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  • Author:
    Alan Campbell
  • ISBN:
    033044476X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0330444767
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  • Publisher:
    Bantam; New edition (2007)
  • Pages:
    550 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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Scar Night is the first book by Alan Campbell, and it most certainly shows. It is a decent first book with a ton of room for improvement.

Scar Night is the first book by Alan Campbell, and it most certainly shows. While the story works in some areas and shows promise in others, for the most part the world that the plot takes place in is what ruins this book. The concept is an interesting concept. I may read the next in the series if only to see if his writing improves and to see if the decaying angels make another appearance.

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One corner of the angel’s scarred lips twitched. He took a deep, hungry breath, and another, and then unfurled his wings and let the air gather under his feathers. Muscles in his back tightened

One corner of the angel’s scarred lips twitched. The Presbyter scrambled to his feet and bolted. Muscles in his back tightened. Blood rushed through his veins, reached into his outstretched wings.

Scar Night Book One of the Deepgate Codex by Alan Campbell 9780330444767 (Paperback, 2007) Delivery UK delivery is usually within 7 to 9 working days

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What kept me in the game were the facts that Scar Night has excellent prose, good description, good dialogue, and tremendous imagination. I think it was simply the characters that for the longest time didn't win me over. Eventually though the story sunk its hooks in me and I started to care a bit about the characters (and considerably more about what was going to happen).

Scar Night contains echoes of Paradise Lost, Gormenghast and TH White’s Once and Future King; one of Campbell’s characters even comes across as a more twisted version of Dumbledore, but you probably shouldn’t hold that against the book. It’s not perfect – there are a few too many snappy one-liners and some snatches of dialogue are better than others. But it’s quality fiction, and as the first in a sequence, it’s a hard act to follow. Jon Courtenay Grimwood.

For nine hundred generations, the city of Deepgate has hung suspended by giant chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss. In the unfathomable darkness below is said to reside the dread god Ulcis, ‘hoarder of souls’, with his army of ghosts

For nine hundred generations, the city of Deepgate has hung suspended by giant chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss. In the unfathomable darkness below is said to reside the dread god Ulcis, ‘hoarder of souls’, with his army of ghosts. At the hub of the city itself rises the Temple, in one of whose many crumbling spires resides a youthful angel, Dill, the last of his line.

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Find sources: "Alan Campbell" writer – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (January 2010) (Learn how and . Campbell's debut novel was Scar Night, the first of the Deepgate Codex trilogy, followed by Iron Angel in 2008, and God of Clocks in 2009

Find sources: "Alan Campbell" writer – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (January 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Alan Campbell (born 7 July 1971) is a Scottish fantasy novelist. Campbell's debut novel was Scar Night, the first of the Deepgate Codex trilogy, followed by Iron Angel in 2008, and God of Clocks in 2009. The novella Lye Street is a prequel to the series. Deepgate Codex series.

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AnnyMars
This wasn't a perfect book (what book is?) but I found I quite solidly enjoyed it. It was just long enough to be satisfying, and thankfully didn't run to 500 pages. (It wouldn't have sustained itself for so long.) The angels and the Gods and the city on chains are interesting conceits, and worked very well as a dark fantasy frame.

Some of the plot turns were rather obvious. Others weren't obvious, but I couldn't find much way to make sense of them. But these felt like minor stumbles. If they keep happening in the next book in the Deepgate Codex, I'll probably be much less forgiving. But right now-- so far so good.
Kaghma
It seems the biggest issue with this book is that Dill is not the protagonist.

Protagonists DO something in a book. The antagonist lays a "problem" down, and the protagonist fixes the problem. So in the most basic of terms, you need three things in a story: a protagonist, an antagonist, and a problem.

And that's the problem.

Rachel (the assassin) is the protagonist. She makes stuff happen.
Who's the antagonist? Devon. But he's just a pre-protagonist, there's another, larger one, out there. Which is confusing too, since there are ostensible two antagonists in this story, and they have NOTHING to do with each other!!

