My rating: 2 of 5 stars
“That humans lavished such wealth on the dead while beggars huddled in doorways said more about their contrary nature than anything. No poem, song, or tale could better sum them up than follies such as this.”
Breed is a sucker for trouble. After narrowly avoiding death by dragon, he stumbles upon a cave where he is tricked by a demon into making a deal; finding The Hammer of the North’s hammer, in one year and a day, or else. Along his travels, he finds himself bound to servitude by a priest/sorcerer, being followed around by a beggar named ‘Tosspot’, and making friends with an eleven year old girl who looks like a rat. As they accompany him to help the priest, Breed has to come up with a plan to outwit everyone and get the hammer before the demon comes to collect his debt. Or, y’know, improvise everything and hope for the best.
Dangerous To Know was described to me as a cross between Deadpool and Game of Thrones. That promise was delivered. Written with a consistent sarcastic wit, amidst multitudes of cursing, and the turf wars, the first instalment of The Chronicles of Breed series definitely had aspects of each franchises.
However, I can’t say I enjoyed it, I think that that’s because of my particular taste, rather than it being a bad book. But personally, I couldn’t warm to any of the characters in the book, this includes Breed; the protagonist. I felt like the characters lacked depth, and were there merely for the convenience, rather than bringing anything new to the story.
The book seemed to rely more on its sardonic narration, rather than elaborating on any details in-depth that might have helped to imagine the scene a little better. For some reason, it seemed to take me an age to get through it, and I thought that the ending to such a long-winded fantasy book was a little anti-climactic. In all; a promising beginning, a length middle, and a disappointing ending.