Posts Tagged ‘Andy Remic’

The Dragon Engine

January 17, 2016 - 4:50 pm No Comments

The Dragon Engine
Blood Dragon Empire series book 1
Author: Andy Remic
Publisher: Angry Robot
591pp (eBook edition)
Release date: 3rd Sept 2015
reviewed by Chris Amies

“The Dragon Engine” tells the story of a group of humans who embark on a quest to possibly save the life of one of their number. And to claim the treasure of the supposedly lost Dwarf kingdoms while they’re at it. It begins, as such stories may, with a feast and the swearing of mighty oaths. In fact a lot of swearing generally. This is far less well-mannered fantasy than we have been used to in the past; the word Grimdark has been used and we are now habituated to such grim, bloody-slogging nightmare (or those people who read/watch it are) from Mr Martin’s Game of Thrones.
On the one side of this savage tale you have the band of fast friends who have, they thought, put their soldiering days behind them and taken to the pleasures of love, food and drink, but who come out of retirement for this quest. Our viewpoint character here is Beetrax, a huge axeman, uncouth and violent but who has hidden depths and capacities. On the other you have their enemy: a thoroughly nasty culture living underground and who are ruled by a dyarchy – so called because each ruler wants the other to die? Separation of church and state has led to on one side a king who might not be that nice but does believe that people shouldn’t be tortured to death; his opposite number is Skalg, Cardinal of the Church of Hate, who has no such qualms and is a colossal pervert, brutal both sexually and otherwise. Insurrection is in the air which means that by the time our heroes get there the situation is going to be even more complicated.
This is an impressively bloody novel, with no quarter given or asked from the many vicious fights and nasty situations our characters get into. The language is equally foul and indeed certain words crop up so often it’s beginning to look a lot like Tourette’s.
As well as the opposing titans already mentioned the other characters are well drawn, the relationships between the adventurers giving them a plausible back story. This is a novel which in many ways plays with fantasy tropes – dragons, dwarfs, stew (why is it always stew? as Diana Wynne Jones asked in ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’: but it always is) and while using them goes beyond them. There are indeed dragons and what became of them, and the Dragon Engine of the title, is the engine (as it were) of the novel.
This is volume 1 of a new series which going on the evidence here will be worth keeping up with. I write this as someone who doesn’t really do Fantasy unless its characters can take time out for a latte (i.e. the Urban subtype) but go on, Andy Remic, do go on, you have convinced me. Not that the world depicted is one I would like to live in – not given the likelihood of sudden brutal death or worse – but in its sweaty, bloody self it is worth a visit.

Chris Amies Writer and translator

Reviewer biography: Chris Amies

Chris Amies was born in the suburbs south of London and lived for many years in Hammersmith, which district still appears in much of his fiction. He is the author of one published novel, one non-sfiction book (about pubs) and 25 short stories though the number is increasing, and has reviewed fiction for the BSFA and Tangent Online. He is currently preparing a collection of his older published works and recently diversified into anthology editing and full-length translations from French. His website is at chrisamies.com

The Iron Wolves

January 28, 2014 - 12:17 am No Comments

The Iron Wolves
Author: Andy Remic
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release Date: 29th Dec 2013
Size: 416pp
Reviewer: Andy Angel

It has been 30 years since The Iron Wolves won victory at the Pass of Splintered Bones and killed the Sorcerer Morkagoth and now a new threat faces the realm in the shape of Orlana the Changer!!

At first glance I thought this was going to be another “by the numbers” fantasy tale, and, to be honest, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The premise is simple enough – evil threatens the land, send for the heroes who won the day last time around, but it’s not going to be that easy! After saving the kingdom previously The Iron Wolves were well rewarded but all now seem to have fallen on harder times, some falling further than others. Their leader, General Dalgoran, thinks reuniting them will be the answer but whether they will be able to work together is a big question.

On the whole this was an enjoyable tale, although a lot more violent and horrific than I am used to reading in this genre. This is the nastiness of war, the violence of battle. The heroes are not your typical hero types. These are people who fight and kill because it is who they are and what they do, they are soldiers and mercenaries. As I started out I did not think I would be a fan but by the time I got to the end I found I actually cared about what happened to them. As is right with this kind of tale not everyone makes it to the end and when death arrives it is well done but not lightly done.