What's the "problem"?
A-ha! What is the problem that our protagonist needs to solve?
I'm not really sure, and Campbell never really tells you until late, late in the book. And even then, we're not sure what the problem is.

I read the entire book, but about halfway through it, I looked around at my room and said, "What's the point? What's the problem they are trying to solve?"
And I couldn't come up with one. Campbell was just giving us a "day in the life" account of some folks, but never really telling us what the main problem was.

So you have a bunch of characters running around doing stuff, but you don't know why.

Here's a tip: Let us know what the problem is early. That way we know the stakes. Oh, and pick a protagonist. I have started reading the 2nd book (Shame on me, right?) and Dill's even less involved in the story so far than he was in book one. So by that, I have to think Rachel is the protagonist.

Right?

Who's with me!!

(Oh and what are the chains attached to? Seriously!)
Alianyau
I purchased the British version of this because I couldn't wait for the US edition (the artwork on the jacket is superior, so glad I did). What a complexity of visions the writer's prose creates-- I was absolutely THERE, seeing that vast metropolis of Deepgate in all its foreboding and creepy realism, chills and thrills, ooo-weee loved it. I get extremely tired of all of the young man turns world do-gooder on some sort of impossible quest yet somehow has this magic crap he knows nothing about that allows him to save the universe blah blah stuff. This was wonderfully different, unique, off-the-wall, you know what I mean. When you're in a good book it sits there by your couch, sortof like a present waiting to be opened again, nothing better than a good bookie, except a freekin GREAT bookie and this is it. You truly must get this one. I would pay the extra though and opt for the British edition, you'll love the cover.
Chilele
For a first book this was excellent although if I could I might rate it 3.75 stars. I wont get into the plot or a rehash of the story since others have done it so well but I will say that I think Alan Campbell has great potential. Much of the book feels like a mix of other more popular authors but Alan does a great job building up his story and while his story and ending are somewhat predictable if was thoroughly enjoyable. I have already recommended this book to my friends and happily read through his sequel in a day (Iron Angel). I am looking forward to his next book.
Peles
Scar Night is the first book by Alan Campbell, and it most certainly shows. While the story works in some areas and shows promise in others, for the most part the world that the plot takes place in is what ruins this book.

The concept is an interesting concept. Fallen angels living in a chain city. The promise behind such a premise was enough to make me continue on and read to find out. But this is where the story begins to falter because of where the angels live. Two of them, a young angel and an immensely old angel, live in a city held together by chains above the abyss. This could be good as an intermediary to hell down below. The problem is that the city is held by chains, but it is connected to land. People live in squalor and fear, when all they have to do is walk away from the city and build their own community on land with deserts, trees, seas you name it. So what is the point of having a city suspended above the abyss? It makes no sense at all. Presumably because the city was put there to guard the abyss and as some sort of religious pretext for why their god chose that spot and built that city. But this is hard to get over, especially with an angry tribe marching to destroy the city.

Two other parts that ruin the book. A poisoner is somehow privy to exactly how Deepgate's military will fight and knows exactly how and what they will do militarily and politically. The logic behind this is just not there, leaving you with a flimsy reason to further the story. Finally the book culminates with a mad group of decaying angels (which, by the way, did have promise and it would have been much better if we would have seen more of them and what they could have done) flying after the two other angels out of the abyss. Yup, flying to the surface with no restrictions. So what is the point of staying in the abyss with no light, food or anything else except decaying flesh and dead bodies? None apparently, but it helped to facilitate the story so it was added to it.

I really can't say that I enjoyed Scar Night, although I won't necessarily go so far as to say it was horrible. It is a decent first book with a ton of room for improvement. I may read the next in the series if only to see if his writing improves and to see if the decaying angels make another appearance. Not a recommend.

2.5 stars.