The Book of the Forsaken is one of the most unusual and original fantasy stories I’ve read. Basically centred around three main characters, all of whom possess special powers of one sort or another; a petty-criminal Irishman who can manipulate fire and project his sight to see what is happening elsewhere, a suave French bookseller who can teleport anywhere, and a Russian magician who can perform much more than mere illusions, particularly when it pertains to death; handy as he doubles as an assassin. A fourth character who is also the narrator and some sort of demi-god, not only tells the story but becomes actively involved in order to manipulate events.
The three men are each given separate tasks which brings them all together at a live event – a magic show performed by the Russian trickster in
The Irishman is aided in his release from prison in order to assassinate a
Russian government minister at the event. The Frenchman is instructed to steal
a rare book from the German ambassador, and finally the Russian magician is
also instructed to murder a government minister, but not the same one as the
Irishman. All three perform their tasks and are brought together with much
manipulation by the narrator who enters the scene as a character. Moscow
With the three main characters now together and in possession of the book, a whole mystery opens up to them, twisting and turning, involving two fantastical groups, The Magi and The Forsaken Races. The Book of the Forsaken is the key to a deadly game played out between these two groups. What part does the narrator have to play in this game? And what is the fate of the three main characters? Intriguing question to be found in The Book of the Forsaken!