On the downside for me, and it is only a small quibble – The Splice. These are the books ‘monsters’. When first encountered these were a good idea – take an animal (usually a horse but also bears and lions were used), take a human and, quite literally, smash them together to make a deformed, distorted hybrid. A fantastic idea and a horrifying result but after reading about the making of the creatures for the third or fourth time they became a bit ho – hum. Thankfully this stopped fairly early on and they realized their full potential later on.

So, a bloody, violent, vicious fantasy romp. If you like your fantasy full of elves, unicorns etc this may not be your thing but if you like getting up to your ears in blood, gore and nastiness you’re in for a treat.

On a final note, the very last scene in this book was not at all what I expected, and even now, five days after finishing it still hasn’t left my thoughts. I am certainly looking forward to the next book.

The Four Realms

December 16, 2012 - 4:44 pm No Comments

The Four Realms Press Release

I’m pleased to share this press release for a book from Anarchy Books, that I’m really looking forward to. Andy Remic says . . .
We’re absolutely thrilled and jiggling to announce the upcoming and incoming release of THE FOUR REALMS by Adrian Faulkner. This is a stunning debut novel, absolutely jam-packed with vampire genocide, shape-shifting cephalopods, kick-ass elderly protagonists and shotgun wielding centaurs……

Gail Z. Martin, author of THE DREAD, described Faulkner’s debut novel as “An imaginative foray into a dark world of danger and adventure. Hang onto your hat!”…. and here at Anarchy Books we are super-excited at what we believe is the BEST Anarchy Book yet!!

Advance reader copies are now available for review, and Mr Faulkner is available for interviews, comments and general “book pimping”. Contact anarchy-books@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Release date: 26th December 2012.
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3
PDF copies also available for review.
THE FOUR REALMS-

Half-vampire Darwin stumbles across a corpse on the streets of London, and in a pocket discovers a notebook in a mysterious language. Divided between human ethics and vampire bloodlust, Darwin finds himself both condemner and saviour of a race who’ve never considered him one of their own. Now, he must try and lead the survivors to sanctuary in New Salisbury before Mr West completes his genocide of the vampires in his quest to obtain the book…

Maureen Summerglass is eighty-two years old, and a prisoner in her ramshackle home. She is afraid to let people enter in case they discover the oak door in her cellar. Threatened with homelessness and retirement from her job as a gatekeeper between worlds, Maureen breaks protocol when the death of a close friend is covered up… and enters the city of New Salisbury to search for his missing notebook. There, she discovers a world unlike the one of myth and fairy tale she imagined, and instead one of black market economies, brand names and tuk tuks. As she investigates, not only is she in extreme danger, but discovers she may be the first human female able to use magic…
Title: The Four Realms
Author: Adrian Faulkner
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 120,000 words
Published by Anarchy Books
Release Date: 26th December 2012
Cover by Matt “Iron-Cow” Cauley
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3

A Hi-Res image of the cover can be downloaded from: http://adrianfaulkner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/four_realms_anarch2.jpg

Andy Remic’s new series

October 19, 2012 - 11:43 am No Comments

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Angry Robot is reeling with the news that maniac fantasy author Andy Remic is returning with a brand new series.

See attached press release for this news bulletin.

Review: Vampires Rock – Again

June 1, 2011 - 1:19 am No Comments

The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles:

Vampire Warlords

Author:  Andy Remic

Publisher: Angry Robot

Price:  £7.99 (Paperback)

Page count:  432pp (inc. Q & A interview)

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

Better known for his Combat K novels, which he still writes Andy Remic has started to branch out as of late. His experimentation perhaps started with Kell’s Legend, the first in the Clockwork Vampire Chronicles, which got rave reviews at its release. And just a short time later, Andy became involved in the world of e-publishing “changing the world one book at a time”, having released his thriller Serial Killers Incorporated along with its own CD soundtrack as part of new venture Anarchy Books. It should be no surprise then, that this Literary Entrepreneur is taking the genre world by storm with the third instalment in the Clockwork Vampire trilogy.

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