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  1. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    When battlefield scavenger Marius mistakenly winds up in the Kingdom of the Dead, he s given a chance to win his life back All he has to do is find them a kingAfter a series of disappointing books, The Corpse Rat King is just what I needed Marius is from the Cugel the Clever Drake Douay Rincewind school of loveable cowards and his quest had me smiling a great percentage of the time.On the surface, the plot doesn t seem all that complicated, and it isn t What makes the Corpse Rat King such When battlefield scavenger Marius mistakenly winds up in the Kingdom of the Dead, he s given a chance to win his life back All he has to do is find them a kingAfter a series of disappointing books, The Corpse Rat King is just what I needed Marius is from the Cugel the Clever Drake Douay Rincewind school of loveable cowards and his quest had me smiling a great percentage of the time.On the surface, the plot doesn t seem all that complicated, and it isn t What makes the Corpse Rat King such an enjoyable read is that Lee Battersby is nearly as hilarious as a Monty Python marathon He s like a mean spirited Terry Pratchett He s also Australian I lost count of hilarious one liners As mad as a ferret in a bucket of honey was one of my favorites I also love that one of thecolorful locales visited was The Dog Crap Archipelago.Marius s semi dead condition lends itself to a surprising amount of comedy The bit with the old fortune teller was one of my favorites The humor is a combination of Monty Python and Terry Pratchett with some of Sam Raimi s Hercules The Legendary Journeys thrown in Bruce Campbell could easily play Marius if this was made into a movie It also reminded me of Michael Shea s Nifft the Lean a bit.The supporting cast was an interesting bunch Gerd, Marius s dead and dimwitted sidekick, Nandus, Scorbus, the pirates, all of them were fairly memorable The story came to a satisfying conclusion but was open ended enough to allow for a sequel Please, let there be a sequel I don t really have anything bad to say about The Corpse Rat King The ending wasn t what I was expecting I was thinking it would end in a cliche with Marius becoming King of the Dead but it didn t go down that way I guess my only complaint is that I wish it would have been longer Four easy stars


  2. Elspeth Elspeth says:

    When I finished this story last night, I contemplated what to write about in my review The only thing that my cold riddled brain could come up with was this story is like a hot Scottish man reading a grocery list.That is something I could listen to for hours, I am sure I am not alone in this.Reading this book is a treat The words, people, the words are oh so pretty Each sentence is a dessertdecadent than the last.This is where I found I was looking for the forest among all the trees Th When I finished this story last night, I contemplated what to write about in my review The only thing that my cold riddled brain could come up with was this story is like a hot Scottish man reading a grocery list.That is something I could listen to for hours, I am sure I am not alone in this.Reading this book is a treat The words, people, the words are oh so pretty Each sentence is a dessertdecadent than the last.This is where I found I was looking for the forest among all the trees The trees are very enchanting and nice to look at, but when you have trees as fine as these you want to see the whole forest.The story was a little boring The excitement, that the author tried to build up, was never enough and to be honest was too predictable There was one point of the book, I cried bullshit even though I saw it coming Part of me wanted to disbelieve that the author would do something so obviously ridiculous.So here is the conundrum of rating this book the words, as pretty as they are, do not make a story No matter how hot the accent is, you can only hear milk, eggs, and bread so many times before it gets old.Thank you Net Galley and Angry Robot for allowing me to read this book


