A fantastic novel by Mark Lawrence, One Word Kill shows just how influential a game of D&D can be! Especially for the future! The scene is set in 1980s London, when D&D was a big craze and imagination wasn’t on a mobile phone or tablet of some kind. Nick is a teenager and lover of D&D, and he also has Leukemia. Nick plays D&D with his friends every Saturday, and until recently it could be said that nothing really noteworthy has happened to the group. And then Nick became sick and then Demus arrives. Elton, John, Mia, and Simon along with Nick, find themselves in the middle of an event that could potentially change the future.
I have to admit this was not what I had expected from a title authored by Mark Lawrence. However, I found that after only a few pages into the book I was hooked! As always the author plunges into rich characters and portrays them in such a way they quickly become familiar and readers find themselves completely involved in Nick Hayes’ life along with that of his friends. Nick is an awkward teen and his friends are a bunch of oddities themselves, but they love the imaginative and compelling game of D&D brings them all together each Saturday at Simon’s house. The appearance of Demus tips the group off-kilter and all kinds of strange things happen.
Other than the obvious favourite character being Nick (he is a pretty entertaining nerd if I do say so myself), I really enjoyed the role D&D has in the story. The author has not only given readers who have no actual knowledge of the workings of the game and made it seem “cool”. I found myself more often than not reading these parts of the book just for a glimpse at the imaginative stories that they come up with. The whole concept of the future just brings an intriguing twist that had me surprised at every turn.
Admittedly I found the whole time travel thing quite confusing, having to reread sections to understand properly (easier understood the second time around 😜). But that done, the whole concept is quite exciting, hoping Nick is right about the future if he takes on the challenges put in front of him and his friends.
Overall, I have found this utterly intriguing and have loved every minute of Mark Lawrence wit and intense imagination. This book would suit any age group, from young adult up. It definitely has been a journey! I hope that the following novel in this series is just as good. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.