The Gutter Prayer
The city has always been. The city must finally end.
When three thieves - an orphan, a ghoul, and a cursed man - are betrayed by the master of the thieves guild, their quest for revenge uncovers dark truths about t ...more
I don’t think it’s too soon for me to say that The Gutter Prayer will be the best fantasy debut of 2019.
I have been anticipating this book ever since I first laid my eyes upon the gorgeous cover art by Richard Anderson. You see, I have this perception that any fantasy book with Richard Anderson’s art gracing its cover will most likely reflect that beauty with amazing content inside; once again I was proven right. In my opinion ...more
Omg! This book freaking rocked! I have never read anything like it!!
I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT BOOK!!
Hanrahan's highly anticipated fantasy debut is a real breath of fresh air. We follow three thieves who are affiliated with the underground Brotherhood. The gang's leader - Henreil - orders Carillon, Spar and Rat to steal some documentation f ...more
This is an exceedingly exciting adventure of thievery and treachery. It’s immediate and gripping. It doesn’t mess around and quickly launched me into an extraordinary new fantasy world. Hanrahan is an exceptionally talented writer, and I do not hesitate to say that this book will receive heaps of claim from readers and critics alike. It truly deserves it.
The story begins w ...more
I was very taken aback by the use of second-person narration in the prologue, I don’t typically click with that writing style, but strangely enough, I was sad when it ended. After just a few paragraphs, I had sunk into the prose and didn’t want it to end ...more
The Gutter Prayer is a novel that got a lot of pre-publication attention; even half a year before it was due to come out, I was already hearing readers sing its praises. This was THE fantasy novel all fans should be checking out in 2019, apparently—especially if your predilections run towards grimdark.
So I read it. And now I understand where all the love is coming from.
Our story, for the most part, is centered on the lives ...more
A truly extraordinary debut, The Gutter Prayer strikes an intense chord with its powerful worldbuilding, vivid imagery and evocative prose.
Two things about this book caught my attention. Firstly, the blurb which indicated that the main characters comprise three thieves (I have such a weakness for stories with thieves). And then, my coblogger's review which raved about the dark worldbuilding. Alright! I' ...more
Ghouls who feed on rotting flesh. People who slowly turn to stone, becoming living statues with incredible strength b ...more
Enter Guerdon. Mad deities and divinely powered saints fight, Lovecraftian horrors awake and crawl out from below. Shape-shifting Ravellers, servants of the ancient and evil Black Iron Gods, bring mayhem to the streets for the first time in decades and it can only mean one thing - Doomsday approaches.
Meanwhile, a new member of the Thieves’ Brotherhood, Carillon Thay, experiences unnerving visions that place her in the centre of the ...more
It’s almost hard to put it into words. I want to rant, I want to squee, and I want to just spew out superlatives until you go ahead and pre-order the damned thing just to shut me the hell up.
I’ve tried to describe to my friends just how great it is, and I feel like I owe them an apology for some of the manic nonsense that they had to listen to. This book is so good that it reduced me to a b ...more
The Gutter Prayer is something very rare. It is a fantasy book treading new ground, forging its own path.
From the first page, the writing lets you know that this is something very different. Not only is the narration very unusual (don’t even ask me what this narrative voice is called), Hanrahan’s voice is so unique, it is truly hard to believe that th ...more
A ghoul, a man suffering from the Stone Plague and a young woman team up to rob a building and inadvertently get dragged into a plot to bring back some very nasty gods. None of ...more
“Everything’s a weapon if you’re willing to use it...”
- Carillon Thay
ALL THE STARS!!!
George R.R. Martin without the rape. Brandon Sanderson without the extra five hundred pages of drudgery.
Epic fantasy has a new king: Gareth Hanrahan. Bow down nerds.
“We’re thieves,” says Cari, “call it a heist.”
Runaway, robber, traveler: Cari swore she would never return to Guerdon. But she’s found her outlaw family in Spar and Rat, something worth fighting for.