  3. Bob Bob says:

    There is almost nothing better than looking forward to an upcoming release from a favourite author, getting a chance to give it an early read, and finding out that it not only lives up to all your expectations, but completely exceeds them The satisfaction is almost immeasurable.I say almost, because there is one thing that really is better stumbling across an upcoming release from an author you ve never read before, picking it up entirely on a whim, starting the read with absolutely nothing i There is almost nothing better than looking forward to an upcoming release from a favourite author, getting a chance to give it an early read, and finding out that it not only lives up to all your expectations, but completely exceeds them The satisfaction is almost immeasurable.I say almost, because there is one thing that really is better stumbling across an upcoming release from an author you ve never read before, picking it up entirely on a whim, starting the read with absolutely nothing in the way of expectations, and being completely blown away If the satisfaction is almost immeasurable, than the pleasure is completely immeasurable.Such is the case with The Corpse Rat King by Lee Battersby.Not only did I have no expectations of this one, I wasn t even sure I d have time to give it a read It was one of the newest electronic ARCs available to the Robot Army, so I snagged it alongside Adam Christopher s Seven Wonders, figuring I d give it a cursory glance if I happened to get through the other before September rolled around It just so happened that I was between books last weekend and, completely on a whim, I decided to give it a shot.I think I was about 10 pages in before I knew I had something special on my hands.What Battersby has concocted here is equal parts Bruce Campbell slapstick, Monty Python absurdity, and Terry Gilliam imaginative wonder, filtered through the same literary sense of the macabre as Jesse Bullington or Neil Gaiman It s an extremely funny, extraordinarily imaginative tale, that never stops surprising the reader with where it s going next Really, it s one of those novels where the less you know going in, the better the reading experience is likely to be.Marius is one of the unlikeliest heroes I have encountered in a very long time He s a greedy, self centred, cowardly bastardwho just so happens to be clever, amusing, and embarrassingly likable at the same time He s the kind of guy who will gladly stand at your side in the face of imminent danger, but only so he can pick your pocket and knock you down at the last moment to expedite his own getaway He is a scoundrel in every sense of the word, but an entirely pragmatic one While he does develop significantly over the course of the novel, demonstrating a tenderness of heart and soul, he remains delightfully despicable throughout.The writing and storytelling here is absolutely top notch Battersby has a very intimate, very casual way of telling a story, one that sconversational than literary He s entirely aware of the absurdities of his tale, and makes no apologies for them Whereas some authors try too hard to justify, explain, or otherwise validate the comic elements of their tale, Battersby is content to let the humour work What s , he proves himself equally adept at elaborate set pieces of slapstick humour, quick throwaway gags, and ridiculous asides.There s a particularly prolonged sequence of events that involves Marius walking across the bottom of the sea, attempting to scale a submerged shipwreck, and desperately trying to reason with the skeleton of a king who was already crazy before he inadvertently merged the bones of his horse with his own It s a scene that should have fallen apart and worn out its welcome long before the hungry shark appears on scene, but Battersby makes it work so well, it s a shame to see it come to an end.Similarly, whereas the various tangents and asides should begin to wear away at the reader s patience, you can t help but gleefully anticipate the next one It was these half pages that so often had me laughing out loud, or at least visibly smirking with glee Discovered less than four hundred years ago by the famous Tallian adventurer Literal Edmund Bejeevers, the Dog Crap Archipelago lay like a giant turd across the passage between Borgho City and the Faraway isles Early explorers found nothing there to recommend the place to anybody, and indeed, early maps show a simple ovoid outline with the words Don t Bother written inside Even the throwaway gags, such as the Secret passage closed due to repair works sign, work better than any author has any right to expect It s all about the balance between the humour and the story, and the simultaneous commitment to both, that makes it work Battersby never allows one to suffer at the expense of the other, and never forgets to involve the reader emotionally as well as intellectually.This was a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and will gleefully recommend, without reservation Of course, Battersby has now placed himself within the first scenario I mentioned, so here s hoping The Marching Dead manages to exceed my expectations as well as The Corpse Rat King managed to blow me away Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins


