NIGHTS OF VILLJAMUR by Mark Charan Newton

NIGHTS OF VILLJAMUR

KIRKUS REVIEW

The first book of a promising fantasy series.

An oncoming ice age, known as the Freeze, is bringing masses of refugees from a string of islands to the fortress city of Villjamur, seat of the authoritarian Empire. Far outside the walls, battles rage and strange happenings abound; inside, Villjamur is often a rough and violent place. A politician is mysteriously killed, and city investigator Rumex Jeryd—part of a strange race called the rumel—must solve the crime. Meanwhile, the emperor himself suddenly commits suicide, sparking political intrigue; a thief, Randur Estevu, consults with cultists—users of seemingly magical technology—on a mission to save his mother’s life; and far outside the city, Empire Commander Brynd Lathraea confronts a terrifying and inhuman enemy. The novel is fast-moving and intricately plotted, though sometimes a bit gory; one character is ripped apart by grotesque blood beetles, who toss bits of his flesh into the air “in a fine pink mist.” In general, however, the violence serves the story and contributes to the dark tone.

Readers who don’t mind occasional violence will enjoy exploring this impressive world.

Pub Date: June 29th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-345-52084-5
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: Spectra/Bantam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2010




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