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Iron Angel (2008)

de Alan Campbell

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Sèrie: The Deepgate Codex (2)

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The death of the god Ulcis has left open the gates of Hell, leaving the city of Deepgate teetering on the edge of the abyss, while Rachel Hael struggles to restore the soul of her friend, the young angel warrior Dill, whose body has been possessed by an evil spirit.
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[b:Scar Night|627204|Scar Night|Alan Campbell|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320430003s/627204.jpg|2128357] was an intriguing dark fantasy set in an unlikely but well-realized milieu. I enjoyed it very much. However, this second volume shows such a drop in quality, both in plot and writing, that it barely seems part of the same story. So little actually happens in this novel that I wonder if it was written merely to pad the saga out to a trilogy, just because that's the standard. (I notice that the typeface is larger than that used for the final volume, though there is not a huge difference in page count.) There's a lot of walking. Walking through the desert, walking through ruins, walking through this world's version of Hell. The genesis of the title entity is probably meant to be shocking, but by the time it happened I just didn't care. I was bored, and I didn't like the character anyway. I'll probably read the finale (I have the book already anyway) but if you haven't gotten this far, just read a summary somewhere. Don't bother with this one. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
While I still really like this book I feel it was a step down from the first book in the series "Scar Night". I feel that the author kind-of lost the plot a bit, characters were meandering along with the plot, sometimes I got confused who was doing what where.

In the end, I still rate these two books pretty high, there is a lot of good here and that cancels out the bad for me. ( )
  Sarah_Buckley | Sep 17, 2016 |
I spent a good part of the predecessor, [b:Scar Night|627204|Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)|Alan Campbell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320430003s/627204.jpg|2128357], trying to decide whether the book was fantasy, or SF disguised as fantasy. There were indications of the latter, with 'angels' having fallen from 'heaven' in a technologically advanced vehicle ('the Tooth'). This book, however, steams ahead with straightforward fantasy approach, if with more engineering than usual.

Scar Night was very much about the hanging city of Deepgate, and one of my criticisms was that the city, while intriguing, was poorly described. I felt the story was intriguing despite that flaw. This second book is very much about hell/the Maze/Iril, and the politics of both hell and earth. Unfortunately, all of this is again poorly described. It's generally easy to follow what's happening in the main plotline, but hard to follow the geography of both the Maze and its connection with the earth. There's a similar problem with exactly how the whole soul mechanism works, though this is a key element of the story. The politics of the various infernal and earthly factions I found equally vague, though again it was easy enough to keep track of 'good' and 'bad'. Finally, there were a couple of jarring temporal shifts, though they were well marked with section breaks. All in all, unfortunate flaws that mar a quite interesting story.

All of the structural issues aside, Iron Angel fulfills much of the promise of Scar Night, if in unexpected ways. The focus shifts from Deepgate to Dill and some other characters, as they become enmeshed between gods (Ulcis' brothers) and darker forces. I personally found the story less interesting, not being a fan of military campaign fiction, but it was well laid out, and there's more than enough human, personal matter to keep character-oriented audiences going. It's unclear where the story will go next, which I count as a good thing, and I look forward to a lot of solved mysteries and tied ends in the last book of the trilogy.

All in all, a reasonable if not stellar steampunk fantasy, and one that gets points for an original environment and story. Worth continuing from book one, if you can put up with a little vagueness. I'd give it 2.5 stars, where Scar Night was a solid 3. ( )
  BMorrisAllen | May 14, 2013 |
This was really freaking cool. Campbell just gets it. His imagery is amazing, John Anchor should go down in history as a classic unforgettable character, the White Sword battle was also classic and hilarious. This one didn't have the big "start up" section the first book did (which is good) but it did ramble around a bit leaving some "main" characters out of the picture for 100 pages or more. I guess one other bad things is that it does end with a cliffhanger. Fortunately for anyone reading it now, the next book is already out (and I think maybe one more after that?).

Highly recommended for anyone into dark, bloody, slightly disturbing fantasy. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 12, 2010 |
Moving the focus from the chained city removes a vital protagonist from the proceedings. Deepgate literally hung over the apocalyptic events in Scar Night; Campbell's imagination is even more baroque and noir gothic in the sequel, but the characters and setting do not convince as much. This reminded me a lot of the weirder bits of Steph Swainston. The cliff-hanger ending does not help either. ( )
  GerhardH | Mar 3, 2010 |
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The death of the god Ulcis has left open the gates of Hell, leaving the city of Deepgate teetering on the edge of the abyss, while Rachel Hael struggles to restore the soul of her friend, the young angel warrior Dill, whose body has been possessed by an evil spirit.

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