can be nurtured and that it will bounce back from the pestilence that has blighted it.

And finally, we have to mention the magic system. I like that magic has a cost, and it is not used as a deus ex machina that cures all. Each power takes its toll in its own individual way, affecting the person singularly and Marcus illustrates the cost on those that use magic in an imaginative way (I don’t want to go into it too much as I don’t want to give spoilers).

The plot and the pacing hold up throughout the story, moving it towards the culmination of this part of the story. At times it moves along with gentle flow, and at others moving like a fast flowing torrent, sometimes slowing as Lee builds the relationships between the characters of the book.

As you can guess, I enjoyed this first book of the Gifted and the Curse and I am looking forward to the next book in the trilogy and seeing what happens at Tristan’s Folly.



Sunday, 13 December 2020


Some information about the book

Title: We Are The Dead

Author: Mike Shackle

Series: The Last War #1

Publisher: Gollancz

Date of Publication: August 8th 2019

Synopsis

The war is over. The enemy won. Now it's time to fight back.

For generations, the people of Jia - a land where magic has long since faded from the world, clinging on in only a few rare individuals - have been protected from the northern Egril hordes by their warrior caste, but their enemy has not been idle. They have rediscovered magic and use it to launch an overwhelming surprise attack. An invasion has begun.

And in moments, the war is over. Resistance is quashed. Kings and city leaders are barricaded in their homes awaiting banishment and execution, the warriors are massacred, and a helpless people submit to the brutality of Egril rule.

Jia's heroes have failed it. They are all gone. And yet... there is still hope. Soon the fate of the kingdom will fall into the hands of a schoolboy terrorist, a crippled Shulka warrior and his wheelchair bound son, a single mother desperate enough to do anything she can to protect her baby... and Tinnstra, disgraced daughter of the Shulka's greatest leader, who now lies dead by Egril hands.

A brand new epic fantasy: gritty and modern featuring a unique ensemble of characters who will lead a revolution against their overlords.

Review

If I could liken a book to a song, then I would liken ‘We are the Dead’ to ‘Bleed’ by Messhuggah. Hard, uncompromising and totally bloody brilliant. This is the first book in Mike Shackle’s ‘The Last War’ Trilogy and I don’t know what to say. This book is something else. 


The usual path for a fantasy book is to culminate in that final climactic battle. However, Mike Shackle takes a totally different view and thinks it is a good idea to start the book with the ultimate battle, and in this world the Evil Empire wins. They don’t just win, but they pulverise the good guys and then rout the rest of the country.


Well, that took me by surprise, I must say! Where on earth do we go from there? Urm, I’m not sure. It’s a good job that Mike Shackle does. 


We are the Dead is a book about oppression, rebellion and survival. It’s about how normal people survive in extreme circumstances and the choices they make when placed in an impossible situation. 


I really enjoyed this book. It is a gripping narrative that has you guessing what on earth is going to happen next.


I have got to say that Mike Shackle has done something different with We are the Dead and I loved every minute of the ride that he took me on.From beginning to end, this book never lets up. 


The book starts with a student, Tinnstra on the verge of completing suicide due to her disgracing herself in some way for an unknown misdemeanour. We learn that she is at military school in the country of Jia, training to be an elite soldier called The Shulka, just like her father. 


We then cut to the north of the country, where the army of Shulka are prepared to meet the Egril, an undisciplined, barbarian army. As we learn, the country of Jia was the home of magic and the Jians overcame the Egril at some point in the past. However, the magic disappeared long ago and now the Shulka, a set of elite warriors,  protect the country from invasion..


What happens next, nobody is prepared for. Jax, the leader of the Shulka, believes that this is going to be an easy battle. However, the best laid plans and all that. Subsequently,the Jians learn the Egril are not what they seem. They are a highly organised machine that have magic, monsters and weapons that can destroy the Shulka with no chance of fighting back..


Believe it or not, that is the first forty pages, the first forty pages. Whaaat? 


What comes next is a tale of oppression and fear. All the heroes of the land of Jia have been decimated and there is no one left to fight for the people. The Egril are cruel and rule with a hand of terror. 


