The Grim Company

The Grim Company

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The gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced tropps, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands. The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Group US, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101609330
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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heavenne
Aug 26, 2018

***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned***

It’s been a while since a good fantasy has come by my way and with anti heroes! It’s different and nice to see even though the world building and plot is typical fantasy but it’s written so well that it’s enjoyable and with some occasional funny parts you’re left with a memorable book and want to keep going in the series.

The world building is well done. Mages are dictators of their own cities and have the general populace under their thumb. Magic is pretty much only done by Magelords (not including the band of sorceresses that are mentioned). Dorminia is protected by Augmentors (elite units that have enhanced magical items) which is a fine idea. The mindhawks (birds that can read your mind to see if you’re thinking thoughts to overthrow the Magelord) is also a really neat concept that I liked.

The plot itself is intricate and it takes time to get fully immersed in it. Once you’re familiar with the world and setting it’s well worth the time invested and although it may be a bit hard to keep track of everyone at first, the action scenes are well written, the dialogue is real albeit vulgar at times (but it keeps it real), and the battle at the end is epic. Everything is somewhat interconnected and once the pieces all come together it makes for one great story.

The characters are a mixed bag and you have a variety to choose as a favorite. Cole seems to be the butt of many jokes despite his main role in the story. I found myself bursting out laughing at some moments that featured him - although I have to add, he’s not a very likable character. He’s naive, arrogant, and a bit of a dolt. But that’s what makes his role more interesting. Even I had to agree with Jerek when he said: “The boy’s a hero after all.”

My favorite would be Brodar and Jerek. Their background stories are interesting and they compliment each other. Brodar is the cool headed fighter who’s going on past his prime, whereas Jerek is the hot headed one that has a constant chip on his shoulder. They make a great duo and even while fighting together it makes for an exciting battle scene to read.

I sympathize with Barandas even though he was for the ‘bad guys’. He was loyal to a fault and was your model soldier. But he had a nice likable personality and although he was loyal to the Magelord you had to admire that in him. He’s good at his job and he was also trying to set things right. It made me sad on his demise. It was worth reading his one on one fight with Brodar.

There are so many questions to be answered! Lots of things were left hanging and I am looking forward to reading book two of this series. If you like a good fantasy with anti heroes with various flaws, some bits of dark humor, hefty battle scenes and blood coming from all over this is definitely for you.

Rbrightone Mar 01, 2017

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I liked how you are just thrown into the world but through flashbacks you approach understanding. I would recommend this for anyone that enjoys some rock solid fantasy adventure in a pretty creative world.

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Sumeria
Jun 11, 2015

I don't think people are giving this book enough credit!
It's an awesome book with laugh out loud moments!
Not that many authors can actually achieve that probably.

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kwsmith
May 09, 2014

If you enjoy dark and gritty fantasy novels by David Gemmell and Joe Abercrombie, you'll probably enjoy Luke Scull's exciting debut novel. If you're a fan of Luke's writing style, you'll find another Luke Scull novel tucked away in his latest RPG video game, The Shadow Sun, which is currently available for download on iOS and Android devices.

dward526 Apr 16, 2014

A fun sword & sorcery novel of the 'grimdark' vein. I enjoyed it and look forward to more from this author.

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sybilance
Feb 20, 2014

It's another grimdark novel. yawn.

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Faelith
Nov 08, 2013

Very gory and graphic. Has a lot of dark themes.

Characters are pretty well developed. Their personalities are very colorful.

Somethings are plain stupid though. Especially concerning the book's magic system.

I've heard the second book in the series is better and goes into more detail the world of Luke Scull.

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