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“Why can’t I take my own advice?”
Teltö Phuul becomes a reluctant hero in this fantasy adventure, where necromancy is common and survival depends on more than just good luck.
Wise Phuul is Daniel Stride’s debut novel.
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Walking corpses and black-market liquor; the quiet life.
Teltö Phuul, Necromancer and Library Clerk, likes his days safe and predictable. Not for him the intrigues of the Viiminian Empire, a gothic monstrosity held together by sheer force of will.
Until the Empire’s dreaded secret police come knocking. Caught in a web of schemes in the diseased heart of Kuolinako, the underground Imperial capital, Teltö can trust no-one. Not the Northern theocrats who abhor Necromancy, and certainly not the Grand Chancellor, whose iron-fisted rule has kept the old order alive that little bit longer.
When one false step means torture and disappearance, this journey will change our Necromancer forever.
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Author: Daniel Stride
Category: Fantasy / Steampunk
Release Date: November 2016
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Far and away the strongest aspect of Wise Phuul, for me, was the world. The cultures, histories, traditions, and taboos all have an authentic and multi-layered feel that lends credibility and nuance to the story. The political machinations and interplay of the various powers and forces within the world are a major driving point for the plot. The characters are believable and compelling, with a wide and diverse range of personalities, and the writing is clever and insightful. […] It’s an excellent introduction to a world that I hope to explore again in the future.
A fun story that throws the reader right into the midst of things, with no introduction, info-dumps, or hand-holding offered. It gets right to the story, and lets the characters lead us on our way. Magic, faith, and politics all play a part in a book that’s far more complex than I expected. The story itself is a bit different from the usual epic fantasy narrative, with Phuul providing an intimate view of a conflict he’s neither destined nor equipped to shape. I liked the characters here, the word-building, and (perhaps most importantly) the necromantic aspects. Not just window dressing, the dead are an integral part of the world and its story. It’s a gritty world and a gritty story, with some genuine drama and tension, but there’s also ample humor to keep it from getting too bogged down in gloom.
I’m not usually much of a fantasy reader, but I enjoyed Wise Phuul, not least for its excellent and evocative writing. The characters are well drawn – especially the title character – and suitably likeable or unlikeable. This not a book for fans of non-stop action, but readers who enjoy a more reflective read will enjoy it for the adventure, and for its very well realised and interesting world and characters.
Apart from reading, writing, and teaching himself foreign languages, Dan is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, with a taste for reconstructing medieval skaldic verse.
He spent far too long at University, where he accumulated multiple degrees in-between lobbying politicians and fighting for doomed causes. But he wasn’t really a career student – honest – he even had a respectable nine years working for the local newspaper in Dunedin, New Zealand.
You can learn more about Daniel Stride by visiting his author page here on the IQ website.
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