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.
Author: Gareth Hanrahan
Narrator: John Banks
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Running Time 16hrs 57mins
Series: The Black Iron Legacy #1
My Rating of ‘The Gutter Prayer’: 3 out of 5
This isn’t going to be the longest of reviews, mostly because I just never really felt pulled in or attached to this in any way. I wasn’t a fan of the second person narrative opening as that really didn’t seem as though it added anything or was needed in anyway by the story as a whole. If I’m left feeling a tad cold by the opening it will take a while for a book to warm me up again and The Gutter Prayer never really managed to get anywhere close to doing that.
The characters, each of them interesting and unique in their own way, certainly should have made me feel something for them. But I just never felt attached to any of them. I found some of them intriguing, but it was more of a passing interest than a ‘I have to learn more about these people’. I’m not sure what it was that just left me feeling incredibly inert as far as enthusiasm went with this particular book. It might have been the writing style, which I didn’t ever think hit me with that rush of adrenaline that I enjoy so much from reading. It could also have just been that it was a ‘it’s me not you’ as far things went with this book.
It’s a strange thing to say, but I feel it applies well. It had so many awesome things going for it: interesting characters, a good world with inhabitants that were incredibly unique (Tallow Men for instance). I’d say, as far as interesting and inventive creatures go, it rivals the Raven’s Mark series by Ed McDonald.
Yet for all the good things it had going for it, I just couldn’t get invested in it in the way I should be able to with a good book. So that’s where I’ll leave this review (and the Black Iron Legacy series). For me it just felt a tad average to really get stuck into and to ever really want to delve deeper with.
The narration, whilst good, was never really anything special. Some of the voices were a bit samey whereas some really fit characters well. I’d say the overall story and performance were pretty much 3 out of 5 each.