Abomination by Gary Whitta
Publisher: Inkshares (July 2015)
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Do you know anything about King Alfred the Great? I didn’t, at least not before I started reading this book. It might be because I’m not from the UK. So King Alfred was the king of Wessex (a kingdom in the south of Great Britain) in the ninth century AD. I have to admit, that I’m not familiar with this period in history at all. I don’t know, in high school we always focussed on the world wars and otherwise the Romans and the Greeks. But the Middle Ages were never really taught.
Alfred the Great ruled in a troublesome period, the Vikings were attempting to conquer his kingdom. Later on he defeats them and then goes on to restore London, which has been gravely damaged. Gary Whitta takes us to an alternate version of history. One in which one of Alfred’s most trusted knights, Wulfric, is called to fight the abominations that have been summoned by dark magic. Something, however, goes terribly wrong and Wulfric has to live with the consequences. One day he meets a girl, one of the best with swords he has ever seen. Their fates intermingle and open pathways that were closed before.
I’m biased by the other profession of the author. Garry Whitta is also a screen writer and has (co-)written The Book of Eli and After Earth. And shit, this book reads like a movie! It was fast-paced, packed with events and stayed quite on the surface. I felt little character development and dept, which made it hard for me to identify with them. Plus, the main character made some really weird decisions in my opinion. While the story was extremely interesting, it was also predictable. The main twist near the end of the book was obvious from about halfway.
It was an enjoyable, easy read. Not the best one ever, but hey, not every book can be the best. If you’re into fantasy and history, I would definitely give it a try! And after, let me know, do you also think that they are going to make a movie out of this? The author could write the script himself!
Final rating: ★★★☆☆
*** I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***