Chasing Graves

Chasing Graves

Ben Galley / Jul 17, 2019

Chasing Graves Welcome to Araxes where getting murdered is just the start of your problems To say that the concept of Chasing Graves is grimdark would be an understatement The world building is fantastic and remini

  • Title: Chasing Graves
  • Author: Ben Galley
  • ISBN: Chasing Graves
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  • Page: 260
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  • Welcome to Araxes, where getting murdered is just the start of your problems To say that the concept of Chasing Graves is grimdark would be an understatement The world building is fantastic and reminiscent of Michael Moorcock s Elric series Grimdark Magazine Chasing Graves might well be one of the best releases not only for December but for the entirety of 2018 B Welcome to Araxes, where getting murdered is just the start of your problems To say that the concept of Chasing Graves is grimdark would be an understatement The world building is fantastic and reminiscent of Michael Moorcock s Elric series Grimdark Magazine Chasing Graves might well be one of the best releases not only for December but for the entirety of 2018 BookNest Galley has created a fascinating world that feels rife with stories its history is rich with detail and there s so many avenues to be explored Adam Weller, Fantasy Book Review Dark, tense and surprisingly hilarious Laura M Hughes, Author of Danse Macabre With detailed characters, a twisting plot, and a heavy dose of gory darkness, Ben Galley has once again produced a fantasy you can sink your teeth into The Grimmedian There s serious grounds here for building something spectacular Emma Davis, Fantasy Book Review A great first book to a series I sincerely can t wait to complete Novel Notions Meet Caltro Basalt He s a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead.They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to be its ruler is to own ghosts than any other For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich.While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor s throne in Araxes cutthroat game of power The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost.Only one thing is certain in Araxes death is just the beginning From award winning author Ben Galley comes a new dark fantasy trilogy Inspired by Egyptian mythology and packed with dark humour, action, and intrigue, the Chasing Graves Trilogy is perfect for fans of Michael Moorcock, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie Chasing Graves is a dark, compelling entry into a trilogy RockStarlit Book Asylum I enjoyed this book immensely, there rarely ever being a moment when I felt ready to put it down before I finished it Diogo Capelo, Reviewer Chasing Graves, with its well paced and tight plot is complex, intricate and rewarding I can t wait to put my hands on the sequel Lukasz P, Reviewer The characters are fantastic, colourful and well rounded Al Burke Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 391 pages Published December 7th 2018 by Bengalley More Details Original Title Chasing Graves ISBN 0993517048 ISBN13 9780993517044 Edition Language English Series The Chasing Graves Trilogy 1 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Chasing Graves, please sign up Popular Answered Questions I love the blurb for this Can you share a little about the series And when can I buy this first installment 2 likeslike 6 months ago Add your answer Ben Galley Thank you I m pleased to say the first book, Chasing Graves, will be out in early December Here s the brand new blurb for info Meet Caltro Thank you I m pleased to say the first book, Chasing Graves, will be out in early December Here s the brand new blurb for info Meet Caltro Basalt He s a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead.They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to rule it is to own ghosts than any other For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich.While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor s throne in Araxes cutthroat game of power The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost.Only one thing is certain in Araxes death is only the beginning less flag See 1 question about Chasing Graves Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 04, 2018 Emma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasybookreview Here lies Araxes, City of Countless Souls, where death is the pretty shitty beginning of a whole new life , comprised immediately and forever of servitude and toil No perks No escape No food. For newly dead Caltro Basalt, this means being late for a very important date, a mysterious appointment in the Cloudpiercer Instead, his murder takes him on another path, no less dangerous, with stakes higher than life or death and deadly enough to topple than kings Power over souls may be e Here lies Araxes, City of Countless Souls, where death is the pretty shitty beginning of a whole new life , comprised immediately and forever of servitude and toil No perks No escape No food. For newly dead Caltro Basalt, this means being late for a very important date, a mysterious appointment in the Cloudpiercer Instead, his murder takes him on another path, no less dangerous, with stakes higher than life or death and deadly enough to topple than kings Power over souls may be everything, but in this cutthroat business, where high politics is knife in the back than honeyed words, the dead have their own role to play, especially when the gods come calling People say a story is a window into another mind, another world I believe they are mirrors than windows In them, we glimpse ourselves dressed up as characters And like any reflection, the truth we see can be hard to swallow.If this reflection shows us anything, it s that greed lies at the heart of the human experience The author s depiction of a corrupt, covetous, and unscrupulous society, one which has created a comprehensive money and power making industry around the enslavement of the dead, feels depressingly real It s a detail rich, thoroughly thought out creation, with potential threaded through every layer and than enough to say about the nature of slave societies to ground it in real life Cleverly adding to the veracity of this overwhelmingly unpleasant place is the primary material at the opening of each chapter, including excerpts of the extensive bureaucracy surrounding the trade and sources or documents detailing important historical, political, or legal points relating to the business of shades Ranging from funny to pointedly relevant, these snippets are effective ways of getting a real feel for both the wider world and how things are supposed to run in Araxes But in a place where death is ever present and people are pretty quick to chose murder as a means of getting ahead, even the king himself is so afraid of being killed that he s apparently locked himself away in a vault, passing his orders on little notes through a tiny letterbox Of course, the criminal underworld have found a way to make it all work Such is the inefficacy of the system of government that, at one point, the soul stealers mention how they can rely on its cumbersome nature to protect them from the consequences of their methodological slaughter it takes years to get things done, so even if a victim complains, it s a problem for another time Anyone who s had to deal with government departments for anything important will nod their heads in grim understanding For shades such as Caltro, this means nobody s coming to help he s going to have to get himself out of this mess And he s going to complain about it as loudly and frequently as possible while doing so.The problem is that nobody else in the book is even close to as interesting as Caltro And he is interesting Bit selfish, bit whiny, but brilliant with it I can really get behind his seriously I just came here for an appointment and now i m dead and you want me to save the damn world bad attitude I feel that, I really do He dominated the story to such an extent that I didn t want to spend time with anyone else, but the limitations of having a main character as a ghost slave mostly stuck within the confines of one place means that alternative pov chapters are necessary Other characters are colourful enough, such as local crime Boss, Boran Temsa, the heir to the throne, Sisine, and Nilith, a mysterious woman dragging the body of her dead husband and its attached shade across the desert They all have their moments, and I loved some of Temsa s crew, especially Miss Ani Jexebel, who is quite the woman, but there wasn t enough depth there to really, truly grab me With some characters, the author s choice to provide less information was plot driven but even then the end payoff wasn t worth the feeling of why is this here disconnection while reading their sections On the other hand, you ve got Caltro who, amongst other things, is being murdered right after arriving in town, shut in a sarcophagus for snooping where he shouldn t, and chatting to a god in the body of a reanimated cat massive props for getting a talking cat into the story He is living the not living dream I genuinely can t wait to see what happens next, his bad luck is already impressive, I have no doubt it s going to be legendary.This feels to me like a series which still has the opportunity to grow into itself Like the abrupt ending, there s a sense that there should be that little bit The incredible worldbuilding and fun hook give it rock solid foundations, but the variation in character appeal means that it doesn t yet make impact it should There s serious grounds here for building something spectacular, but it s just going to take a little longer to get there And I certainly don t have any problem waiting, i ll be there for whatever comes nextC via author for fantasybookreview flag 55 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 09, 2018 Esmerelda Weatherwax rated it it was amazing I have loved other books by Ben Galley so when I was in a reading slump I decided to jump around in my reading order to get to this one, hoping for a little boost This was the correct decision, it jump started my love of reading again.The opening of this is a very short prelude and the first thing that struck me was how atmospheric it was, it s very descriptive without falling into the purple prose trap where it s overdone I felt the heat of the desert, smelled the decaying bodies, and was t I have loved other books by Ben Galley so when I was in a reading slump I decided to jump around in my reading order to get to this one, hoping for a little boost This was the correct decision, it jump started my love of reading again.The opening of this is a very short prelude and the first thing that struck me was how atmospheric it was, it s very descriptive without falling into the purple prose trap where it s overdone I felt the heat of the desert, smelled the decaying bodies, and was totally sucked into the setting in just a few pages.What s interesting is this book goes back and forth between first person and third person POV depending on which character we re following.I consider the first person POV to be the main POV, and I certainly liked him the most Caltro actually has a great sense of humor which nicely balanced the rather bleak storyline this book focuses on I feel if he wasn t as humorous as he was, I wouldn t have gotten on board as much with this story because it may have been overly dark.He s not a violent person or a fighter he s actually pretty chubby and out of shape I find that really refreshing in a main character since so often our protagonists are super powerful and usually beautiful He s a locksmith thief and he s received a summons from someone who lives in a huge tower known as the Cloudpeircer in the very violent city of Araxes He doesn t know who this person is, but he s dying to find out who knows him and is also wealthy