The Egril have got to be the best set of fantasy villains that I have read. They are truly  horrible and Mike Shackle writes so well that the feeling of oppression is palpable.  They dehumanise the people that they rule and treat them worse than animals. They have no qualms about killing anyone for the slightest thing and regularly do. As you read the book you can almost smell the fear that the inhabitants of Jia live with every day.The Egril are brutal and use this brutality with great abandon. 


As we move through the story we are introduced to the characters. Now don’t be expecting heroic magic and sword wielding heroes that will ride in on a white charger and save everyone, coz it ain’t gunna happen. In this book, most of the characters are unlikeable or have a fault running through them so wide the sea would be swallowed. 


We meet Tinnstra in the first instance as she is preparing to end her life. And it is at that point we realise that Tinnstra is so consumed with fear that she is willing to withdraw from everything, even life. We have Dren, a bombastic teenager who is willing to send anyone to their deaths without a thought. Dren has no care, and we see this early on when he coerces a young mother to be a suicide bomber and kill a load of people that he believes are collaborators with the enemy. He has no regard for life at all. 


There are other characters, like Jax, the leader of the Hanran, who was broken in the first assault by the Egril and has arm cut off, and then there is Yas, a single mother whose husband was killed horrifically by the Egril, leaving her to bring their child into the world.


Throughout the book. The characters develop in many ways and experience life changing events. They all go on their journey and all  change in ways they cannot imagine. I found this to be a strength to the narrative in that whilst you may not like the characters initially, your relationship with each individual character changes throughout the book. 


The pacing of the narrative is supersonic. Mike Shackle writes with a clipped prose that does not waste a word. HIs descriptive prowess is brilliant. Sometimes a little too brilliant, particularly when we get to a scene with Jax and Darus (an Egril Chosen who has been imbued with power, and the fifth pov in the book). This made me squirm, really squirm as the violence that Darus meters out on Jax is gut wrenching. 


The other thing is that Mike Shackle writes action scenes that are so cinematic it is like having a TV in your head.He is totally unflinching in describing the violence of the situation, describing each sword stroke and the damage that results. At times, it reminded me of something from a Wachowski brothers film. 


He does not fluff the brutality that the oppressors meter out to the citizens of Jia. Nor does he make any judgements on the lengths the characters will go to, to get their freedom. And this is something that struck me throughout the story. Our ‘so called’ heroes do some nasty stuff, and I mean the types of things that a war crimes committee would have a field day with. However, the character’s are not held to account for  the actions that they take and you understand the decisions that they make.


Despite it being a war torn country, Mike Shackle builds a rich world. Whenever the book moves to the different cities in the country of Jia you get a distinct difference in the environments that the characters inhabit. Shackle describes a world with a rich history, giving you all the background you need to picture the environment and the people that inhabit it. 


As I have said before, Mike Shackle’s books have placed themselves firmly in my all time fantasy favorites and this series deserves all the praise that it gets. 



Friday, 11 December 2020


 Let's give you some facts about the book

Title: A Threat of Shadows

Series: The Keeper Chronicles

#SPBFO Semifinalist

Pages: 460

Overview

Alaric betrayed everything he believed to save Evangeline — and failed.

His last chance to save the woman he loves lies in an ancient Wellstone, a repository of power, buried and lost long ago.

Luck—or something more troubling—leads him to a small group searching for the same stone.

A disgruntled dwarf,

a bumbling wizard,

and an elf with an unsettling amount of power.

If he can gain their trust, they might help him find the cure.

But the Wellstone holds more than he knows, and a terrible evil he’d thought defeated is stirring again, searching for the stone.

Can the companions survive a traitor, a dragon, and their own pasts to reach the stone before time runs out?

Review

J. A. Andrew’s ‘Threat of Shadows’ harks back to the fantasy stories of old. It is kind of like the old Forgotten Realms type books or Terry Brooks.

The story revolves around a ‘Keeper’ (an order of clerics who store memories, histories and stories) called Alaric who has abandoned his role in order to search for a cure for his wife, who was accidently poisoned by a group of villagers in an earlier incident.

