Chris Humphreys: Smoke in the Glass (review)

Smoke in the Glass: Immortals’ Blood Book One (Immortal’s Blood)

Smoke in the Glass: Immortals' Blood Book One (Immortal's Blood) by [Humphreys, Chris]

A thrilling new dark fantasy series about immortality, war and survival, from the bestselling historical author Chris (CC) Humphreys

Three lands, peopled by humans and immortals. In Corinthium a decadent endlessly-lived elite run the world for profit and power. But when a poor, honest solider dies, and is reborn, everything changes. In wintry Midgarth, where immortals are revered as deities, one of them has realized that something – or someone – is killing the gods. And in Ometepe there is only one immortal, for he has murdered every other. Until one woman gives birth to a very special baby.Yet there is a fourth, hidden land, where savage tribes have united under the prophecy of ‘the One’: a child who is neither boy nor girl. Now they plan to conquer the world. Unless a broken soldier, a desperate mother and a crippled god can stop them…

Review

Chris Humphreys is an excellent writer (under the name CC Humphreys), every book i have read has been a pleasure and added to the amazing group of authors from Canada. So when i heard about Smoke in the Glass and that it was his first Fantasy title i was somewhat excited…. But somehow with that excitement waning i found myself about 15 pages in thinking…”who is this? it doesn’t feel like the writing i’ve experienced before.

There is a very good reason for that….. this is a whole new world, with some very complex lands and civilizations and on rereading i could see where the author had been trying to impart as much detail as he could without it being just an info dump, it was an unexpected style .. very quickly after that realization the story started to develop and i could see how the author was building its peoples and lands and magic, all with more than one underlying plot, who are the beings who bestowed immortality? why is it so random who becomes immortal? why does someone want to tear down the natural order? can the Elite be tumbled? and so much more.

like me many will assign similar (real) nations/ myths to the lands described. My Fav character so far is Luck, who has some of the Imp Tyrion about him, and who doesn’t love the imp.

After my initial jitters with the new style from this author i found myself quickly lost in the story’s rich tapestry, the characters as with all of this authors books are amazing, he has the ability to make them very real and very personable and before you know it you have become attached to them on a emotional level. wrapped around all of that comes a very new and original landscape, and a story-line that will certainly stand out from the rest, I’ve no idea what length the series arc will have but it has the potential to be an epic and long series if the author wanted it. Normally i would say a book from this author is very character led, and it is… but then its also plot driven and magic driven… it just has so many original ideas that what he has ended up with is a very exciting and interesting plot, great people and great lands… and what will be a hugely exciting series.

The hardest thing for this book will be fantasy readers taking the leap, trying a new author in their genre… and they really should, i’ve known a couple of other authors make this leap and their amazing books sink unknown… lets try and make sure this one doesn’t, id like to see how it pans out… and also if you have not picked up Gates of Stone add that to your list also… as readers we always want something new and exciting… these books both are, so pass the word.

(Parm)

Series

French Executioner
1. The French Executioner (2002)
2. Blood Ties (2003)
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Jack Absolute
1. Jack Absolute (2003)
2. The Blooding of Jack Absolute (2004)
3. Absolute Honour (2006)
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Runestone Saga (as by Chris Humphreys)
1. The Fetch (2006)
2. Vendetta (2007)
3. Possession (2008)
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Captain Coke
1. Plague (2014)
2. Fire (2016)
Plague / Fire (omnibus) (2018)
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Roxy Loewen Mystery
1. Chasing the Wind (2018)
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Novels
Vlad (2008)
The Hunt of the Unicorn (2011)
A Place Called Armageddon (2011)
Shakespeare’s Rebel (2013)
The Curse of Anne Boleyn (2015)
The Hunt of the Dragon (2016)
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