Book Review: Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers

Well I don’t have time for a full-blown book review, but I gotta shout about “Horns of Ruin” by Tim Akers.  It’s fantasy with technology that isn’t classic steampunk but isn’t modern either.  The expressions of using magic are visceral as we follow along with a Paladin named Eva Forge.  She’s trained with combat magics, a big sword and her “bullygun” (i.e. a revolver).  Akers just uses words in a fresh, evocative way that really pulls you in.  There is a godking, the last of three Immortal Brothers, undead walking around with steampunk hearts, a cult of assassins worshipping one of the dead Immortal Brothers called the Betrayer.  Just good good good stuff.  I’d love to play in a game set in this world, but everyone would have to read the book first to get the feel and understand how the ‘world’ works.  Back in our high school days, that might have worked out, but alas, not today. Still, it’s one of the few books I’ve read lately that just teems with gaming ideas.

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