In the heart of the Retrospective, a demon is awakened from never-ending war with a terrible new purpose....
'Champion of Dead Time' is as a standalone prologue to The Cathedral of Known Things, the second book in the Relic Guild series by Edward Cox.
This is a free short audiobook story which features as the prologue in the written book.
This is again narrated by Imogen Church. I love her voice, it is melodic and she has the ability to bring the characters to life.
In this short story, we are introduced to "The Woodsman", who is a demon living in the desolate lands of the Retrospective. However, he may have been an Aelfir, loyal to the Genaii before/during the war which saw the human settlement of Labrys Town become isolated and he became a demon. He has an active role in The Cathedral of Known Things, the second book in The Relic Guild Trilogy that this snippet comes from. In this story, which is told through his eyes, we get to see the savagery and brutality that he lives with on a day to day basis. We follow him as Fabian Moor, a Genaii, makes contact with him. I love this series, the world building and character development is extraordinary.
Some people may find themselves slightly confused as to what this short story has to do with the main plot line, but as I said, he has an active role in the second book. Who he was/is remains a mystery, but I am hoping to find out when the third and concluding book, The Watcher of Dead Time is released.
Edward Cox has written an intriguing short story that introduces a new character into the world he created. I love his fast paced writing style, and the flow of the story was wonderful; it kept me hooked. He has a firm fan in me.
Due to scenes of violence and gore, I do not recommend this book for younger readers under the age of 15. However, I highly recommend this book if you love science fiction and dark fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton