Ok, so I’m gonna get right to the chase here. This book was fully awesome.
There is a lot to like about this book. A lot. But almost more than anything, I would say the style of writing made me fall in love with it. Conley has an easy, graceful way about his work. This is especially delightful given the subject matter: plague, vomiting blood, undead eating the alive, cannibalism, and other such dark and violent shenanigans.
The main POV’s we follow are equally engaging (often hard to do, and as an author of multi POV, I really respect what Conley has achieved). The setting well sculpted, the dialogue crisp and real. The violence, although graphic, was not overplayed.
As an indie author, I’m a big supporter of our ‘slice of the pie’. There are a great many excellent indie books out there that merit attention and respect. This is certainly one of them, and easily one of the best books I’ve read* this year. If not the best.
*I listened to the audio version, narrated brilliantly by R.J. Bayley, it swept me up and was just so much fun.
Book 2, A Ritual Of Flesh is out tomorrow (10th October). I for one will be getting it! You should get on book 1 it’s incredible!