The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan: Book Review

Step into a world where gods walk among mortals, ancient powers stir, and a city teeming with secrets holds the key to salvation or destruction. Gareth Hanrahan’s “The Gutter Prayer” takes readers on a thrilling journey through a dark and fantastical landscape.

Sneak Peak

In “The Gutter Prayer,” we are led into the ancient city of Guerdon, a place of mystery and danger. The story follows a band of unlikely allies – thieves, a smuggler, and a mad alchemist – as they become embroiled in a deadly conspiracy that could reshape the city and perhaps the world itself. With ancient beings, forbidden magic, and political intrigue at every turn, the fate of Guerdon hangs in the balance.

My Take

“The Gutter Prayer” is a gripping tale that combines elements of fantasy, steampunk, and horror in a unique and compelling way. Hanrahan’s world-building is intricate and immersive, with vivid descriptions that bring Guerdon and its inhabitants to life. The characters are complex and flawed, making them feel real and relatable. I particularly enjoyed the way Hanrahan weaves together multiple plotlines, keeping the reader guessing and engaged throughout.

One aspect I found a bit challenging was the pacing, which at times felt a bit uneven as the story moved between different perspectives and subplots. However, the richly detailed setting and the depth of the characters more than made up for this minor issue.

What Makes the Book Unique

What sets “The Gutter Prayer” apart is Hanrahan’s fresh take on traditional fantasy tropes. The city of Guerdon is a character in itself, with its own dark history and secrets waiting to be uncovered. The mix of magic and technology creates a unique atmosphere that is both familiar and strange, drawing readers into a world that is as enchanting as it is dangerous.


In conclusion, “The Gutter Prayer” is a must-read for fans of dark fantasy and intricate world-building. With its unforgettable characters, intricate plot, and richly imagined setting, Hanrahan’s debut novel is a thrilling and immersive read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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