The Grim Company

by Luke Scull

1 avg rating
Book 20 of 42 in the Best Anti-Hero Fantasy
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The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands.

The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what it gets instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.

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Anonymous | 2015-05-19 06:23:15
You must have a better tolerance for bad writing that I do to rank this so highly. By the time I got to page 22 I was so overwelmed by cliche'd turns of phrase and 'talking at the reader' loredumps that I had to put it down. Pushing on the page 45 and it hadn't improved. Fantasy isn't the height of good writing but when it stands out so much within a few pages its hard to press on. I've seen a lot of people saying the plot is cliche'd but really that doesn't matter if its well written, which this isn't. This book is great if you want cliche'd phrases, completly implausable sounding dialogue full of video game style exposition, an overdose of adjectives and place names that sound like they've come directly from a 10 year old's treasure map.
Anonymous | 2016-04-03 05:39:12
Could not get more than a couple chapters into this garbage. The writer seems to have written characters to be shallow parodies of themselves.
Anonymous | 2016-12-28 09:01:22
It is just bad writing all around. I do not understand comparison with Abercrombie - ok, it is supposedly gritty and all, but really, as a writer Luke Scull is mediocre at best.
Anonymous | 2017-04-29 02:37:17
Luke Scull's grim company is similar to when you take someone else's essay changes a couple words and add a few sentences and then pass it off as your own. The main characters seems to be pastiches from Abercrombie and GRR Martin's books. The plot is predicable for the first two books. The author does try to spice things up in the third book but fails spectacularly. The Grim Company was a never a great series but it was still enjoyable until the third book came out. Although the first two books are featured derivative characters and predicable plots they were enjoyable to me. But the third book in the trilogy is the final nail in the coffin. Simply put Luke messed up the entire plot in dead man's steel. 1.The existing threat which the author built up in the previous books to be credible and menacing is abruptly sbsolved. 2.A whole cast of enemies with their background lore is suddenly introduced in the beginning of the last book. 3.The protagonist's arc with the gods, which the author invested many chapters to build up,does not really go anywhere. Luke should have kept the plot simple he just does not have the talent to pull off a more grandiose plot.
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