enough to live in this giant spire Curiosity gets the best of him and despite his hesitations about visiting a city that s known for murder and soul stealing, he decides to go check it out This was a bad decision He figures that out as soon as he steps off the boat in Araxes He s immediately chased down by a gang of soulstealers, then he s murdered, and then his ghost is brought back and is enslaved In this world, it s possible for people to remove a ghost from its body and force it into labor.The dead in this world are bought and sold, and depending on how they died you get or less money for their ghosts Those that died violent deaths and are scarred are worth less money because the scars carry over to their shade form Those who have been disemboweled still have guts hanging out as shades So, Caltro s body wasn t supposed to be worth much since he had his throat slit and he had been stabbed multiple times While he was dead, before he was wrenched back through a binding a ghost on the other side speaks to him The ghost says things like We call upon the locksmith, the harbinger of change you will go back with our gift Stop them Save us Save yourself It s cryptic and Caltro doesn t know what s going on, but it s a big clue in that Caltro will have a big impact on the world, and possibly bring an end to this enslavement of souls Copper is used to keep the shades in line, shades can t feel much once they re dead They don t sleep, they don t eat they can t even smell But, when touched with copper it s like a firey lash that sends pain through their vaporous forms.Once Caltro died, he was sold to a woman named Widow Horix, a very sly and intelligent older woman who has a host of shades at her disposal He s incredibly bitter about his situation and he s constantly plotting a way to get out of his enslavement She s actually somewhat interested in what Caltro has to say, but only to a point She asks him what it s like to be dead since she s elderly and will die soon herself It s numb Cold, both inside and out I can t feel much apart from the sting of copper, which I seem to have felt frequently since dying It s like I tread on frozen feet half the time They re like stumps Holding things is hard Infuriating I mis sleep awfully and I d happily take a nightmare in an instant if it meant I could dream Oh, but what hurts the most is the irreversibilit and injustice of my situation To be nothing but a ghost To own nothing but a scarf To have the knowledge that I was murderd, robbed of my life and freedom, yet know there s hardly anything I can do to change it To know that I am a dead slave, and will be, most probably, for all of eternity The originality of this blew me away, I ve read about the undead, ghosts, sentient ghosts etc But I ve never come across a storyline quite like this one it was a breath of fresh air and I really needed it to get back in the saddle for reading.There are a few other storylines as well Nilith just killed her husband and has his soul and is dragging his body back to Araxes to bind his body in the Grand Nyxwell This marriage was never a good one, he was drinking and sleeping around and never really wanted to marry Nilith in the first place She s a rather rough person, worn down over the 22 years she s been strapped to a husband that doesn t love her, and sees an opportunity to claim his riches When you hand over a soul, you inherit their wealth, so she s dragging his corpse through the desert trying to get to Araxes so she can be wealthy and move far away.There s also a pov of the Empress in waiting who s hearing about disappearances of nobles, they vanish along with their shades and fortunes It s not unusual in a city like this for people to go missing, or untimely deaths to occur But, too many of them can raise eyebrows.The writing in this was just superb, I feel like he s stepped up his prose game and really went all out The writing was smooth, fluid and beautiful at times It never failed to create an awesome atmosphere where I could see exactly what was going on As a personal thing, I really don t like fake cursing so in his previous books, I ve just kind of pushed through the fake cursing and tried to ignore it This book uses fuck It s honestly a relief because it s used a lot 100 , and if it had been something like frick I would have been pretty annoyed He even uses the word fucktart, which is a new favorite term of mine.The pacing, for the most part, was very fluid and smooth There is a new POV introduced at 21% that slowed me down a bit, I was so interested in what was happening to Caltro that hitting a new POV slowed me down just a bit, but once I got a handle on how that storyline fit with everything else it was fast paced.I ve read some other reviews for this book, and the most common complaint is that people get much attached to Caltro than the other POV s I have to admit it s the same for me, but it didn t bother me nearly as much as other people Since Caltro is the only first person POV and the others are in third, it makes his chapters much intimate and we get to know him much than the others I think it didn t bother me as much because I still found the other POV s interesting despite not getting as attached to them as I did with Caltro This is a solid book with a very interesting premise that I can highly recommend Audience multi povghosts undeaddarker storiesenslaved povrich world buildingatmospheric writinghigh fantasyFirst and third person writingRatings Plot 13 15Characters 13.5 15World Building 14 15Writing 13.5 15Pacing 12 15Originality 14 15Personal Enjoyment 10 10Final Score 90 100 5 star highly recommended flag 38 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 03, 2018 Ha fa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs A big thanks to Ben Galley for providing an ARC of Chasing Graves, in exchange for an honest review Spoiler free review Please note that the quotes in this review are taken from the ARC edition and may change in the published edition.You can find this and at Novel Notions.When Ben Galley revealed the cover of Chasing Graves and after hearing that it was an Egyptian mythology inspired fantasy, I knew I had to read the book My only experience with Galley s writing before CG was with The He A big thanks to Ben Galley for providing an ARC of Chasing Graves, in exchange for an honest review Spoiler free review Please note that the quotes in this review are taken from the ARC edition and may change in the published edition.You can find this and at Novel Notions.When Ben Galley revealed the cover of Chasing Graves and after hearing that it was an Egyptian mythology inspired fantasy, I knew I had to read the book My only experience with Galley s writing before CG was with The Heart of Stone and it was a book I very much enjoyed because of its writing, atmosphere, philosophy and the humanity and depth he insufflated in his not quite human main character Knowing that, I had the feeling I would embark in a deep and atmospheric reading journey with Chasing Graves and I m happy to say I wasn t wrong Caltro Basalt, master locksmith and occasional thief, crossed the Troublesome Sea to get to Araxes capital of the Arc after he received a mysterious letter offering him a job As the ship brings him closer to the city, his curiosity turns into dread For though the City of Countless Souls is the most thriving city in the Arctian Empire and the Far Reaches, it is also by far the most dangerous Gangs of soulstealers roam its streets Unaware and unprotected travelers are murdered and transformed into Shades or ghosts to be bound and sold in order to serve eternally To a criminal in Araxes, broad daylight only meant they could see better I chose to write this short introduction about Caltro because I feel like his story is central told in 1st person and that all the other plots and POVs will eventually intersect with his story at some point Caltro s POV also felt a lot intimate than the others The struggles and tribulations of his new life were raw but his introspection never lacked humor and sass The readers will appreciate that the regrets and tragedy that tinted his narration are never too melodramatic or don t weigh down the plot I do however wish we knew of Caltro s past before his arrival to Araxes to appreciate his slow development and understand why he was chosen for a certain cryptic task The part of loss that cuts the deepest is that you never know which moments are the last until they ve already been and gone The last meal, the last kiss and such We also follow three other POVs that were told in 3rd person and in my opinion, this storytelling choice made for a very interesting narration style Sisine, princess of the Arc and Queen in Waiting intriguer, irascible and very ambitious, Boran Temsa, a greedy and cunning Arctian criminal and boss of a soulstealer gang, Nilith, a surprising and very determined woman, dragging a corpse and its unbound ghost across the desert and hoping to reach Araxes before it s too late Hers is probably my favorite POV because of her tenacity The variety of encounters she made was interesting to read and her eventful journey was the only one that took me outside of Araxes to explore a exotic area of the Arc The Tenets were written by the Nyxites, then came the Arc s Code, adopted halfway across the lands Society was upheaved The gods perished Dynasties were built Murder became fashionable Society was indeed upheaved but only the wealthy, and by wealthy I mean those who owned the most Shades, rose to the top of the pyramid The Arctian society is a dreadfully rotten one built on greed, the thirst for power and enslavement of the souls of those dead in turmoil, or frequently simply murdered, enslaved and denied the most basic human rights Galley also incorporated pretty engaged parallels with capitalism and interesting observations of human nature, which are elements I deeply enjoy in my Fantasy reads A special mention to the writing too I mentioned it in my review of Heart of Stone and I need to say it again here Galley s writing is both simple and elegant, with lovely turns of phrases and clever and funny metaphors and puns Any silence longs to be filled, and a lonely mind is wont to fill it with thoughts and made up whispers, as if the nothingness is too unbearable Now before I conclude this review, I want to get back to the Egyptian mythology aspect I mentioned at the very beginning I think the book had a few similarities the landscape desert and oases, sea, dusty cities, and an important river , the pyramidal structures, polytheism and the concept that death is a temporary interruption of life But while the ancient Egyptians made great efforts to ensure a comfortable and happy afterlife to their dead, the Arctians mostly condemn them to eternal servitude And while the Nile s water nourishes the living, the Nyx s water is used to revive the dead I hope we will learn of the dead gods in the next installments to see if there are stronger inspiration from the Ancient Egyptian deities there Religion had died in my country just as it had in this one The pacing was well balanced but I think the book would have benefitted from action and shocking twists I m not saying there weren t any, because there were But some were sadly predictable because we had glimpses into the antagonists head and plans Also, though I really enjoyed reading Caltro and Nilith s perspective, some parts of theirs journeys didn t really grab my full attention This is a very personal and subjective feeling and I honestly can t put my finger on what truly didn t work for me and where However, I m imputing it to perhaps the wrong timing and my mood at the time.It s time for me to conclude this already long review Chasing Graves was just as atmospheric, dark and original as I expected it to be It s a great first book to a series I sincerely can t wait to complete There is still so much left to explore in lore, characters and their hidden