This books was kindly gifted to me by the publishers. This in no way affects my review.
There are some books that you just know you are going to love. Crowfall was one of those books for me. It’s the third book in one of my favourite series by Ed McDonald. This is a series that has gone from strength to strength and Crowfall was no exception.
Now, fair warning, look away now if you don’t want spoilers for the rest of this series! I’ll see you next time for a Darlington food post…
Ryhalt has returned for Crowfall but he is not the man he was. The time he has spent in the Misery has changed him, making him stronger, stranger and constantly haunted by the ghosts of his losses.
The world he has left behind might just need a little strange however. With the Nameless struggling to hold onto their power, the Deep Kings are preparing for another attack.
What follows is a fast-paced and brutal story. The action, and subsequent tension, in Crowfall is McDonald’s best yet. I was racing through the pages, desperate to find out who would win in this desperate battle. Some of the adrenaline that Ryhalt felt in this novel seeped through the pages until I felt like I was by his side, frantically trying to stem the tide of the Deep Kings’ assault.
I was taken aback by the heart in these pages. We’ve seen hints of McDonald’s talent with emotions in the previous books but he really dialled it up a notch with this one. Crowfall was brutal and heartwarming and delivering several punches to the heart. I was 100% tangled up in the fate of these characters and practically squealing at some of those fates.
This isn’t an easy, fun book to read like I recommended in my last post but it is worth it. For every dark, grisly moment , there is a glimmer of hope that you want to chase before the action takes you elsewhere. This is Grimdark at its finest and another success from one of my favourite fantasy writers.