Goodreads: Welcome to Grim Dudgeon (Dead Boy Book 1)
Author: Cedric Nye
Published: 20th December 2017
Source: Copy from Author
Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)
Official Summary: “Domn Bestie was born in blood, raised by a group of the deadliest assassins in the world, and then thrown out into the world to fend for himself at the age of 12. He makes his way to the city of Grim Dudgeon in Otherworld in hopes of finding sanctuary, only to find more danger.
A fearsome gang of kidnappers rule Grim Dudgeon, but when they try to kidnap Domn, things do not go as planned. 12 years of training under the harsh tutelage of the Sisterhood of Death, an overwhelming impulse to see justice done, and the iron will of a survivor have made the boy a force to be reckoned with.
Now hunted by the most feared gang in Grim Dudgeon, spell slingers, and demons, the young boy learns quickly that the only thing in Otherworld that is easy is dying. Welcome to Grim Dudgeon. Here there be monsters.” – Goodreads
(Disclaimer: I received a copy from the Author. This does not affect my review.)
Review: The book sits at 94 pages so it is a fast read. The main character is 12 years old but it doesn’t really feel like a children’s book or a young adult’s book. The violence and fighting also point to it not really being an children’s book. Pretty much all this book is violence and fighting. It doesn’t feel over the top or overused. It feels right to the story being told.
With it being so short you do feel like the fighting was rushed a bit, that and the main character is like a god ninja. So it wasn’t highly detailed, just bam dead. The world building in a very small amount of pages is very impressive. There is a very high impression of more to come as well.
I did feel a little ‘cheated’ with how easy it ended, was a big build up and then it was just over. But the main character is not one for unnecessary violence even though he could kill everything.