Over the last few years there have been loads of great things (books, films, blogs, people) that I have meant to blog about and not got round to. So, in a very relaxed way I’ve decided to start by talking about a book I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading: The Copper Promise by Jen Williams.
So this is part enthuse, part review though it’ll be spoiler free I promise.
First a disclaimer: I have met the author and imbibed alcohol in her presence.
Right, onto the review. The Copper Promise is a fantasy novel and is brilliant. The characters are recognisably fantasy enough to feel immediately comfortable while being different enough to feel fresh. Most importantly I liked them and cared for them, even when they screw up. And they screw up quite often.
There’s magic, gods, monsters, taverns, pirates, knights, epic battles, dungeons, mysterious caves, wise women, mystics, demons, cannibals, dragons, tons of bad guys, an abundance of scars and a mild hint of sauce.*
The writing is pacey and fresh, funny at times but also serious enough to feel tense as well.
Above all, this is fun**. The Copper Promise is not a short book but I tore through it, often muttering to myself things like ‘just one more chapter…’
I’m loath to say more as I hate spoilers*** and you can read blurbs for yourself. But go read it. It’s brilliant.
If you like GIF’s Andrew Reid’s review is also well worth checking out.
*Seriously, what’s not to like?
**I almost didn’t write this because the word fun is sometimes used for things that are rough round the edges. This isn’t. In fact the ‘fun’ here is well crafted and probably took a ton of work to achieve.
***Which is why I’m not a pro book reviewer. I’d suck.