agendas and promising plots and developments to come I look forward to reading the sequel Note The next books will be available soon The author announced on Twitter that the series was complete and that he d be releasing the sequels at a 1 2 months interval flag 30 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Sep 30, 2018 Lukasz rated it really liked it Shelves self published, non western I deeply enjoyed Galley s Heart of Stone This guy knows how to grab the reader s attention Once I learned about his new book, I put it near the top of my TBR list How could I say no to an early ARC of Chasing Graves You re right I couldn t.The story is nuanced, dark and complex A master locksmith, Caltro Basalt, dies a gruesome death on his first night at Araxes He won t enjoy eternal rest though Soulstealers led by Boss Boran Temsa turn him into a Shade a ghost slave and sell him to s I deeply enjoyed Galley s Heart of Stone This guy knows how to grab the reader s attention Once I learned about his new book, I put it near the top of my TBR list How could I say no to an early ARC of Chasing Graves You re right I couldn t.The story is nuanced, dark and complex A master locksmith, Caltro Basalt, dies a gruesome death on his first night at Araxes He won t enjoy eternal rest though Soulstealers led by Boss Boran Temsa turn him into a Shade a ghost slave and sell him to serve the rich.Somewhere between life and death, Caltro struggles to survive and make things right He doesn t realise he had a role to play in a cutthroat game of power Now, that he s dead, dead gods have a business with him Castro s arc intertwines with other complex stories featuring a cast of intriguing, morally grey characters I especially enjoyed Boss Boran Temsa a consummate and cruel player of games of power I can t say I like him as a person, yet he intrigues me Sisine, a young princess, willing to purge some nobles stood out as another interesting character Not to mention older Shades who may have an agenda of their own.World building, influenced by Egyptian and Greek mythology, hooked me early in the book To say it s great wouldn t make it a justice It s engrossing and introduced in a skilful way As Chasing Graves opens new trilogy, you shouldn t expect it to work as a standalone It doesn t To make things worse, it ends with a cliffhanger I don t mind as I expect to read the sequel in 2019.As you see I enjoyed the novel Asked about Chasing Graves issues I would admit that choice of narration troubles me Ben Galley did something unorthodox, you see He tinkered with the expected narrative flow and told the story mixing first and third person point of view Caltro s chapters are told in the first person, other in third person limited While not jarring, at times it felt a bit off to me It made Caltro s voice much intimate and much stronger that other characters I assume it was a deliberate choice As a result, though, I cared much less about other characters and their stories Despite excellent plotting of all story lines, I grew impatient when separated from Basalt s POV for than one chapter.It didn t bring me out of the story, but I can t say this POV mix became my instant favourite I recall few books written in this way, for example, Feersum Endjinn by Iain Banks So, yes, writers do it, readers read it, life goes on And yet I don t fully embrace it But it s just a minor gripe.Chasing Graves, with its well paced and tight plot is complex, intricate and rewarding I can t wait to put my hands on the sequel flag 21 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 24, 2018 Swiffer rated it really liked it Although I haven t read many works by Ben Galley, his previous SPFBO entry Heart of Stone is one of my favorite standalone novels I ve read this year It presented a world ravaged by war, with an enslaved golem bound to serve and massacre under various generals throughout the centuries The story offered an intriguing take on enslavement and the sacrifices made when one s fate is trapped and bound to another Galley explores similar themes of enslavement in his latest novel, Chasing Graves, book Although I haven t read many works by Ben Galley, his previous SPFBO entry Heart of Stone is one of my favorite standalone novels I ve read this year It presented a world ravaged by war, with an enslaved golem bound to serve and massacre under various generals throughout the centuries The story offered an intriguing take on enslavement and the sacrifices made when one s fate is trapped and bound to another Galley explores similar themes of enslavement in his latest novel, Chasing Graves, book one of the eponymous Chasing Graves trilogy Whereas Heart of Stone offered an introspective look at one person s struggle to find meaning in his enslavement, Chasing Graves focuses on its effects on society at large.When I first opened the cover, I quickly realized how much time and effort Galley spent creating this detailed world I was immediately reminded of Steve Rodgers City of Shards in its scope and world building We are treated to multiple maps of the truly massive City of Araxes and the surrounding country In addition to a tone setting prologue, we are also privy to pre chapter quotes from the lore of the realm some pertinent, some humorous But most importantly, we are taught the Tenets of the Bound Dead, which is the foundation that the story and its society is built upon the soul of a body that dies in turmoil whether through accident or unnatural causes will naturally rise several days later The shade has the chance to turn its body to the Nyx an underground body of water should no other claim it first In cases of the latter, only once said shade is bound can the master own all the soul s belongings and estates This tenet was put into place centuries ago by the old gods as a parting gift, and in doing so has birthed a world where organized murder is commonplace Not only can you get killed for your possessions, but you can also be enslaved and bound to your murderer for untold centuries of labor The shades that someone owns, the land and power and political sway one has It s a disturbing premise not unlike parts of our own world history when slavery was legal and rampant One of the interesting aspects to the story is how far into this premise Galley has explored The majority of the story takes place in the gargantuan city of Araxes, home to millions of humans and shades, a coastal city separating a harsh desert and the ocean The port of the city extended hundreds of miles in both directions, with races and sects from all over the world Greek and Egyptian influences in architecture and religion dot the landscape The ruling political party is housed in a centralized structure called Cloudpiercer, a tower that spans half a mile thick at the base, and over a mile high But this isn t the only tall structure there are elevated roads suspended between rooftops and towering pyramids, hundreds of feet off the ground High society is a literal description In a city where organized gangs can attain power, land, and riches through the murder and binding of souls, those in power must protect themselves from nearly everyone Paranoia runs rampant among the elite, and certain high ranking officials are so fearful of being slain, they lock themselves into seclusion for years at a time Oppression threatens from all directions, and it sets a captivating precedent for character motivations.There are several shifting points of view that switch with each new chapter We start the story from a first person POV, and slide into other third person POVs that include a gangster boss, a queen in waiting, and a desert warrior on a desperate mission The first person POV, Caltro Basalt, is a lockpicker who arrives in Araxes by boat, summoned to the Cloudpiercer for an unknown mission To say that things don t go according to plan is an understatement, and the opening chapter is one of the exciting hooks I ve read to start any book We also spend time with Boss Temsa, a one legged gang leader with a copper and gold eagle claw prosthetic His slow and menacing gait, ruthless attitude, and dangerous charisma allows Temsa to climb the ranks of society with an ever increasing army of shades, but his enemies and allies might be too powerful to manage The story also jumps south to the vast and endless desert, where a warrior nomad named Nilith is dragging the body of her ex husband along with its undead shade up through the arid wasteland to Araxes, with the intention of binding him inside the city This plot thread was shrouded in mystery, as we don t know who these people are in relation to anyone else in the book There is a reveal towards the end of the story that had been lightly hinted at, but it just opens the floodgate of questions before the book ends.This story has a great many elements I enjoyed The world building and societal rules were first and foremost the biggest draws for me The bound shades element feels like a hybrid mix of Michael Fletcher s Manifest Delusions universe combined with elements of the Greek underworld and afterlife Galley is a very talented writer, lacing his pages with dark humor, clever metaphors, and philosophical speculation There s enough mystery and action that pulses throughout the story to keep the chapters flying by, and I appreciated how the reader is allowed perspective from the low the high, from the rich to the poor, the living and the dead The book is relatively short for something that covers so much ground, but the table is set for some exciting events down the road.There were a couple of areas of the book that I felt could have been improved While the characters we spend time with are in interesting situations, I didn t find the characters themselves as compelling as I had hoped This is partially due to a lack of character histories we don t learn much about the background of nearly every character in the story In some cases, this is done by choice, with a greater purpose in mind But in other circumstances, such as with Caltro, arguably our main protagonist, we don t learn much of anything of his life prior to him landing in Araxes While we still gain a sense of what kind of person Caltro is over time, it still made it difficult to connect with his fate or feel invested in his decisions He is likeable, funny, and arrogant, but I felt it difficult to really connect with him without knowing what roads he traveled before landing at the port I also imagine that the stopping point to this volume might be a point of contention for some readers Many character goals and motivations start to slip into place, yet there s a bit of a lack of urgency in some plot threads before the book cuts off It didn t feel as if the book had a true ending, or cumulative event that took us into the home stretch It felt of a temporary stop gap until the next book is written We are left with some cliffhangers, but they felt of the chapter variety, instead of the book ending variety The story clocks in at 275 pages, a bit on the shorter side of dark fantasy, so perhaps there will be ample time to flesh some areas out in future entries In short, Galley has created a fascinating world that feels rife with stories that could be mined across multiple series Its history is rich with detail and there s so many avenues to be explored The opening volume provides than enough twists and thrills to have me excited for the sequels, though I do hope for a bit reason to care about what happens to our cast One of my favorite quotes from the book occurs early in the story, and it resonated in my head as I finished the book All things lie in all directions, if you re committed to walking far enough I think this serves as a good metaphor for Chasing Graves I m confident that Galley has some great plans for this story and world, and I m excited at its limitless potential We just have a little further to walk until we get there flag 21 likesLike see review Sep 30, 2018 Justine rated