  4. Experiment BL626 Experiment BL626 says:

    This book bored me It was off to a good start, exactly as how the blurb described, but then it got kinda confusing and then boring By 1 3 of the book, I skimmed because the plot was going nowhere By 1 2 of the book, I skimmed someand faster with the goal to reach the end as fast possible while still getting the gist of the plot That s how boring the book was.When all the protagonist does is run and run futilely far away from his problems in both the figurative and literal sense of the This book bored me It was off to a good start, exactly as how the blurb described, but then it got kinda confusing and then boring By 1 3 of the book, I skimmed because the plot was going nowhere By 1 2 of the book, I skimmed someand faster with the goal to reach the end as fast possible while still getting the gist of the plot That s how boring the book was.When all the protagonist does is run and run futilely far away from his problems in both the figurative and literal sense of the phrase , what interest in the plot is there to be had The Characters the protagonistMarius is an admitted coward, which wasn t a big problem for me A problem but not a big problem No, the big problem was that he had no redeemable trait He wasn t clever as he thought His past wasn t tragic as he thought if anything he was a spoiled rich kid in that flashback There wasn t anything that made me like Marius, pity Marius, or really give a shit about Marius.The character growth he showed late in the book was just that, too late Too late and too small for me to give a shit In any other book, Marius would be that side character whose purpose is to be killed off the sidekickGerd was Marius s slow witted apprentice The blurb did directly say Gerd would die and I thought was well prepared to handle it I wasn t I got upset at how Gerd died at the beginning As if that wasn t bad enough, I gotupset when I learned how he got pulled into Marius s crapfest I feltfor Gerd the sidekick than I ever did for Marius the protagonist.I got upset at Marius and the book and this dampened any little enjoyment I may have derived from reading the book I felt emotionally manipulated in a bad way Gerd may have a dull life, but at least he had a life in every definition of the word I did not like how things were resolved at the end with Gerd Gerd may have forgiven Marius, but I sure didn t This was the bumbling sidekick trope at its worst and a classic example of an abusive relationship.The World BuildingIt was heavily lacking Heavily I couldn t tell if magic was something everyone is aware of or only those superstitious and real magicians are aware of I couldn t tell if dead people walking around was normal or not either Places were thrown at me and I couldn t get a grasp on the geography The WritingIt dragged Too much superfluous details that confounded me, too little relevant details that starved me of elucidation I saw passages here and there that could be tightened The prose encourages skimming.The Plot HolesAs I mentioned before, I skimmed but I did get the gist of the plot Got enough that I spotted plot holes the love interestMiddle of the story, Bob realized Keth s unrequited love for him and promised himself that he ll return to resolve the matter.He had a real mission now, one that sank into his bones with an urgency he had never before experienced Getting back to the dead was only the first part After that, he had to get to Keth chapter 17Yeaaaaah, he never did In the last third of the book, Keth was completely forgotten about alive again view spoiler At the end when Marius completed the dead people s demand for a king, we learned they couldn t returned him back to life Turns out he was never dead to begin with and that he had the magic of disguise or something like that, the book wasn t clear Marius deluded into thinking he was dead because the dead people tricked him into thinking he was dead which made no sense at all hide spoiler Basically, the book s resolution of Marius s dead state problem was a deus ex machina.In ConclusionThe premise of the book was attractive, but its execution was awful I was detached from the protagonist, detached from the prose, and detached from the plot I may have skim a lot but I didn t need to read every passage to see that the plot didn t make much sense I believed if I did read every passage, I would have spottedplot holes I rate TCRK 1 star for I didn t like it I do not recommend this book for readers who best prefer urban fantasy and occasionally venture into traditional fantasy Readers who like traditional fantasy, I suggest giving TCRK a try but to borrow from library


  5. Lisa Lisa says:

    Full Review Rat King by Lee Battersby is full of wonderfully macabre atmosphere and attitude Marius don Hellespont makes his gory living by wading through battlefields, liberating the dead of their valuables in other words, he is a corpse rat Our story begins as Marius and his lackwit assistant Gerd are interrupted as they are making their latest collection.One thing that I need to make clear about this book, is Battersby writing skills are top Full Review Rat King by Lee Battersby is full of wonderfully macabre atmosphere and attitude Marius don Hellespont makes his gory living by wading through battlefields, liberating the dead of their valuables in other words, he is a corpse rat Our story begins as Marius and his lackwit assistant Gerd are interrupted as they are making their latest collection.One thing that I need to make clear about this book, is Battersby writing skills are top notch He is able to convey the disgusting and absurd in a stunningly grotesque way I absolutely loved this and it just makes me smile And Marius has a very dark, acerbic sense of humor Also love that.But, while I enjoyed the quips and descriptions, I just never really connected with Marius, and I never felt all that drawn into the story And since I didn t connect to Marius, that was a real issue because there are really no other prominent characters.If I set this book down, I was completely fine not picking it back up again It was rather strange, because I swear I can open up to almost any page and find some bit that I enjoy reading I guess it s a case of enjoying the details, but not really caring about the larger picture Which is unfortunate because the details are so amusing.But, for a first novel, I can see some serious potential here With a bitcharacter development and plot, this book could be phenomenal because of Battersby s ability for details Despite its flaws, Corpse Rat King by is a mire of dead, undead, blood, gore and caustic prose and I am a bit surprised this book didn t receiveattention when it was released But I can also recognize it won t be a book for everyone It is very dark, but also one of those dark books that is just filled with humorously wrong moments


