Yes, Darian Frey, you are an idiot. By stealing an ancient relique sword and touching it out of curiosity he gets himself cursed. Now he has twelve days and nights to not only get the sword back but take it to the place where it belongs. Otherwise a demon entity called The Iron Jackal will come three times and get him at the last visit. A waltz. But Darian is a lucky bastard. The Ketty Jay crew goes through fire and water for him and together they make the impossible possible...
It took a while to get used to an even cockier Darian Frey than ever. After saving the human world in Black Lung Captain his head is high in the clouds of his own importance. Although his curse is a punishment it is also needed for an ongoing developement. The events force everyone on the Ketty Jay to do so. And it's real fun to accompany Silo, Cracke, Jez, Malvery, Hawkins, Pinn and even Slag the crazy cat. They grow all a lot in this book.
Also two new characters were introduced: Ashua and Ugrik. Chris Wooding is an ass in creating interesting characters. They are both as unique and cryptic as his other protagonists.
I'm totally in love with Wooding's witty, ironic and brash writing style. There are so many lively dialoges. One of my favourites:
"What you don't know about Samarla could fill a library, Cap'n, said Silo."
"What I don't know about libraries could fill a library, Frey replied."
If you haven't read a single book of Chris Wooding but love fantasy you should read one of his books soon. I could highly recommend the Tales of the Ketty Jay (much more than his Braided Path series) or if you are a fan of YA fantasy The Haunting of Alaizable Cray.
For the German review