He returns to his old life to find knowledge on how to cure her whilst she is kept in stasis to slow the spread of the poison.

On his journey, he meets a dwarf, an elf, a human and a bumbling wizard in a tavern as he sets off on his journey, and is drawn into a quest to stop the return of an evil that has lain dormant for seven years.

This was one of those books that I picked up without knowing anything about it and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a light-hearted read, with mostly well-rounded characters, a fast-paced plot, a decent magic system and some decent world building.

Alaric the Keeper is a strong lead character that has done some questionable things to save his wife and is haunted by his past.

Ayda the Elf is a typical elf, although she does hold some secrets of her own and she does grow in throughout the story.

Then there are the other supporting characters, Gustav the Wizard, Douglan the Dwarf and Brandson & Mille.

Whilst the main characters are well rounded, I did wonder about the supporting characters. Douglan is the typical complaining dwarf, and in all honesty, I could not determine what the role of Brandson & Millie was in the story as they are barely utilised in most of the book.

In terms of the plot, it didn’t really hold many surprises and was quite functionable. Although one plot device that I didn’t like was the frequent reference to the main antagonist as an ‘idiot’. I didn’t think this worked. As throughout the narrative, the 'idiot' of an antagonist stays one or two steps ahead of the main characters, so he cannot be that much of an idiot.

However, I don’t hold this against the book, and it didn’t spoil my enjoyment. There are some good ideas in the book, like the well stone. A magical stone that stores memories. And the characters deal the problems that they face in an original way. Not necessarily restoring to the usual hack and slash of some fantasy books

Threat of Shadows is part of a trilogy and I will read the next ones out of interest to see how the book develops.


 

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Wednesday, 9 December 2020

 End of the Year Roundup Tag

 

Thanks to @blogspells and @suebavey for the tag. This was one that had me thinking long and hard about the various different categories.

Good evening Fantasy Book Nerds

Right let's kick this off this end of the year roundup and see what we have for ya

1. The most badass character

I had to think hard on this one. It was a toss up between a number of people really, so I have narrowed it down to Tau Solarin. Tau is an unforgettable character and not without his faults. He is major league badass with those two swords of his. Both Rage of Dragons and The Fires of Vengeance were amazing books this year.

2. The weirdest or most unique story

Without a doubt, The Fisherman. I loved this weird tale from John Langham. Who would have thought a story about two fishermen could be this riveting, but it was!

3. The coolest world building

Well that goes hands down to Gareth Hanrahan in The Shadow Saint, the second book in The Black Gods trilogy. I read this in what seemed like an age ago, back in February. The setting for this book is amazing, part steampunk/part fantasy/wholly original.

4. The best fictional animal

I don’t think that I am going to be alone on this one, but I have only read one book with a fictional animal in it. 

So, if you can’t guess, Mephi, from Andrea Stewart’s ‘The Bone Shard Daughter’.

5. The book you just couldn’t put down

Do you know, 2020 has been chock full of them this year and it is going to be hard to pick just one. But if I have to do it, then it will be Matthew Ward’s Legacy of Steel. This is a thick tome of a book (about 750 pages I think!). I loved this book and devoured it in about three days (may have been four, I will have to check!)

6. A character you loved to spend time with

I think this is going to have to be a choice between two, I cannot decide. But I adored Elma York in the Calculating Stars. I think she has got to be one of my all-time favourite characters. And the other one was DCI Peter Grant in the Rivers of London Series.

7. The one that hits you in the feels

Definitely ‘Call of The Bone Ships’ by RJ Barker. Oh my goodness, this one tears you to shreds. I think I need therapy after that one.

8. The villain you love to hate

Don’t judge, but in a lot of cases I really like the villains. I know, I know there must be a little bit wrong with me. But sometimes, I just can’t help it. Sometimes I want the villain to win. However, these next two posts are going to jump into each other. And I have to say, I did not like this villain (I would be a bit worried if I did) at all, but Darus from ‘We are the Dead’ is definitely - that villain you loved to hate.

