Friday, 19 August 2016

MILITARY FANTASY REVIEW: Heart of Granite - James Barclay

Release Date: 18/08/16
Publisher:  Gollancz


The world has become a battleground in a war which no side is winning. But for those determined to retain power, the prolonged stalemate cannot be tolerated so desperate measures must be taken.

Max Halloran has no idea. He's living the brief and glorious life of a hunter-killer pilot. He's an ace in the air, on his way up through the ranks, in love, and with his family's every need provided for in thanks for his service, Max has everything . . .

. . . right up until he hears something he shouldn't have, and refuses to let it go. Suddenly he's risking his life and the lives of all those he cares about for a secret which could expose corruption at the highest levels, and change the course of the war.

One man, one brief conversation . . . a whole world of trouble . . .


I’ve been reading James Barclay for years now (too many to count to be honest) and he’s always been an author that for me has brought cracking characters to the fore concentrating on the humanity of the situations that they find themselves in and blending it seamlessly with a cracking story arc so I know that I’m always going to get something special.

In this James’ latest novel, I have to say that I was more than astounded by this novel new take on a futuristic warfare with the use of magical creatures used as the vehicles leading me to wonder about the manoeuvres alongside various hazards that would need to be overcome in order to gain the upper-hand. Its all wonderfully dark, has great dialogue and for me give the reader exactly what they want with some stunning sequences as well as generating something pretty unique for the fantasy fan. A real treat a new series you really can’t afford to miss. Just don’t let the label put you off.

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