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Yippee! Lilly Melkum's back!
on 25 January 2012
Readers who enjoyed Emily Diamand's début novel, "Reavers' Ransom" will be delighted to know that Lilly Melkum's tale continues in "Flood and Fire" more or less where the earlier book left off. The great battle between the Reavers and English may be over, but the strife is far from over and Lilly, Cat and Lexy (and, of course PSAI) are anything but safe, while Zeph also has trouble to contend with as he struggles to restore order to the Angel Isling family in the wake of his father's death.
This book provides the gripping and action-packed completion to the tales of Lilly and Zeph, wrapping most things up nicely (and yet still leaving scope for additional tales to follow.) The writing is every bit as refreshing and sparkling as the earlier volume and the pages positively fly by. Purchasers considering buying the Kindle edition of this book, though, need to be aware that even if purchased in the UK, the edition is the American one and, as such, has had much of Lilly's unique expressiveness simplified and bastardised to the overall detriment of the reading experience -- the print edition is a much better version.
As with the first volume, this is a very grown-up book for children (or else a very playful book for adults) trumping even the earlier book in its hilarious yet poignant goings-on. Emily Diamand manages to pack a tremendous number of ideas, action, humour, pathos, horror and excitement into this story which is simultaneously both huge fun and tremendously thought-provoking. "Reavers' Ransome" was a very good book; its sequel is an excellent book! Full marks!