Death’s Keep tells the story of Lokk, a young thief living in Kartos, a bustling city nestled in the shadow of the Dark Temple. The priests - the Devout - rarely pass beyond the walls of the temple, and when they do, it is only to escort the recently condemned to the dungeons and collect the dead.
Life in Kartos is harsh, but Lokk has managed to survive... so far.
He is about to enter the realms of evil, of gods and mortals. A world where fate has no master, and where those who pass through the temple gates do not return.
My thoughts on Death’s Keep…
It was the book’s title and blurb that attracted me to Death’s Keep, and upon turning to the first page I wasn’t disappointed. There is a very brief prologue, which I didn’t feel aided the story in any way, but the first chapter did a great job of hauling me into the story.
Death’s Keep is quick to orientate the reader with Kartos, the regulations the residents live by and the hardship experienced. As early as page one, scene descriptions and character introductions introduce the reader to Lokk, engaging in what he does best. Everything is told from the protagonist’s perspective, guiding the reader into the story at a steady pace. The telling of backstory is subtle, and at no time did I feel overwhelmed with information, despite there being a variety of people and places. Each paragraph moves the story forward, and there is a good balance of action, internal thoughts and descriptions.
Lokk is a likable and well developed character, a feeling I found strengthened as the story progressed. Without giving any of the story away, I did find some of the scenes quite vivid (I missed the ‘horror‘ part when grabbing the sample). It is a dark story, and a very good read, with an ample supply of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
The writing is of a high standard and has been very well edited. The narrative voice entices the reader to engage with the story. The level of foreshadowing in Death’s Keep is very good and I able to work out where the story was going just prior to it being revealed. View Spoiler »There was one sudden surprise the reader wasn’t prepared for, but it didn’t spoil the book as a whole. « Hide Spoiler
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. I read beyond the sample length and fully intend to buy the second book – Sons of Stone
3.8 rating based on 64 ratings (all editions)
This is a story of Gods and mortals, of life and death, of a world where fate has no master.
This is the Book of Lokk.
The city of Kartos is a dark, cruel place, and its winding streets lie within the Black Temple’s great shadow. The Devout, the priests of the temple, rarely leave its towering walls, but when they do it is only to collect the dead or to lead the city’s condemned back to the dungeons.
And those who enter do not return.
It is common knowledge among the Kartosi that the Temple is to be avoided at all costs, and even the corrupt upper caste of the city bows to its will. Lokk, a young thief oblivious to the machinations of the Temple and its puppets, is about to enter a world where evil knows no bounds.