All the men are dead – now it’s the boys’ turn.
On a tiny archipelago, cut off from the rest of the world by a cursed sea, a handful of survivors live a precarious existence, clinging to their memories of the time before magic and their hope that those times will return.
As far as he knows, Rory is the only boy left.
Then the man comes, weaving his tales of a quest to find a powerful ring, and Rory finds himself embarking on a journey through terrors and marvels, once more in the world of men.
And the moment of reckoning, when it comes, will bring an end to stories unimaginably older than his own.
The first thing I liked about this book is that it is the third part of a series and you would never know it. As far as I can tell it doesn’t make any references back to the previous books. In fact if it wasn’t for the giant ‘3’ on the spine you would think this was a standalone novel
I also liked the fact that there was mermaids in it. Now these are not the mermaids you would find in a Disney movie. These are proper lure men to their death mermaids. Or to be technical sirens as they are called in the book. It was nice reading about something you don’t normally come across in fantasy novels. Or at least this is the first time I’ve read a fantasy book with mermaids in it.
The only thing that annoyed me with this book was the magic. I read on Wikipedia that this series was the author imagining what would happen if we had magic in a modern day setting. And I really wasn’t keen on it. Now this can work brilliantly, for example in Harry Potter, but the magical world and non-magical parts were kept very separate. In this everything was mashed together, you have angels and mermaids and wizards but you also have electricity and superheroes and Top Gear. It felt weird all that being together.
Not to mention the characters looking for a magical ring who kept making references to Tolkien and talking about hobbits. It was all very strange.
*I received a copy of this book from Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.