Disclaimer: I follow E. Lorn on Goodreads. He and I follow each other's blogs here. We've never exchanged more than a few polite words on either platform. If you think that colours this review, then click away now ...
Edward Lorn's serial novel continues in exciting fashion with Episode Six, with some backstory to the supernatural antagonists being fleshed out, and a couple of other dramatic developments that will leave fans aching for more from the series.
To be honest, I was a little on the fence regarding the five episodes in the first collection I read last year. I even opted not to give it a grade, because I wanted to see how it all played out.
Having now returned to reading in episodic format, I feel more confident in saying this is shaping to be an excellent serialised novel. And more than that, much like Stephen King did with The Green Mile, I think Lorn has managed to hit on the head what works for serialised fiction. Especially since it's all I can do not to go scrambling for Episode Seven right now. But then I must be patient as at the time of this reviewing, there's still two episodes to complete Cruelty's final act.
If you haven't yet got around to it, get on to this - just pace yourself appropriately. Because none of us want to end up calling for E. Lorn's blood in the same way half the reading world does for one George R. R. Martin's.
4 Regrets Cruelly Forgotten for Cruelty: Episode Six.