Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Lords of Dyscrasia by S.E. Lindberg
Dyscrasia plagues the insectan elders of the Underworld.Desperate to save them from extinction, the golem Doctor Grave infuses the soul of his dying Queen into the blood of a human artisan, Lord Ante Lysis. Her soul passes through Ante's blood into his offspring, thus the Lysis bloodline carries the diseased Queen's soul as the Doctor perfects the necromancy needed to resurrect her. But the last descendant of Ante is determined quench the Queen's soul, and journeys to the Underworld to do so...
This is an unusual book. It is a mixture of fantasy, horror, and adventure that defies true classification. Now, it is not for everyone, since it does have many grotesque images and scenes, but if that doesn’t bother you, then it might be something for you to pick up.
What I enjoyed most was the atmosphere. There is a really gritty, violent mood to the pages that had me captivated. It is completely different from anything I’ve read. Yes, sometimes the violent images seem enhanced more for effect than for the actual plot, but still, there are some very visceral images that will stick with you long after you finish reading the book.
I do wish we’d had a bit more character development, but, since it is a plot-driven novel, it doesn’t really affect the story too much. The fantastical elements more than make up for any lack of characterization. The epilogue alone is worth the whole book. It is nicely done, bringing us, the reader, a bit closer to the story.
As I said, this book is not for everyone, but for those of you that like a good dose of horror with your reading, this one might be a fun one to try.