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The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

Is it a simple adventure or an analysis of class structure? Either way it’s a great read. Down at the bottom, half-breed mercenary Shoestring is unaware of the political struggle into which he and his friend Fisk are being drawn as they try to protect a bloodthirsty nobleman from even more violent ‘stretchers’, inhuman beings of incredible speed and ruthlessness. This is proper, old-fashioned, highly enjoyable fantasy. It’s always nice to meet heroes who bleed, who are not infallible, who don’t always win. And it’s a fantastic world of magic, science and demons. This is the first in a series. I have high hopes for the rest.

If you like John Hornor Jacobs you might also like to read books by Stephen Hunt, Alan Campbell and Joe Abercrombie.

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The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way up stream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it - from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do. In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the Empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party, the two groups are thrown together. For Fisk and Shoe - two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other - their young companion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky. And although love is a wonderful thing, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Because no matter how untouchable or deadly you may be, the stretchers have other plans.

About the Author

John Hornor Jacobs is the author of SOUTHERN GODS, short-listed for the BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL, THIS DARK EARTH, from Simon & Schuster, and The Twelve-Fingered Boy series of young adult novels from Carolrhoda Labs. He lives with his family in the South of America, where he is also a musician and graphic artist.

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30th November 1999


John Hornor Jacobs

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