I must admit I had been looking forward to reading this last in the series of Hodder's Burton and Swinburne books. I had read a biography of Richard Burton Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton: A Biography
and even watched the movie of the same name, although that was a little disappointing. It thrilled me to read despite such an outrageously retelling of the Victorian age gone awry that so much of Burton's actual life, adventures, battles, friends and enemies were woven into the tale. It really is a book you can't put down as every page brings you new concepts, contraptions and compelling adventures. It even features one of my favorite Victorian age sci-fi authors as a hero. My only disappointment is the very last page - but I must admit my biggest problem is simply that it ended at all. I would love to read another ten books of the adventures of Burton and Swinburne.