Friday, 8 May 2009
FANTASY REVIEW: Rise of the Iron Moon - Stephen Hunt
How can a plucky young orphan girl save the world from ultimate destruction?
Born into captivity as a product of the Royal Breeding House, lonely orphan Purity Drake suddenly finds herself on the run with a foreign vagrant after accidentally killing one of her guards.
Her mysterious rescuer claims to have escaped from terrible forces who mean to enslave the Kingdom of the Jackals as they conquered his own nation. Purity doubts his story, until reports begin to filter through from Jackals' neighbours of the murderous Army of Shadows, marching across the continent and sweeping all before them.
But there's more to Purity Drake than meets the eye. And as Jackals girds itself for war against an army of near-indestructible beasts serving an ancient evil with a terrible secret, it soon becomes clear that the Kingdom's only hope is a strange little orphan girl and the last, desperate plan of an escaped slave from a land far, far away...
The third novel in Stephen’s long awaited trilogy and one that continues to add greater depth to the world created by the WH Smiths New Talent award. It’s well written, it’s cleverly crafted but above all a novel that continues to build upon the success of its predecessors which adds to a more epic feel for the reader, yet it also means that you cannot dive into this if you haven’t read the other novels without ruining a lot of the magic. If your looking for something special and a little different then make this trilogy your new adventure for the year.