The Land You Never Leave
Newly and uneasily allied, two tribes from different worlds set off across the Ocean of Grass. Their mission is to fulfil a prophecy and take Ottar the Moaner west of west, to save mankind. In their way are the denizens of the Badlands, the most terrifying and powerful collection of murderers and monsters the world has ever seen.

The Land You Never Leave Details

TitleThe Land You Never Leave
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 22nd, 2018
PublisherOrbit
ISBN-139780356507590
Rating
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Speculative Fiction

The Land You Never Leave Review

  • FanFiAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Orbit for an ARC of The Land you Never Leave in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the book or its author.Have you ever judged a book by its cover? The reason I ask is because I am a book cover snob. If a cover appeals to me, I’ll more than likely pick it up and at least give it a glance over.Well, that is sort of what happened with You Die When You Die (not to mention that awesome title).Having never read Watson’s Iron Age Thanks to Orbit for an ARC of The Land you Never Leave in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the book or its author.Have you ever judged a book by its cover? The reason I ask is because I am a book cover snob. If a cover appeals to me, I’ll more than likely pick it up and at least give it a glance over.Well, that is sort of what happened with You Die When You Die (not to mention that awesome title).Having never read Watson’s Iron Age trilogy, I had no idea what to expect from his writing. All I knew was that it was Viking fantasy and had to involve a mass amount of bloodshed. While I didn’t find myself disappointed, it turned out to be a completely different novel than I was expecting.It was actually pretty freaking hilarious. Sort of a mix between the lore/violence/heritage of Vikings and the humor of Douglas Adams. Weird, right? But it worked brilliantly.Now, we have its sequel, The Land You Never Leave.Taking place on the heels of Book 1, we are once again camping out with the group from Hardwork (aka The Mushroom Men) and the Owsla (a group of magically endowed, brutish women) as they make their way west of west, across the Ocean of Grass, to save mankind. Unfortunately for them, they are captured early on by a group of murderers known as Badlanders and are taken to a Thunderdome-ish arena for the enjoyment of the Badland’s inhabitants. Forced to wear box collars full of spiders and watched 24/7 by a group of creepy children, our heroes must do what they are told or face imminent death.What I enjoy so much about this series is the humor. It is a constant back and forth between antagonists and protagonists, fraught with dick jokes and demasculinization (the urban dictionary definition; not the testicle removal Webster version) of one another. It is chok-full of danger and violence, and enough bloodshed to fill the ritual bowls 1,000,000 times over. It is a bunch of Floki’s who are forced to fight for their lives when all they want to do is take drugs and build boats.But this series also has a lot of heart. Finnbogi the Boggy (absolutely love his name) has to grow up quickly and decide whether or not he wants to become a hero, and if so, what sort of hero he will be. It is about how this group comes together, despite their differences, and works together to overcome all obstacles in their way, even when a huge chunk of those obstacles includes running around with deadly spiders wrapped around their necks.West of West is a seriously underestimated, underhyped, and overlooked series that absolutely garners more attention than it is getting. If you enjoy an overhaul of humor with your intense fight scenes and gory detail, then these books are right up your alley.
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  • Kristobelle
    January 1, 1970
    *A Kristobelle's Top Tenner of 2018*WOOOOOOOOTAH ^3! Angus Watson is fast becoming my 'broke as fark' go to. When you need to know you'll love it, before you're willing to go hungry for it. Bloody oath, the imagination on this bloke is as big as bullock balls. Amazing characters, brilliant world building.. And pervy squirrels.Love it to cannibal death..
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  • Terry Rudge
    January 1, 1970
    TBH I fucking loved this book. That's all I have to say
  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    The Wootah Hooter!Angus Watson is at it again, this is a genuinely fitting follow up to the excellent You Die When You Die. It gets better and better as it goes along with Watson's humorous approach to fantasy leading the Wootah refugees and Sophie Tornado and her gang through a genuinely epic adventure. Watson's imagination runs riot with monsters, battles, arena fights and chases each vying for attention.The way that he delivers internal monologues and then Sean Barrett brings them to life is The Wootah Hooter!Angus Watson is at it again, this is a genuinely fitting follow up to the excellent You Die When You Die. It gets better and better as it goes along with Watson's humorous approach to fantasy leading the Wootah refugees and Sophie Tornado and her gang through a genuinely epic adventure. Watson's imagination runs riot with monsters, battles, arena fights and chases each vying for attention.The way that he delivers internal monologues and then Sean Barrett brings them to life is audiobook gold. Watson lets us get right inside the heads of his characters and one rather short-lived character's thoughts as he charged into battle had me genuinely laughing out loud. The joy of these books is that while there is at times an almost cartoon like feel to some of the characters and fighting you are constantly engaged with the characters and their fates. Who could not love Finbogie the Boggy or admire Sophie Tornado? Who could not laugh at Keith the Beserker or not find themselves grinning to hear the battle cry "Wootah!"This is cracking stuff and I can't wait to hear how the trilogy ends with the next one!
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I'm officially invested in this. It's so.... friggen good. If I didn't prefer certain characters in the first book, they've solidified themselves in my heart in this one. It's amazing. So terribly underrated. Those who like action packed, character driven awesomely unexpected plots really need to explore this series. Most especially if you crave books where female characters are actually worthy. Not just tossed into the mess of things before male authors feel they need a female to mix up the tre I'm officially invested in this. It's so.... friggen good. If I didn't prefer certain characters in the first book, they've solidified themselves in my heart in this one. It's amazing. So terribly underrated. Those who like action packed, character driven awesomely unexpected plots really need to explore this series. Most especially if you crave books where female characters are actually worthy. Not just tossed into the mess of things before male authors feel they need a female to mix up the trend of their story. These characters actually feel like they belong where they are. I flew through this one. It got me through a long long work week.It's funny, dramatic, sad, emotional, everything in between. It takes fantasy and flips it the bird and does its own thing and it's amazing. Amazing.I'll say it again.It's amazing.
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  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    Woooootah! Another magnificent story from the talented Angus Watson. The Land You Never Leave is the sophomore addition to his West of West series and it has everything you'll ever need in a romping fantasy tale: Vikings, Native Americans, battles, adventure, warlocks, gratuitous violence, romance (or lack thereof...sorry, Finn), monsters, psychotic chieftains, phallic rocks and fucking magical dinosaurs. You read that correctly, magical dinosaurs. After reading You Die When You Die - let's take Woooootah! Another magnificent story from the talented Angus Watson. The Land You Never Leave is the sophomore addition to his West of West series and it has everything you'll ever need in a romping fantasy tale: Vikings, Native Americans, battles, adventure, warlocks, gratuitous violence, romance (or lack thereof...sorry, Finn), monsters, psychotic chieftains, phallic rocks and fucking magical dinosaurs. You read that correctly, magical dinosaurs. After reading You Die When You Die - let's take a moment to appreciate these amazing titles - I thought I had some semblance of an idea of what I was in for, but I was oh so wrong. I LOVED this story and cannot recommend it enough if you're looking for something that strays from the norm and is tons of fun.My absolute favorite aspect of this story is that although the plot itself is severe, it doesn't take itself seriously. The humor is just in a class by itself. While the tribes' quest is brutally violent, harrowing and wrought with danger, the tone is raunchy and vulgar and utterly hilarious. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud at the ridiculous situations our lovely Wootah find themselves in, often thinking: what a mess, but such a beautiful mess.The characters Watson has created and continues to develop are simply amazing. We follow a group of adults, who act like children, and children who are destined to save the world, each so well-defined with backstories and distinctive traits. I really started appreciating the Calnian Owsla arcs as we get to learn more about the women beneath the bravado, their true selves revealed in a genius manner. It's really incredible witnessing all the characters drastically alter in such organic and believable ways. Oh, and Keef the Berserker is my spirit animal.The Land You Never Leave is absolutely brilliant and entertaining to the fullest. The journey is beyond exciting and the baddies are REALLY bad. If you decide to partake in this weird and absurd adventure, which I strongly suggest you should, be ready for a wild ride. I can't wait to read more in Where Gods Fear to Go.
