Sunday, 17 April 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: The Kings of Eternity - Eric Brown

Release Date: 14/04/11


1999. On the threshold of a new millennium, the novelist Daniel Langham lives a reclusive life on an idyllic Greek island, hiding away from humanity and the events of the past. All that changes, however, when he meets artist Caroline Platt and finds himself falling in love. But what is his secret, and what are the horrors that haunt him?

1935. Writers Jonathon Langham and Edward Vaughan are summoned from London by their editor friend Jasper Carnegie to help investigate strange goings-on in Hopton Wood. What they discover there – no less than a strange creature from another world – will change their lives forever.


Having been disappointed with the last Eric Brown release I really was hoping that this one would get back to a wonderfully woven title in much the same way that Engineman was. What unfurled was a modern interpretation as War of the World’s meet modern thriller. It is cleverly written, the characters feel like the type of people that you can hang out with and share a beer or two and finishes off with a touch of romance backed by a wonderful story arc. Add to this a great understanding of pace as well as enough hooks to keep you glued and this is perhaps one of Eric’s better releases. Whilst for me it won’t out do Engineman it might well help fans forget the last release (Guardians of the Phoenix) as they relish this one to the last page.

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