Scar Night by Alan Campbell

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Scar Night by Alan CampbellScar Night by Alan Campbell

Series: Deepgate Codex #1

Rating: 1 of 5 stars/DNF

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 redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest….

The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and untrained even to wield the great sword inherited from his forebears, he has become a figurehead for a dying tradition. Now he lives a sheltered existence in one of Deepgate’s crumbling temple spires under the watchful eye of the Presbyter who rules the city.

Spine assassin Rachel Hael has better things to do than oversee the Presbyter’s angel. Each dark moon she must fight for her life among the city chains, hunting an immortal predator with a taste for blood.

But when a traitor brings enemies to Deepgate’s doorstep, Dill and Rachel are forced into an uneasy alliance with the city’s oldest and most dangerous foe. They must journey down into the uncharted chasm to save their sprawling metropolis—and themselves—from annihilation. Once they descend however, they learn that what lies below is far more sinister than what they’ve been taught to expect.


I was really excited going into Scar Night because it promised so much. I’m putting it down, incomplete, because it delivered so little.

The front flap states, “Angels, demons, epic fantasy, and modern storytelling converge in an unforgettable debut that combines the stunning clarity of Neil Gaiman with the rich worldbuilding of Steven Erickson.” Aside from a vague repulsion to the name-dropping, I thought that sounded fucking awesome. Right?

Instead, I get a slew of characters that have almost nothing to do with one another–even after I’ve read that “a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest.” Who are the three, other than the squalid angel Dill and the rejected assassin Rachel Hael?

Is it Devon, the Poisoner? Mr. Nettle, the man bent on avenging his daughter’s death? Presbyster Sypes, who seems kind but cages and evil, broken angel in a dungeon even while fondly looking after its descendant? Fogwill, who catches on to someone trying to create an elicir harvested from souls? Sarnival, a… weird… angel/demon thing with lots of scars? Jason, Rachel’s brother and military nerd? WHO IS IT, DAMNIT?

I suppose I’d know if I could care about this book enough to finish, but it’s just not in the cards right now. I’m 200+ pages in, and NOTHING HAS HAPPENED.

Which is my one and only gripe with this novel–absolutely nothing happens in it. It’s taken 200-something pages for Dill and Rachel to meet, for Mr. Nettle to find the man responsible for his daughter’s death and for te number of troops in Deepgate to swell. Oh and for Carnival to die. Again. (Don’t ask me.)

I just don’t have the time or energy to play this silly game anymore. I wish I liked Scar Night more, I really do, but it’s just not happened.

Not a bad book. Just boring as fuck.



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