Valley of the Free by Michael Sliter
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series: Pandemonium Rising (Book #0.5 of 4)
Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy
Pages: 128 pages
Published: 18th December 2019 by Dragyn Press (Indie)
Short, violent, and bloody; this is a good place for you to try Sliter’s writing.
Valley of the Free is a prequel novella to Mike Sliter’s grimdark fantasy series: Pandemonium Rising. The story follows Ferl’s quest for vengeance, and this little novella depicts the conception of the infamous Ferl’s Company. Having read—and loved—the two available books in the main series so far, I can safely vouch that no prior reading of the main series is required. You can enjoy Valley of the Free without any knowledge of the main series; excluding the main character—Ferl—only one or two other characters appeared briefly. In fact, I do honestly think that this is a very starting point for you to try Sliter’s work. Valley of the Free is not as dark/brutal as Sliter’s debut work, Solace Lost, and it’s good to familiarize yourself with his writing style and gritty content first. I would say that Valley of the Free is more attuned to Wisdom Lost in terms of content and quality, which, in my opinion, delivers a more balanced narrative and also encapsulates Sliter’s craft at his best so far. …