One Word Kill By Mark Lawrence

What is it about?

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.

Challenge accepted.


Usually I write these reviews and I try really hard to be objective, I’m not really a nitpicky type but I do think its important to approach these from positive and negative angles where possible, if something doesn’t resonate with me then I think it’s worth mentioning as much as if something makes me glow inside, however I don’t think I can do that this time around because I loved every aspect of this book from cover to cover.

Easy to read, compelling and believable characters, simple but engrossing story, short in length but huge in content, there is absolutely no wasted real estate in this book. The real beauty is that everything fits, this is a ingeniously put together work, there can be no doubt that Lawrence got across exactly what he was shooting for!

I also listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Matthew Frow and I believe I haven’t heard a better narrating performance since Wil Wheaton’s narration of Ready Player One.

I cannot wait to read Limited Wish to find out what’s next in this brilliant series!

Rating? 90/100

1 Comment

  1. I read this whilst on a pretty depressing trip to France and it really helped me feel like I was anywhere else but the situation I was in. Thanks for the reccomendation!

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