“There are moments when things change, when ...more
So we have Gods and sorcery, Stone Men and ghouls, worm creatures, Tallow men, Alchemists, thieves, the churches and the people, all in one huge melting pot of a city where there’s about to be a revolution. Or something…
Either way our heroes Cari, Rat and Spar are about to have the adventure of a lifetime. Well actually the reader is about to, they will all be too busy staying alive and unravelling the chaos. When they are not ...more
"Isn't it wonderful to be here in the great city of Guerdon, with all its sights and strangeness"
I'm not sure what i was expecting when i started The Gutter Prayer. I'd seen the reviews, obviously, from readers who'd gotten the ARC (those lucky people) - they were glorious. It wasn't just one person lauding this book, everyone who's review i hold in high regard was unanimous in their rating of this book:
Believe the praise, The Gutter Prayer is that book you don't want to pass up.
So what makes
I reall ...more
This book is simply fantastic. First of all, look at this cover. It's beautiful. Second of all, I read this in two days. I couldn't stop. It's innovative, original, and simply a treat to read. I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed The Gutter Prayer. Amazing characters, fabulous world building, and I think every fantasy fan should read this.
Fantasy is rarely unique, but Hanrahan managed to deliver a book that is a breath of fresh air.
This is the story of Carillon, Spar, and Rat, who are three friends who live in the pretty shadowy and dark city of Guerdon. They are each quite different from each other, but they share commonality in that they are all thieves in the city’s thieves guild, the Brotherhood. They are tasked by the guildmaster to steal something from the vault in the Tower of Law. What they don’t know is that while they are doing their job, another team is doing a much bigger and sha ...more
The Gutter Prayer, is (in my humble opinion) a grimdark must-read, a beautifully crafted, highly entertaining and gloriously twisted delight that lovers of dark fantasy will devour. Add in that it’s a debut, it’s only the first book so more (luckily) to come and in Hanrahan, the creative genius behind it all you have an author to watch out for and, in The Gutter Prayer itself a book ...more
The Gutter Prayer is an imaginative fantasy with unique creatures and magic. It’s told from three perspectives, a set of thieves , each quite different and enjoyable for their own reasons. When things go wrong in their latest heist, a bigger picture about the threats the city is facing is realized. This trio of misfit thieves find themselves in a position at the center of it all. There is plenty of excitement and action.
I like ...more
The Bad: Not so much a trigger warning, but this will NOT be for everyone. There are multiple point of view characters, perspectives and tenses. The Gutter Prayer isn’t going to please everyone, nor will it polarise readers. If you don’t like it you’ll leave it before you get too ...more
*Review originally published on Grimdark Magazine*
"He moves through the familiar graveyard. The ancient willow trees know him, and bend aside for him. He scales the cliff-side rather than take the longer, guarded path. The worm-men are looking for him; he can hear them calling to one another in horrible rattles too soft for any human ear to hear. There will be a reckoning, he promises them silently."
To say that the hype surrounding this book is intense would be an understatement. Antic ...more
I loved the world building and lore. The writing was great and it was entertaining with few lulls.
That being said why did I rate it a 4* instead of a 5*? I liked the characters but I never developed an emotional attachment to any of them. I didn’t really care if they lived or died. Because of this I found myself putting down the book any time I got distracted.
I do see why so many people whose views I respect love th ...more
This is a really gritty, dark fantasy debut filled with amazing characters and interesting worldbuilding. My attention was grabbed a while back by the amazing cover and the blurb, and it mostly lived up to all my gritty fantasy expectations. The only problem with it was that I lost a bit of interest during the middle, and found the pacing to be slower than I'd like. However, the beginning and ending was so good, and I love Hanrahan's writing style - it's really unique, with som ...more
2019 no podría comenzar mejor, y es que se avecinan una serie de debuts literarios dentro de la fantasía épica de lo más interesantes. The Gutter Prayer, de Gareth Hanrahan (Orbit Books, 2019) es uno de estos libros que menciono y del que os comentaré mis impresiones en la reseña. Justo comenzaba este nuevo año con una breve reflexión: me apetecía leer más fantasía, más aventuras, más épica. 2018 ha estado marcado por la predominancia de novelas de ciencia ficción y ensayos cientí ...more