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A startlingly original new fantasy
on 15 May 2000
Shadow of Albion is that most rare of things - a startlingly original fantasy, and a thumping good read. It's a blend of well-researched historical fiction, romance and science fantasy, and I have to admit - I'm hooked! As a long-time fan of both Miss Norton's science fiction books and Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, I can whole-heartedly recommend this to other readers with similar tastes. I loved the in-jokes throughout the book (in particular the references to the Scarlet Pimpernel, one of my favourite childhood heroes). On the negative side, I wished that the magic referred to and used by the characters played a larger part in the plot, I felt this aspect of the book was neglected and could be much more developed - something I hope a sequel will address. I for one will be waiting impatiently for the second volume!