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Dark and dangerous,
This review is from: Imperial Fire (Hardcover)
Imperial Fire takes up the tale of Vallon, Hero and Wayland, this time a mission (some might say suicide mission) to China to gain the “fire drug” of the east, a fabulous powder that explodes when lit, Vallon is ordered to lead his small force to China following the rumours to gain this amazing substance.
Having read Hawk quest gives you an intimate knowledge and compassion for the main characters, which means you have more of a stake in the fate of the characters, but it isn’t by any means imperative to have read it to read Imperial Fire.
As in any new book we get to meet new characters (every mission needs its star trek like men with the red jackets… fodder for the writer to …bump off) As usual they have they flair and depth that the author brings to all his characters, even bit part players seem to be fully formed before they leave the play.
The Journey facing our heroes is huge, they will face almost every danger imaginable, pirates, Vikings, hostile tribesmen, bandits and robbers and the ever present threat or betrayal and for men such as these the most dangerous foe of all…women of power and influence.
Once again the authors attention to details is second to none, Hawk Quest being one of the most complete and accomplished tales in recent years in this genre, Imperial Fire was always going to be an uphill battle to meet expectations. Happily for me they are met fully, although I have to say that Imperial Fire is a darker tale, and the writers style that really involves the reader and makes them part of the tale means that the journey is not always pleasant (understatement) .
It is however hugely entertaining, brilliantly absorbing and wonderfully told, painting vivid images of the past, the horrors and the highs.
Very highly recommended