Antonio Simon, Jr
on March 12, 2014 :
Cyan Wraithwate has a battle-ax, poor impulse control, and immortality. This all makes him fun to watch, so long as you keep a safe distance away.
As the old adage goes, "be careful what you wish for." Cyan learns much too late that the immortality he so eagerly accepted as a blessing turns out to be a curse. With each passing day, more of his body turns into lifeless iron. He sets out on a desperate race against time to save his skin, and possibly even his soul too, along the way.
While Cyan is the book's protagonist, that in no way suggests that he is a "good guy." He's selfish, self-absorbed, and has a quick temper, and these personality traits don't win him any friends. As much of a jerk as Cyan is, it's always satisfying to watch the terrible (and some creative) ways he meets his (temporary) end. And by the same token, you wonder if he'll ever learn his lesson and stop being so self-absorbed, if only for his own sake.
What struck me about the book is that the writing is "different." I couldn't put my finger on it at first, but later I learned that the book is actually very old, the author having written it in the 1960's. As a result, the plot, pace, and author's choice of words aren't like our contemporary fantasy today; rather, the book reads more like fantasy novels from decades past, from which the author drew inspiration.
It's a great read and definitely one you'll not want to miss!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)