Thursday, 29 March 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Age of Aztec - James Lovegrove

Release Date: 27/03/12


The date is 4 Jaguar 1 Monkey 1 House - November 25th 2012 by the old reckoning - and the Aztec Empire rules the world.

The Aztecs' reign is one of cruel and ruthless oppression, encompassing regular human sacrifice. In the jungle-infested city of London, one man defies them: the masked vigilante known as the Conquistador.

Then the Conquistador is recruited to spearhead an uprising, and discovers a terrible truth. The clock is ticking. Apocalypse looms, unless the Conquistador can help assassinate the mysterious, immortal Aztec emperor, the Great Speaker. But his mission is complicated by Mal Vaughn, a police detective who is on his trail, determined to bring him to justice.


For me, James’ Age series is one that not only rode into a new direction but is one that has set the standard for others to follow. The writing is phenomenal, the use of the deities inspired and when he added human characters that are the pawns, it really brought the whole thing to life for me as a reader.

The writing really took me to the world he generated and with the action, dark deeds which when backed with a wonderful sense of pace, it made it a title that pretty much didn’t get anywhere other than the top of my TBR pile. Finally add to this, some wonderful author sleight of hand, characters that you could really get behind which when backed by his authors understanding of what the readers wants as well as needs and all in this was a title that didn’t live to see the sunrise.

1 comment:

Nic said...

Hello there!

Really good review of "Age of Aztec".
James Lovegrove is a really very good author.

I stumbled over his novel "Age of Ra" through a review at the UK site of Amazon. This one knocked me over already.

After that I read "Age of Zeus" which was also really good, and then "Redlaw".
Imho his best book until now.

After your review I have to buy "Age of Odin" & "Age of Aztec". ;-)

Keep up the good work