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The Gutter Prayer

The Black Iron Legacy, Book 1
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the ancient city of Guerdon, three thieves - an orphan, a ghoul and a cursed man - are accused of a crime they didn't commit. Their quest for revenge exposes a perilous conspiracy, the seeds of which were sown long before they were born.

A centuries-old magical war is on the verge of reigniting, and in the tunnels deep below the city, a malevolent power stirs. Only by standing together can the three friends prevent a conflict that would bring total devastation to their city - and the world beyond.

Set in a world of dark gods and dangerous magic, The Gutter Prayer is thrilling and visceral debut fantasy from an exciting new talent.

©2018 Gareth Hanrahan (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"A ground breaking and extraordinary novel...Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination." (Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones)

"Beautifully written. Gripping. Guerdon is the city of my dreams." (Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives)

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  • Dermot Canniffe
  • 02-11-19

A stunning work!

This book is an incredible work of genre-defying literature, utterly gripping from start to finish!

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  • droogwit
  • 02-11-19

a gripping and grimy ride

A rare treat. a fantastic and fresh setting coupled with a breezy exciting plot. The plots moves at a breakneck pace yet never feels like it has been cut short. the characters are (in) believable and it's great to read a book where horrible and monstrous protagonists are explored in their full file detail. The setting is pleasingly drip-fed to the reader. Zero info dumps. it's only February but I feel this may well be a contender for my favourite book i read this year.

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  • Simon Collins
  • 04-28-19

Excellent opening book

A fantastic opening book with hints of China Mieville and the Shadows of Esteren RPG but definitely finding its own voice and tone. Almost hallucinogenic in its description of magic, evocative of the unique visionary setting blending fantasy with an almost Edwardian feel, Gareth Hanrahan has a real winner here and I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Poppey
  • 06-11-19

On the Slow Side

This is a story mainly about a runaway, a drifter, Cari: Rat, a Ghoul and Spar, a Stone Man. Three people who chance has brought together and whose friendship will endure.

This book has many good reviews. However, I found it to be very slow and hard going. If it had not been for the good narration, I would probably not have finished it.

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  • peastri
  • 04-14-19

Great characters and world

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Read it
⭐ Don't bother

Story: Average
Characters: Great
World: Great

Keep it short:
I really enjoyed this early on. I thought the main characters and the world were great, and some action scenes kept up the tension leaving me wondering what next. In spite of this though I still dropped off the story and it took me longer to finish than I would have liked. This is still a book I would recommend to read, it deserves to be on your 2019 tbr pile as I do believe it has the potential to build into something good.

For the audiophiles:
John Banks does a solid job. You can tell he has experience, the characters aren't over or under done and the pacing is good. No problems here.

For the cover art judges:
I like this cover, it's artistic style lends to the setting and the blue tones accentuate the mood. Although I will admit while listening I did imagine all the scenes to have blue hues.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Read it

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