  6. Melinda Melinda says:

    This book was outstanding The author, Lee Battersby should be proud to have written such an amazing masterpiece of imagination, sarcasm and fantastic inventiveness The tale kept my interest from start to fnish without a hitch Battersby is an author to watch for great things to come The narrator sets the tone for the novel, which is sarcastic just like real life, or at least like the life of my friend and I I enjoyed this book immensely No matter what you thought was going to happen, you This book was outstanding The author, Lee Battersby should be proud to have written such an amazing masterpiece of imagination, sarcasm and fantastic inventiveness The tale kept my interest from start to fnish without a hitch Battersby is an author to watch for great things to come The narrator sets the tone for the novel, which is sarcastic just like real life, or at least like the life of my friend and I I enjoyed this book immensely No matter what you thought was going to happen, you were wrong The author took you on a quest wth Marius in the driver s seat to places unknown, peopled by exotic characters who you would never have guessed existed along the normal course of existance What a ride THE PLOT Marius and his apprentice Gerd are scavenging a battlefield after a battle, when they come upon the dead King of Scorby Marius takes his crown and puts it in his shirt A dead man mistaking Marius for the King, takes Marius down to the land of the dead after Gerd has been killed by a guard The dead want to make Marius their King When Marius shows them that they ve made a mistake, they send him on a mission to find the dead a King which is where our story really starts rolling There are travel, sea voyages, murders, sharks attacks, cannibalism, prostitutes shocked, crooked poker games, bandits, dead men walking, skeletons speaking, plans in action, natives, mourning, Kings swimming with their horses, prisoners executed, Captains extorting, nobles cheating and Kingly bones escaping as well as so muchThis plot is sepentine in its twists and turns You will never know what will happen next The plot is literally built, layer by layer like a faux finish, at the end you have a beautiful result, but in the middle, you re not sure how it s going to turn out That is exactly how this book is Will Marius get the dead their King Will they dismember him and send him to some Under Hell if he does not Read the book and find out I give this plot a 10 10THE CHARACTERIZATION The characterization was so fantastic it was a masterwork all by itself As the narrator, we get to see all the characterization through Marius eyes, which makes it thatfun to have each character described His sarcastic wit is so polished that with few words he can sum up another character and you know just the type of person he is describing down to his dress, facial features, behaviours, flaws and everthing else Marius himself is fully three dimensional and human and as a character, changes the most over the course of the novel than any other character making a full 360 degree turn about in ideals, morals and prinicles, though the sarcasm remains intact Thank God There was no, one character that Batterby did not pay loving attention to through Marius description which made the book a very rich reading experience As a narrator, Marius added not only color, but his observations were spot on, that he raised the level of the book s tone from simply a 4 star book to a 5 star book, easily He made all the difference Marius made the book, simply put If we weren t in Marius brain throughout the book, the book would not have been the same He was not only my favorite character in the novel, he is one of my favorite characters of all time For characterization, I give this novel, a 10 10.THE DIALOGUE The Dialogue in this book was at one time hilarious, at an other is was sarcastic, at others, it was formal, depending on if a King were present The dialogue fit the situation As Marius took on and put off different faces and personalitites to fit different situations, his dialogue matched his faces Some were humorous in the extreme Other were obsequious Other still were pompous Whatever fit the bill All were credible As an example, he is knocking on coffins, to find a King to take back to the dead, but he must find one that is not ashes, so he knocks on each coffin he says Hello you Majesty Are you in there in his most servile voice The responses are quite hysterical, as he gotthan one For Dialogue, I give this novel a 10 10THE GORE SCORE The Gore Score for this novel was not really difficult While there are people dying and limbs and other bits flying, the focus in not on blood and guts at all The most bloody part was at the front of the book when they are playing corpse rats, picking over bodies on the battlefield, finding something that they can sell after the battle is over For the Gore Score, I give this novel a 5 10.THE IMAGERY The Imagery in the book is quite excellent As Marius and Gerd travel different continents either together or separately, they are in what is likely to be somewhere analagous to our Middle Ages The images that represent this time, the people and their clothing, the dress, and their housing is wonderfully described There is one example where a dead King has combined with his dead horse on the bottom of the sea they now share characteristics that make them both the same Now picture this in you head The King lets out a big Neigh and shakes his head underwater He shakes his boney tail and gallops off down onto a sandy stretch of sea bottom, while Marius looks on and shakes his head thinking How am I going to sell this guy as King of the Dead This is one of the images that just tickled me For imagery, I give this novel 9 10.THE PACING From the minute you hit the first entence, it is like the shot rang out at a horse race and they are off You have started at top speed, so hold on because you are on the back of something that only knows how to run full out Until you reach the finish line which is the end of the the book , you will be hanging on for dear life, so just enjoy the ride, because the ride is over half the fun When you get to the end, you know you ve won by at least two lengths, because nobody could be close It was too good of a ride for anyone to touch you, much less come close Closing the novel, with sadness and an equal sense of triumph, you walk from the field a winner, having gone through the experinence with the sheer pleasure and enjoyment that you experienced over the last few hours What can compare to that Don t tell me The pacing gets a 9 10.THE ENDING The ending of the book came as a big surprise to me Never would I have guessed the ending in a month of Sundays I thought he had it hammered halfway though the book, then it was just the case of getting the King back, but I was wrong It wasn t the other King either WOW Who could believe it Will it be any of them Marius has to get one of them to work or his future is bleak What will happen Will Gerd actually help him For the ending of the novel, I give it a 10 10.THE UPSHOT The upshot of this novel is that if I could give it 6 stars, I would do it in a heartbeat This novel was outrageous, hysterical, imaginative, inventive and outstanding all mixed up into a masterwork of a novel I recommend it to everyone who reads English on the planet Yes, it is that good Even if you don t like fantasy, the human interest story that runs through the book is interesting enough to hold you attention, while you forget about the reanimated bodies and the other things Sideline them, don t make them the main focus focus instead on Marius and his view of the world Think of it as a historical novel with some quirks That way when you are reading it, just think that the fantastical parts are things that just happened during that time and no longer happen now That should get you through the novel in one piece This novel is definitely worth the price of admission, and I would recommend to all of my friends and relatives along with everyone who has a pulse who reads English and any other language it will be translated into just buy the book and read it It is well worth it Trust me