it really liked it Firstly, I d like to thank the author for giving me an advanced copy of this book I was so intrigued with the concept of an original fantasy world built with an Egyptian flavor that it was instantly pushed to the top of my TBR I am so glad for this decision Chasing Graves is a deliciously dark tale of treachery, secrets and murder filled with a cast of truly detestable characters whose intentions cannot ever be taken at face value The only drawback of reading the first installment of a seri Firstly, I d like to thank the author for giving me an advanced copy of this book I was so intrigued with the concept of an original fantasy world built with an Egyptian flavor that it was instantly pushed to the top of my TBR I am so glad for this decision Chasing Graves is a deliciously dark tale of treachery, secrets and murder filled with a cast of truly detestable characters whose intentions cannot ever be taken at face value The only drawback of reading the first installment of a series before its official release date is the grueling wait for its sequel Araxes, the sprawling City of Countless Souls, where wealth is measured by the amount of bound dead slaves owned, lies within the heart of The Arctian Empire As renowned locksmith Caltro Basalt arrives upon its docks with a promise of employment, he quickly finds himself being pursued by a group of brutal killers that violently heave him into the city s infamous soul trade and sold to the mysterious Widow Horix Nilith ventures across the Long Sands with her dead husband s corpse and ghost in tow her timely arrival at the Gem of the Arc her sole ambition Boss Boran Temsa makes a living illegally selling souls to the city s aristocracy with a hunger for power that will allow him to finally emerge from the shadows Princess Sisine grows weary of her father s inability to rule the empire and wickedly schemes to take control by any means necessary All the while, as the people of The Arc deal in death and betrayal, the believed dead gods plot to come back to the land of men.Of all the things that deserve praise, it s impossible not to begin with the outstanding character development In my opinion, Galley has given breath to some of the finest and most complex voices in modern fantasy Caltro is incredibly snarky and self indulgent, yet I couldn t help but feel sympathy for his wrongful enslavement Nilith is a strong, badass woman who can handle herself in a multitude of adversarial situations, but I had to keep reminding myself she murdered her husband and dragged his corpse through a desert in order to bind his soul Sisine appears to be a calculating and merciless queen in waiting, but she s set to inherit a city so corrupt that her extreme measures may be just what Araxes deserves Temsa is a despicable murderer and soulstealer, however, he s charming and an unfortunate product of his violent environment only attempting to raise his station This three dimensionality made it insanely enjoyable to get acquainted with each and I m really looking forward to learning about them.The setting and environments are beautifully built with striking detail, transporting you directly into this peculiar, yet familiar world From the diverse districts of Araxes to the endless expanse of the Long Sands to the alien peak of the Firespar, every aspect of this world is so distinct and tangible The pacing changes based on the character of focus and the situations they re embroiled in, at times passive and other times breakneck, which I found to be extremely refreshing The prose is articulate and picturesque with seriously cynical undertones, making this an entertaining read Chasing Graves is one of the most unique stories I ve read this year and ended with a cliffhanger that had me internally screaming for It s a strong start to a new series and I m really excited and looking forward to seeing what happens next Due out December 7th, this is one you really need to add to your to read list flag 15 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 05, 2018 Laura Hughes rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 favourites, self published gems, grimdark Dark, tense and surprisingly hilarious, Chasing Graves is the accomplished opening novel in an exciting new trilogy flag 16 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Esmerelda Weatherwax rated it it was amazing review of another edition I think this is my first 5 star in months I loved everything about this and I m working on writing a full review today Fantastic flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 28, 2018 T.L rated it really liked it Chasing Graves is a dark, witty romp delightful, original, and beautifully paced, it oozes confidence.4.5 5 Full review to be posted on The Fantasy Hive flag 11 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Al Burke rated it it was amazing Dang, this is good Review here flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 11, 2018 Fiona Tewson rated it it was amazing review of another edition A new ventureI have been waiting to read this book since I first heard of its conception and I have not been disappointed A completely new concept with new characters to like or not like The book tells the tale of several protagonists and gathers the various ends together towards the end before throwing a spanner in the works, so to speak We have been promised a short wait for the rest of the trilogy and book 2 is out in January, a new years present to look forward to.If you like your fanta A new ventureI have been waiting to read this book since I first heard of its conception and I have not been disappointed A completely new concept with new characters to like or not like The book tells the tale of several protagonists and gathers the various ends together towards the end before throwing a spanner in the works, so to speak We have been promised a short wait for the rest of the trilogy and book 2 is out in January, a new years present to look forward to.If you like your fantasy to be completely different, then this is the book for you flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Timy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, have it, first book of a series, dark fantasy, fantasy, fiction, grimdark, urban fantasy, paranormal You can find this review on my blog I ve got an ARC in exchange of an honest review from the author In everyone s life comes that point when we start to think about what awaits us after death depending on your beliefs A happy afterlife Torture A place in between where we wait until our fate is decided Or something else The people of Araxes aren t wondering much, they know all too well what comes for them endless servitude as shades The luckier ones can get their freedom and a choice in t You can find this review on my blog I ve got an ARC in exchange of an honest review from the author In everyone s life comes that point when we start to think about what awaits us after death depending on your beliefs A happy afterlife Torture A place in between where we wait until our fate is decided Or something else The people of Araxes aren t wondering much, they know all too well what comes for them endless servitude as shades The luckier ones can get their freedom and a choice in the matter, but most people is not so fortunate The part of loss that cuts the deepest is that you never know which moments are the last until they ve already been and gone The last meal, the last kiss and such What hurts is how it pales to the glorious finale you might have imagined Araxes is not called the City of Countless Souls for nothing The soultrade is in full bloom and no one is safe, especially after the sun goes down Caltro Basalt is well aware of this fact upon arriving to Araxes, to learn about his mysterious employer wanna be called Etan But alas, the traders bribe are worth than mere passengers and they ship arrives to port late And so our Caltro meets his fate way too soon Aided by a strong want for justice and some ambiguous warning from dead things claiming to be the dead gods Fortunately Caltro is not one to sit on his ass idly and wait for miracle to happen and thus keeps getting into trouble with his new master, the widow Horix and her personal shade Vex The latter hates Caltro with a passion from the moment they meet This results in being punished And if you wonder what exactly can be tormenting for a ghost who doesn t need, air, food, sleep, then just wait A walking, talking reanimated cat is just the bonus to scare the shit out of him.His new master, tal Horix is quite an interesting character I still can t decide if I like her or not She is definitely not the harmless, senile old lady some might think The only thing sharper than her mind is her tongue and she is not afraid to show off both She recognises an opportunity when she sees one and Caltro picks her interest Sadly, we have to wait to learn why the interest, so be patient, my friends.I quite liked Caltro, his snarkiness and headstrong personality and that he got damn good lines from Galley Suppressing stress can be poisonous to a soul, and seeing as I was all soul, I needed to be careful He, being the main character, is the only one who got his POV written in first person, and it works really well Although he works as a locksmith, and prides himself as the best lockpick in the Empire, he has a strong desire for justice When it comes to himself, that is My only complaint is that we don t spend time with him, learning about his past And because he is the most interesting character of the whole cast, the only one you can actually care about Sure, the others have their own hardships and agendas, but Caltro is the most human of them all Even if he has to live the rest of his life as a shade We know his current situation, and his goals, but we hardly get to know him really Or any explanation why the sudden interest of dead things in him But I guess we ll get answers in the next two books.Another plotline is centered around Nilith, he fierce Krass women from the steppes, who were forced into a marriage with a wealthy merchant in Araxes years ago Getting fed up with her husband finally, she decides to get to the end of the matter She hunts down her beloved , kills him, and plans to drag him through half the Arctian Empire back to Araxes to properly bound his ghost to herself and claim his wealth Time is running out, she only has 40 days to accomplish this according to the laws regarding Indenturement Besides carrying a rotting corpse and bearing with Farazar wearing her patience thin Not talking about all the dangers that awaits them on their way If I want to be honest, I didn t see much point in this plotline until the very end And while the banter between husband and wife was entertaining especially the fact they finally were forced to keep each other s company and learn about the other after many years of marriage but sometimes I wished we were moving on from this POV I m just no fan of a plotline which revolves around traveling from A to B Things do make sense by the end though and that makes it worth It also provided a cool opportunity to get a glimpse into the mythology of the world, when the old lady, the bedlam popped up I pretty much enjoyed that scene.We have two other side plotlines, one following Sisine, the Queen in waiting as she tries her wings in politics and leading without her parents watching eyes She is than a pretty face, she has wits, knowledge, years of training in court politics and a healthy dose of cunning and wilfulness I m waiting to see what her plans will come to later in the trilogy And then we have Boran Temsa, soultrader, merchant with big dreams rising over his own social status He is ambitious, ruthless and he has questionable morals A person who longs to change the past will only see themselves as a product of what could have been The longing changes nothing of the present The book follows several plotlines, which