Sea Of Ghosts, Paperback book

Sea Of Ghosts[Paperback]

by Alan Campbell

3.25 out of 5 (2 ratings)

Pan Macmillan 
Publication Date:
06 April 2012 


Leaving the behind the imaginings of Deepgate, Alan Campbell introduces a new world, a new cast of characters in a novel that reads like a cross between Stephen Deas and Joe Abercrombie. With non-stop action, beautiful characterization and Alan's usual flair for imagination and lyrical writing, welcome to a world of water - where dragons are used as weapons and countries are separated by power, greed and fear...Thrown out of the Graveyard corps by a corrupt and weak emperor, Granger has to turn to running his own prison. It's not a lucrative business but if he keeps his head down, doesn't succumb to pity or morals then he may just survive. But when two unexpected prisoners enter his life then his world is turned upside down. Ianthe is young, blind and deaf -- she can only see or hear through other people's senses. This makes her unique in a world held to ransom by the powerful Haurstaf -- a sisterhood of telepaths who consider the young girl a threat to their power. She's also Granger's daughter...

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  • This is the first book I've read by Alan Campbell and goodness me but its a cracker. Combine the baroque inventiveness of China Mieville's New Crobuzon and magic-tinged action and grit of Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen and a dash of Dune's science-fantasy elements and you may get a sense of what this is all about. The narrative sucks you in, the protagonist is refreshingly hard-bitten and well-realized, as are the villains. The world-building is wonderfully fresh in its imaginativeness and depth. Ultimately all of these elements support a rousing tale of adventure.After the break-neck pace of the first two-thirds of the book, the pace does slacken a little towards the end as the author starts to set things up for the sequels, so the narrative is a little less taut towards the end, but I wouldn't call that a weakness at all. The ending, while bringing the book to a satisfying close, certainly does leave one chomping at the bit for the next installment. I'm really surprised that this book seems to have slipped under the radar because surely it must have been, if not one of the best fantasy books from last year, one of the most enjoyable.

    4.00 out of 5


  • A little bit disappointed with the first book... Had considered not bothering with trilogy but last chapter has made it interesting enough. Certainly no Deepgate Codex.

    2.50 out of 5


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