Dead Weight: The Tombs (A tale of the Faerie War) by M Todd Gallowglas
Review by Louise Ryan
Book Overview (blurb) by Louise Ryan
So you have decided to see what this story is all about? Let me explain something. Do you see the thing in your hand? The thing that you are reading this on? You can feel it, right? In your hand. It’s not a part of you but it’s so close to you, you could kiss it if you wanted to. That’s how close they are to us. That’s how close their world is to ours. The Seelie and Unseelie Fey. They can see in. They can cross over and they want what’s ours. The Great Faerie War is over. Our world has been left devestated. There are still a few gates left open and they are not finished with us yet. Conventional weapons had no effect. How then did we fight them? How will we fight them again? The people on the fringes of society, the Artists, Writers, Dancers, Performers. Those whom are a part of this world and yet, always seeming to be stepping somewhere else. Those are our weapon. Those are the ones who can change the course of history. They are our salvation. But are they enough?
This is the first of what will be a series of books. So that being said their is a lot of back story here. The story runs at a fairly fast and at times confusing pace.
This is the story of a man named Boy Scout. He is a Bard. A true writer of stories. With the power to see things as they are and as they were. To see the ultimate truth. And it is a terrible power. After years spending his days trying to block out who and what he is, with drugs and drink. He is rudely thrust back into the world. Having to pick up the fight without knowing why or what’s going on. The confusion he feels crosses over to the reader very well, this is because, like him, you don;t really know what’s going on. But unlike him, you don;t know what’s happened either.
I did enjoy this book. The fast pace was fun and the battle scenes and his companion were exciting and enthralling. But the back story is so very fragmented that it’s hard to peice together what’s happened or how things got this way. There are tantalising glimpses and parts of a story that sound and feel delicious in it’s complexity but never quite enough. You never really get the how, or why. You are left to guess what’s going on and why and it is frustrating. Not frustrating enough to put down the book. But frustrating enough to be screaming at the end “HOW? how could you leave it here? What happened? WHY? What’s going on?!” I did enjoy this book (even though I wish it was longer) and I can’t wait to read the next one.