Book Review: The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick


The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den PatrickThe Boy Who Wept Blood by Den PatrickGollancz, 403pp large format paperback
£14.99 cover price, 
£5.99 on Kindle (Feb 2016)

Reviewed by Alex Bardy (Twitter: @mangozoid)

As sequels go, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this, and given it’s set a decade after the first book, The Boy With The Porcelain Blade (review here), it was interesting to return to the world of Landfall and see how things have moved on.

And moved on they have, Lucien has long since departed castle Demesne, his sister Anea is now ruling the kingdom with a softer heart and a vision akin to democratic reform which is understandably not popular with the traditional Houses who have enjoyed considerable privilege under the old system. Thankfully, the setting remains strong, a quasi-Renaissance Italy with an undercurrent of Gormenghast-like tradition. Oh, and there are rooftop-sorties, a great many of them…


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