by Vincent Bobbe
There are beings that live a shadow’s breadth from our reality. They are the dreams and nightmares of humanity, the ancient seeds of fairy-tale and superstition.
These are the Immortals, creatures of magic that should live forever… and they are fading.
When a horror two thousand years dead returns to contemporary England, creatures long thought lost to myth and legend collide in a scramble for survival that could tumble civilisation back into the dark ages of blood and death.
If you like urban fantasy, ravening zombies, terrifying shapeshifters, scheming vampires, and vast supernatural worlds, you’ll love Immortals’ Requiem!
Content Advisory: This book is intended for mature audiences and contains graphic violence.
Wow, where to start with this one?! This book came at me out of the blue, it was not on my radar to read, but after seeing the blurb I was interested and intrigued – what I didn’t expect was such an epic masterpiece of a story that absolutely blew me away!! After a slow start where you’re being introduced to the world and given background, the story just grabs you and won’t let go. So many different characters and backgrounds, each being just a part of one big puzzle and as you read through the story they just slot in place to give the bigger picture. It’s quite a unique book, I can’t say I’ve come across anything else quite like it – the timeline stretches from 500BC through to modern time, where the majority of the story is focused, and is a mixture of paranormal / fantasy / horror / apocalyptic / dark urban with an undercurrent of dark humor (along with references to the Lord of the Rings) which made me chuckle. There is quite a long list of different characters and the story is told from a variety of view points. It is definitely intended for adult reading, there’s quite a bit of gore and bloodshed and violence, so be warned.
As we go around living our lives in a blissful state of unawares in our modern times, unbeknownst that we share our world with fey creatures and that an alternative world exists parallel to ours. In their world creatures of myth exist, but their magic is dying and they along with it. 2000 years ago, the evil Cu Roi was killed by a sword by his mortal enemy Grimnir, or so it was believed, until Cu Roi reappears today in our world and gets ready to start his world domination all over again. But Grimnir is tied to Cu Roi and is reborn to fight his mortal enemy once again. He arrives in Manchester city centre and must seek out the Maiden of Earth and Water to find out whats going on, all the while Cu Roi is turning Manchester into a blood bath, and it will take many different people from both our world and the fey to pull together in order to have any chance of defeating him.
The story when you get stuck into it is fast paced and exciting. I love that its set in Manchester, the place I grew up working in 20 yrs ago, I can picture everywhere mentioned in here, and in my minds eye its replaying whats happening in the book, quite unnerving!!
I loved the different characters, they really do bring a wide range of emotions out of you. Cu Roi himself is evil incarnate, yet his story makes you think, he is being used and is only doing what comes natural to him. Grimnir has been magically enhanced to be Cu Roi’s mortal enemy, so has given up everything and lives just to kill him, he is so out of touch with the world when he appears in Manchester full of stone and concrete buildings not green lush valleys filled with magic, I really felt for him!! His reaction to watching a horror movie on the tv and then wanting to wield said weapon used in the movie as his was fabulous!!
Sam’s character really got to me, his guilt at hearing someone in pain and just wanting to go home, yet in the end he went back to see if he could help, and ended up being got by the monster in the story. The change in his character over the course of the book was fantastic, I both loved and hated him and what he turned out to be.
Mark was another character I both loved and hated, his arrogance got him where he was, his love and need for his wife kept him there. I admired how he learned to live as an immortal, cursed for his actions, and driven to kill all fey creatures to came into contact with, regardless of who they were. But in he end, his life didn’t turn out as he expected either!
I think my favorite character was Cam, an elf who chose to live in the modern world, turning his back on his culture and life in the magical realm, determined to drink himself into oblivion knowing that his race was dying off!! A fabulous character who again changes throughout the story as he realises what he has done and steps up to help Grimnir in his quest for Cu Roi. His sarcasm and wit had me chuckling at his antics, which offered the light relief needed when reading about so much horror and nastiness happening.
I can’t stress to you enough how much I enjoyed this book – seriously, its that good, you need to give it a try. I couldn’t put the book down, needing to see how each character fitted into the plot as my heart pounded and mouth went dry reading it. It is a long book, so be prepared, but this is needed for all different characters and their plots and how they all come together in the end, it really is a masterpiece!!! It is a fantasy read, but the story and how its told and its setting really gets you thinking in reality terms. I can easily see someone getting a hold of this and turning it into a hell of a blockbusting movie. 5 stars just do not do this book justice!!!