Fans of either Abraham or Abercrombie-fans of fantasy full stop, in fact-will find lots to like in Smiler's Fair. Its setting, its narrative, its characters... all impress immensely, developed as they are with depth and discerning detail. In truth, the only complaint I'd make about the book is that there isn't more of it.
A little bit grimdark, a little bit epic, and a whole lot of incredible. If George R.R. Martin wrote The Night Circus,Smiler's Fair would be the result. Buy. It.
This book is magnificent!
We can judge other-world fantasy by the extent we want to return to it - and I can't wait to book my ticket back to the next episode of this outstanding, multi-stranded debut.
Little by little, as the narrative twists and turns, Levene reveals the depth and complexity of her created world and leaves the reader eager for the next instalment.
One of the best books this genre has to offer
I took it on trust that the second volume of The Hollow Gods would be brilliant. And it is!
Levene made a name for herself as a new generation fantasy writer, pulling up old tropes like weeds and planting the fresh, bright and compelling ideas that this genre needs to flourish.