Review: The Grim Company by Luke Scull

October 9, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 17 ★★★★

The Grim Company

The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands.

The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.


​​​​Turning cursing into a literary art form, The Grim Company bashes its way onto the scene with a cast of characters I couldn’t help but enjoy.

With hard boiled men prone to angry outbursts, and a youth who styles himself a hero, a devious revolutionary, a crippled half-mage who is literally half a person (no legs mind you) – many a reader will take to this grim (he he see what I did there?) yet fun story with loads of enthusiasm.

​Admittedly, it follows a very traditional fantasy formula. The land and its people are subjugated by ‘all powerful’ rulers that are god-like in power…but not gods because well they killed the old gods now didn’t they? So, this ragtag group of people have got to pull them down.

Having read a handful of epic fantasy books, this would definitely be considered one to me because of all of the various characters involved. It isn’t as maddeningly in depth as say a GRRM book which I am thankful it isn’t. But there are quite a few players involved and the POV is constantly shifting from one to the next. Most epic fantasy readers are accustomed to this kind of style so it should be a very comfortable read and there is quite a bit of action to keep things moving.

My favorite character is Davarus Cole, the guy is so naive and full of himself thinking he’s destined to be a hero and things are, will and should just fall easily into place for him. Notably funny early Cole and Sasha scene:

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Sasha was a couple of years his senior, tall and slender, with dark brown hair that reached her shoulders and captivating eyes. He watched in rising panic as they made their way down his naked body.

A ghost of a smile danced on Sasha’s lips as she said, “Well, that’s a less than impressive sight. …I thought you possessed a weapon that could absorb magic and skewer Magelords like a hog. I have trouble believing an instrument like that could slay a farm girl.” ~Pg 8

If you’re looking to give epic fantasy a try this would be a good one to try, and current lovers of the genre will likely find The Grim Company to be a winner.

The Grim Company

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17 Responses to “Review: The Grim Company by Luke Scull”

  1. Ashfa

    Hmm. epic fantasy, that’s one genre I should try. Looks good and the cover is pretty awesome too. Looks like a fun read.

  2. Anya

    Haha, yes definitely epic fantasy! Gah, Davarus honestly drove me batty since I just wanted to punch him in the face 😉 How’d you do with the gross parts of this one? I could have done without some of that imagery >.> But I’m very excited to find out about those “other people” that apparently left the land ya know? *fingers crossed* that the next book will delve further into that >.>
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I would have thought he’d drive me nuts too! And you know I’ve never really had too much of a problem with the icky stuff. I’ve read some really….bizarre and gross things in the past without realizing what I was getting into. I’m just glad this wasn’t a freaking 800 page epic fantasy.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Honestly, I have fallen out of my epic fantasy phase. They are just so ….MUCHY MUCH! you know? That and they tend to be way way longer. But when this one arrived unexpectedly I was like hmm is sounds great and it doesn’t weigh a ton. Of course I will still read the Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss epic fantasies someday. I’m just waiting for there to be at least three books out in each before I do lol.

  3. Cali W.

    This book looks very manly! Nothing like a good set of characters to make a book good. 😉

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh yeah – the cover really does look manly doesn’t it? I wonder if that would deter female readers from picking it up or encourage them. What do you think?

  4. Jaime Lester

    You are a funny, funny girl. I saw what you did there, with grim! Hehe! The Grim Company sounds good. That last paragraph made me laugh out loud. That alone makes me curious about the rest of the story. I don’t read a lot of epic fantasy. I have read a few, but they don’t tend to be my favorites. This however, seems to have enough humor in it to keep me interested. Thank you for your review, and for making me chuckle!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I’m sneaky – I always choose parts that I either love or that I think will make someone want to read the book. Funny parts seem to work the best for sure! Have you ever read epic fantasy before? This might not be the first epic fantasy to start with lol. I think your tastes run more towards YA. Epic fantasies can be long and grueling reads. You’ve heard of Game of Thrones the TV show right? That’s an example of epic fantasy. Most EF books there are just SOO many characters to keep track of and perspectives switch constantly.

      • Jaime Lester

        The only epic fantasy that I have read would be Lord of the Rings trilogy. I loved it, but it took some serious time to get through it. I do read mostly YA, but I am trying to get out of that comfort zone and start reading more Adult Fic. I don’t know if EF is something I would read consistently, but it is worth a shot..

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          Heck EF is not even something I read consistently. It is just too muchy much…you will drown in its muchness! So I only read maybe a handful a year…heck I don’t even pay attention to how many but I know not too many haha. Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss are the two I have my eye on giving a try. Now I don’t consider all questing/adventure type fantasy to BE epic fantasy. There is some criteria that makes it epic fantasy…usually the book being the size of a tombstone having something to do with it. HAHA

          • Jaime Lester

            Steelheart is on my shelf. It is coming up soon! I can’t wait to read it and tell you what I think. It looks awesome and I am MUCH in love with the cover!