9. The 5 Star read you weren’t expecting

Again, I have had a slew of books that I thought were 5 star books, from Sam Hawke’s Hollow Empire to Matthew Ward. However, the one for me that I was not expecting, well two really, was Mike Shackle’s ‘We are the Dead’ & ‘ A Fool’s Hope’. These went past 5* ratings and placed themselves firmly on my all-time favourite list. The first is a visceral depiction of war and oppression and the second, well what can you say about the second one? Utterly blew me away and I was not expecting that at all




 




‘Eyes of the Sleeping Children’ is the bold new debut from D. A. Butcher, and is a psychological thriller set in 1930’s depression era Kansas at the height of a massive dust storm called The Beast of Black Sunday.

The story centres around Louis Lockhart and his family, beginning on the night of the storm hitting the family farm. After taking safety in the cellar, the family retire to bed. However, a shocking tragedy hits Louis and his family when he discovers that his son is missing. There is no sign of forced entry and no evidence that he has left the house.

As Louis frantically searches for the missing child, his wife’s fragile mental health fractures and she lays the blame of the disappearance on a figure of nightmares, The Sandman

However, Louis looks for an explanation that is based on reality. As he uncovers the truth, it will lead him on a journey, one that will take him to the past and to secrets long forgotten.

D. A. Butcher’s debut is an interesting one. Part locked room mystery, part psychological thriller and part depression era family drama. I don’t want to discuss the plot too much as part of the experience is to uncover the different elements of the plot as they unfold. However, the plot is tightly woven with different elements bringing themselves together as the story reaches its climactic conclusion.

The book shows Butcher’s skill at researching the events that the novel takes place in. This is a particularly important feature in this type of book as if there are any discrepancies it could take the readers focus away from the story that Butcher is telling. I mean this is a setting that not everybody is going to be familiar with, and I know one of the first things I did was immediately go searching for information.

The backdrop of the storm is particularly effective as it adds to the cloying and claustrophobic atmosphere to the story. Evoking a sense of disquiet and an almost dreamlike quality to the narrative

The main character of the story Is Louis Lockhart and the main perspective is recounted through his eyes. He is quite an introspective character and we get a good grasp on his motivations and perspectives. There are several other characters, Louis’s wife who experiences a serious bout of depression throughout the first part of the book, and his brother Buck.

The book is essentially divided into two parts, the immediate aftermath of the disappearance and the search for Louis’s son and the effects that the disappearance has on the family as a whole as hope dwindles.

I found that, for me, when the second part of the story begins, it had some effect on the impetus of the story. As whilst we have the initial feverish pace of the first part of the book, the second part’s description of the slow deterioration of Louis’s mental health upset the equilibrium a little. However, it picks up pace again towards the final third of the book. There is a particularly disturbing scene which highlights Louis’s grasp on his sense of self which will definitely stay with me for quite a while, even though I would rather forget it.

All in all, this was a solid debut from a new voice, and it will be interesting to see what D. A Butcher does next

 




Saturday, 5 December 2020


 That was the month that was!

 

Hello Booknerds! 

What happened? We've suddnely arrived at December. What a year that has been! I hope this year finds you well, and it seems that we have survived the plague and the subsequent lockdowns, Tier 3's etc and you have managed to get some reading done. 

November has been a busy month. I had a load of Advanced Reading copies that I had to read before the deadline and some of these were triliogies, so I had to read the proceeding books to catch up. 

As you can see there was quite a number of books. I got to say there some surprises in there, and there was a couple that go into my all time favorite books list. Bet you can't guess what they were. I harped on enough about them.

Lets do a quick round up then.

Infernal by Marc De Jagar

 

This book was a bit of a surprise for me. I knew nothing about it at all and had it in my Netgalley shelf for ages. Why? I don't know because when I actually read this book I enjoyed it no end. The story centres around Stratus. A man with no memory of who is or what his purpose is. This book got its hooks into me and I really enjoyed it. It is violent and darkly comedic and such a good story. Honestly, give this book a chance and you will not regret it. If you like the viciousness of Joe Abercrombie, I am sure that you will get along with this. 

