24 February 2015

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams [book review]

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The Iron Ghost
By Jen Williams
Published by Headline
ARC - 538 pages
Published 26th February 2015
Review copy from publisher

In a nutshell


The Iron Ghost picks up a few months from where The Copper Promise left off.

Our heroes - Wydrin, Frith and Sebastian - are called to the town of Skaldshallow, whose people have had a priceless artifact stolen from them by their enemy.

What begins as a heist soon turns into something much bigger, much darker and much more taxing than any of them could have guessed.

Old enemies, armies of monsters and the very spirit of the mountains band together to stop something long-dead from regaining power.


What worked


I absolutely adore Williams' characters. Frith, Sebastian and Wydrin are all fundamentally broken in some way, and they all have to overcome this to battle something much bigger than themselves.

Wydrin most of all encompasses the spirit of the novel - she's a hard hitting badass that likes to quaff mead, get into a scrap and curse a blue streak all in the name of a good time.

With so many grim-dark fantasies coming out of the woodwork, The Iron Ghost is a breath of fresh air that shows us that's okay to have a bit of fun in your fantasy world.

That's not to say that it's filled with frivolity. Williams really kicks it up a notch when it comes to smacking you in the face with death, destruction, loss and terror.

There's a scene in particular that reminds me of Ocarina of Time, where adult Link first leaves the Temple of Time and is faced with the ReDead. Gave me the heebie-jeebies.


What didn't work


There's a lot more happening in this book than in The Copper Promise, and while the story doesn't suffer for it, it felt like there should have been more time dedicated to some supporting characters to make them truly sympathetic.


In short


Williams gives a new lease of life to a genre that has become saturated with grit and darkness. The Iron Ghost makes fantasy fun again, but isn't afraid to punch you in the gut every now and again. An absolute delight to read, and I can't wait for the next one to fall into my lap.

Recommended for ...


Anyone who likes having fun when they sit down to read a fantasy. Even if you're a grumpy sod who's all about darkness and doom in your books, lighten up a little and give this a go. 


Want more? Check out my review of The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
Also take a look at my interview with Jen Williams


About Jamie
Jamie Gibbs is a life-long geek and leans towards anything with sorcery, dragons or obscure pop culture references.
You can follow him on at @mithrilwisdom for a daily dose of fanboy discourse.

16 February 2015

It's like all our Christmases have come at once - LEGO Doctor Who is coming

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You might want to hold on to something, because things are about to get pretty damn real all up in here.

You might already know about LEGO Ideas (formally LEGO CUUSOO) - a place where fans can submit ideas for peer review with a chance of being made into real sets by LEGO.

This is where the fantastic LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 came from.

In their most recent review, LEGO announced that they would be brickifying another beloved geek franchise.

LEGO Doctor Who is coming.

This is so exciting I can't even.


Designer Andrew Clarke created "Doctor Who and Companions" that featured models of the Fourth and Tenth Doctors, the TARDIS, the Daleks, K-9 and a Weeping Angel.

In true TARDIS fashion, it's bigger on the inside with an internal console that attaches to the TARDIS frame (which opens up).

BBC have given it their official thumbs up, so all that needs to be worked out is the specific scenes/characters, pricing and a release date.

Based on previous models, I'd expect this to be in the range of £40, and will be released later this year (probably in time for Season 9).

On a sidenote, I really hope LEGO release a minifigure set of all the Doctors. I would do questionable things to get my hands on that.

What geeky franchise would you like to see get the LEGO treatment?


About Jamie
Jamie Gibbs is a life-long geek and leans towards anything with sorcery, dragons or obscure pop culture references.
You can follow him on at @mithrilwisdom for a daily dose of fanboy discourse.

14 February 2015

Sherlock Love Letter - the perfect Valentine's geek gift

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If you're a fan of the card game Love Letter, you'll probably know that there a metric crap-ton of different versions available, ranging from the RPG Legend of the Five Rings to Munchkin to Batman.

So, seeing as it's Valentine's Day, how about a version of Love Letter for that special someone who also happens to be a Sherlockian.

Ladies and gents, I present to you Sherlock Love Letter:

Soldier (John Watson), Clown (Philip Anderson), Knight (Greg LeStrade)

Priestess (Mrs. Hudson), Wizard (Molly Hooper), General (Mycroft Holmes)

Minister (Irene Adler), Princess (James Moriarty), Prince (Sherlock Holmes)


The card titles and rules descriptions I took from the Love Letter: Kanai Factory Edition, so they may be slightly different from what you might already know.

I've uploaded all of these to Dropbox if you fancy using them:

Download Sherlock Love Letter cards

Enjoy, fellow geeks!


Sherlock is owned by The Conan Doyle Estate and BBC Worldwide. Love Letter is owned by Alderac Games. I make no attempt to claim copyright over any of this - I'm just a fan who put the two together. Don't sue me; I already have no money.


About Jamie
Jamie Gibbs is a life-long geek and leans towards anything with sorcery, dragons or obscure pop culture references.
You can follow him on at @mithrilwisdom for a daily dose of fanboy discourse.

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