My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this story set in a fantasy world. It was almost like a prehistoric England trapped in a vast crumbling castle of nooks and crannies. Here, everyone has minor functions to serve the household of the vast Castle estate of Gormenghast.
We have Steerpike, our conniving and wretched youngster who learns how to immerse himself in the fabric of the castle's day to day running. The lad gate-crashes into the time held and futile traditions of the decadent society. Flay the head servant to the Earl and Countess of Groan, Swelter the repulsive bully and head cook of the castle. It all has to come to a head in this beautiful Gothic tale.
This is the first book of a trilogy and it is a glorious read.