Image of Nightwise


Image of Nightwise

Belcher’s relentlessly vivid imagination and brilliant prose drive this sensational noir urban fantasy novel, reminiscent of Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series. In Laytham Ballard, Belcher has created an ideal anti-hero: He’s constantly pursuing good by the meanest, most cutthroat ways possible, serving as a lightning rod in this world of dark spells and blood sacrifice, and he’s moving relentlessly toward a phenomenal magical and moral showdown. Belcher’s prose is clipped, brutal and beautiful by turns, bringing a striking artistry to an often violent, intense story that swiftly becomes addictive. One can only hope for Laytham Ballard’s quick return, as this is a book that is wholly addictive.

The occult world has never known a man quite like Laytham Ballard. With unrivalled power and razor-sharp cynicism, Ballard blends into the darkness in which he dwells, having long ago stopped thinking of himself as the hero of his story. But then a dying friend sends him on the hunt for Dusan Slorzack, the Serbian war criminal who destroyed his life — a man who has vanished beyond the reach of the Devil himself. Tracking him down will take every trick Ballard has ever learned, and destroying Slorzack may well claim the last of his soul. (TOR, Aug., 320 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown