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:
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.