By Dan Watt
Book Review of Darren Joy’s upcoming novel “A Malignant Fetch”, book two of the Plagueborn novels
By Dan Watt
Joy’s second book in the Plagueborn series: A Malignant Fetch, is just as exciting and engrossing as his first novel: A Viral Imperium.
A Malignant Fetch flows like a great movie. The writing is engrossing; the cinematography vivid; with knowledgeable actors portraying fallible and real characters; all coming together under Joy’s superb direction.
The story focuses on the unwitting growth of Threadfin Todder into a viral mage. We also learn more about the history of the High Mage, Rasnal Nalrost; the former Aidari, Wither; and why Lorn Larthuz stole something that could change worlds.
As the story progresses we become familiar with the role of Shraeds and Torments and what they are. However, it’s Threadfin Todder and his connection to the Fetch that have us riding on a raft down rapids we don’t want to escape.
Joy hasn’t just written another epic fantasy story but one that swirls with dark fantasy and dark humour. It’s a story that is both physical and simultaneously metaphysical.
A Malignant Fetch is available on November 8th.
Darren Joy can be reached at: darrenjoy.com
You can also learn more about the first book in the Plagueborn series “A Viral Imperium” at this website.