Wednesday, September 13, 2017
recent read; A Conversation in Blood
A CONVERSATION IN BLOOD by Paul S. Kemp
Egil and Nix are back.
The story started off a little slow this time. Egil spends too much time in his cups and Nix tries to pull his friend out of the downward spiral while feeling caged and edgy himself. Finally, Egil and Nix and their friends agree that Egil and Nix need to get busy with an adventure.
Spring-boarding from the previous story, Nix decides to investigate a mysterious treasure they secured on the their last adventure. As their luck would have it, the simple task of investigation blows up in their faces and they are soon on the run from wizards, unkillable creatures, and seeking sanctuary in the last place they want to go; the thieves' guild house - which they had assaulted in the previous novel.
Egil and Nix are their bantering selves and this time they are joined by a third adventurer, Jyme, who returns from their first story, THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE.
Kemp peels away a few more layers of the onion that is the history their world, too. Tantalizing tidbits.
Though the story is still very much (what I would call) sword-&-sorcery/heroic fantasy milieu, the stakes do get very high and large in scope by the climatic end of the tale.
Though events in A CONVERSATION IN BLOOD are initiated by events of the previous novel, the book can be read standalone.
A CONVERSATION IN BLOOD is another satisfying romp with Egil and Nix.
One complaint that has nothing to do with the story or the writing - the font of the mass market paperback. I am very disappointed with Del Rey. The font on this is just ridiculously small. Yes, I have glasses but I hate taxing my eyes as I get older. I find the use of tiny fonts with small presses, sometimes, and I assume they are cutting page count and cost. I still don't like it and I see no reason why a larger press like Del Rey needs to do such a thing.
Pay for the extra print pages!
Luckily, for my old eyes, I listened the audiobook.