doesn t quite intertwine yet Being the first book of a trilogy, Chasing Graves is mostly about world building, and setting things up for the next two books And though it is a highly enjoyable book with a pretty cool setting and awesome ideas, it left open too many questions I felt like there wasn t enough of an arc to the story, and ended quite abruptly Maybe Nilith s plotline the only one that actually got a half closure with the revelation and all I also would have liked to read about the mythology, clearly inspired by a few ancient religions like the egyptian or the greek the dead gods has similar names to the Egyptian s and the river Nyx together with the copper coins might be familiar from Greek mythology.Galley clearly knows what he is doing, and was able to wave together a story about life and death, revenge and greed, justice and blind fate Chasing Graves is a dark, compelling entry into a trilogy The characters and the world is complex and well built, the story intriguing enough to make you want Even if I m still waiting for that feeling of being completely impressed So, Mr Galley when is the next book coming out again flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Travis Riddle rated it really liked it This was quite a good first foray into Galley s work He s got a great, quick moving style with creative but not overly purple prose, which I really appreciate The novel follows several different POV characters, all of which have intriguing plotlines that probably could ve carried a book on their own So far they re only slightly overlapping, and I m excited to see how they get further tangled up in each other as the series progresses I d call the book s world building its greatest strength G This was quite a good first foray into Galley s work He s got a great, quick moving style with creative but not overly purple prose, which I really appreciate The novel follows several different POV characters, all of which have intriguing plotlines that probably could ve carried a book on their own So far they re only slightly overlapping, and I m excited to see how they get further tangled up in each other as the series progresses I d call the book s world building its greatest strength Galley created a fascinating world with some complex and cool rules to it, and I always loved learning about shades and the different types of binding as well as the seedy underbelly of Araxes and its denizens It s a dark, cutthroat, and deeply weird world that I enjoyed spending time in and was always eager to learn about it.That being said, the book does have one flaw that, admittedly, is of a personal preference than an objective flaw, but it does really feel like part one of a story as opposed to telling its own complete narrative I prefer when a series has books that have complete arcs within each book while still furthering the larger narrative, but in Chasing Graves there was no closure to any subplot, large or small, and therefore I finished the book feeling a bit unsatisfied and thinking Well, that s it, after not really having much of a climax Luckily, the rest of the trilogy will be coming out shortly and readers can pick up right where they left off to see how things develop I ll definitely be picking up the sequels flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Tam rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 reading list, ebook, fantasy, first person pov, grimdark fantasy, self pub Chasing Graves was what I d come to expect from Ben Galley Unique, fantastic worldbuilding, interesting characters, and much I ve only previously read The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley, but both that and Chasing Graves have been quite different from most books I ve seen in the genre.The worldbuilding in this book is done exceptionally well It s based around the concept that death isn t the end, the dead can be bound and enslaved as ghosts Naturally, this has run on effects to the whole w Chasing Graves was what I d come to expect from Ben Galley Unique, fantastic worldbuilding, interesting characters, and much I ve only previously read The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley, but both that and Chasing Graves have been quite different from most books I ve seen in the genre.The worldbuilding in this book is done exceptionally well It s based around the concept that death isn t the end, the dead can be bound and enslaved as ghosts Naturally, this has run on effects to the whole world, and this is what the author does very well This one change makes massive differences to everything The economy is based on souls than silver, murder is commonplace as it brings souls Buying, selling, and trading of the dead is common All these things about how the world is impacted by ghosts create a very realistic world There are far reaching consequences of the ability to bind dead souls and it makes the world so immersive It s also a concept I don t think I ve seen anywhere else.The characters are another interesting point in this book Ben has a penchant of having unique main characters, and Caltros, the MC, is very different to what I ve read in most books Having just been murdered on his way to a job, Caltros needs to discover how to live as a ghost Enslaved by cruel masters, it s a very different life to what the once thief is used to Chasing Graves makes for a unique story of coping with hardship and enslavement There are a few other main point of view characters too, and it s very interesting to see the world through their eyes too Galley does a fantastic job of giving each POV their own voice and making them different This partially comes from him using first person POV for Caltros, and third person POV for the other characters, and partially how the character view the world around them.The story itself is a slow burn Characters lives are shown and we can see how they develop over the course of the story My one concern with this was where it ended Chasing Graves felt somewhat incomplete as its own story and I felt like I needed a bit of an ending rather than a cliffhanger It felt like the beginning of a longer story rather than its own story, however, if I had my hands on the sequel I probably wouldn t have minded that so much.Overall, Chasing Graves was a unique tale with some amazing characters in a very immersive world Would highly recommend to people who enjoy Character focused stories Slower pacing Multiple POVs Immersive Worlds Darker stories Ghosts undeadFor reviews, check out my blog, The Fantasy Inn flag 11 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Filip rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, fantasy Nothing quite like enslaving the dead to show the worst society has to offer.Chasing Graves is the first ever novel I ve read by Ben Galley Immediately, I was hooked by masterful prose a character with a strongly distinctive voice, personality and a remarkable sphincter you ll get what I mean literally two minutes in and, perhaps above all else, by the city of Araxes, the heart of the Arctian Empire, where the living hold command over the dead.This is where I ll begin, with a spoiler free Nothing quite like enslaving the dead to show the worst society has to offer.Chasing Graves is the first ever novel I ve read by Ben Galley Immediately, I was hooked by masterful prose a character with a strongly distinctive voice, personality and a remarkable sphincter you ll get what I mean literally two minutes in and, perhaps above all else, by the city of Araxes, the heart of the Arctian Empire, where the living hold command over the dead.This is where I ll begin, with a spoiler free analysis of a society born when death ceased to matter Araxes is a slaver s wet dream made manifest, where the ambitious living plot against each other, their cronies kill new comers on the very streets at night in order to sell them for a few pieces of silver, and individual power is reflected only by how many shades one owns But power is a double edged sword, and the powerful one grows, the bigger the target they are so it is that the most powerful man in the Arctian Empire, the Emperor himself, is a passive absentee ruler, commanding his Empire from the inside of a self made cage A society with as a high a tolerance for murder and intrigue as that of Araxes can only get worse without a strong figurehead at the reins to legitimise everything that goes on.Enter Caltro Basalt, locksmith extraordinaire and the most fascinating character this novel has to offer Caltro s sections are written in the first person unlike all other characters , which goes a long way towards making him sympathetic and his plight relatable Caltro is a Krassman, invited by a mysterious Arctian nobleman to do an even mysterious job Caltro is a dead man within a few minutes of disembarking on Araxes Thank the dead gods, then, that he doesn t become of a dullard in death, for his humour and caustic attitude towards those in his charge brings no end of amusement, even if it gets him into some pretty deep trouble The third of the book that deals with his trials and tribulations as a newly minted shade will pull at your heartstrings The cast of main characters outside of Caltro is just as promising, though the narrative distance between the other three main PoV characters and the reader is greater they re told in the third person My favourite among these was Nilith, a woman dragging a corpse through a desert in order to claim its shade as her own in Araxes Her place in the overarching story isn t too difficult to figure out about a third into Chasing Graves, but it doesn t take away from the arc, and there s a lot of praise I want to give about the hateful relationship between Nilith and the shade of the man she murdered Nilith s arc is about pure will in the face of one disaster after another.The other two main characters are engaged in the bloody politics and or streets of Araxes the empress in waiting, Sisine, who plays a dangerous game in the absence of her father and Boss Temsa, a soultrader, soulstealer and a man possessed of rabid ambition Temsa might grow to be my favourite or most loathed of these characters, in fact, depending on what Ben is planning on doing with him over the next two books in this new trilogy one thing is certain though, each of these character arcs is brimming with untapped potential.Underneath the murder y plot lies an underside of religion, mysticism and dead gods These things, abandoned by the living and the dead alike, seem to draw some inspiration from Egyptian lore as does the geography, for that matter However, this inspiration is turned on its heels, asDialogue 10 10 There wasn t a moment I didn t feel like the characters were anything less than three dimensional human beings alive or dead, it didn t matter gifted with agency or, in the case of shades like Caltro, seeking to regain it from their masters.Prose 10 10 I need of it Galley shows mastery over language and its use, with which he paints detailed scenes, which work like Swiss clockwork Or did the Swiss make good pocket knives I forget these things.Characters 9 10 Whether we speak of the PoV leads or the wide array of supporting characters, there s an awful lot of memorable personalities in Chasing Graves Necromancy Infused Society 10 10 I love hating what Galley is saying about human society with this one Personal Enjoyment 9 10 Why not a 10 The book ends on a cliffhanger Now, that would be a bigger problem if I didn t know for a fact the second book will release in January, was it Chasing Shadows might well be one of the best releases not only for December but for the entirety of 2018 I give it my heartiest recommendations and give it a score of 4.8 out of 5, rounded up to 5 5 on I m looking forward to blazing through the rest of this trilogy over the first half of 2019 I received this book from the author in return for an honest review It s to be released on December 7 flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 23, 2018 Sirvinya rated it really liked it Shelves 4 stars, fantasy, ghosts, read in 2018 I won an eARC through a twitter giveaway There was no expectation for a review, but I suspected I would anyway The fact that our lead character dies straight away isn t a spoiler, it in fact sets up the entire premise of the rest of the book Caltro is definitely an interesting character When we first meet him, he s demonstrating his masterful lock picking abilities by shitting in someone s strong box I had a feeling I was going to enjoy reading about him There are a few plots that focus on v I won an eARC through a twitter giveaway There was no expectation for a review, but I suspected I would anyway The fact that our lead character dies straight away isn t a spoiler, it in fact sets up the entire premise of the rest of the book Caltro is definitely an interesting character When we first meet him, he s demonstrating his masterful lock picking abilities by shitting in someone s strong box I had a feeling I was going to enjoy reading about him There are a few plots that focus on various characters and character groups and they were all so wonderfully crafted Nilith in the desert is so strong and resourceful and after Caltro, I enjoyed her scenes the most But I loved how his characters felt complex and morally grey without falling into stereotypes.There s a lot of world building and setting up of the magic system at the start I really liked the extracts of in world literature at the start of each chapter which explained the creating and keeping the Shades and what exactly it means in this world It added to the world and gave some important information to the reader without having to resort to the in chapter exposition dumps.This is set mainly between the desert and the city of Araxes The descriptions of scenery in the desert were beautiful and evocative Araxes feels simultaneously huge but claustrophobic and oh, so dangerous.There s a play on tenses used in the narrative here Caltro s perspective is told in the first person and the other characters use third This is a really clever way of adding intimacy and emotional connection, highlighting Caltro s story and making it feel much personal.I really enjoyed all the interesting concepts used here There s danger, mystery, intrigue and an ending that made me want to throw my kindle at Ben Well played indeed.It s amazing start to a trilogy and I cannot wait to see how all the stories unfold flag 9 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2018 kartik narayanan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Chasing Graves happens to be one of the best fantasy books I have read this year The book is fantastic and, at no point, did I feel like putting it down Even upon a re reading the book remains as fresh as ever and this is not something that most books can manage It is fast paced and there are no sections that drag Somehow, everything comes together seamlessly to make this a read that one cannot stop even if they wanted too The world building is great Though there are a few recycled areas Chasing Graves happens to be one of the best fantasy books I have read this year The book is fantastic and, at no point, did I feel like putting it down Even upon a re reading the book remains as fresh as ever and this is not something that most books can manage It is fast paced and there are no sections that drag Somehow, everything comes together seamlessly to make this a read that one cannot stop even if they wanted too The world building is great Though there are a few recycled areas like the dead coming back because the gods are missing not there or the bits from Greek Egyptian mythos there is enough original content to make this world stand out It is refreshing to see the effects of an essentially unlimited workforce on society read the blurb to understand the context My favourite part is Caltro who is one of the best characters I have read recently He is easily up there with Tyrion or Jorg when it comes to witty dialogues and spirit flag 15 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Rob Hayes rated it really liked it Dark, dangerous, and full of humour.This is how I like my grimdark Chasing Graves is a dark book, where the world is a shit place, and it only gets shittier once you die But there is humour to offset the oppression, and glimmers of something shiny underneath all the muck.This book is set in a world where death is only the beginning, and life is the shorter portion of a person s existence Ghosts rise not long after the body expires, and those ghosts can be bound into service with a coin, a lit Dark, dangerous, and full of humour.This is how I like my grimdark Chasing Graves is a dark book, where the world is a shit place, and it only gets shittier once you die But there is humour to offset the oppression, and glimmers of something shiny underneath all the muck.This book is set in a world where death is only the beginning, and life is the shorter portion of a person s existence Ghosts rise not long after the body expires, and those ghosts can be bound into service with a coin, a little bit of ritual, and some Nyxwater Unfortunately for these newly risen shades, they are now immortality dead, and treated, at best, as second class citizens, and, at worst, slaves Sound like an interesting concept to you Then stop reading my review and pick up the book You won t be disappointed.This is my first Ben Galley book, but certainly won t be my last He has a descriptive way, laying on the similes and bringing them down to earth only to cover them in shit and humour It makes for an easily digestible, and thoroughly engaging style of writing.The plot seems pretty straight forward at first Caltro Basalt is killed in the first chapter no spoiler, it s right there in the book s blurb , and is then bound as a slave and sold to the highest bidder Much of the book follows his trials and tribulations as he comes to terms with his new half life, and tries to find a way to garner some justice.By far the engaging part of the story though, for me, was Nilith We know very little about Nilith, except that she s killed her husband, and is determined to drag his corpse all the way across the desert to bind his ghost in the grand Nyxwell I liked Nilith In a world full of murderous curs and folk, both living and dead, all out for themselves, she was a breath of fresh air She has a sot of Karmic way of looking at the world.As the story progresses, we soon realise the plot is not nearly as straight forward as we are first led to believe.But I can t give the book a perfect rating, and that s unfortunately because of the ending I believe Ben wrote all 3 books of the trilogy in one go, and that kind of shows Book 1 doesn t so much end, as just leaves off at a suitable junction There s no real climax, so the book never led me up to a big WOW moment.Chasing Graves gets a solid 4 stars from me, and I believe the sequel, Grim Solace, has just released so I ll be jumping on that pretty sharpish flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Lee Conley rated it it was amazing A review of Chasing GravesBy Ben GalleyThis is a story about ghosts, about a master locksmith and thief, a deadly city, a murderer and her victim Caltro Basalt is the master locksmith and has been mysteriously summoned to the great and deadly city of Araxes to attend a mysterious appointment at the Cloud Piercer, the tallest building in Araxes and centre of government Surely an appointment he cannot refuse.Araxes is a city where the spirits of the dead and murdered can be bound to the mortal r A review of Chasing GravesBy Ben GalleyThis is a story about ghosts, about a master locksmith and thief, a deadly city, a murderer and her victim Caltro Basalt is the master locksmith and has been mysteriously summoned to the great and deadly city of Araxes to attend a mysterious appointment at the Cloud Piercer, the tallest building in Araxes and centre of government Surely an appointment he cannot refuse.Araxes is a city where the spirits of the dead and murdered can be bound to the mortal realm, denied their eternal rest and instead bound into eternal servitude as a ghostly slave known as a shade.Caltro is murdered literally as soon as he sets foot off the boat and finds himself bound into the property of the notorious soul stealer, Boss Temsa.The story follows Caltro s unwilling adventure in to the world of the enslaved dead and his search for freedom and justice against those who murdered and bound him.There is another POV storyline intertwined with Caltro s main plot This is the story of Nilith, a hard, calculating woman who has murdered her husband A long suffering wife, she finally tracked down her wayward husband and murdered him The book also follows her story as she journeys across the arid barren deserts, transporting her husband s rotting corpse, accompanied only by his vengeful shade, as she takes the body to Araxes to bind him as her eternal slave.Galley has done a great job with Chasing Graves, I liked his creative use of POV There were some really amusing parts to contrast the grimmer bits I enjoyed the way he explored the concept of death and what lies beyond The Egyptian esque setting was fascinating and well done too the sprawling metropolis of Araxes and its seedy under belly was well rendered The artwork is fantastic and the internal illustration I have seen really adds to the exciting buzz around this release.I really enjoyed Chasing Graves and look forward to the next book in the series I also recommend this book to everyone, give it a go you will not be disappointed Thanks to Ben for sending me an ARC so I got to read it before release.Thanks for reading Lee flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 18, 2018 Barbara rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy I first I was not really sure if I would be interested in the story, but it captured me quite quickly Interesting setting I want to learn about Loved the character development and the intrigue which is credible and not over the top The revelation at the end really surprised me and made me wonder about what comes next flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Lynn K Grimmedian rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs Castro Basalt has the worst luck From the start of his story, his situation goes from bad to worse and still manages a continuous downward slide He s not the most likable sort of fellow, but not really a bad sort As lockpicks go, he s one of the best in the business Yes, he s a thief, and times are tough, so when an opportunity comes his way to take a job offered from the seat of the king at the Cloudpiecer in the sprawling city of Araxes, he takes it a ship and sets sail.Thus begins the ser Castro Basalt has the worst luck From the start of his story, his situation goes from bad to worse and still manages a continuous downward slide He s not the most likable sort of fellow, but not really a bad sort As lockpicks go, he s one of the best in the business Yes, he s a thief, and times are tough, so when an opportunity comes his way to take a job offered from the seat of the king at the Cloudpiecer in the sprawling city of Araxes, he takes it a ship and sets sail.Thus begins the series of unfortunate events which is Chasing Graves Here is where we discover the hellish existence of being dead but alive, a shade and a bound slave Ben Galley has a gift for finding the humanity within the inhuman, and showing the inhumanity in abundance in mankind A highly immersive dark fantasy with a fantastically imagined premise.With detailed characters, a twisting plot, and a heavy dose of gory darkness, Ben Galley has once again produced a fantasy you can sink your teeth into Or not, after all, the book is chock full of corpses I enjoyed this very much and am looking forward to what the future holds for Castro Basalt in book 2, Grim