“Every good story tells at least one lie and holds a secret at its heart.”
Reviewing a bunch of short stories is always difficult, especially when your followers are the kind that will check out your reviews to help them choose what to pick up next, instead of looking for a second opinion about something they have already read. Road Brothers is a collection of short stories that take place before and during the events of The Broken Empire. Although they are great if you want to revisit that world, they are obviously not a good starting point. Therefore, you can read and enjoy them without spoiling yourself only after you've finished the main trilogy. Now, if you've finished and liked the main trilogy, you don't really need me to tell you that you must read this, right? Well, I guess some of you may think that it simply isn't worth reading. That it doesn't add anything to the story. Now, if you think that, I don't want to say that you're wrong, but you're so fucking wrong.
"They call me a monster and if it were untrue the weight of my crimes would pin me to the ground. I have maimed and I have murdered and if this mountain stood but a little higher I would cut the angels from their heaven. I care less for accusations than for the rain that soaks me, that runs down every limb. I spit both from my lips. Judgment has always left a sour taste."
The Broken Empire, among other things, had a wonderful cast. Although it was Jorg’s story through and through, the other characters, and especially Jorg’s band of brothers, had their own important role to play. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time for them to shine, which is what they do in Road Brothers. We get to see parts of the story from their own perspective, learn about their motives, and see the real characters behind the masks of toughened thieves and soldiers.
Some people think that writing a short story is easier than writing a full novel, but this isn’t the case. In the space of a few pages you have to provide a background, a motive, a fast pace, and more importantly to write an enjoyable story. Mark not only does all of those things, but he ties them together with his unique and mesmerizing prose. All in all, Road Brothers is an excellent collection of short stories that every fan of The Broken Empire should read, but be prepared for the feels!
Road Brothers is out on November 2nd 2018, and you can pre-order it HERE.