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  • Helen Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    I need the third book now!!! This 2nd book in the series was an amazing read, funny and brutal. All the characters are well written and you find yourself even liking the “baddies” but in a weird way, obviously you don’t want them to win but they are very entertaining. The story is complex but very easy to follow. This book has ended on a huge cliffhanger and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I now have a severe book hangover now! I definitely recommend reading this series as it is very I need the third book now!!! This 2nd book in the series was an amazing read, funny and brutal. All the characters are well written and you find yourself even liking the “baddies” but in a weird way, obviously you don’t want them to win but they are very entertaining. The story is complex but very easy to follow. This book has ended on a huge cliffhanger and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I now have a severe book hangover now! I definitely recommend reading this series as it is very enjoyable!
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  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding, brutal and fantastic good fun. Full review to come.
  • Raqual Humphries
    January 1, 1970
    Gloriously vulgar and awesome....!
  • Narilka
    January 1, 1970
    Combine Viking mythology, the action of the tv series Spartacus, a touch of the absurd, alchemical magic and a healthy dose of humor and you'll come close to having the West of West series by Angus Watson. What can I say? I absolutely loved every second of this crazy journey.The Land You Never Leave is the second book in the trilogy and the story picks up immediately where book one leaves off. The two tribes have formed an uneasy alliance as they set off across the Ocean of Grass to continue the Combine Viking mythology, the action of the tv series Spartacus, a touch of the absurd, alchemical magic and a healthy dose of humor and you'll come close to having the West of West series by Angus Watson. What can I say? I absolutely loved every second of this crazy journey.The Land You Never Leave is the second book in the trilogy and the story picks up immediately where book one leaves off. The two tribes have formed an uneasy alliance as they set off across the Ocean of Grass to continue their quest to take Ottar the Moaner to a place called the Meadows. Between our heroes and their ultimate goal are the Badlands, home to the one of the most brutal tribes west of the Water Mother and a collection of terrifying monsters. As if the world wasn't dangerous enough as it was.Each of the characters that took so long to grow on me in book one all have solidified their places in my heart. Their inner monologues combined with the back and forth banter between them is so much fun. I loved the insights into their motivations and even the one guy who enjoys pointing out phallic shaped rocks was quite funny. All the points of view, and there are a lot of them, are woven together well.As to the plot, my summary above really doesn't do any justice to just how bizarrely wonderful and quirky the story is. Watson is so creative that after the first hour or so of listening I stopped trying to guess what was coming next and just enjoyed the ride. It was glorious. I listened to the audio book narrated by Sean Barrett. I love his voice! His narration brings all the characters to life and his comedic timing is perfect. It was a joy to listen to.I truly cannot express how much I loved this book. Can't wait for book 3!
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  • Deryk Allan
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely brilliant book, i found myself giggling like a demented squirrel throughout this book, it quite simply has everything, it has good guys/girls and bad guys/girls, good guys/girls that are bad, and bad guys/girls that are good, a healthy dose of good magic and bad magic, great characters on all sides, (there's more than two), a rip roaring adventure set in a screwed up world with screwed up people, it's superbly funny, heart breakingly sad, violent and crude all at once, the best book i Absolutely brilliant book, i found myself giggling like a demented squirrel throughout this book, it quite simply has everything, it has good guys/girls and bad guys/girls, good guys/girls that are bad, and bad guys/girls that are good, a healthy dose of good magic and bad magic, great characters on all sides, (there's more than two), a rip roaring adventure set in a screwed up world with screwed up people, it's superbly funny, heart breakingly sad, violent and crude all at once, the best book iv'e read this year.
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Why isn't everyone reading this?Plenty of great characters that I like and want to like. Cool and harsh and difficult situations that they find themselves in but (most of them) they get through it and are better for it.One slight issue is that there are probably too many characters as some get short shrift. The best example of this is Thyri although there is enough of her to know that she is partly to blame for the (lack of) relationship with Finnbogi.
