Black Halo by Sam Sykes is book two in the Aeons' Gate series. I read Black Halo first and actually went out and bought the first book, Tome of the Undergates, the next night as I enjoyed it so much. After the events of the previous book, Lenk and his five companions have set sail to bring the accursed relic away from the demonic Kraken Queen. And the tension is rising among the group of adventurers. It is only going to get worse when their ship crashes upon an island made of bones left behind from a war long ago. Blood thirsty warrior women, beasts from the deep and heretic-hunting wizards are going to be the least of their concerns. Lenk and his cohorts are not your normal fantasy hero with friends. They are adventurers who deal with deranged, psychotic and murderous people.each other. These are the people loathed by society and plagued by their gods, but they can get the job done if they can survive each other's personal madness and ideas.
This book is a departure from the heroic or even tortured hero types. The story is entertaining, but very violent with plenty of action and humorous bits to lighten things up. The story goes smooth except for a where it meanders a bit on the plot and the beginning might be confusing to some readers. It is not what you would normally expect from a fantasy book. I give this one four stars and recommend for people who enjoy fantasy with some dark humor, violence and chaos. I can't wait for the next book to see what the adventures get into next.
Lenk and his companions set sail to bring the relic away from the reach of Ulbecetonth, the Kraken Queen. Haunted by their pasts, plagued by their gods, tormented by their own people and gripped by madness, their greatest foes may be themselves.