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Publisher's Summary

In the ancient city of Guerdon, three thieves - an orphan, a ghoul and a cursed man - are accused of a crime they didn't commit. Their quest for revenge exposes a perilous conspiracy, the seeds of which were sown long before they were born.

A centuries-old magical war is on the verge of reigniting, and in the tunnels deep below the city, a malevolent power stirs. Only by standing together can the three friends prevent a conflict that would bring total devastation to their city - and the world beyond.

Set in a world of dark gods and dangerous magic, The Gutter Prayer is thrilling and visceral debut fantasy from an exciting new talent.

©2018 Gareth Hanrahan (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"A ground breaking and extraordinary novel...Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination." (Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones)

"Beautifully written. Gripping. Guerdon is the city of my dreams." (Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives)

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Great characters and world

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Read it
⭐ Don't bother

Story: Average
Characters: Great
World: Great

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I really enjoyed this early on. I thought the main characters and the world were great, and some action scenes kept up the tension leaving me wondering what next. In spite of this though I still dropped off the story and it took me longer to finish than I would have liked. This is still a book I would recommend to read, it deserves to be on your 2019 tbr pile as I do believe it has the potential to build into something good.

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John Banks does a solid job. You can tell he has experience, the characters aren't over or under done and the pacing is good. No problems here.

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I like this cover, it's artistic style lends to the setting and the blue tones accentuate the mood. Although I will admit while listening I did imagine all the scenes to have blue hues.

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  • Dermot Canniffe
  • 11-02-2019

A stunning work!

This book is an incredible work of genre-defying literature, utterly gripping from start to finish!

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  • Chris Wigley
  • 11-02-2019

a gripping and grimy ride

A rare treat. a fantastic and fresh setting coupled with a breezy exciting plot. The plots moves at a breakneck pace yet never feels like it has been cut short. the characters are (in) believable and it's great to read a book where horrible and monstrous protagonists are explored in their full file detail. The setting is pleasingly drip-fed to the reader. Zero info dumps. it's only February but I feel this may well be a contender for my favourite book i read this year.

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  • Simon Collins
  • 28-04-2019

Excellent opening book

A fantastic opening book with hints of China Mieville and the Shadows of Esteren RPG but definitely finding its own voice and tone. Almost hallucinogenic in its description of magic, evocative of the unique visionary setting blending fantasy with an almost Edwardian feel, Gareth Hanrahan has a real winner here and I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 19-02-2021

Just kind of average

This isn't going to be the longest of reviews, mostly because I just never really felt pulled in or attached to this in any way. I wasn't a fan of the second person narrative opening as that really didn't seem as though it added anything or was needed in anyway by the story as a whole. If I'm left feeling a tad cold by the opening it will take a while for a book to warm me up again and The Gutter Prayer never really managed to get anywhere close to doing that.

The characters, each of them interesting and unique in their own way, certainly should have made me feel something for them. But I just never felt attached to any of them. I found some of them intriguing, but it was more of a passing interest than a 'I have to learn more about these people'. I'm not sure what it was that just left me feeling incredibly inert as far as enthusiasm went with this particular book. It might have been the writing style, which I didn't ever think hit me with that rush of adrenaline that I enjoy so much from reading. It could also have just been that it was a 'it's me not you' as far things went with this book. 

It's a strange thing to say, but I feel it applies well. It had so many awesome things going for it: interesting characters, a good world with inhabitants that were incredibly unique (Tallow Men for instance). I'd say, as far as interesting and inventive creatures go, it rivals the Raven's Mark series by Ed McDonald.

Yet for all the good things it had going for it, I just couldn't get invested in it in the way I should be able to with a good book. So that's where I'll leave this review (and the Black Iron Legacy series). For me it just felt a tad average to really get stuck into and to ever really want to delve deeper with.

The narration, whilst good, was never really anything special. Some of the voices were a bit samey whereas some really fit characters well. I'd say the overall story and performance were pretty much 3 out of 5 each.

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  • Jonathan Homer
  • 06-12-2019

Different

Off to a good start and then something slipped towards the end of the book, it lost subtlety.

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  • Paula
  • 31-10-2019

Pacy, exciting and imaginative

This story starts with a quick pace, introducing sharp characters with depth and dimension- it is pulsing with dark energy and heady ideas and the narrator brings the story and characters to life - Very much looking forward to the next book!

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  • Brendan Gaughan
  • 05-10-2019

Excellent

I really loved this book. The worldbuiding and characters were gripping and the story was unputdownable

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  • Poppey
  • 11-06-2019

On the Slow Side

This is a story mainly about a runaway, a drifter, Cari: Rat, a Ghoul and Spar, a Stone Man. Three people who chance has brought together and whose friendship will endure.

This book has many good reviews. However, I found it to be very slow and hard going. If it had not been for the good narration, I would probably not have finished it.

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