If that's something you like, I would recommend Andy Remic to you. He's the Quentin Tarantino of Fantasy and he too is fucking awesome. Blood-oil, clockwork vampires, iron-werewolves and elf-rats for the win!One of the sort of new wave of fantasy authors who aren't afraid to make their worlds brutal and their writing bloody, which I think is fucking great.
Check out Brian McClellan as well, he's fucking awesome, gun powder snorting mages floating bullets and setting of powder charges for the win!
I wouldn't really compare them. Those writers are all about the sweeping epics that reach the many thousands of pages, whereas Abercrombie is a bit of a throw back to the likes of Gemmel, in that while the stories are linked, you could pick one up and enjoy it as a stand alone, rather than having to immerse yourself in a series that will consume years of your life. That is where the big void is in fantasy fiction since Gemmell's death. Everything is at least a trilogy nowadays.Wouldn't put him in the same tier as Martin, Erikson or Hobb, but he's still a fantasy gem for us Brits.
I've read the first book of the trilogy since this post was made, two of the First Law World books, and his entire Shattered Sea trilogy. Enjoyed all of them quite a lot.Just finished that trilogy a few days ago. Wasn't that bad to be honest.
Me among them, that series is fantastic and one of the few series i've read where every entry, all nine of them, deserve higher than a 9.0/10 to me. Seriously, Derek Landy is incapable of writing a bad book as far as i've seen. His Demon Road trilogy, which I finished recently, is brilliant as well. If you love Skulduggery, pick that up once you're finished. It should tide you over until SP book ten is released next year. :grin2:I need to get more of his books but I'm on the Skullduggary series right now since it was so highly recommended by so many people.