Solace flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 16, 2018 Diogo rated it it was amazing I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, which follows, free of spoilers.There s something to be said about Fantasy books which take a brilliant idea and then develop it deeply, allow the world to steep in it, and work its many nuances into a story A world built on the sound foundation of a great idea executed well has a sort of consistency that is hard to find when building one entirely out of thin air and Chasing Graves is one such book, and easily one of my top book I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, which follows, free of spoilers.There s something to be said about Fantasy books which take a brilliant idea and then develop it deeply, allow the world to steep in it, and work its many nuances into a story A world built on the sound foundation of a great idea executed well has a sort of consistency that is hard to find when building one entirely out of thin air and Chasing Graves is one such book, and easily one of my top books of the year so far.If you ve read the blurb synopsis, you know what this book is about It s very honest in that regard, it s what it says in the tin Long gone is the time when death provided an end to life s toil since, of course, there s no profit in that Much better to turn your recently deceased into a source of cheap labor by possibly abusing or at least appropriating an ancient ritual Better still if you get rid of the gods in the process, since binding the dead is sure to raise some complicated moral quandaries, and what use were they anyway Araxes is quite large, after all, and how do you suppose something like that gets built I m betting the Death Star wasn t built by happy, well paid workers either.The story is told from four points of view, with two of those comprising the majority of the book The book switches from first to third person narration between the Caltro and the Nilith Sisine Temsa chapters, but rather than this being confusing or disconcerting I was a little afraid that might happen, at first it ended up working extremely well for me, since the character s voices feel very adequate to them, and help give you different insight into each one The part narrated in first person Caltro s is given to humor, focused in the character himself figuring out the world, his situation, the people around him, and just what it means to be dead in the City of Countless Souls The third person chapters aren t so mystery driven, and focus on character interplay Nilith s and intrigue Sisine s and Temsa s Despite the asymmetry in voice, the characters are all very well fleshed out and develop interestingly in one particular case, extremely interestingly They definitely constituted a strong point of the book for me, with extra credit for absolutely nailing the voices and using different narration styles in a way that keeps the book constantly fresh.The prose is fluid an unintrusive, which is a blessing in a book in which something is always happening There s no waste of space in Chasing Graves, to match the lack of a waste of time, and I often found myself turning pages way past the time I should be sleeping with this one It also made me miss my subway station twice, which isn t common The writing also has its moments to shine, and is not without inspiration especially in the Caltro chapters, which are apt to let it show.In terms of plot, this book is the start of a trilogy, and as such, there s a considerable setup element However, I never noticed it detracting from the story, and I found the end satisfying, even if it doesn t provide closure for any of the main plot arcs The setup, however, is the kind that will leave your head swimming with the sheer scope of it It s kind of a big deal, and now I have to wait for the next one Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely, there rarely ever being a moment when I felt ready to put it down before I finished it Even in retrospective, I have a hard time deciding which part was my least favourite, since the consistency is so even throughout I highly recommend it to people who feel intrigued by the idea of the dead being enslaved and used as currency and a token of power, who like strong characters, and large scopes in their plots Additionally, if you feel a bit bored of the usual fare of Fantasy and want to give something completely new a twist, give Chasing Graves a try Just make sure to watch your back while in the city of Araxes It s not a safe place flag 5 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 09, 2019 Michael Mclendon rated it it was amazing Review originally posted on Booknest Our anthology Art of War Anthology for Charity just won a Stabby on R fantasy Chasing Graves masterfully combines gallows humor, deep word building, and compelling character centric narratives into a surprising and intriguing story It dares to answer the question How valuable is your life when you re already dead Chasing Graves is the first novel in the Chasing Graves Trilogy, a self published grimdark fantasy series by Ben Galley It is currently av Review originally posted on Booknest Our anthology Art of War Anthology for Charity just won a Stabby on R fantasy Chasing Graves masterfully combines gallows humor, deep word building, and compelling character centric narratives into a surprising and intriguing story It dares to answer the question How valuable is your life when you re already dead Chasing Graves is the first novel in the Chasing Graves Trilogy, a self published grimdark fantasy series by Ben Galley It is currently available for sell with book 2 Grim Solace coming January 24th, 2019 I was provided with a free ebook of this title by the author for review.When I first started this novel I almost thought that I wouldn t want to continue reading it Not for the quality of the writing but for the wry nihilism that frames the opening of the story We begin with a character who is not really admirable or impressive and we immediately travel with him to a city full to the brim of worse people In Araxes, life has been so thoroughly devalued that murder is practically an accepted practice and slavery of the resulting ghosts as dry a fact of life as the rising of the sun However Ben graciously doesn t leave us down in the dumps While the plight of the enslaved ghosts and the depravity of Araxes is depressing, the tension is cleverly released by another narrative concerning a hard nosed survivor woman dragging her dead husband and his ghost through the desert The contrast of these perspectives, the gradual descent into the intrigue and politics, and the dark comedic sensibility work together to allow the reader to care and even laugh in the face of such a dire status quo I also really enjoyed how my feelings towards the characters changed not just because of their arcs in the story but what I learned about their pasts as well The world of this novel just feels real It s one of those esoteric things in fantasy where you either believe it or you don t And when I read that the ghost slave trade had existed for 1,000 years I just believed it And when I saw how people tortured their slaves with copper whips or how the nobility looked down on them as half lives , I believed it When people were riding giant beetles in the desert I believed it It s imaginative without bringing too much attention to itself It obviously takes cues from other sources without feeling derivative It just simply works The main thrust of the novel apart from its characters is a mystery concerning the mythology around the undead ghosts and the political struggles of Araxes This is obviously built on the back of the excellent world building It s doled out in just the right doses as to make every moment feel earned without feeling withholding for the sake of waiting until the end of the book or the next book entirely And on that note, for the first book in a trilogy I thought this story had a very satisfying ending while still dangling the next part of the story for book 2 And finally, without delving into specifics, I really feel as if there s that extra thing in this book that makes it matter Without the philosophical and spiritual considerations on the value of life that seem to seep in from the edges I really don t think I would care about this story at all It would just be too dismal But Ben does dare to ask questions not just of mortality and immortality but of class and power as well This is accomplished without the pretense of an answer, just a thoughtful look at the problem Chasing Graves starts as a bleak tale in a dark world but becomes something else entirely Sharp wit, seamless world building, sustained intrigue, and compelling three dimensional characters make for a novel that is as thought provoking as it is entertaining flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Greg Thomas rated it it was amazing review of another edition Dark and deliciousSuch and incredibly grim concept done so well Mr Galley begins us on a journey I can wait to continue The dead are slaves but with the will and wish to be Only a week until the sequel drops flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Nancy Foster rated it it was amazing review of another edition I got an ARC copy from the author, thanks Now, Grimdark is not my forte and I only read it on occasion I see than enough death and misery in my line of work to feel like I would enjoy it That said, despite the fact that Chasing Graves is essentially a book about unscrupulous people murdering pretty much everyone they can in order to turn them into enslaved ghosts and sell them off like cattle for eternity, this book was still very enjoyable to read.And yes, pretty much everyone is a villa I got an ARC copy from the author, thanks Now, Grimdark is not my forte and I only read it on occasion I see than enough death and misery in my line of work to feel like I would enjoy it That said, despite the fact that Chasing Graves is essentially a book about unscrupulous people murdering pretty much everyone they can in order to turn them into enslaved ghosts and sell them off like cattle for eternity, this book was still very enjoyable to read.And yes, pretty much everyone is a villain in the book.Caltro never wanted to work in Araxas because it s a really dangerous place, but poverty enticed him to heed to a strange papyrus placed on the doorstep to his home one day, and behold He wasn t in the city for than a few minutes before a gang of soulsnatchers murdered him and ultimately sold to a wealthy noblewoman named Horix He has decided to use scheming along with a hopeless dream of idealism to regain his freedom as a free ghost.A second story erupts at the same time A strange middle aged woman with dark hair and green eyes has spent a huge effort in locating her estranged husband, murdered him, and is now on a long journey back to Araxas to claim his soul and all of his earthly belongings as her own Time is running out She has 40 days between his death to place his festering corpse in the magical Nyxwater or else, his scheming ghost will vanish into nothing If crossing the desert without a steed and a very, very angry recently murdered husband didn t make the voyage bad enough, she has to fight tooth and nail against countless bandits who would love nothing than to steal the ghost and sell him off It s a race against time with everything going against her.Ben has a really lofty imagination, and the worldbuilding is suberb I shudder at the wholly twisted hellhole of the afterlife of the novel, and yet, it explains a lot of Caltro s motive to break free of his forced indenturement We feel the world through the eyes of a freshly created ghost, and the sorrows he feels about his beer gut, inability to properly sleep, or eat food.The villains are scheming, and the politics and backstabbing is probably one of the highest markers of the book I love political stories