Sea of Revenants

Day 34. 161 pages, 58,131 words.

I recently finished reading Lucas Thorn’s latest offering on my kindle: Sea of Revenants[1], the sixth book in the Nysta series.

[1] This link should take you to the author’s blog post with some behind-the-scenes stuff, and you can find the books here.

I haven’t had a chance to get Edpool on the case with the latest few books – he still has a bit of a problem with e-books, truth be told – but I figured I’d better write a quick review.

If you thought the Zatoichi movie where the blind swordsman has to have his sword tied into his hand to fight was cool … and if you like Lovecraft-style horror[2] set in odd little seaside towns … if you like pirates and Vikings and zombies and horrible skeleton magi and a good solid serving of blood and gore, well, this might just be the book for you.

[2] Extra points for use of gibbous and eldritch.

It helps to have read the rest of the series, because there’s some backstory and history here that adds context, as well as making the big plot twist all the more WTFalicious. The stories stand alone, but there’s so much going on in the overall tale that the best you can do is read everything Thorn has put out, and hope that sooner or later it will all make sense.

And here’s where it starts to do so, at least for me.

I’m still not sure where the Gods and the Vampire Lords fit in, except that the former wiped out the latter, leaving their weird living architecture around the place. And the Gods are now wiping each other out, or at least Rule is. And the hapless mortals are caught in the middle. And Nysta, chosen one of the probably-mostly-dead Goddess Veil and possessed by some sort of ancient power of I-think-unknown origin, is stabbing everybody in the face.

I felt bad giving the original books 4 stars on Amazon, because as a friend I felt I should be more supportive … but I’d done it for a reason, wanting somewhere to change up to. Now, having given the last couple of Nysta books 5 stars, I find myself with nowhere to go. But this book is better. It makes the whole series even more worth reading through.

I encourage you to give it a go.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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