The Geomancer


Blood of Ambrose: a Cross Between Robert E. Howard, Joe Abercombie, Monty Python, HP Lovecraft, and Sam Raimi

Robert Thompson, of Fantasy Book Critic, on James Enge's Blood of Ambrose. This is the second comparison to Joe Abercrombie in as many reviews, which is heartening to me, as it's a similarity that I found very strong when I was initially reading the manuscript and thinking about acquiring it for Pyr.
"Combining elements of sword & sorcery, pulp fiction, the Arthurian legend, humor and horror, James Enges’ debut novel, Blood of Ambrose, is like a cross between Robert E. Howard, Joe Abercombie, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a dash of H.P. Lovecraft and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead sprinkled in... For fantasy lovers, there are plenty of familiar elements... but because of the humor, the cynicism, the trickery and the horror elements, the familiar quickly becomes unfamiliar. ...skillfully written and a very fun, imaginative and unique reading experience. In short, I had a blast with Blood of Ambrose and can’t wait for more..."


  1. I wasn't going to mention it as it was a sword&sorcery book, but I really enjoyed the humour! I hope the character who I thought was humourous is in the 2nd & 3rd books also.

  2. Morcock and a certain relative are the only two to carry over into the second book, though, and Morcock (and someone you meet in book two) in book three.