Monday, 26 October 2015

REVIEW: Keith Deininger - Marrow's Legacy (The Godgame #0)

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: A Meridian Codex Book
Publication Date: 1st October 2015
Pages: 68


A copy of Marrow’s Legacy (The Godgame #0) was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author Keith Deininger in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This is A Meridian Codex book.

Stories of fantastical proportions, set in an imaginary world that couldn’t exist, written by an author who specialises in the dark stuff. Why wouldn’t I have wanted to pick this up and read it? Especially after reading some of the blurb for it. It sounded right up my street. I was delighted when this copy arrived from Mr Deininger and couldn’t wait to get stuck right into it!

Eli lives in “The Machine” with his wife Nora and their daughter Pia. Everything they do in their daily lives is in dedication to The Machine. They have to worship its very existence and anything contrary to this is blasphemy.

On a day like any other, something strange happens. A strange device in the cathedral in Sector One, starts to make a ringing noise. When it is picked up, a man’s voice repeatedly asks to speak to Eli. When Eli is brought to it, the voice tells him “the flood is coming”.

Eli has no idea what this means. He wonders, though, if it has anything to do with the box his father gave him many years before and if he will find the answers he needs there. Changes are coming and Eli must prepare for the flood.

So this is a prologue to Mr Deininger’s huge fantasy tale The Godgame. A prologue so large that it has its own book. It’s not a huge book. You will probably read it in a couple of hours. So what was it like?

With it being an introduction to the story there aren’t too many characters in this part to confuse you. Eli, Nora and Pia sound like any other family in The Machine. Eli and Nora are hardworking and attend the services to worship The Machine religiously. Pia is a little bit of a rebel and loves nothing more than visiting with Mr Wicker so he can tell her stories from the many books he keeps.

If her parents knew about this they would not be happy and the authorities would not be happy with Mr Wicker because all of the books would be considered blasphemous. He knows a lot of secrets but is yet to discover the answers to the important secrets. A few other characters you meet along the way are mainly priests within The Machine. They preach the gospels of their saviour and maintain that everything revolves around The Machine. Whilst keeping everything mysterious, all of the characters in this story play their parts very well in building that mystery and completely drawing you in to the story.

The plot? No idea yet. This is just a taster to whet your appetite for the main event. And whet your appetite it certainly does. It sounds like many other “future world” books or films you may have read or seen but is extremely effective in building a certain amount of tension and intrigue. Being a prologue, it gives absolutely nothing away other than the fact the flood is coming. You have no idea what “the flood” is and neither does Eli, but this story is perfect in grabbing you by the throat and not wanting to let go of you before you discover for yourself exactly what is going on.

To summarise: a prologue for the main event. Set in a fantastical world inside a huge machine, it is full of mystery and sets you up perfectly for an oncoming fantasy adventure that is sure to be both detailed and dark if Mr Deininger’s previous works are anything to go by.

General rating:

★★★★★ super introduction.

Fantasy rating:

★★★★★ full of mystery.

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Book Synopsis:

At the center of Meridian, deified by its citizens for countless generations—a vast compound of spires and interconnecting tunnels—the Machine, relentlessly, clanked on and on.

Within, among rumors of a horrible crime involving his childhood friend Ballard, Eli Sol lives a simple life as a maintenance worker, spending his days cleaning the endless corridors of the Machine. Eli is content and happy, with Nora, his wonderful wife, and Pia, his intelligent and imaginative daughter. But soon, following tragedy, Eli will be forced to confront a legacy passed down to him for innumerable generations. He will begin a journey that will take him away from everything he’s ever known, to a place filled with wonder…and death.

The Flood is coming…

An award-winning writer of fantastic and disturbing fiction, Keith Deininger is the author of several novels and novellas, including THE NEW FLESHWITHINMARROW'S PIT, and THE GODGAME series. He was raised in the American Southwest and currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, baby daughter Violet and four dogs.

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