Sunday, March 12, 2023

The Quarrygate Gambit - The Streets of Maradaine #4

The Quarrygate Gambit is the 4th Streets of Maradaine tie-in adventure by prolific fantasist Marshall Ryan Maresca. Released 8th Nov 2022 by DAW, it's 390 pages and is available in ebook format. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. 

This is an engaging and immersive high + urban fantasy mashup. The action driven plot never stops and despite the healthy page count, it is a fast read. The characterizations are detailed and the background world building is *massive* (many many thousands of pages of allied fiction and a huge cast of characters). Much of this book revisits previous characters and due to interrelationships and background histories (and complex settings), it doesn't work very well as a standalone work. 

Due to the number of distinct works (spread over 4+ series) this would be a great choice for a massive binge / buddy read. The quality of the writing is high and the dialogue is rapid fire and often blackly humorous and sarcastic. 

Four stars, nonstop action, magic and excitement; four and a half for current fans of the author.  

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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