Wednesday, 13 April 2016

FANTASY REVIEW: The Empty Throne 2: Those Below - Daniel Polansky

Release Date: 10/03/16
Publisher:  Hodder


For centuries beyond counting, humanity has served the Others, god-like Eternals who rule from their cloud-capped mountain-city, building a civilization of unimagined beauty and unchecked viciousness.

But all that is about to change. Bas Alyates, grizzled general of a thousand battles, has assembled a vast army with which to contend with the might of Those Above. Eudokia, Machiavellian matriarch and the power behind the Empty Throne, travels to the Roost, nominally to play peacemaker - but in fact to inspire the human population toward revolt. Deep in the dark byways of the mountain's lower tiers, the urchin Pyre leads a band of fanatical revolutionaries in acts of terrorism against their inhuman oppressors. Against them, Calla, handmaiden of the Eternals' king, fights desperately to stave off the rising tide of violence which threatens to destroy her beloved city.

The story begun in Those Above comes to a stunning conclusion in this unforgettable battle for the hearts and minds of the human race, making The Empty Throne the most exciting epic fantasies of recent times.


Daniel is an author that has entertained me throughout his writing, he manages to bring cracking world building to the fore as he not only weaves a complex story but allows character growth to happen naturally and in this, his second outing (and final for his series) into the Empty Throne world, we get to see all of his skills brought to the fore.

The writing is crisp, the dialogue smooth and when blended with good authorly sleight of hand generates a book that is hard to put down. All round a cracking title although for me, I did feel that the conclusion felt rushed almost as if a deadline interrupted rather than allowing it to finish naturally but even so its still a fun read.

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