which is offered handsomely in this book If there was only one thing that did feel a bit of a letdown, it was the slightly anticlimatic ending This is obviously a book that will force you to read the upcoming sequel to find out what happens next Therefore, if you are a person who likes books being 100% nicely wrapped up, you might have to search elsewhere.I didn t find any spelling errors, typos, or plot holes per se, but there is a paragraph long sentence early in the novel that was really clunky and hard to understand I think it was around the 903 point in the kindle file.While I am a bit biased against this particular book genre, my personal quips should not deter people from reading an otherwise very entertaining story filled with scum and villainry I award this book 4 1 2 stars flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 13, 2019 Kristen rated it it was amazing Full review is here on my blog The city of Araxes is most well known for the thousands of indentured dead that populate it Half a copper coin and some of the water of the Nyx river are enough to bind the soul of a person who died of some sort of trauma to whomever holds half of the copper coin used in the ritual The rich of Araxes collect these coins, and their shades, and use them as slaves for anything from housecleaning to building and so on.This is the story of Caltro Basalt, who is a mas Full review is here on my blog The city of Araxes is most well known for the thousands of indentured dead that populate it Half a copper coin and some of the water of the Nyx river are enough to bind the soul of a person who died of some sort of trauma to whomever holds half of the copper coin used in the ritual The rich of Araxes collect these coins, and their shades, and use them as slaves for anything from housecleaning to building and so on.This is the story of Caltro Basalt, who is a master locksmith read thief who is hired by a mysterious stranger to come to the city of Araxes for an unspecified job Of course, with Araxes being what it is, he barely makes it halfway to his destination within the city before he s murdered, enslaved, and then sold to a wealthy noblewoman.We see this story from several points of view, as different things are going on in different areas of the city We see it from Boss Temsa, who is the leader of the soulstealers who killed and enslaved Caltro He s trying to move up in the world We see it from Nilith, who is a woman dragging a corpse behind her across the desert She s looking to get it to Araxes and bind the soul within to her before the time she has to do so runs out We see it from Sisine, the Empress in Waiting, who is currently the voice of the emperor, her father, who has locked himself in his sanctuary in order to protect himself from people who want to kill him to take the throne She s uh looking to kill him to take the throne _ Caltro s POV is the only one of these that is in first person, and I have had a pretty good string of books with narration like this in a row, so I m pretty used to it by now It gives a little something to the story that makes it definitely center around Caltro, while still having other characters bringing their own exploits into the overall story I m finding that I really like stories that are told in this way lately, so I thought this was very well done I thought this was a fantastically written story, with plenty of twists and turns, grim happenings but also humorous parts as well I liked Caltro and cared what happened to him in the end even though he s dead The ending left me absolutely clamoring for , so I m lucky that Grim Solace comes out soon This review is based on a review copy flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Miriam Michalak rated it really liked it Well, that sure as shit wasn t Casper the Friendly Ghost haha Review to follow, loved it flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2018 Dann rated it liked it Chasing Graves is the start of a brand new trilogy written by Ben Galley The Heart of Stone and the Emaneska series and is set in the eerie realm of the Far Reaches To say that the concept of Chasing Graves is grimdark would be an understatement There is monetised slaughter, slavery, and torture, two of which occur beyond the grave For in Araxes, the jewel of the Arctian Empire, even the dead do not rest, especially the shades hooked to their masters leashes Galley s novel revolves around Chasing Graves is the start of a brand new trilogy written by Ben Galley The Heart of Stone and the Emaneska series and is set in the eerie realm of the Far Reaches To say that the concept of Chasing Graves is grimdark would be an understatement There is monetised slaughter, slavery, and torture, two of which occur beyond the grave For in Araxes, the jewel of the Arctian Empire, even the dead do not rest, especially the shades hooked to their masters leashes Galley s novel revolves around the master locksmith Caltro Basalt, a wily bastard that is brought to Araxes after receiving an unusual letter requesting the almighty locksmith s presence However, as he arrives to the City of Countless Souls, Caltro is killed and sold into slavery Continue the review here flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 David Hambling rated it it was amazing Chasing Graves takes us to Araxes, City of Countless Souls, a city built on the labour of a slave underclass ghosts The wonderful premise is that, under the right circumstances, ghosts can be bound and forced to serve a master, becoming the property of others and the basis of the city s fantastic wealth On this highly original foundation, Galley has done some entertaining world building, and the multiple storylines weave around the various levels of the city a warrior who has just murdered h Chasing Graves takes us to Araxes, City of Countless Souls, a city built on the labour of a slave underclass ghosts The wonderful premise is that, under the right circumstances, ghosts can be bound and forced to serve a master, becoming the property of others and the basis of the city s fantastic wealth On this highly original foundation, Galley has done some entertaining world building, and the multiple storylines weave around the various levels of the city a warrior who has just murdered her husband and is hauling his corpse over the desert in order to bind his ghost, a thief who has just become part of the workforce of ghost slaves, and some powerful individuals plotting to overthrow the existing order There are fights, intrigues, murders and , with lashing of local colour.This would all go for nothing if it were not for Galley s assured prose style, which supports the wondrous imaginative superstructure like a well forged metaphor.Chasing Graves is a highly original and very readable work if it has one flaw it is that there is no closure in the storylines, we are very much in episode 1 with nothing resolved for any of the protagonists But the quality of this first volume should have readers reaching for the sequel flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Paul rated it really liked it Galley has created a first book with a rising plot arc, one that has in no way reached its climax, but has placed all the pieces ready for a rollicking second book A couple shocking reveals in the final pages of Chasing Graves create much anticipation for Grim 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        Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada Since publishing his debut The Written in 2010, Ben has released a range of award winning fantasy novels, including the weird western Bloodrush and the epic standalone The Heart of Stone He is also the author of the brand new Chasing Graves Trilogy.When he isn t conjuring up strange new stories or ar Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada Since publishing his debut The Written in 2010, Ben has released a range of award winning fantasy novels, including the weird western Bloodrush and the epic standalone The Heart of Stone He is also the author of the brand new Chasing Graves Trilogy.When he isn t conjuring up strange new stories or arguing the finer points of magic and dragons, Ben works as a self publishing consultant, helping fellow authors from around the world to publish their books.Ben enjoys exploring the Canadian wilds and sipping Scotch single malts, and will forever and always play a dark elf in The Elder Scrolls One day he hopes to live in an epic treehouse in the mountains.Ben can be found on Twitter or vlogging on YouTube BenGalley, or loitering on Facebook and Instagram BenGalleyAuthor You can also get a free eBook copy of his epic fantasy The Written at bengalley


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    1. Here lies Araxes, City of Countless Souls, where death is the pretty shitty beginning of a whole new life , comprised immediately and forever of servitude and toil No perks No escape No food. For newly dead Caltro Basalt, this means being late for a very important date, a mysterious appointment in the Cloudpiercer Instead, his murder takes him on another path, no less dangerous, with stakes higher than life or death and deadly enough to topple than kings Power over souls may be e Here l [...]


    2. I have loved other books by Ben Galley so when I was in a reading slump I decided to jump around in my reading order to get to this one, hoping for a little boost This was the correct decision, it jump started my love of reading again.The opening of this is a very short prelude and the first thing that struck me was how atmospheric it was, it s very descriptive without falling into the purple prose trap where it s overdone I felt the heat of the desert, smelled the decaying bodies, and was t I h [...]


    3. A big thanks to Ben Galley for providing an ARC of Chasing Graves, in exchange for an honest review Spoiler free review Please note that the quotes in this review are taken from the ARC edition and may change in the published edition.You can find this and at Novel Notions.When Ben Galley revealed the cover of Chasing Graves and after hearing that it was an Egyptian mythology inspired fantasy, I knew I had to read the book My only experience with Galley s writing before CG was with The He [...]


    4. I deeply enjoyed Galley s Heart of Stone This guy knows how to grab the reader s attention Once I learned about his new book, I put it near the top of my TBR list How could I say no to an early ARC of Chasing Graves You re right I couldn t.The story is nuanced, dark and complex A master locksmith, Caltro Basalt, dies a gruesome death on his first night at Araxes He won t enjoy eternal rest though Soulstealers led by Boss Boran Temsa turn him into a Shade a ghost slave and sell him [...]


    5. Although I haven t read many works by Ben Galley, his previous SPFBO entry Heart of Stone is one of my favorite standalone novels I ve read this year It presented a world ravaged by war, with an enslaved golem bound to serve and massacre under various generals throughout the centuries The story offered an intriguing take on enslavement and the sacrifices made when one s fate is trapped and bound to another Galley explores similar themes of enslavement in his latest novel, Chasing Graves, book Al [...]


    6. Firstly, I d like to thank the author for giving me an advanced copy of this book I was so intrigued with the concept of an original fantasy world built with an Egyptian flavor that it was instantly pushed to the top of my TBR I am so glad for this decision Chasing Graves is a deliciously dark tale of treachery, secrets and murder filled with a cast of truly detestable characters whose intentions cannot ever be taken at face value The only drawback of reading the first installment of a se [...]


    7. Dark, tense and surprisingly hilarious, Chasing Graves is the accomplished opening novel in an exciting new trilogy.


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