Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Watcher Of Dead Time - Edward Cox

Book Details

Book Title: The Watcher Of Dead Time

Author: Edward Cox

: Gollancz

Source: Sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Page Count: 358

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

ISBN/Link To Book On Amazon: 978143200364
Audience: Those who enjoy the darker side of fantasy, with plenty of plot twists and gore.


Summed up in one word: Labyrinthine 

Author Bio: Edward Cox is the author of the awesome RELIC GUILD trilogy. He has a masters degree in creative writing and has taught the same subject at the University of Bedfordshire. 

First Impression: I had not heard of the RELIC GUILD series until I received this book from Gollancz. I was incredibly impressed with The Watcher Of Dead Time, it is the perfect mix of brutal/outstanding magical imagery, gore and complicated plot lines. It was a kind of shame I read this one first, but it means I get to go back and check out The Relic Guild and The Cathedral Of Known Things when I eventually get a chance. If you love a trilogy that you can just throw yourself into and get lost in its lines then you need to check out these books!!

Summary of the Story:
Labrys Town, home to a million humans cut off from the rest of the universe, has been invaded. Those who protected it have been deposed.

The Relic Guild are scattered across the worlds of the Aelfir. Many of them are dead or
dying. The Genii control everything. The war is almost over.

Clara, a young woman barely able to control her werewolf side, has seen her friends and mentors killed in front of her. She is the last hope for Labrys Town.

But someone is watching her...


Plot: The remaining members of the Relic Guild are scattered. The last of the Genii are on a mission to free their leader. There is a devastating virus spreading through Labrys Town threatening to kill every last denizen. The stakes are high in the last instalment of this unforgettable trilogy and Edward Cox knows he needs to finish it with everything he has got. The plot is fast paced. complex and full to the brim with vivid and compelling imagery and characters. EC has to not only got to string together multiple plot lines spanning a 40 year timeline, he has also got to make it coherent and enjoyable and in my opinion he succeeds here with flying colours. Creating a story that includes so many different characters, places, emotions, plots, story points and blood/gore is a hard task but EC makes it look easy. 

Format/Writing Style: Crafting a new world from his own mind gave EC a lot of wiggle room when it comes to both writing and language in this book. Every detail and word is thoughtfully placed and included to make this a unique read. The Aelfir, Labrys Town, The Labyrinth, The Oldest Place, Nightshade, The Relic Guild, The Genii and the many other elements included were the EC's own creations and he utilised them very well. Being in an EC book is like visiting an alien world (but with magic) and you take his word for it and go with the flow.

Setting: The world that this book populates is so far from our own that I felt completely lost in its stunning features (A portion of the book is literally a labyrinth). The landscapes are ragged and war torn, filled with evil creatures, disease and injured heroes. Every new world introduced is unique and has its own identity. The Nightshade is a living. breathing building. The Forest of Icicles is ruthless terrain, infested with nasty creatures. The Library of Glass and Mirrors is a place of knowledge, the future and also uncertainty. Every detail of each setting is used, threaded into the story and it creates a fearsome and quality atmosphere and background to events.

Characters: A wide range of characters are included in TWODT, from a werewolf, to an empath (someone who can influence thoughts and emotions), an illusionist, an old bounty hunter, a Nephilim, a policeman, an automaton assassin and many other epic creations. Clara, Samuel and Marney are all headstrong, battle-worn heroes just trying to defeat evil and bring their world back from the brink of destruction. Everyone else is there to support, disrupt, defeat or challenge these heroes. 

My main complaint about this book is that is it rather crowded, everyone has their place, but it can get confusing :D I was most looking forward to the werewolf presence but unfortunately we don't get much and it is barely noticeable :/. Other characters more than make up for it though! The Toymaker, the  automaton assassin who is sworn to protect Clara, is such a great character and is a perfect example of the level of creativity that EC was aiming for when he started this trilogy. The villain Lord Spiral is your run of the mill world destroyer but his insanity makes him interesting, his second in command Fabian Moor is one of this books show stoppers. Corrupt, backstabbing and dastardly until the bitter end.

Themes: There are not many earthly themes here. Classic good vs evil. One of the books main themes/messages is to own yourself and never back down from a fight. There is teamwork, friendships and support. There is also power, evil and scorn. So it caters to many different crowds.

Likes: Interesting Cast of Characters. Complex Plot. Vivid Imagery.

Dislikes: Lack of Decent Werewolf Content. Can Be Overcrowded. Average Main Villain.

Thoughts on the cover art: I love this cover art, combined with the other 2 books is eyeball heaven! Too much...oh well thats me : 10/10

Rating: An impressive end to a well thought out and progressive trilogy. I highly recommend The Watcher Of Dead Time to all readers, though watch out as there is plenty of blood and gore flying around ;-) Edward Cox has poured his heart and soul into these books and this is a fitting end to the story. Check it out. Support Edward Cox. Enjoy this book!!

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