The Lady Astronaut Series by Mary Robinette Kowall

 



I heard Mary Robinette Kowal before I read her stuff. If you have listened to The Original on Audible you will have come across Mary Robinette Kowal. I have to admit, this was my first introduction to her writing.The Original is a really good sci fi audio drama (the review is on the site, check it out). On the back of that, I went to look for more of her stuff and this is what I found. This is an excellent series set in an alternative history where the earth is struck by an extinction level meteor striking the earth and destrying a substantial part of the USA. It is set in the 1950's and charts man's efforts to go beyond the earth due to the catstrophe. The first two books cnetre on our hero, Elma York as she battles sexism, racism and mental health problems to become the first female astronaut to go to the Moon and then onto Mars. The third book, The Relentless Moon changes protagonist and plot structure to add something new to the series. In this book the hero is Nicole Wargin, and similarly to Elma, she is a strong female character that has some issues. 

These books were a delight to read. Mary Robinette Kowal is an amazing writer that writes strong female characters and also chucks in some social commentary as well. 

Hollow Empire by Sam Hawkes

 

Another book the took me by surprise!

This is the second book in the Poison War Trilogy by Sam Hawke. I originally read the first one City of Lies and it was a bit of a sleeper hit with me.It was good, and I thought if she releases another one, I will definitely read it. 

However, with Hollow Empire, Sam Hawkes has written something that I thought was excellent. I don't know if it was due to the fact that I had gotten used to the world or what, but I must say, Sam Hawkes has ramped everything up in this book. It just improved so much. The plot and the pacing are ramped up and the characters get better developed. If you want to know how much - I bought the hardback!

The Bone Ships & Call of the Bone Ships by RJ Barker





Firsts seem to be the order of the day, don't they? The Tide Child Trilogy is my first introduction to    R. J. Barker and I am definitely a fan. Both The Bone Ships and Call of the Bone ships took me aback with their orginal setting. These books captivated me and the characters walked off the page and firmly lived in my imagination. With The Bone Ships, R. J. Barker builds the world and tells a ripping yarn, but Call of the Bone Ships simply tears you apart. It left me speechless at the brilliance of the story and has sent me searching for his earlier books.

We Are The Dead & A Fool's Hope by Mike Shackle



Now these two books. What can I say about these two books? The first two books of The Last War have firmly placed themselves in my favorite books of all time. The first is a violent, brutal and unflinching depiction of war and opression and the second moves the story along in wholly unexpected ways. I cannot enthuse enough of how brilliant these books are. and to add to that, Mike Shackle is such a nice bloke that interacts with the fans of his works. I am going to leave out the description of the plot of these two books as the best way to read them is to go in totally blind and let the story grab you.

And finally, let's get on to my plans for December. In December, I will be going OFF THE RAILS to take in a load of books that are written by independent authors. This is something that I have been toying with for quite a while. I originally had a whole thing worked out, but unfortunatley, when I did a little digging I found that the title that I was going to use was already taken. So I have had to change my plans a little. 

If you are interested in independent authors, Sue's Musings
is doing a really good feature called Indie Spotlight. Click the link and it will take you to her latest post.

So for now, I will say goodbye to all you Fantasy Book Nerds and wish you all the best.

FBN 


Thursday, 3 December 2020

 



Some info about this little tome: -

Author: Mike Shackle
Title: Fool's Hope
Series: The Last War 
Publisher: Gollancz
Pub Date: 3rd December 2020
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Synopsis

The sequel to the darkly fantastic WE ARE THE DEAD: with more unflinching action, A FOOL'S HOPE sees Jia's revolutionaries dig in their heels as they learn that wars aren't won in a day.

War takes everything.

From Tinnstra, it took her family and thrust her into a conflict she wanted only to avoid. Now her queen's sole protector, she must give all she has left to keep Zorique safe.

It has taken just as much from Jia's revolutionaries. Dren and Jax - battered, tortured, once enemies themselves - must hold strong against their bruised invaders, the Egril.

For the Egril intend to wipe Jia from the map. They may have lost a battle, but they are coming back.

If Tinnstra and her allies hope to survive, Jia's heroes will need to be ready when they do.

Review

For the past week or so, I have been living in Mike Shakle's apocalyptic world, and I have to say it has been a harrowing experience.

