Just One More Chapter

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. 

-Vera Nazarian

 

I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time. 

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Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

"God's shit," says Aleena. "That's your idea of a F'ing short cut? Let's save time by getting sodomised by magic worms?"

 

And it only gets weirder!!

 

Threat of excruciatingly painful apocalyptic event? Check!

 

Malevelant gods hell bent on world domination? Check!

 

Hasty alliances, political subterfuge and guild coups? Check all around!!

 

Vividly gross, creepy crawly, stabby stabby, creatures that nonchalantly eviscerate any and all freely? HECK YEAH!

 

Swift deaths of beloved MCs without preamble or ceremony? (Un)fortunately check.


This was a seriously franetic read with LOADS of varying creepy crawlies joined by alchemically modified creatures that littered the pages with thrilling chaos. There were multiple POVs that didn't necessarily segue nicely into each other which was unfortunate because it made it difficult to quickly recognize whose head we were chucked into at any given moment.

 

The writing, on the other hand, was great! The world building was gruesome at times but nicely built up. The characters were crafted beautifully and were as relateable as can be with this kind of story. It was an undeniably addictive, unique entity that grabbed ahold of my life for a few days and made me wish I had more time to read each day BUT c'est la vie.

 

It was a "WHAT the Hell's Bells (tee hee) is Going On Here??" that turned into an "Ohhhhhhh, THAT Makes More Sense" to a "Do I REALLY Understand What the Heck is Going On??!?" type of mind screwing event. I enjoyed this immensely, I mean that, BUT it was slightly confusing and brutally savage! There were annoying smatterings of grammatical errors which could definitely benefit from an editor's loving touch but thankfully, they didn't detract from the flow too much.

 

My favorite character was Saint Aleena! I love love LOVED her devil may care attitude and her brash nature and especially her sharp tongue. It seems that receiving, utilizing and staying alive while being chosen for sainthood can be severely hazardous to ones' health. Sainthood is a fickle mistress and definitely not worth the ensuing trouble.

"Aunt Silva always told her not to question the blessings of the gods, but Cari feels that if the gods send her a gift horse, then the gods are probably running a horse-trading scam."


Cari was a tough MC to get behind. She was fickle, a tad annoying, and a major flight risk. BUT what about the other MCs you might wonder? Welllll... let me just say that you shouldn't get too attached... to any of them, just to be safe.


Overall: Do I reccomend it?? YES, it was high octane good! YET, that ending... well that ending was a whining whimpering letdown. Talk about Anticlimax with a capital A! SO, when it's all said and done will I be on the lookout for book #2?? It's questionable. We'll have to see how long it takes to release vs how many exciting new Lovies I have on Mt. TBR at that moment BUT if you're into fast paced romps through fabulously weird scenarios and don't care if your favorite character suddenly and uncerimoniously gives up the ghost then this is for you!!! Just don't expect to fully understand, or love, that ending!!