312 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2020 by Galley Beggar Press.

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4 stars (7 reviews)

GOD IS DEAD, his corpse hidden in the catacombs beneath Mordew.

In the slums of the sea-battered city a young boy called Nathan Treeves lives with his parents, eking out a meagre existence by picking treasures from the Living Mud and the half-formed, short-lived creatures it spawns. Until one day his desperate mother sells him to the mysterious Master of Mordew.

The Master derives his magical power from feeding on the corpse of God. But Nathan, despite his fear and lowly station, has his own strength – and it is greater than the Master has ever known. Great enough to destroy everything the Master has built. If only Nathan can discover how to use it.

So it is that the Master begins to scheme against him – and Nathan has to fight his way through the betrayals, secrets, and vendettas of the city where God was murdered, and darkness reigns…

2 editions

reviewed Mordew by Alex Pheby (Cities of the Weft, #1)

Looking forward to the sequel

5 stars

Content warning May contain hints of some plot points/elements

Review of 'Mordew' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Based on the press reviews, I expected this to be more along the lines of Gormenghast or Senlin Ascends, but those comparisons seem superficial. While the book was very engaging - I blitzed right through it in a couple of days - it was not very substantial. There is little character development and the pacing of the plot doesn't leave much room for nuance or even atmosphere to develop: for stretches of the book it feels like a progression from "and then this happened" to "and then this happened". I was particularly struck later on the book at an interlude I assumed would be descriptive ended up being almost entirely expository.


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