Flash Review – Infernal Machines, by John Hornor Jacobs


Title: Infernal Machines

Author: John Hornor Jacobs

Publisher: Gollancz

I’ll try to keep this as brief and to the point as I can, but I’m not going to make any promises. I’ve been a fan of Mister Jacobs since picking up Southern Gods years back. He hooked me. From there I’ve made it a point to catch as much of his work as possible, and when I heard he was going to be writing a fantasy series I couldn’t wait. The story that started in The Incorruptibles, in the world of Rume, with the inimitable Fisk and Shoe, has been a hell of a ride. The world building, in particular, is beyond impressive. In Foreign Devils the pressure grew and the stakes swelled, the world got bigger and deeper. Finally, then, with Infernal Machines is all culminates–wonderfully. Along with the other two books in the series, Infernal Machines is the kind of book that I know I’ll be coming back to in the future. Rume is a world I want to visit again, and again. The story is a story I hope keeps getting told. Aside: this series would make an amazing prestige format TV show, on Netflix or HBO.

Infernal Machines is available now in print and digital.

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