This collection of dark fantasy stories center on the mysterious figure of Kane, a tautly muscled red-haired killer of men. If that description intrigues you, you're in luck, friend! You will hear it many times!
Kane is quite a remarkable fantasy protagonist, as he is straight up a monstrous villain. No tormented anti-hero here: the necromancer is petty, cruel and violent -- though luckily for bystanders also often quite uninterested in their goings-on. His status as a cursed immortal makes him the entry character to each tale, and rarely the object of the plot's progression. If anything, he's more of a wild card in whatever volatile situation is dropped: which faction's side will Kane choose in this story, and will they benefit from it at all? There is no knowing!
Though the setting is a sword and sorcery one, the stories vary in subgenre from horror to war to adventure, even crime! It's also a treat to try and puzzle out how many days/weeks/centuries have passed since the last short. Through Kane's eternal life, Wagner infuses the tales with a nihilist quality that might put some off (Is "Undertow" five-hundred years before "Lynortis Reprise"? Who can tell, humans are still stupid jerks!), but the variety and breakneck pace of the stories will keep anyone interested in gothic horror fantasy engaged to the end. Which comes in at under 200 pages, by the way!
- Hardcover: 435 pages
- Publisher: Centipede Pr; Reprint edition (12 January 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613471327
- ISBN-13: 978-1613471326
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 717 g
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