  7. Andrew Andrew says:

    Right, this is the book that you should compare to Scott Lynch.Marius Helles is a thief, a liar, and currently hard up for cash That s why he s picking over battlefield corpses for rings, gold teeth, and spare change, accompanied by his not too bright apprentice Gerd Unfortunately, the remaining soldiers notice them Ten minutes later, Gerd is disemboweled and Marius is in the Land of the Dead.Turns out the dead want something They want a king They send Marius back upstairs to beg, borr Right, this is the book that you should compare to Scott Lynch.Marius Helles is a thief, a liar, and currently hard up for cash That s why he s picking over battlefield corpses for rings, gold teeth, and spare change, accompanied by his not too bright apprentice Gerd Unfortunately, the remaining soldiers notice them Ten minutes later, Gerd is disemboweled and Marius is in the Land of the Dead.Turns out the dead want something They want a king They send Marius back upstairs to beg, borrow, orplausibly steal one.This book has the juice Marius is a classic sarcastic bastard, but he s also been through deep crap, of which he deserves a precisely calculated 66.7 percent The narration careens between gleeful sarcasm and honest melancholy, on top of the rapid fire disaster that is Marius s life Every so often, to keep you on your toes, something genuinely creepy happens I shall not list examples, not even in my usual elliptical way, because it s just too much fun reading the book