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  • Sothy
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent! Love the audio version too, great narrator!
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    It's easy for middle books of a trilogy to be a bit pedestrian. This one is not. It manages to sustain edge-of-your-seat adventure and excitement from start to finish. The rather thinned-out, motley group of Vikings who set out in Book One are faced with new challenges in the form of an uneasy alliance with some horribly scary warrior women who are supposed to kill them, and a parade of of awful, terrifying, gruesome, fascinating, sometimes funny monsters and baddies that try to thwart their que It's easy for middle books of a trilogy to be a bit pedestrian. This one is not. It manages to sustain edge-of-your-seat adventure and excitement from start to finish. The rather thinned-out, motley group of Vikings who set out in Book One are faced with new challenges in the form of an uneasy alliance with some horribly scary warrior women who are supposed to kill them, and a parade of of awful, terrifying, gruesome, fascinating, sometimes funny monsters and baddies that try to thwart their quest. I couldn't stop reading this once I started. It was funny and heart-stopping and I don't know why this series isn't better known. I've done quite a lot of reading recently and the quality of Watson's writing is so far superior to most of the things I've read by many best-selling authors. I also like that it appeals to a crossover of people - it's pitched firmly at the fantasy audience in its marketing, but this isn't a genre I normally read and I still love it. I think this is because it brings such a range of characters and is written with wit and a fantastic plot. I've passed all of Watson's books on to my dad after reading, and he's never read a fantasy, thriller, or anything like it but he absolutely loves these. He just keeps talking about it.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    6/10, Still very funny, but not as good as the first. Will definitely read book 3.
  • Yariv
    January 1, 1970
    3-3.5 . Not as good as the first but still stupidly addictive. Going to read the third just to see who the Pigeon Fucker ends up with.
  • Marat Beiner
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book.I actually think this is a better in the series so far.Angus does a great job creating his trilogies, as the first trilogy (Iron Age) was a very good one, although it was a historical fiction and not a fantasy one.This series being a historical fiction as well, contains a lot of fantasy elements, so this series is actually some weird combination, and a good one.This book, as the opposite to the first one in the series has non-stop action. Not that I didn't love the first I really liked this book.I actually think this is a better in the series so far.Angus does a great job creating his trilogies, as the first trilogy (Iron Age) was a very good one, although it was a historical fiction and not a fantasy one.This series being a historical fiction as well, contains a lot of fantasy elements, so this series is actually some weird combination, and a good one.This book, as the opposite to the first one in the series has non-stop action. Not that I didn't love the first one, I really did, but this one surpass it in every way: characters get more development. and we getting some new interesting ones, action is on another scale, the fantasy elements shining more and the finale is just makes you want to read the next one so bad... It only shows how good it is.Although all the good things I've mentioned, I did not gave it 5 stars, and there is a reason.Although I liked the fantasy elements displayed in this book, I think some of them were strongly exaggerated, and I don't like that. Many people think that if it's a fantasy, so anything can be used, but not me.I think that a balance should be in it too. Enemies cannot be overwhelming with their power and not use it, the cannot be overpowered and have small ambitions.These kind of inconsistency ruins story for me. Basically, if these were be handled, I've probably gave it 5 stars.Still, it was a good book, and I'm eagerly waiting for the 3rd one, which supposed to come out very soon.After I read this book, I've got an urge to reread the Iron age trilogy, so a little more Angus Watson until he releases his next one.
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  • Hassan Mallah
    January 1, 1970
    Average book after great beginning.It has some great parts, but some parts didnt work at all.- Beaver Man is one-sided all through the story, which was very up siting. I was hopin for more from him.- Chipa wunwa's Death didnt make any sense! He's not a fighter, why did he leave the city?- Chipa Minka's arc was extra, removing it wouldn't change the storyI listend to the book so, I might got the names wrong.Lookin forward for book 3 :)cheers
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  • S. Nomakeo
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining grim dark. Second in the series. Angus Watson is an author I follow waiting for the release of the third book in this series. Read Age of Iron Series and was hooked.
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