Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon

Posted On 17 March 2016

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piecesofhateWe start the book with Deadman’s Hand.  This is the first in the Assassin’s series and opens as a stranger rides into the town of Deadwood on a pale horse. His name is Gabriel and he seeks revenge. Doug is the local storekeeper who witnesses Gabriel’s arrival and who will narrate this tale.  It seems from this point onward that Doug, in spite of himself, is going to be pulled into the strange world of Gabriel and the man that he seeks.  At the same time, on the other side of town another stranger has appeared and following some sort of altercation is now spending time in the mortuary!  Strange coincidence?  Or has Gabriel been beaten to his quarry?

This is only a short story but nonetheless is an intriguing tale with a small but interesting cast of characters.  I don’t want to elaborate too much on the plot because it would be easy to spoil the story for others.  What I can say is that Gabriel is no ordinary man.  Cursed hundreds of years ago he seeks the man called Temple who killed his family.  Temple, likewise is no ordinary man, he is in fact a demon, incredibly difficult to kill with death following swiftly on his heels.  The two of these characters share a violent history, one in which they’ve both committed terrible crimes and one which seems destined to be repeated over and over throughout the centuries.

This first story was a very quick read, well written and although only short it manages to convey an impressive sense of menace.  We then move to the second story, Pieces of Hate which in fact actually takes a jump back in time and is this time narrated by Gabriel. We now accompany Gabriel on a maritime adventure as he once again seeks out the whereabouts of Temple.  This story has a different feel from the first.  We travel back in time to see the terrible events that first led Gabriel down this path with the words ‘Feed Your Hate’ drawing him in. We’re about to join the company of pirates and go in search of Captain Henry Morgan who looks set to become the demon Temple’s next victim.

This is a lively and fast paced read.  I feel that I should mention that it’s also fairly brutal and bloody, so be warned.  Of course both the worlds visited here are places of violence and death and between Gabriel and Temple the body count stacks up.

I’m intrigued about where the author will take this next and I wonder how many instalments this tale will eventually have?  We’ve met the characters and seen how their fates become entangled.  It looks as though the next instalment will be set in Singapore during WWII and may be poised to give us a little bit more information on Temple which sounds very intriguing to me.

If you fancy a dark tale of vengeance that spans the eras and you’re not afraid of bloodshed then this could be for you.  I admit that short stories aren’t usually for me but as this is a series of short stories that are all connected I confess I’ve been drawn into this world and I’m keen to see what comes next.

It’s grim, it’s brutal and it’s most certainly deadly.

I received a copy courtesy of the publisher through Netgalley for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

8 Responses to “Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon”

  1. Magini - books

    somehow I couldn’t find myself liking these stories. They were rather well written and I did like the feel of the world, all brutal and dirty and very realistic, but the first story was just a bit too similar to the Dark Tower by King which I simply couldn’t get through

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’ve not read the Gunslinger so I wasn’t making those comparisons. I did like the writing and they certainly had an impact – very brutal though so just as well they’re only short!
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    This sounds like it might be a bit too brutal and bloody for me, however I am pleased to hear you’re still enjoying these swashbuckling demons stories!

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    A time-spanning tale of vengeance sounds fascinating, even though your warnings about this story being “brutal and bloody” do dampen my enthusiasm a little. I guess much depends on the way violence is presented, but it might still be worth a try…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought the writing was good in these and Lebbon can certainly set the scene. They are definitely brutal and bloody though so not for everyone although I think it probably fits with the storyline. I don’t suppose they would be something I’d usually pick up as I don’t tend to read short stories and I think I’d have waited until all three were out.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like brutal and bloody and grim! I’ve actually wanted to read Lebbon for a while, which is why when I learned about this, I was like, ooh, must check this one out. I like the sound of it being a fast paced and quick read too because as much as I like the “dark stuff”, not sure too much of it won’t become tedious. And the sea faring story appeals to me as well. Hope I’ll get a chance to read this one soon.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, it certainly is brutal and bloody – it did fit with the story though and yes, I’m glad these were both short because it could have been just too much otherwise. the only puzzling side to this for me is that you read the first story – which is the western story and is quite short, then you move on to the sea faring story – which actually jumps back in time – which made me wonder at first if I’d misunderstood something? A bit of a curious way to do it – although it was highlighting how Gabriel became what he is. I think the next story is all about the demon. In a way I wish I’d waited until the next story was out as I could have read them all together. Although – they don’t have a ‘one book’ kind of feel. There’s a definite story with a clear break and then another definite story so more like individual episodes.
      I’m just rambling now – I’ll shut up and go away!
      Lynn 😀

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