Title: Smoke in the Glass | Series: Immortal’s Blood #1 | Author: Chris Humphreys | Publisher: Gollancz | Publication date: May 16th 2019 | Num. Pages: 400 | Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
4 stars –
Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A world of immortals living among humans. Anyone may be immortal, but there is no way to know until you die. If you are one of the very lucky few, you will live an endless life of pleasure and power, considered to be a god. Only decapitation and the rapid separation of body and head for a few days can kill an immortal.
In the southlands, a common soldier dies and is reborn, and is inducted into the world of the immortals. But the Empire has become decadent, and what he discovers there will shock him.
In the dry lands of the west, one man has set himself up as the sun god. But there is a prophecy that he will be killed by his son – and so all of his male children are killed at birth. Until his most recent wife bears a child who is nether male nor female, and is determined to protect them from sacrifice.
In the cold north, the immortal Luck – clever, tricksy, clubfooted – harbours suspicions that many of the immortals have been killed. When he intervenes in an attack on one of his fellows, he realises something new. Someone is hunting the Gods.
For there is a fourth land. They know of the other three. And they are planning their attack.
Our three heroes – damaged soldier, protective mother, clever cripple – must find a way to unite their different lands, and defend against this new enemy.
Oh my giddy aunt.
Chris Humphreys has practically exploded and provided us with a new trilogy to grab onto with both hands.
Smoke in the Glass is a nice new trilogy to read and a nice new author for me.
Four lands, three heroes, one war.
A really nice way to sum up what the story is about. I don’t know about other readers but I love a Dramatis Personae as long as its organised and makes sense – this book has an organised Dramatis Personae.
I also love a prologue that isn’t a prologue that is a prologue. I know that probably makes absolutely no sense to anyone but me – but! Smoke in the Glass has a really nice prologue that isn’t that is. It breaks down the history of the world into nice manageable chunks with each individual chunk of information having a really solid breakdown about each instance of immortality.
I really loved how Chris Humphreys wrote the occurrence of immortality. How it happened in the beginning, its purpose and how it progressed to where it is now. A gift to some and a curse to others.
The first of our three heroes we meet is Ferros – a soldier from a small town whose only wish is to serve the empire.
The second – Luck, an immortal god misshapen but wise.
The third – Atisha, a new mother, afraid but strong for her child.
The style of writing in this book had a good flow with a smooth transition between points of view between the three main characters and a number of the sub-characters. I find sometimes that the transition between points of view is lacklustre but I’m really pleased to say that Chris’ was seamless.
I liked the splits in the worlds and the description of how their worlds work. There was throughout the book a sense of historical background particularly in the ways and mannerisms of those in Midgarth – almost mythological or Norse.
I highly recommend Smoke in the Glass and I can’t wait to read the next book.