- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 324 KB
- Print Length: 203 pages
- Publisher: Inspired Quill (1 Aug 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon UK, Amazon US
- Language: English
- Website: Craig Hallam
A Hero murdered.
A Girl alone.
A city of Villains.
From the crumbling Belfry to the Citadel’s stained-glass eye, across acres of cobbles streets and knotted alleyways that never see daylight, Greaveburn is a city with darkness at its core. Gothic spires battle for height, overlapping each other until the skyline is a jagged mass of thorns.
Archduke Choler sits on the throne, his black-sealed letters foretell death for the person named inside. Abrasia, the rightful heir, lives as a recluse in order to stay alive. With her father murdered and her only ally lost, Abrasia is alone in a city where the crooked Palace Guard, a scientist’s assistant that is more beast than man, and a duo of body snatchers are all on her list of enemies.
Under the cobbled streets lurk the Broken Folk, deformed rebels led by the hideously scarred Darrant, a man who once swore to protect the city. And in a darkened laboratory, the devious Professor Loosestrife builds a contraption known only as The Womb.
With Greaveburn being torn apart around her, can Abrasia avenge her father’s murder before the Archduke’s letter spells her doom?
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)
After reading Mr Hallam’s previous offering of short stories, Not Before Bed, I was eagerly anticipating another cracking read. Greaveburn is his first novel, and he does not disappoint. Not one bit.
Steampunk was not a genre I was familiar with, but I like to keep an open mind. Greaveburn is a world full of dark skullduggery, a place where the dregs of society have fallen and mingle in the shadows and the sewers.
Speaking of which, you absolutely picture the bowels of this murky city, the sights, the sounds and the smells (don’t dwell on those for too long). His descriptive style brings each character to life whether they are the main protagonists or background fodder and his style shines through a dark tale. The names are well crafted. Professor Loosestrife a particular favourite.
This book’s written in third-person and is from multiple characters point of view. The story is well woven, expertly told and my only criticism is that the story of Greaveburn is not a 600 page epic. Not really a criticism. More a sad cry from the dark that I wasn’t ready to finish reading the story. I think that is the mark of a good book and I want some more.
I highly recommend this book. Like me, you might find yourself drawn towards more books in this genre.