Thursday, September 24, 2015

WEDNESDAY REVIEW: FLESH GOLEM (IronScythe Sagas #1) by Kev Heritage

‘And from the dark unknown came a hooded avenger, a sable-weaved nemesis branded with living iron whose will it was to destroy all works of delving. His name? He had many over his lifetime, but history only remembers him as… the Cowl.’

Welcome to the IronScythe Sagas and the world of Arn, where two suns fill the sky and metals are forbidden, dangerous things. And introducing the hooded nemesis of delving himself—the enigmatic Cowl, the wielder of the land’s own avenger, IronScythe.

Flesh Golem is the first part of an exciting new trilogy of linked adventure fantasy novellas, by UK Indie author, Kev Heritage.

FLESH GOLEM (IronScythe Sagas #1)
Saved from execution by the ambitious Dracus Krall, the Cowl is sent on weregild to kill the evil golem that has lurked in the Krall family home for generations. Accompanying the task is Dracus’ brother-daughter, Vareena, who is not as she seems. She harbours a secret power that will alter the destiny of her family forever.

Kev Heritage's Flesh Golem (IronScythe Sagas #1) is a fast and dark entry in the Sword & Sorcery genre.

Cowl works flawlessly as the doomed, enigmatic, and maimed monster-man cursed to destroy all products of "delving"(metalwork) because in the world of Arn metals are imbued with magical powers and magic is forbidden. In this novella, Cowl's mission is to accompany Vareena, an untried swordswoman who is the scion of a once great House to the now abandoned hereditary home. The reason for her house's fall from grace happened generations ago when her family's ancestral castle was taken over by a delving-demon. Now, with Cowl, enemy of all delving at her side, Vareeena is determined to free her home of this supernatural menace.

Heritage does a great job of moving the story along without seeming hurried and revealing new information about Cowl and the world in a timely and intriguing manner without the dreaded info-dumps. Heritage also has a fine pen for picturesque prose, which will make the read especially enjoyable for those who prefer slightly more vivid and sophisticated writing, though he never comes close to drifting into purple prose.

And perhaps, in the finest accolade I can give Heritage, Flesh Golem inspired me to immediately buy the Cowl Omnibus so I can continue reading tales in the world of Arn.
You can find this novella on Amazon.

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