Review: Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton

Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan NewtonNights of Villjamur
Mark Charan Newton
Tor UK, 2009 (U.K. June 5th, no U.S. date as far as I know)

This was by and large one of the best titles I’ve read this year. Had Tor U.K. not sent me an ARC for review I’d be converting my dollars into pounds and not regretting that fact for a single moment. Nights of Villjamur is the debut novel (technically the second novel) by Mark Charan Newton. It is a novel colored by shades of gray that reveal a startling depth and breathtaking landscape that is a much a character as a setting. The ancient city of Villjamur, seat of the Jamur Empire, is more or less under lock down as both its rulers and general population prepare themselves for the coming ice age heralded by the world’s cooling red sun. Amongst the halls of the imperial palace politicians jockey for power while on the quickly freezing streets an aging Investigator struggles to hold his marriage together while trying to solve the murder of a prominent politician. Elsewhere the cultist of two power sects clash over the fate of the world, and what may lay beyond, while an albino military commander is sent to uncover the truth behind possible genocides occurring to the north of the empire.
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