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Book Review: The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

The Gutter Prayer gutter prayer
Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan

Del Rey, 2019
★★★★★

This book is fucking extraordinary. The author’s background as a gamer and writer of gaming books really comes through in the unusual and dense worldbuilding, which was the best part of the book. There is a plethora of adjectives I might use to describe the worldbuilding – Lovecraftian, Steampunk, Victorian – but none of them truly do justice to the bizarre mash-up of influences that have come to create the city of Guerdon and the world it resides in. This book features actual living gods, warped saints, eldritch abominations, terrifying religious cults, alchemical magic, plenty of body horror, and a Godswar threatening to consume the entire world. I was fucking enthralled. Continue reading “Book Review: The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan”