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The Heretic Emperor Paperback – 18 Sep 2015
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There are 11 narrators (or 12 if you count the preface and afterword), some follow on from a previous narrator, others are very loosely connected but still tell the story from a different perspective. Each narrator brings the events and eccentricities of their lives into the story, while also commenting on the main narrative - the story of the rise and fall of Maximillion Scarlotti. The narrators are dispersed throughout the world, beginning somewhere in Kenya, followed by Prague and Washington DC, with some chapters set in a newly formed Pacific Northwest White Nationalist state, to wartorn areas in Ukraine, Syria and Egypt and dreamlike apocalyptic scenes in Central Asia towards the end of the book, each brings a different perspective on the events as they are unfolding.
Christensen's sense of humour that we were introduced to in The Hungry Wolves of Van Diemen’s Land remains throughout this book. While The Heretic Emperor doesn't have as many moments of laughing out loud hilarity as his first book, this book, set further into the future of a world gone mad means there are many humorous dystopic observations "proving officially that the world is now beyond being ‘beyond satire’ and has in fact become a neverending satire in itself. But of what, I don’t rightly know.”
Like the other two books in the Wolves of Joy trilogy, this is a fairly short novel that tells a great story, with much to think about. It’s a perfect balance of contemplation and action woven into a compelling narrative.
This is an important book that will stay with you for a long time. Highly recommended.