Monday, February 15, 2016

Gravedigger by Michael-Israel Jarvis

Gravedigger
by Michael-Israel Jarvis

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Publication Date: October 24, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction | Fantasy
Print Length: 332 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
Dead or alive. Good or evil. Hero or fugitive.

Gravedigger.

Valo needs a particular solution to a particular problem. The human Claimfold and prigon Torzsi draw apart. War is promised in the West. The magi of Nagyevo are meddling with the dead.

Perin may be the answer Valo needs, if he doesn't get killed before he works out what's going on. And then there's the chance that fate hasn't called him after all. The gods are nameless and silent. And the best laid plans have a way of going badly wrong.

Enter the spade and sorcery world of Valo.


Gravedigger follows Perin, an apprentice gravedigger. No friends, no culture, no future.
And then a giant bull-man and his dead friend arrive. Kesairl the Prigon and Medrivar the undead king come seeking the services of Perin’s master, and shatter the insular world of his graveyard.

GRAVEDIGGER’s landscape is a canvas for great events. From the Claimfold’s little towns to great Nagyevo City, all is most definitely NOT well.

GRAVEDIGGER is about living people, dead people and living dead people. It has corrupt mages, secret societies and ale-drinking anarchists.
It’s also about brotherhood and resilience in the face of adversity. It questions the existence of fate and the motivations of the gods.

Ah yes, and it also has a fair amount of bloody violence.

If you’ve ever wondered what kind of hero wields a spade, then Perin’s story is one you should read. GRAVEDIGGER is available through Amazon, on all kindle-supporting devices and as a paperback.

 
 Gravedigger by Michael-Israel Jarvis

Fantasy, the classic battle of good versus evil, hard fought and hard won battles, pain, growth, are all parts of good fantasy and they are all parts of Michael-Israel’s Gravedigger. Only in a fantasy can an unremarkable boy become a legendary hero, a wanted villain and a warrior against all that stands in his way from fulfilling his quest. Follow as a young apprentice gravedigger without family friends or support becomes part of the world of the living dead when he is sworn to secrecy on a dark and frigid night by two strangers, one with the head of a bull and one a skeletal king who is part of the living dead world. Will a pact be made between this undead king and young Perin?

Perin will set out in the world on a mission. He will face battles full of blood and gore, he will take lives and save lives, make friends and make enemies, but in the end, it is he who must stand for another and only then can things be set right.

Whether you are a fan of true fantasy with all of its fantastical world building, or if you are new to the vast detail supplied, there is never a moment that Michael-Israel Jarvis will let you down. This world comes to life with all of its shortcomings and all of its characters through the details drawn by this imaginative author. Not for those who wish to rip through a book at the speed of sound, but for those who can relax into another world as each scene plays out with rich descriptions. Feel the emotions of each character; learn their quirks and the quirks of the world they live in. Feel their fears, their lack of reliable information and its results. Enter Perin’s world of mages and magic and war and watch a boy grow into a warrior with honor and a hidden secret.

I received this copy from the author, Michael-Israel Jarvis, in exchange for my honest review. We have no personal or professional relationship.



 

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