The Ruthless by Peter Newman is a fantastic 'Part 2' of what will be a trilogy, charting The Deathless.
The action picks up exactly where it left off, although sixteen years have passed, allowing the babies of the book to be all grown up and therefore more involved in what's happening.
The likeable characters of Book 1 are there, Sa-at, Pari, Vasin, Chandi as well as a few that we didn't like so much.
The world created by Newman continues to be vivid and downright 'weird' and there were a few times when I felt a little 'itchy' so good were the descriptions of The Wild!
All of the characters are set on paths that will see them coming into contact at one point or another, and the end is entirely satisfying, leaving me with many questions still to be answered, and a fear that something really BAD is going to happen in the concluding book of the trilogy.
I read this book in just over 24 hours. It's entirely absorbing, wonderful 'weird' and incredibly rewarding. Newman uses words to great effect and I just 'got' exactly what he was trying to portray. I really can't recommend it enough.
Thank you to Netgalley for the review copy.
I will be 'singing' about this series whenever I get the opportunity.
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June 12, 2019
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