It’s an absolute honour today to be sharing my review of One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Anne Cater, Emma Finnigan and Mark Lawrence for the opportunity.
About the book
In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.
Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar—man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now.
He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics.
One Word Kill is available to pre-order now and is released on May 1st – Amazon
Now if someone had come to me a couple of weeks ago and said “see this book, it involves quantum mechanics, time travel, Dungeons & Dragons, a boy who is dying and guess what, you’re going to love it” I would have laughed and told them to get on their bike but when I saw the description for this book, there was something that got me excited and I had to read it. I’m so glad I did.
One Word Kill is set in 1986, Nick and his group of friends are massively into the game Dungeons & Dragons and meet each week to play and they take it quite seriously. Nick however has just been told he’s dying, he’s being followed by a strange man and some strange things are happening which seem to mirror what’s happening in the D&D game they are playing. Throw into that a girl named Mia who Nick has taken a shine to and you end up with a whole heap of trouble and confusion.
I loved Nicks little friend group which compromises of Elton, Simon, John and new girl Mia. They all have a real bond and really look out for each other which I loved. Each had their own personalities which really made them come to life. As a reader I couldn’t help caring for them and hoping things would all go their way.
It’s quite difficult to say much about this book without giving spoilers but Mark Lawrence has written a story that will get you thinking and feeling. It’s filled with emotion and I will admit I did really have to concentrate on some parts with the scientific explanations but even for me, someone who doesn’t have a scientific brain cell in their head it wasn’t confusing and described easy enough to understand.
One Word Kill isn’t a large book, at just over 200 pages it was a relatively quick read but it is jam packed with greatness and and has a bit of everything in it. It’s mysterious, other worldly and to be honest I’m stuck for words to describe how much I enjoyed it. It’s just blooming brilliant and I really recommend you give it a go, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all.
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About the author
Mark Lawrence is married with four children and lives in Bristol with his family. Before becoming a writer his day job was as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’. He is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns and Emperor of Thorns), the Red Queen’s War trilogy (Prince of Fools, The Liar’s Key and The Wheel of Osheim) and the Book of the Ancestor series (Red Sister, Grey Sister and Holy Sister).