… tremendously satisfying …

grimdark fantasy fiction

Ravencry continues the highly enjoyable story of wounded hero, Ryhalt Galharrow, with his seriously bad tattoo and relentless drink problem fighting his way through a post apocalyptic world. Ed leavens Ryhalt’s grisly existence with a thoughtful generosity of spirit and wry humour which marks him out as a born story teller. Ryhalt has an motley collection of friends and acquaintances including street urchin Maira, swordswoman Nenn, and the blind man-child engineer, Maldon – all of whom play a part in the tremendous climax.

My brother described his writing as a “dark Terry Pratchett” and I know exactly what he meant. Apart from Ed’s obvious gift of story telling (which means we can all relax and enjoy the ride), there’s a strong thread of humanity running through these books which is tremendously satisfying and life affirming.

A great addition to the grimdark shelves and when I have another slice of downtime, I’ll be reading Crowfall, the final instalment in the The Raven’s Mark series.

The biography on his entertaining website notes Ed McDonald works part time as a university lecturer, and the rest of the time trying to make these plotlines make sense. If you find him anywhere else, he’s probably fencing with longswords, rapiers and pollaxes.” Adding “Ed is currently working on a new fantasy series. Since you found your way here, it will have stuff you’ll like in it – demons, swords, explosions. That kind of thing.”

Ravencry by Ed McDonald was published on 28 June 2018 by the Orion imprint Gollancz in the UK. It is the second part of The Raven’s Mark trilogy. The final book, Crowfall,  is out now, published in June 2019.

The book was given to me by Ed’s agent, Ian Drury of Sheil Land Associates. I have now passed it on to my brother who lives in the States – and so, sorry, you can’t borrow it.