  8. Mihir Mihir says:

    Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS The Corpse Rat King is Lee Battersby s debut and one, which intrigued me strongly with its blurb The story seems to be a curious mix of dark humor and even darker shade of fantasy In the end its an odd book to describe but not hard to review thankfully.The story begins with Marius don Hellespont who is a person of considerably shaky morals Currently looting a field of corpses along with his apprentice Gerd, Marius is almost done with hi Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS The Corpse Rat King is Lee Battersby s debut and one, which intrigued me strongly with its blurb The story seems to be a curious mix of dark humor and even darker shade of fantasy In the end its an odd book to describe but not hard to review thankfully.The story begins with Marius don Hellespont who is a person of considerably shaky morals Currently looting a field of corpses along with his apprentice Gerd, Marius is almost done with his picking when Gerd mistakenly alerts the soldiers to their misbegotten activities All things aside things turn horribly wrong and Marius end up in a place unknown to mankind He is then offered a choice of sorts to find a king for the dead as was promised in the holy books or die instantaneously and join the dead Marius chooses to hold on to his soul and is set free with a chaperone His onerous task being to find post haste a dead king or otherwise he might have to join the dead congregation rather unpleasantly as well as unwillingly.This book is a very quirky one the narrator of the tale is a vagrant, an outright liar, a petty pickpocket and an unscrupulous grave robber His actions beginning from the start reveal not a single bone of integrity to him Plus after being saddled with such a task, Marius s sole intent is to fool his chaperone and alleviate his troubles by disappearing off somewhere where even the dead can t find him Thus Marius then leads the reader through a series of incidents as well travels to most of his previous haunts in trying to figure out a way to end his predicament The humor showcased within the book is what can be considered its best shiny side as it is quite dark and funny thereby showcasing the quirky nature of the characters and the situations they get in.Also the story is quite unpredictable, beginning in the middle of a battlefield and from then onwards to all the places its goes, it is like a fairytale but darker than any imagined by the Grimm brothers Capricious and at times horrific, the story simply is very hard to pin down and can be simply described as weird The plot while seeming very straightforward is anything but that The author has some sharp twists lined up and from the beginning of the story the reader will be uncertain where the story is going next, what Marius will do eventually and how will it all end This originality of the premise is what helps the story, as readers will be compelled to flip pages to see what happens next.The only downside to this entire story atleast for myself was the narrator I hardly felt any sympathy for him or any emotional connection and that perhaps robbed the fun of the story to a certain extent He s an insincere excuse of a human being and one who hardly inspires any confidence in his acquaintances Perhaps that was the author s intent of exploring the story through such a narrative voice and if that turns out to be the case then kudos to the author for nailing the voice down so precisely Marius is exactly the person you wouldn t want to be saddled with if your life depended on it.The Corpse Rat King is an odd book but it is not a bad one It promises a different sort of read and delivers exceptionally on its word The Corpse Rat King seems to be a dark imaginative collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and Jesse Bullington but its not Its Lee Battersby s debut and one that will leave a mark on the reader s mind, though it depends on the reader s prerogative whether it will be a remarkable one or not


  9. N N says:

    Lee Battersby is a talented writer I ve never read anything else he s written, but an Angry Robot rep convinced me to try The Corpse Rat King.The book is an interesting mix, starting with the very cover The image is really neat I m consistently impressed with AR s packaging The title, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired Likewise, the story itself has its ups and downs Battersby s prose is engaging and entertaining Though many jokes fall flat, severalconnect in uproar Lee Battersby is a talented writer I ve never read anything else he s written, but an Angry Robot rep convinced me to try The Corpse Rat King.The book is an interesting mix, starting with the very cover The image is really neat I m consistently impressed with AR s packaging The title, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired Likewise, the story itself has its ups and downs Battersby s prose is engaging and entertaining Though many jokes fall flat, severalconnect in uproarious fashion The plot meanders here and there, with entire sections doing absolutely nothing to drive it forward, yet the characters are so well sketched, it hardly matters Marius, the titular corpse rat, is a horrible person, and predictably, as the book goes on, he is meant to become less so And he does, to a certain extent But not before he kills, maims, and defrauds nearly everyone he comes into contact with, including his sidekick prodigy friend Gerd It is a difficult thing to convince a reader to like a character as detestable as Marius, and Battersby nearly succeeds Nearly.I will definitely readby the author, but hope to see his plotting improve to match his prose


  10. Scott Bell Scott Bell says:

    The first third of this book was terrific The middle third started lagging By the end, I just wanted it to die Mr Battersby is in love with his own wit, and seems to believe dragging the reader through endless asides, rabbit holes, and diversions from the main plot will add complexity and depth to his novel Instead, they just add tedium Humorous, in places, The Corpse Rat King could have been much better told with 60k fewer words Even the deliciously wicked, and often hapless reprobate of The first third of this book was terrific The middle third started lagging By the end, I just wanted it to die Mr Battersby is in love with his own wit, and seems to believe dragging the reader through endless asides, rabbit holes, and diversions from the main plot will add complexity and depth to his novel Instead, they just add tedium Humorous, in places, The Corpse Rat King could have been much better told with 60k fewer words Even the deliciously wicked, and often hapless reprobate of a main character couldn t carry the weight of this tale.It is a bloated and overdone novel that lost my interest and never got it back


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The Corpse-Rat King ➸ The Corpse-Rat King Download ➿ Author Lee Battersby – Thomashillier.co.uk Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the DeadJust like the living citizens, the The Corpse-Rat PDF or dead need a King after all, the King is God s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they areAnd so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King Which he fully intends to doJust as soon as he stops running away.