Iron Angel by Alan Campbell
The chained city of Deepgate is now in ruins, and the spine militia are trying to halt the exodus of panicking citizens with brutal force. Rachel and the angel Dill are dragged off to the Temple torture chambers, but strange things start to happen as a foul red mist rises from the abyss beneath the city....
Alan Campbell continues the Deepgate trilogy started in Scar Night, in this the second book – Iron Angel. This tells the continuing story of Rachel and Dill as they escape from prison and embark upon a dangerous journey across the Deadsands to the faraway lands of Pandmeria, Coreollis and the depths of Hell itself.
I must confess I have avoided this book for a little while now after reading Scar Night. The setting of Scar Night was monumentally impressive, although the other key areas of storytelling were sadly lacking. Of course, true to form, this book proved a whole lot better than Scar Night.
We finally get to see some of the background history touched upon in Scar Night. This reveals itself in the overlying theme of this book, which tells of the upcoming war between the Armies of Hell, and those of Earth, led by the Ulcis Brothers. The Ulcis Brothers have dispatched Copsinol, God of the Sea, and his trusted servant, John Anchor, to close up the hole opened by Dill and Rachel in Scar Night.
The book is separated into three parts. The first part being particularly entertaining and a fun read. This is partly due to its strong characterisation and not such an over reliance on setting a vivid and rich scene. The scene setting is certainly impressive, though not to the exclusion of the whole story. We are introduced to more characters, namely the Gods themselves, and their minions. I found John Anchor particularly engaging, servant to Copsinol, God of the Sea, and I am looking forward to his involvement in the third book. The way he pulls the ship along by rope is the stuff of legend.
The second part tells of the journey through hell. This is told slightly differently and again Campbell uses his skill in creating a rich canvass. Whilst not as detailed as Scar Night, there were occasions when I struggled through this section. Although in the end, I overcame these difficulties.
Dill seemed to shrink back into his old character after overcoming his fear at the end of Scar Night. This part is also particularly gory and Campbell creates a world reminiscent of Dante’s hell. The third part inevitably brings the whole book together ready for the final instalment in the Deepgate Codex.
All in all this is a far more accomplished book than its predecessor. The writing has improved and the whole aspect of telling a story is greatly expanded upon. The second part can be occasionally difficult. This is possibly due to the total change of pace and tone from the excellent first part. The world is vastly bigger and this helps the vivid scenery become more balanced and not focussed on one area. The actual storyline has great potential and has left me looking forward to completing this trilogy. At this pace Campbell will soon be a very skilled storyteller.
This Iron Angel book review was written by Allan Fisher
All reviews for: Deepgate Codex Trilogy
Deepgate Codex Trilogy: Book 1
Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge or re...
Deepgate Codex Trilogy: Book 2
Have you read Iron Angel?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Iron Angel reader reviews
Lynn from US
Fantastic series. I have read all of the Deepgate novels and love Dill. Are you continuing the series? I want to read more about him.
9.3/10 from 2 reviews
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Perdido Street Station
The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world. Humans and mutants and arcane races throng the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the rive...
The Anubis Gates
Brendan Doyle is a twentieth-century English professor who travels back to 1810 London to attend a lecture given by English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is a...
The City and the City
When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Besźel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks like a routine case for Inspector T...
The Difference Engine
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time with Charles Babbage's perfection of his Analytical Engine. The Industrial Revolution, supercharged by the developm...
A colossal fantasy of incredible diversity and spellbinding imagination. A human cargo bound for servitude in exile... A pirate city hauled across the oceans... A hidden mi...
The Aeronaut's Windlass
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have rule...
The Mensch with No Name
Edward M Erdelac
The Merkabah Rider continues his journey across the American Southwest of 1880 in search of the renegade teacher who destroyed his mystic Jewish order in the second volume ...
The Shadow Conspiracy
1816, the year without a summer. A group of geniuses descended on Geneva and, in an attempt to save the body and mind of Lord Byron, perform dreadful and forbidden experime...
The Weavers of Saramyr
An evil that comes from within the empire's centre, a sect of magicians close to the throne intent on killing any child born with magical powers. But now the empress ha...
The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats
Sir Richard Francis Burton's expedition has returned from the future, bringing with it knowledge of technologies that must remain secret if history is to proceed as it ...
A young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is ru...
The Good, the Bad and the Infernal
One day every hundred years, a town appears, its location and character different every time. It is home to the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven it...
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man
A clockwork man is abandoned in Trafalgar Square. A ghost displays a craving for diamonds. A lost aristocrat returns ten years after being lost at sea and instigates riots ...
With his patients dead and his genetic research in tatters, Dr. Anton Springmann fled his homeland as a fugitive, taking a one-way diesel ship to New Alania. But within hou...
Edward M Erdelac
The last of an ancient order of Jewish mystics capable of extraplanar travel, The Merkabah Rider roams a demon haunted American West in search of his renegade teacher. But ...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Best of 2016
Journey to the Black City
On an Earth that is very much like our own, the civilizations of ancient man have been crushed; the giant glaciers that cover the northern part of the globe continue, even now...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
When Vivian is evacuated from London in 1939, she expects to be staying in the countryside. Instead, she is whisked away to Time City – a place that exists outside time and space. It is a strange and remarkable place, where technology rules – yet important events of both past and future are marked by the appearance of mysterious Time...
The Guns of Empire
As the roar of the guns subsides and the smoke of battle clears, the country of Vordan is offered a fragile peace... After their shattering defeats at the hands of brillian...
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth....
Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasu...
For Kivrin Engle, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the four...
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures...