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Legacy of Lord Regret by Sam Bowring

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a review by Nalini Haynes

The Legacy of Lord Regret by Sam Bowring (whom I interviewed) is high fantasy with black and white characters who are almost caricatures.  While I prefer characters who are shades of grey (as in Sam’s first trilogy, apparently) these characters are interesting because when they kill one another they absorb the victim’s power – and part of their personality.  Thus Sam’s characters are changing, and those changes aren’t just incidental as a result of the plot, they are instrumental and will, I expect, cause shifts in the plot.   This is book one of a duology (two book story arc).  The second book is the Lord of Lies, which is also out, so no waiting on the conclusion to this story – unless you’re a reviewer/interviewer trying to keep up.  My copy is in my TBR pile.

The nature of this novel is such that I need to read the conclusion to decide how enthusiastic I am about it: I really want surprises, twists and more greyness, but in its present form it’d make a popular comic book or movie.

If you’re trying to decide whether to give this one a go, I recommend listening to Sam’s interview.  (Note: Sam had the flu so his energy levels were low.)  Sam talked about how his favourite character was the guy who tortures people, and that’s played for comedic value.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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