Scar Night by Alan Campbell

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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.

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Alan Campbell was a designer and programmer for the internationally bestselling video game series Grand Theft Auto. Scar Night is his first novel.From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 26, 2006 by Spectra. 500 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The city of Deepgate hangs suspended on chains above a bottomless abyss, partly as a tribute to Ulcis, the god of chains, and partly for protection against marauding barbarians.

Nov 01 2006 | Read Full Review of Scar Night

Book Reporter

Campbell weighs in to the fantastic, giving us the dreary and spectacular city of Deepgate in his debut novel, SCAR NIGHT.

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The Bookbag

It's long, but enough mysteries and secrets are hinted at to have the reader hooked and then the narration gathers momentum and things start happening faster and louder in a veritable crescendo towards the end when the suspense is as taut as Deepgate's foundation chains, and the apocalyptic dénou...

Nov 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Scar Night

This is not only the physical chains holding the city together, but also the intangible societal chains of survival through sheer hard work and abject misery which are put under tension in this book, the mental chains of characters such as Mister Nettle, Carnival and Poisoner Devon which slowly u...

Aug 05 2006 | Read Full Review of Scar Night

Bookmarks Magazine

ISBN: 0553384163 "Scar Night reads like the other heavyweight fantasy trilogy, and my favorite bar none, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast.

Aug 21 2007 | Read Full Review of Scar Night

Book Geeks

It took the arrival of the third volume of Alan Campbell’s Deepgate Codex, God of Clocks, on my doormat to prompt me to pick up the first volume, Scar Night – and now I have read it, I only wish I had not waited so long.

Aug 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Scar Night

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