Black Halo by Sam Sykes — book review

Black Halo: Aeon’s Gate Book 2 by Sam Sykes. Gollancz ‘12.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Second in the series, Black Halo certainly continues the furious and exhilarating journey that book one of Aeon’s Gate started. Lenk and his group of deliciously dangerous adventurers are still struggling to focus on the quest rather than on beating each other to a pulp in the most interesting ways they can find. Scattered and stranded, dark forces work against them testing their bond with every step.

Sykes writes with fantastic insight into the human psyche and Lenk is a compelling protagonist. Tormented by the voices in his head and taunted by the Tome, he is tested beyond the realms of the physical and forced to consider that his past, present and future may not be all he expected.

The main strength in Black Halo lies in its characterisation and its ability to have the reader empathising with the most unlikely of creatures and their desires. It races off from the start and as the journey continues you find yourself wishing for a longer book. The writing is visually rich and the demon-plagued world becomes more intriguing with every gruesome argument and each new threat. Deadly weapons, raw magic and star-crossed haters breathe life into an energetic writing style that engages to the end.

Black Halo: Aeon’s Gate Book 2 by Sam Sykes. Gollancz ‘12.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Second in the series, Black Halo certainly continues the furious and exhilarating journey that book one of Aeon’s Gate started. Lenk and his group of deliciously dangerous adventurers are still struggling to focus on the quest rather than on beating each other to a pulp in the most interesting ways they can find. Scattered and stranded, dark forces work against them testing their bond with every step.

Sykes writes with fantastic insight into the human psyche and Lenk is a compelling protagonist. Tormented by the voices in his head and taunted by the Tome, he is tested beyond the realms of the physical and forced to consider that his past, present and future may not be all he expected.

The main strength in Black Halo lies in its characterisation and its ability to have the reader empathising with the most unlikely of creatures and their desires. It races off from the start and as the journey continues you find yourself wishing for a longer book. The writing is visually rich and the demon-plagued world becomes more intriguing with every gruesome argument and each new threat. Deadly weapons, raw magic and star-crossed haters breathe life into an energetic writing style that engages to the end.