Both Fool's Hope and We Are The Dead, are a tale of War. However, this is not epic fantasy battles where everyone puffs out their chest and prepares for combat. This is war in its most brutal and basest form. And guess what, it ain't pretty!

If you have read the first book in Mike Shakle's 'The Last War' series you know what to expect, right? Wrong!

Yep, you got it folks - expect the unexpected! And that is me covering the plot elements of the book. You need to experience this book with no preconceived ideas. You need to go in totally blind and let the story take you where it's going to go. And then, when you get to the end of the book, get back to me and tell me what you thought. I guarantee, you'll be like, whaaat?

So, let's get onto the other things about the book.You know, those bits I can talk about! I have to say that when I first read ‘We are the Dead’, I was taken aback by the story. Mike Shackle writes a phenomenal war story and he mixes this in with all the elements of fantasy to make something that is absolutely amazing.

In Fool's Hope, the story begins immediately where the last book ends. Shackle seamlessly continues with the 'what happens next'. And from page 1, the action begins and you are thrown into the story as if you never left it. As you will know with Mike's pacing, full throttle is just too damn slow and you immediately get thrown into the story and shown what it’s like to live in a world that has been torn apart by war and oppression.

At the beginning of our journey, we start with a new character and a new perspective, and through the introduction of these new characters, Shackle introduces the world view of the oppressors, as well as the oppressed. This is the thing with Mike Shackle. All the elements of fantasy are there. There’s world building, there’s magic systems and all the other elements of fantasy that you expect to see. However, in his hands, these elements are malleable and are shaped in ways that you don’t expect or hidden in the places that you least expect to see them. Honestly, I can’t say how much I have been impressed with his books. For me, he has brought something new to the genre and surprised me.

In both his books, Mike Shackle has a really good way of writing prose. I suppose in the old days it would have been called hard boiled, but it’s not wholly that style of writing in that he does have elements of tenderness in his books, like the relationships between Yas and little Ro, or Tinnstra an Zorique. However, when it comes to the violence of the battle or fight scenes, Shackle presents them in a tough and realistic way. He doesn’t flower up the violence. He describes it in a way that are both unglamorous and unsentimental and this style adds to the cinematic flow of his action scenes. It’s not that his fight scenes don’t have flourish and flair because they do, but let’s be honest here, battle and death are not pretty, and in Mike Shackle’s world they are not presented as such. What matters most is survival, and that is why the characters do what they do. They do not revel in the glory of battle or tell stories of the foes they have vanquished, they simply do it to survive.

In terms of the characters in Fool’s Hope, their journeys are expanded in such an unexpected way. I never saw any of these things coming and I could never have predicted that the main characters' arcs would develop in such a way. On that note, I am going to have to stop there because to do so would invite spoilers, and we know that I am staying away from them as much as possible. What I can say is that a couple of new characters join in this book and I am sure that you will take to at least one of them like I did. Ralasis, is the swarthy sea captain that we meet at the beginning of the book. However, he gets more of a supportive role later in the story and again, Shackle does not waste a single character and he quickly becomes a major part of the story.

I really enjoy Mike’s way of writing. It’s extremely graphic and cinematic.He writes action scenes that at once remind me both of the Matrix in one aspect and then flits to Tarantino levels of brutality. I could easily imagine this as a graphic novel, and having seen representations of Tinnstra on his website (which are pretty darn good, I tell you), I would definitely be up for reading it.

No word of a lie, I really do rate Mike Shackle books in the top ten of my favorite books of all time. They are stunning books which totally blew me away, and in a year where we have had so many good books, Mike Shackle presents us with one of the most memorable stories that I have read all year. He is now on my list of authors that whatever they write, I will be up there buying it straight away, no questions asked!

Honestly, when you start reading Fool's Hope, you will not put it down. It took me two days to read because I simply could not bear to leave the story for one minute, the book grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let me go until I had finished. And if you think I am being a bit fanboy in my review, I don’t care, coz I am!.

I gratefully received an advanced reading copy from Netgalley and the publisher, Gollancz in exchange for a honest review. I think the above gushiness covers that, don't you? And now it is published I am the proud owner of this bad boy!

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