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Darkness Descending Paperback – 3 Apr 2000

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
Book 2 of 6 in the Darkness Series

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Earthlight (3 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684858274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684858272
  • Package Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In recent years, Harry Turtledove has specialised in alternate-history novels in which World War Two, say, is grimly complicated by the arrival of invading alien reptiloids; the fantasy sequence that started with Into the Darkness and continues with Darkness Descending is a powerful demonstration that it is human malice, not military technology, which we have to fear. Broadly speaking, the sequence replays World War Two with magical fantasy empires in place of the participants we know; there are analogies between the fiercely militarist kingdom of Algarve and the Third Reich, just as the dangerous paranoid who rules the rival empire of Unkerlant has much in common with Joseph Stalin. There is a Manhattan project making military use of the underlying rules of magic, and a particularly vicious version of the Holocaust, and a large cast of vividly realised viewpoint characters--Unkerlant's principal general, an Algarvian dragon pilot, various confused civilians--caught in the wheels of history. Turtledove provides some worryingly thoughtful material here about power and its consequences; his bleak use of stock fantasy images in a developed military context--screaming unicorns caught in firestorms--is coarse-grained, but unforgettable.--Roz Kaveney


The country of Algarve is successful in its blitzkrieg tactics, but becomes bogged down in the desolate winter of Unkerlant, its main enemy. Algarve's king decides to undertake blood magic, which amounts to genocide, in order to break the deadlock.

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