The Incorruptibles, by John Hornor Jacobs 

25246213In a land built on steampunk contraptions and demonic beings, The Incorruptibles mixes the dangerous ingenuity and extravagance of ancient Rome, with the hard corruption of the wild west. Along with a dash of fantasy, this cross-genre novel harbours both ingenuity and intrigue.

‘The Hardscrabble Territories’ are an unforgiving land, filled with all manner of terrors, where roughened men seek solace for their sins in the fiery depths of the bottle. Damnation is not only rife, but physically apparent, as demon spawn and hell fire fuel mankind’s greed. Jacobs’ gritty western dialect and fluid description creates a harsh yet vivid world of ever-present hardship.

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The Axe and the Throne (Bounds of Redemption Book 1), by M.D. Ireman

This novel certainly follows in the successful wake of Game of Thrones. Embracing the intricate, cruel and conniving political aspects of a fictional Middle ages historical setting, Ireman masterfully manipulates an intricate narrative. With a large array of characters, it takes some time to remember each of them and their place within the novel, however once this knowledge is attained what follows is an exciting variety of narratives, each as compelling as the last.

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