Deepgate Codex by Alan Campbell
Scar Night, Book 1
Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hu...more Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge - or redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest....
The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and untrained even to wield the great sword inherited from his forebears, he has become a figurehead for a dying tradition. Now he lives a sheltered existence in one of Deepgate's crumbling temple spires under the watchful eye of the Presbyter who rules the city.
Spine assassin Rachel Hael has better things to do than oversee the Presbyter's angel. Each dark moon she must fight for her life among the city chains, hunting an immortal predator with a taste for blood.
But when a traitor brings enemies to Deepgate's doorstep, Dill and Rachel are forced into an uneasy alliance with the city's oldest and most dangerous foe. They must journey down into the uncharted chasm to save their sprawling metropolis - and themselves - from annihilation. Once they descend however, they learn that what lies below is far more sinister than what they've been taught to expect
This book was different. I was so confused for the first two hundred pages. I kept expecting everything to be explained. The story was so interesting that I kept just reading and reading. Scar night's world is nothing like the real world. Their beliefs, lifestyle, everything is different. Things don't get explained the way I wanted but everything does make sense. AND it's GREAT! :)
Dill is an interesting character. At first he really really annoyed me, but he was definitely my favorite by the end of the book. He doesn't start off strong and doesn't really end strong either but you just can't help but love him. I hope the next book focuses on him again because I would love to see him as a character grow more.
Rachel is fascinating. I want to understand her better and why she made the chooses she did. The whole society as a whole is intriguing.
Fabulous story! But it did take me a while to read and I did read other books in between.