The first modern fantasy that really popped my eyes open, and reignited my faith in the genre. Exquisitely plotted, paced and realised, it stands out from the seething maelstrom like a shark amid minnows. And there is nary an elf of dwarf in sight! Epic quest type stories are fantastic, but they’re all a pale shadow to Tolkien, and Lynch has steered away from it completely. Lies reads more like a crime story with a background of fantasy thrown in, and added to with clever dialogue spiced with the odd curse, it’s more like reading a Guy Ritchie movie than fantasy.
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