Seven Blades in Black
A young thief is being interrogated by her captors about a heist: every answer she gives is half-truth and half-lie. Every answer she gives leads to a flashback, revealing filled with tremendous action to the reader. Written in a very accessible and engaging style, this is a story packed with attitude, a brilliant first-person POV, and a clever narrative structure. Sykes has also created one of the most satisfying and original magical systems to match the story, and these elements come together in a very solid and satisfying way to create and innovative and eye-catching read. Full of energy, this is a positive and fun fantasy tale for the post-grimdark generation of readers.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 18 Jul 2019
- Orion Publishing Co
- London, United Kingdom
It's a big story, grand on scale and packed with themes that range from the rich/poor divide to racial intolerance and simple greed. It's also a rollicking read, a ripping yarn spent in the company of desperate, damaged, yet ultimately sympathetic individuals. Sykes's love of his characters shines through in his writing, making The City Stained Red his finest book yet. Starburst Magazine With playful language, distinctly drawn characters, and a cavalcade of action in service to a coherent plot, this book is a winner. I'll be reading the other books about Lenk and the gang while awaiting the next volume in the Bring Down Heaven trilogy SF Signal Sam Sykes has crafted a splendid adventure story here, and I really had times where I could not put the book down and forced myself with eyes so tired to read one more chapter, and then another. Sleepless Musings There's plenty of slapstick humour despite the darkness and that familiar sense of wondrous adventure that lurks just around the corner is still here. Still, "The City Stained Red" somehow fells like a better and more streamlined version of its predecessors...Sykes tells just enough to make you eager for more. Well, consider the job done - I'm ready for the sequel. Upcoming 4 Me
About Sam Sykes
Samuel Sykes began writing his debut novel, Tome of the Undergates (the first book in his Aeon's Gate trilogy) when he was seventeen. Since then, he has also written Black Halo, The Skybound Sea and the Bring Down Heaven trilogy that begins with The City Stained Red. He currently lives in the US, where he is working on his next novel.