Tuesday, 2 June 2015

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Dragons of Heaven - Alyc Helms

Release Date: 02/06/15
Publisher:  Angry Robot


Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadows and his enduring legacy as the legendary vigilante superhero, Mr Mystic. After a little work the costume fits OK, but Missy is far from experienced at fighting crime, so she journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather. She becomes embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the allegedly mythical nine dragon-guardians of all creation. When Lung Di - Lung Huang's brother and mortal enemy - raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. It's a superhero novel, a pulp fantasy novel, with lashings of kung fu, immense kick-ass dragons and an unfailingly sympathetic heroine - yes, it's another wonderful Angry Robot title.


If you’re after something a little bit strange and weird then you might want to give Alyc’s book a try. Within the author blends Eastern mysticism alongside Heroic adventure as two different cultures crash for readers of Western Fantasy. Its definitely quirky, has some good twists alongside adding a principle character that readers will enjoy spending time with.

Back this up a solid arc, decent dialogue and a supporting cast that has you questing motives alongside long term schemes and all round it is a book that will leave you wanting more. Cracking.

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