A throughly engrossing read,
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This review is from: The Sky's Dark Labyrinth: The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Book I (The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)
First off, cards on the table. Stuart and I knew each other whilst we did our respective degrees some 20+ years ago. I remember Stuart being intelligent, thoughtful and engaging. This book reflects these qualities like a mirror.
Metaphorically, I couldn't put the book down and was reading it between my iPad and iPhone at every opportunity. Not only that, I was using X-Ray to add even more background.
I love this type of book when it is done well, my favourite being Hyperion by Dan Simmons. This is a story weaved through the fabric of fact. In other words, a story that once you finish it, you take away a new learning and understanding of real things. Stuart does this as well as anyone. The difference between Hyperion and The Sky's Dark Labyrinth is that Labyrinth is the story of Kepler and in part Galileo, whilst Hyperion is hard core sci-fi that when you scratch under the surface, you find is giving you the life story of John Keats.
This is the first of Stuart Clarks books that I have read and I am now going to finish this trilogy as soon as I can. I don't know if Stuart has written any Sci-Fi, but I'm betting that if he did, it would be sensational.