And this started so well! I inhaled the first 70 pages without blinking. And then... it all went downhill. Needless over-the-top gore, failure to really explore the core fantasy concept (maybe in future books?), unnecessary overuse of the R-word and misogynistic insults (If you won't use the N-word, don't use the R-word!), lots of sexualised violence. I mean, sure, whatever, if you're into the gonzo I'm-so-edgy thing, this might be the book for you. I was just disappointed and grossed out, after being sucked into the hook so effectively.
Don't get me wrong - Chuck Wendig can WRITE
. His grasp of voice and pacing is superb. There's a pile of potential here, if he can shake off the shock-jock stuff. And do a little more research-picking; a couple of egregious factual errors bugged me.